DOJ: Federal prison failed to turn over 9/11 interview tapes

[JURIST] The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York has failed to turn over videotapes [OIG report to Congress] showing interviews of aliens held on immigration charges during the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, US Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine [official website] said Monday. The facility was required to turn over the tapes as part of a 2003 investigation into alleged abuse of detainees [final report; supplemental report] but the tapes were not discovered by the Bureau of Prisons [official website] until February of this year. The tapes contain recordings of detainees' conversations with their lawyers, and a lawsuit is now pending against officers at the facility for taping conversations that were assured to be confidential. The BOP incorporated evidence from the tapes into their review of the staff's treatment of detainees, and both the OIG and the BOP sustained the original finding that there was some abuse by some employees at the facility. In March, the OIG released a report [PDF text] which found, in part, that no MDC officials had yet been disciplined [JURIST report] in connection with the abuse of detainees. Fine stated his office will continue to look into MDC's failure to produce the tapes. AP has more.



 

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