Saturday, November 04, 2006

U.S. Seeks Silence on Secret CIA Prisons

By Carol D. Leonnig and Eric Rich

Court is asked to bar detainees from talking about interrogations..

The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to talk.

The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are now among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets and that their release -- even to the detainees' own attorneys -- "could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage." Terrorists could use the information to train in counter-interrogation techniques and foil government efforts to elicit information about their methods and plots, according to government documents submitted to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Oct. 26.

The battle over legal rights for terrorism suspects detained for years in CIA prisons centers on Majid Khan, a 26-year-old former Catonsville resident who was one of 14 high-value detainees transferred in September from the "black" sites to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents many detainees at Guantanamo, is seeking emergency access to him.


Also see:

Guantanamo Prisoners Challenge New Terrorism Law

Over 300 may never leave Guantanamo

Gitmo Lawyer Who Took on Bush Forced to Retire from Navy

Gitmo Prisoners are Enemy Combatants because Northern Alliance Said So

Micromanaging Shock & Awe to create "Deep Psychological Injury"


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