On October 16, 2009, the US District Court for the District of Columbia refused to force the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release non-redacted version of documents that described the alleged torture of 14 Guantanamo Bay detainees. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had filed a request for the release of non-redacted version of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in March 2008, but Judge Royce Lamberth originally ruled that the documents fell under agency exemptions to FOIA. The case was reheard in 2009 in light of subsequent legal developments, including several executive orders from President Barack Obama, with the same result. The 14 detainees mentioned in the documents included alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as well as Abu Zubaydah and Majid Khan.
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