[Pnews] Lawyers for Guantanamo Prisoners Ask Obama to Unclassify CIA Torture Interrogations

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Fri Oct 25 16:08:36 EDT 2013

          9/11 Lawyers Ask Obama to Expose Interrogations

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      GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (CN) - Lawyers for the suspected 
plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks asked President Barack Obama on 
Friday to declassify details about their clients' interrogation.
      Earlier this week, lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 
self-professed "mastermind" of the attacks, and his four alleged 
accomplices challenged 
<http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/22/62257.htm>an order that 
prevents them from probing their clients' treatment in secret CIA 
prisons. They said the rule violates the Convention Against Torture, a 
treaty the United States ratified in 1994.
      Without access to this information, the military judge should 
penalize the government by dismissing the charges, or taking the death 
penalty off the table, they added.
      The military judge, Col. James Pohl, responded to the demand 
Tuesday by saying, "If the president of the United States wanted to 
declassify this information, he certainly can, and we wouldn't be having 
this conversation."
      On Friday, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, the lead military lawyer for 
Mustafa al-Hawsawi, did just that in a two-page letter to his 
commander-in-chief, co-signed by military and civilian defense co-counsel.
      It begins by reminding Obama of his June 21, 2011, promise that he 
"reaffirmed our commitment to the convention's tenets and our domestic 
      Ruiz wrote that the "true meaning and effect" of that statement 
would mean shining a light on "all aspects of the RDI program with 
respect to our clients against whom the United States seeks to impose 
the death penalty," abbreviating the "rendition, detention, and 
interrogation" program.
      "True transparency and meaningful justice can only be achieved by 
a faithful application of deeds to aspirational statements," the letter 
states. "Here, we have such an opportunity."
      Obama should not let "fear of public embarrassment and the desire 
to conceal war crimes" keep the information under wraps, Ruiz wrote.
      A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a 
request for comment
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