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Court Rules In Favor Of Transparency In Guantánamo Cases

NEW YORK - In
an important ruling affecting the public's access to records regarding
the cases of Guantánamo detainees, a federal court today denied a
government motion to seal unclassified information related to those
cases. Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for
the District of Columbia, citing a "First Amendment and common law
right to access" judicial records, ruled that the government cannot
suppress unclassified documents and must seek court approval to seal
specific information.

The following can be attributed to Jonathan Hafetz, attorney with the ACLU National Security Project:

"Today's decision is a victory for
transparency. For far too long, the government has succeeded in keeping
information about Guantánamo secret, and used secrecy to cover-up
illegal detention and abuse. The decision marks an important step
towards restoring America's open court tradition that is essential to
both accountability and the rule of law."

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