Mar. 12, 2005

Torture FOIA

Torture FOIA

March 7, 2005

Government Documents on Torture
Freedom of Information Act

The ACLU filed a request on Oct. 7, 2003 under the Freedom of Information Act demanding the release of information about detainees held overseas by the United States. A lawsuit was filed in June 2004 demanding that the government comply with the October 2003 FOIA request.

Below are documents the government did not want the general public to read -- including an FBI memo (pdf) stating that Defense Department interrogators impersonated FBI agents and used 'torture techniques' against a detainee at Guantanamo.

The public has a right to know.

(These documents can be viewed using Acrobat Reader)
> Department of Defense, agencies agree on 'ghost' detainees (3/9/05) | Press
> Army and Navy records, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq (3/7/05) | Press
> Defense Department Documents (2/18/05) | Press
> Army records (1/24/05) | Press
> FBI, e-mails of McCraw inquiry into detainee abuse in Guantanamo (1/5/05) | Press
> Army, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan (12/21/04) | Press
> FBI, e-mails of FBI agents witnessing the use of 'torture techniques' in Guantanamo (12/20/04) | Press
> Navy, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan (12/14/04) | Press
> Defense Intelligence Agency, State Department and FBI, detainee abuse by Task Force 626 in Iraq is reported, e-mails express concern about interrogation methods. (12/7/04) | Press
> Defense Department, Taguba report (10/19/04) | Press
> Office of Information and Privacy, Defense Department, Army and FBI, the Ryder Report (10/15/04) | Press

Careful review of these documents demonstrates that many other critical records have not been released. We will continue to fight for the public's right to know what the government's policies were, why these abuses were allowed to take place, and who was ultimately responsible"


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