Federal Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over Memos Authorizing Torture Or Justify Withholding Them

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 2, 2008

ACLU news release: “A federal judge [U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York] has ordered the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to turn over three memos that authorized the extremely harsh treatment of prisoners in CIA custody or explain by October 3 why these memos can lawfully be withheld. The American Civil Liberties Union called for the immediate release of the May 2005 OLC memos as part of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit requesting information on the treatment and interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody overseas…In another development in the same case, the ACLU obtained Department of Defense (DOD) documents about the treatment of detainees in Iraq. The documents, from the military’s Criminal Investigation Division, are from two investigations.”

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