Gitmo lawyers ask for classified ‘black site’ information

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The attorneys think that move could pave the way for releasing parts of a controversial Senate report that contains allegations of torture by U.S. officials, potentially against detainees like Ali.

“We have been in contact with [congressional] staff” on the legal motion to disclose the black-site information, Connell told reporters Monday at Guantánamo Bay.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others are pushing to declassify the executive summary, findings and recommendations of their report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.

Most of the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee did not sign on to the panel’s report, saying they disagreed with its findings. Many GOP lawmakers argue the Bush administration-era interrogation techniques helped track down Osama bin Laden, which Feinstein disputes.

Connell said Tuesday that the pending motion to share classified information on the black sites with Congress could enable the release of the Senate report and open a direct line between the congressional intelligence panels and defense teams to exchange information on the 9/11 tribunal.

If information in the Senate’s torture report includes details on Ali’s time in CIA custody, that would “dramatically change” the nature of the case, Connell said.

The defense attorney’s team has repeatedly pressed the military tribunal to admit classified information on the CIA’s controversial rendition and interrogation program, which were run out of the agency’s black sites.

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