Judge to CIA: Produce Documents

Last Friday, a federal judge rejected the CIA's attempt to withhold records related to 92 videotapes that the agency destroyed. The tapes, which depict the harsh interrogation of CIA prisoners, are subject of a motion to hold the CIA in contempt in an ongoing ACLU Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

Previously, the CIA said it would produce records relating to the contents of the videotapes for August 2002 only. Last week's order from the judge, however, requires the CIA to produce records from April through December 2002 that relate to the content of the tapes, as well as documents from April 2002 through June 2003 that relate to the destruction of the tapes, and information about the persons and reasons behind their destruction.

The judge also ordered the government to reconsider the extent of redactions it intends to make to the documents, in light of four relatively un-redacted secret torture memos that the Justice Department released on April 16 as part of the ACLU's FOIA litigation. The court also ordered the government to explain whether contempt proceedings would interfere with a federal criminal investigation into the destruction of the tapes led by prosecutor John Durham.

Recent disclosures about the CIA's torture program confirm that the agency has no basis to continue withholding records. The public has a right to know what was on those destroyed videotapes, who authorized their destruction, and why. The CIA must be held accountable for its flagrant disregard for the rule of law.

You can check out our response letter to the judge here (PDF).

You can and support the ACLU's call for accountability for torture and learn more about our motion to hold the CIA in contempt for destroying the tapes online at: www.aclu.org/torturefoia.

Stay tuned.

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Vic Livingston

BUSH TORTURE MEMOS OK'ED RADIATION WEAPON USE - ON AMERICANS, TOO

As a longtime investigative reporter for major newspapers and TV outlets, this columnist has gathered first-hand information indicating that what insiders refer to as “the torture matrix” involves the use of silent, classified microwave radiation weapons, and extends far beyond terror war “detainees” and into communities across the United States.

Still-secret U.S. Justice Department memoranda are said to have been used as legal cover for “hi-tech” torture techniques involving various forms of electromagnetic radiation — pulsed-beam microwave radiation “directed energy weapons” and devices capable of inducing a wide range of adverse physiological effects, including: severe pain; illnesses and ailments such as strokes, heart attacks and aneurysms; vision degradation; hearing loss; muscle paralysis; mood and behavior changes; cognitive impairment; and, over time, a “slow-kill” death.

(Military literature uses the term “slow-kill” to describe the lethality of weapons systems the government benignly terms “non-lethal” or, more recently, “less-lethal.”)

Victims of harassment and psychological and physical torture allegedly meted out by so-called "organized community gang stalker" units fronted by federally-funded community policing and public safety agencies insist that directed energy weapons assaults continue under the Obama administration.

Operatives of this citizen "army" are said to have infiltrated the U.S. health care system, including hospitals, doctors offices and extended care and nursing homes. Parents of "targeted individuals" are said to have been subject to mistreatment and physical abuse, including suspected irradiation, and psychological harassment, such as vandalism of property, clothing and personal effects.

Victims charge that these crimes against humanity are not simply the unfortunate byproduct of the "war on terror," but constitute a purposeful genocide-politicide targeting innocent persons by labeling them as "dissidents," "undesirables," "deviates" or "mental defectives."

Because microwave radiation "directed energy" weapons are silent and leave no traditional forensic evidence such as bullet casings, blood splatter, or powder burns, this form of torture is even more insidious, more potentially devastating, than anything described in the memos already released.

The Justice Department memos are said to justify as legal the domestic use of radiation weaponry on U.S. citizens under several novel legal theories, including a nexus to terrorism -- a possible rationale for the silent torture of persons tagged as political dissidents -- and the notion that weapons testing on non-consenting individuals is permissible if the subject is under federal investigation, or is deemed to be mentally infirm.

It is also likely that memos approving the use of radiation weapons will be kept secret, unless the American Civil Liberties Union -- whose lawsuit resulted in the Justice Department disclosures -- successfully subpoenas memos related to advanced weapons systems. "Directed energy" weapons have been developed by various government and private agencies, including the multi-agency Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP), the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and units doing specialized weapons development work for agencies that include the Secret Service, the intelligence agencies, and the armed services.

In December 2008, the Bush Justice Department confirmed that directed energy weapons are being proliferated to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The announcement also confirmed the development of hand-held radiation energy weapons. Public demonstrations of an Army truck-mounted “Active Denial System” weapon, said to repel crowds by heating the outer layers of human flesh, have left the impression that miniaturization is years off.

Victims of community gang stalking and alleged radiation weapons torture have asked the FBI to launch a civil rights investigation. They say officials have told them they see nothing to investigate, and hint that victim accounts are delusional.

Victims maintain that marginalizing the persecuted as "unstable" or "mentally ill" is a tactic being used to cover up crimes against humanity.

Victims of these assaults also say their family finances are decimated by an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the forced cooperation of private enterprise; surveillance and interception of mail and telecommunications; and the forging of billing, utility, banking and mortgage statements -- what they charge is a process of expropriation and theft by deception.

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anthony

You can't be that naive. All this is more bush bashing by the far left idiots of which you are a member. Next time a burgler breaks in your house, call the ACLjew and see what they say.

Cc

They should demand Obama to produce his Birth Certificate with such fervor!

Peter

Questions :

Were the minimum calories permitted to detainees more then they normally would eat in Tora Bora ????

How many hot showers do detainees average per year in Tora Bora ??

Is leaning up against a wall more strenuous then carrying an AK-47 + 10 clips + 5 RPG rounds up the passes in Tora Bora ???

Is being confined in tight quarters harsher then living in a cave for years in Tora Bora ???

Why does no one care that Sitara Achakzai was gunned down by the Taliban ?? If Nelson Mandela was gunned down the media would be all over it ??

Hawaiian style

I just read an article about the CIA and all its mistakes and lack of efficiency.

It was also noted that the agency is pretty much out of control.

I guess how they respond to the Judicial orders will determine the answer. Do they need a house cleaning or do they follow the law and do what the bosses say?

Mar

I can not believe we have such organization that protects our enemies and destroys good citizens of our Great Nation. Your origination does not help the citizens of this country; you are on the side of the Arabs, Terrorists, Communist, Socialist; anyone that is our enemy, you are on their side. So, this brings me to one conclusion, the Saudi’s, George Soros and Communist owns you by funding your organization and bending you to their agenda. So, what I and everyone who believes in God and in this Great Country suggest you move either to Saudi Arabia or some other country that will welcome your stupid agenda and your stupid ideas……..because we the people believe you do not belong in this Great Country and watch you destroy what our forefathers established. One day we the people of this Great Country who believe in our Great God will take over the government and change it to the original form of our great constitution and destroy CLU, I will not call you American because you are not………..you are a foreign organization; who is under cover to destroy our Great Nation. I am looking forward to the day when your organization and all your stupid members leave this Great Nation.

Signed,

A True American

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