[govinfo] Gov Info News 9-22-2006

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:58:52 -0400

Patrice McDermott, Director
202-332-OPEN (6736)


Sep 20, 8:56 PM (ET)


NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Department of Defense 
to release documents containing the identities of some detainees at the U.S. 
prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were released or who suffered 
mistreatment by their handlers or other detainees.

In ruling in a case brought by The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Jed S. 
Rakoff said the government cannot keep the names secret. He gave the government 
a week to provide the news organization with the information despite government 
claims that doing so would violate detainees' privacy.

"The public interest in disclosing government malfeasance is well-established," 
the judge wrote.
A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, Lauren McDonough, said the government 
had no immediate comment.

The judge said some military officers and FBI agents who have worked at 
Guantanamo also have questioned the treatment of detainees. The judge also 
noted that some detainees have initiated hunger strikes to protest what they 
consider abuse, while other detainees, since released, have gone public with 
allegations of abuse.

"In all such instances, the detainees have not hesitated to reveal their 
identities," he said.

.Schulz said the judge also ordered the government to turn over the identities 
in eight files reporting investigations of allegations of abuse of detainees by 
military personnel and fewer than a dozen probes of abuse of detainees by other 

Earlier this year, the judge ordered the Department of Defense to turn over to 
the AP unredacted copies of transcripts and documents related to 558 military 
hearings in which detainees were permitted to challenge their incarcerations.
Also Wednesday, a federal judge said that the U.S. military may review 
thousands of legal documents seized from detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison 
in a probe of suicides that may have been coordinated.
.Irrelevant and protected documents must be returned to the detainees, the 
judge ruled. He ordered the government to keep meticulous records during the 

Robertson acknowledged that the decision likely will be appealed. Another judge 
in the same court opted not to set up such a filter process last month.

According to the JURIST, "The Pentagon has disclosed the names of present and 
former Guantanamo detainees in fits and starts since AP first brought its suit. 
In April, the Pentagon released a list of 558 detainees who had gone through 
reviews by Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT). In May, under a separate 
agreement with AP, the Pentagon provided a list of 759 current and former 
Guantanamo prisoners [JURIST report]. A military spokesman said at the time 
that the list contained the names of "every single individual detained under 
DOD control" at Guantanamo since detention operations began in January 2002, 
but acknowledged in questioning that he "wouldn't know" of any other detainees 
who might have been held there by the CIA or other US arms "because I can't 
speak for other agencies."

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