Judge: Gitmo legal documents must be public
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
Monday, June 1, 2009
A federal judge says the United States must publicly reveal the unclassified documents filed in the cases against more than 100 terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Attorneys for the detainees had objected to the Justice Department's practice of filing unclassified records under seal. The Associated Press, the New York Times and USA Today had joined the legal fight, arguing that the government was keeping valuable information from the public.
The government said classified information had sometimes slipped out in unclassified versions, so the records needed to be private to protect national security. But U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said Monday the public has a right to access the records.