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Thursday, May 24, 2012

CIA Waterboarding Records Exempt under FOIA

In ACLU et al. v. Department of Justice et al., the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court ruling that exempted the CIA's waterboarding records and a photograph of Abu Zubaydah during his interrogation from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act.  Various groups (including the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights) had filed FOIA requests with the Department of Justice and the CIU for records relating to detainee mistreatment, deaths in custody, and the use of waterboarding on terrorism suspects.  Although approximately 150,000 pages of documents were released, other records were withheld or redacted.  The Court ruled that the federal FOIA protects certain classified material from public view, including records pertaining to intelligence activities. 

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink.


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