Saturday, November 04, 2006

You can't even tell your own lawyer

Saturday's Washington Post has a front-page article by Carol D. Leonnig and Eric Rich, "U.S. Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons: Court is Asked to Bar Detainees from Talking about Interrogations." In essence, the Bush Administration is claiming that our torture interrogation methods are so sooper-seekrit that the people who have undergone those "alternative" interrogation techniques must not be permitted to discuss them at all with anyone including their own lawyer.

Gitanjali Gutierrez, an attorney for the family of one of the Guantánamo detainees said the government has presented no evidence that the prisoner, Majid Khan, has any classified information; "Rather, the executive is attempting to misuse its classification authority ... to conceal illegal or embarrassing executive conduct."

To borrow one of Dick Cheney's favorite phrases, this court filing truly "shocks the conscience."

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