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CSRT Censorship


The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the release of un-redacted transcripts of Guantánamo Bay prisoners describing abuse and torture suffered in CIA custody. The lawsuit follows a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking transcripts from Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) that determine if prisoners held by the Defense Department at Guantánamo qualify as "enemy combatants."
 

On June 15, 2009, the CIA released still-highly redacted documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. (Learn more >>) In previously released versions of the documents, the CIA had removed virtually all references to the abuse of prisoners in their custody; the new versions are still heavily blacked out but include some new information:


On March 13, 2008, the CIA released highly redacted documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody.


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PRESIDENT: Please describe the methods that were used.

TRANSLATOR: (translation of above).

DETAINEE (through translator): CENSORED What else do I want to say? CENSORED Many things happened. There were doing so many things. What else did they did?
CENSORED They do so many things. So so many things. What else did they did?
CENSORED After that another method of torture began.CENSORED They used to ask me·questions and the investigator after that used to laugh. And, I used to answer the answer that I knew. And, if I didn't reply what I heard, he used to CENSORED So many things happened. I don't in summary, that's basically what happened.

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PRESIDENT: In your previous statement, you were saying specific treatments. Can you describe a little bit more about what those treatments were?

DETAINEE: CENSORED

PRESIDENT: I understand.

> Transcript PDF




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