Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Documents: Covert Action & Torture

From today's Secrecy News list:

COVERT ACTION, AND MORE FROM CRS: Notable new reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made widely available to the public include the following. "Covert Action: Legislative Background and Possible Policy Questions," updated October 11, 2007:

ADMINISTRATION OF TORTURE: Much of what is publicly known regarding the abuse of detainees held in U.S. custody did not emerge from congressional investigations -- there were no such investigations -- or from other conventional means of oversight. Instead, a large portion of the public record on interrogation policy was uncovered through an unusually effective Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. A new documentary collection on detainee abuse edited by ACLU attorneys Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh has just been published by Columbia University Press under the title "Administration of Torture," with a narrative introduction by the editors:

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