Court Forces US to Divulge Gitmo Info

Federal judges reject Justice's security claim, orders cases unveiled
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2007 1:26 PM CDT
Court Forces US to Divulge Gitmo Info
US troopers walk on a road as the sun rises over the razor-wired detention compound at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this Dec. 7, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Dept of Defense official. The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility and...   (Associated Press)

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the US government must release information on Guantanamo Bay detainees fighting their imprisonment, the Times reports. The decision will be a boon for detainees and their lawyers, who have previously found themselves blindsided in military tribunals where evidence was hidden before the proceedings began.

But the court also granted the Pentagon the right to limit topics of discussion available to detainees and their attorneys, as well as screening and expurgating their mail. And civil liberties advocates are complaining that the government will only be required to turn over information it deems "reasonably available." (More Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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