Sunday, October 11, 2009
Provision in a Homeland Security Funding Bill Would Block Release of Torture Photos
The American Civil Liberties Union says a provision of the homeland security funding bill could block the release of photos of prisoners abused in U.S. custody abroad. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) proposed the provision, which would make such photos exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
The ACLU filed a FOI request for 2,000 photos of alleged abuse with the Department of Defense in 2003. In 2005, a U.S. District Court judge in New York ordered the photos released, a decision that was upheld in 2008 by an appellate court. The Obama administration has refused to comply with the order and asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.
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