DOJ trying to block legal access to detainee who could disclose CIA techniques

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] is attempting to block lawyers' access to Majid Khan, one of 14 "high value" prisoners [DNI profiles, PDF] previously held at a CIA secret prison [JURIST report] but recently transferred to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST archive]. The Washington Post reported Saturday that DOJ lawyers argued in court papers filed on October 26 with US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] that allowing access to Khan could compromise CIA interrogation tactics and locations. Although the papers did not point to any specific knowledge Khan may possess, the government contends that simply by being involved in the CIA interrogation system he could disclose information the US government believes should remain classified.

The Center for Constitutional Rights [official website], which represents many detainees at Guantanamo, filed a habeas corpus petition [press release, petition text. PDF] on Khan's behalf on October 3. The Washington Post has more.

 

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