NY judge orders release of CIA 'torture' documents

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March 28, 2009 06:42

A judge has given the CIA a month to begin releasing documents related to the destruction of videotapes of detainee interrogations. Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court says the CIA should start turning over the information and a list of witnesses to the American Civil Liberties Union within 30 days or explain why the agency should be exempt. The judge reviewed the CIA documents and on Friday gave the agency until April 9 to produce a schedule for releasing them. An ongoing criminal probe is exploring why the CIA destroyed videotapes in 2005 that document new harsh questioning techniques. The ACLU says the destruction violated Hellerstein's 2004 order to the CIA to preserve all records pertaining to the treatment of detainees.


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