Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Docs Still Maybe Withheld in CIA Torture Tapes Case

(The Intelligence Daily) -- Two weeks ago, the CIA said in court documents that it would not turn over documents to the ACLU related to the destruction of 92 interrogation videotapes because it would compromise the integrity of a special prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the matter.

But on Monday, the Justice Department, acting on behalf of the CIA, submitted a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein that said the CIA would no longer rely on that argument as the basis for withholding documents from the civil rights organization related to the destruction of the videotapes. The reversal comes after Hellerstein demanded that Durham and other CIA officials provide the court with a sworn affidavit to back up claims that Durham's probe would be hindered by the production of relevant documents in the CIA torture case. In December 2007, the ACLU filed a motion to hold the CIA in contempt for its destruction of the interrogation tapes in violation of a court order requiring the CIA to produce or identify all records requested by the ACLU related to the CIA interrogation of “war on terror” detainees.

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