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Federal judge orders CIA to turn over Iraqi prisoner records

[JURIST] US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Wednesday that the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] should comply with Freedom of Information Act [text] requests made by the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] and turn over its records concerning the treatment of prisoners in Iraq. The CIA had argued that it should not have to comply with the ACLU's FOIA requests due to an exception in the law for national security interest issues or state secrets, but Judge Hellerstein said that the CIA did not follow the procedure required to claim the exception. AP has more. The ACLU has a compilation of government documents obtained through FOIA requests.

6:35 PM ET - Read Judge Hellerstein's ruling [PDF].

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