Court Upholds Secrecy On Detained Foreigners

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A new appeals court ruling allows the Bush administration to keep secret names and other information about hundreds of foreigners detained in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday that disclosing such information could give terrorists insight into the government’s investigation of the terrorist attacks. Of the more than 760 people detained, only one – Zacarias Moussaoui – has been charged with any terrorism-related crime. A recent audit by the Justice Department’s inspector found “significant problems” with the detentions, including allegations of physical abuse.

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