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ACLU wants detention records released

Aug. 11, 2004 at 3:19 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it will urge a federal judge in New York to require the government to make U.S. detention records public.

The ACLU said its lawyers will argue during a Thursday hearing that all records about the treatment of prisoners held by the United States at military bases and other detention facilities overseas, including Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, must be made public.

The organization and other plaintiffs filed suit in June against several government agencies after two Freedom of Information Act requests were ignored.

The government has argued it should not be required to release the records on an expedited schedule. It has also insisted some of the records should not be released at all, the ACLU said.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein will hear oral argument from attorneys representing the ACLU and the government on the ACLU's motion for an order to expedite processing of the FOIA requests.

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