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UPDATE: This Hearing Has Been Cancelled, But Will Be Re-scheduled

ACLU In Court Tomorrow For Hearing On Obama Request To Delay Lawsuit Over Release Of Torture Memos


federal judge will hold a hearing tomorrow to examine the Obama
administration's request for a 90-day delay of an American Civil
Liberties Union lawsuit concerning public access to controversial
Bush-era legal memos. The memos, written by the Justice Department's
Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), supplied the basis for the Bush
administration's torture and rendition programs. The hearing is
scheduled for tomorrow, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of New York.

Among the memos still being withheld
are those written by Steven J. Bradbury when he was the acting-head of
OLC. They are believed to have authorized the CIA to use extremely
harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding.

In October 2003, the ACLU - along
with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights,
Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans for Peace - filed a request
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for records concerning the
treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody abroad. To date, more than
100,000 pages of government documents have been released in response to
the ACLU's FOIA lawsuit.

A hearing to examine the Obama
administration's request for a 90-day delay of an ACLU lawsuit seeking
Bush administration torture memos

Jenny-Brooke Condon of the law firm
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C will be
arguing before Judge Alvin Hellerstein; ACLU attorneys Jameel Jaffer
and Amrit Singh will be present to answer questions

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, 2009
3:00 p.m. EST

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007-1312

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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