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Feb
2005

Torture FOIA Documents

Army files obtained by the ACLU reveal previously undisclosed allegations of abuse by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the documents are reports that a detainee who was beaten and seriously injured was forced to drop his claims in order to be released from custody.

Read Torture FOIA Documents
http://www.aclu.org/International/International.cfm?orgid=n&ID=13962&c=36&MX=1949&H=1

The release of these documents follows a federal court order that directed the Defense Department and other government agencies to comply with a year-old request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans for Peace. The New York Civil Liberties Union is co-counsel in the case.

One of the recently released files reports that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posed for photographs of mock executions with hooded and bound detainees, and that some of these photographs were intentionally destroyed after the Abu Ghraib scandal to avoid "another public outrage."

"These files provide more evidence, if any were needed, that abuse was not limited to Abu Ghraib," said ACLU staff attorney Jameel Jaffer. "Unfortunately, it's now clear that the government failed to investigate many of these abuses until the Abu Ghraib photographs came to light."

Attorneys for the ACLU and other organizations named in the lawsuit will appear in federal court in New York on February 25 to address the inadequacy of the government's response to requests for records regarding the treatment of detainees held by the United States at military bases and other detention facilities overseas, including Guantánamo Bay.

Friday's case is another step in the continuing investigation by the ACLU over detainee abuse. Read more about ACLU actions taken to uncover the truth about the abuse.
http://www.aclu.org/International/International.cfm?orgid=n&ID=13962&c=36&MX=1949&H=1
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