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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday lost a court bid to prevent terrorism detainees gaining access to all readily available documents about them as they challenge their indefinite imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.
By a 5-5 vote, the full 10-member U.S. appeals court rejected an administration request to hear a case that a three-judge panel of the court ruled on last year. The tied vote meant the earlier decision remained in place.
That ruling required the government to provide detainees with all readily available documents to help them challenge their designation as enemy combatants.
The United States has been widely criticized by human rights organizations for its treatment of those it has designated as enemy combatants in the war against terrorism.