Federal judge orders DOD release of Guantanamo detainee names by March 3

[JURIST] US District Judge Jed S. Rakoff [official profile] of the Southern District of New York on Thursday ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts, including detainee names, of 317 Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] hearings held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. In January, Rakoff ordered the Pentagon to reveal the detainees' names [JURIST report], rejecting the Defense Department's argument that releasing the names would violate the prisoners' privacy. Documents previously released have had prisoner identities and other details blacked out. The Pentagon has decided not to appeal the ruling, and Rakoff said Thursday that they must reveal the names by March 3.

The Associated Press [media website] filed a lawsuit [AP report] last April under the Freedom of Information Act [text] seeking the release of uncensored information about Guantanomo detainees. The Defense Department has said that it would comply with the order. AP has more.

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