The latest CIA torture suit brought by former detainees presents an interesting variation on the typical post-9/11 state secrets cases: this time it is the defendants rather than the plaintiffs who seek to introduce information that the government alleges may harm national security.
Latest in Interrogation: Interrogation Abuses: Civil Liability
An overview of the proceedings to date. Trial is slated for June.
In a decision handed down today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a district court decision dimissing a tort suit against CACI Premier Technology Inc., a contractor at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Last week, the Fourth Circuit heard an appeal in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Steve Vladeck earlier flagged the case at Just Security, but for those who haven't read his post: Al Shimari alleges that a military contractor was partly responsible for torturing him at Abu Ghraib.
I've long been a huge fan of (Retired) Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, not least because his prized possessions include a scorecard from Game 3 of the 1932 World Series--better known to baseball history as the "called shot" game--which he attended, in person, at the age of 12(!).
On December 30, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to the White House.
The document---which was released earlier today---overviews a number of proposed reforms to U.S. interrogation, detention and other practices, the idea being to give effect to recommendations made in the SSCI's torture report.
The Senator's letter says, in full:
December 30, 2014
I have now spent enough quality time with the SSCI interrogation report---and with minority views and the CIA response---that I am ready to begin commenting upon it. This is not to say I have finished reading it all; far from it. A plane flight to Israel and a lot of other hours have only gotten me started.
We are told there is a privacy crisis. The Snowden revelation and other such things have given the sense that we are in a crisis. I think what we have is a privacy panic. What I would call the Snowden left, joined by the Tea Party right, are churning this up way past any reasonable limits. And then, of course, the press chimes in because that’s what the press does. The press has not been particularly good on this subject. In fact, as I will illustrate to you, they regularly report some technological innovation or some event and say it raises privacy concerns. Their ability to analyze
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority, and the CIA: Part Five
Here is the fifth and final installment in our running, side-by-side comparison of the twenty findings and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program---along with responses by the Committee Minority and the CIA.
James Connell III, lawyer for 9/11 accused Ammar al-Baluchi, had this to say today: