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Court lets US keep details on Bagram inmates secret: ACLU

Posted by The Agonist on October 26th, 2010

From our partners at The Agonist

Washington | October 26

Dawn – A US court rule Monday that the Pentagon can withhold key information about hundreds of detainees held at a US military prison in Afghanistan, according the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit.

The ruling came in response to a suit filed by the ACLU against the US Defence Department and the Central Intelligence Agency seeking information about inmates detained at a US installation at Bagram Air Base.

The ACLU had been seeking access to records on the detention and treatment of prisoners at Bagram, which now is known as Parwan.

The Pentagon has released the names of the 645 prisoners detained there as of September 2009, but has kept secret other vital information including the detainees’ nationalities, how long they have been held, in what country they were detained and the circumstances surrounding their capture.

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