Patrice McDermott, Director OpenTheGovernment.org 202-332-OPEN (6736) www.openthegovernment.org JUDGE ORDERS MORE GITMO PAPERS UNSEALED http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060921/D8K8U6A82.html Sep 20, 8:56 PM (ET) By LARRY NEUMEISTER 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 detainees. 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 process. 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. ### http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2006/09/federal-judge-orders-pentagon-to.php 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."