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US Government called to account

The message is simple....as is the litigation which 16 news organisations have launched against the US Government.    And not before time, one might add, to see the media reflect what it's role is really supposed to be.    CommonDreams reports in "News Outlets: Public Must See 'What Is Done in Their Name at Gitmo'"

"A group of news organizations on Friday filed a motion (pdf) in a federal court seeking the right of the public to see videotape evidence of force-feedings of a Guantanamo detainee in order to be able to "exercise democratic oversight of its Government."

The 16 news organizations, which include the McClatchy Company, First Look Media, the Guardian US, Reuters and the Washington Post, seek to intervene in the case of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a 42-year-old Syrian man who has been held at the offshore prison for over ten years without charge, and was cleared for release in 2009. With no other recourse, he has turned to a hunger strike.

In the case in which the news outlets seek to intervene, Dhiab is seeking a stop to his forcible cell extractions and "torturous" force-feedings.

The government was ordered last month to release to Dhiab's lawyers video of his force-feedings, but the evidence is classified as "Secret" by the government and as such the public has been prevented from viewing it.  Yet "the public has a qualified right under both the First Amendment and the common law to inspect and copy this evidence," the news outlets state."



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