The government claimed that "disclosure of such information reasonably could be expected to result in extremely grave damage to the national security...by revealing to our adversaries the counterterrorism playbook that the CIA intended to employ with them." In response, ACLU attorney Amrit Singh stated [press release]:
The CIA's declaration uses national security as a pretext for withholding evidence that high-level government officials in all likelihood authorized abusive techniques that amount to torture. This declaration is especially disturbing because it suggests that unlawful interrogation techniques cleared by the Justice Department for use by the CIA still remain in effect. The American public has a right to know how the government is treating its prisoners.
Last week, FBI documents were released [JURIST report; ACLU press release] in response to a public records request [ACLU materials] by the ACLU that reported numerous instances of military personnel and contractors using harsh interrogation practices at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], including wrapping a detainee's head in duct tape and a female guard wiping menstrual blood on detainees' faces. AFP has more.
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