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CIA Withholding List of 3,000 Documents Related to Tape Destruction

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:53pm

Today we were expecting a list of documents pertaining to the contents of the interrogation tapes destroyed by the CIA. We've been waiting for it all day, and at 5:20 p.m., we got zilch, save a letter from the DOJ telling the Judge presiding over the case that they won't turn over anything.

These 3,000 documents include summaries, transcripts, reconstructions and memoranda relating to the destruction of the tapes. Also withheld: the list of witnesses who may have viewed the tapes or had custody of the tapes before their destruction.

Amrit Singh, staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a statement:

"The government is still needlessly withholding information about these tapes from the public, despite the fact that the CIA's use of torture is well known,” said. “Full disclosure of the CIA's illegal interrogation methods is long overdue and the agency must be held accountable for flouting the rule of law."
The CIA will provide these lists to the Court for in camera review on March 26, 2009.

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