In Guantánamo, ACLU Asks for Open Torture Testimony

The feds want to keep their conduct quiet


I'm in Guantánamo today, expecting to argue the ACLU's constitutional challenge to the censorship of torture in the military commissions this afternoon or tomorrow.

The Guantánamo military commissions were created in part to hide the government's illegal torture program while permitting the use of information obtained through torture. Because of improvements in 2009 in the law governing the commissions, it's harder (though not impossible) for coerced evidence to be used in the proceedings. But the government still wants to hide from the public what it did to prisoners in CIA and military custody.