Wednesday, June 02, 2004

First lawsuit filed over abuse records

The first serious legal salvo has been fired in the pursuit of records regarding the treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Guantanamo, and elsewhere.
"The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, charges that the U.S. departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State have failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the groups last year. Other defendants in the suit include the FBI and the CIA."
The FOIA is tough to have consistently applied to issues concerning "national security." However, the Guantanamo prisoners have been held for years without representation or accountability from those holding them. Hopefully, the courts will award this FOIA release, although I seriously doubt we will see any results in the near future.

Look how long it has taken to get Cheney's Energy Task Force case all the way to the Supreme Court. Even with a successful case before the SC, the fight might still not yield results due to the remaining issues in the case.

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