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Monday, February 27, 2006

FOI reveals FBI objections to Guantanamo interrogation methods

Extensive media coverage in Australian and overseas press at the week end about the release of documents which revealed that FBI officers strenuously objected to aggressive interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay in 2002 and 2003.

The news stories arose from a court victory by a group of US organisations who had been seeking documents through FOI applications. Full details are contained on the American Civil Liberties Union website. The documents recently released had previously been made available to the ACLU in December 2004 with most of their contents deleted but a court ordered additional disclosures. The matter is scheduled for further hearing in April. To date more than 90,000 pages of government documents have been released as a result of the FOI lawsuit.

That’s a lot of FOI processing and a lot of time, money and energy expended on a court battle over the last two years.

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