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Human Right Groups Charge Documents Reveal CIA Stonewalled
Congressional Oversight Committees; CIA Says Many Documents too Sensitive
NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) must stop stonewalling congressional
oversight committees and release vital documents related to the program of
secret detentions, renditions, and torture, three prominent human rights
groups said today. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Center for
Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Human Rights Clinic at
NYU School of Law (NYU IHRC) reiterated their call for information,
following the CIA's filing of a summary judgment motion this week to end a
lawsuit and avoid turning over more than 7000 documents related to its
secret "ghost" detention and extraordinary rendition program. This motion
is in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in
federal court last June by these groups. The organizations will file their
response brief next month.
Among other assertions, the CIA claimed that it did not have to release
the documents because many consist of correspondence with the White House
or top Bush administration officials, or because they are between parties
seeking legal advice on the programs, including guidance on the legality of
certain interrogation procedures. The CIA confirmed that it requested --
and received -- legal advice from attorneys at the Department of Justice
Office of Legal Counsel concerning these procedures.