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Thursday, September 22, 2011

ACLU lawsuit demanded information on Bagram detainees
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On September 22, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit seeking information related to the treatment of prisoners at the US detention facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Departments of Defense, Justice, and State, and the CIA, follows a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the ACLU in April 2009. None of the departments turned over any records in response to the request. The ACLU sought records including "a list of vital information about detainees being held there, the rules that govern the facility, and documents pertaining to the conditions of confinement and status review process afforded prisoners."

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