The deluge continues. Word comes that in response to pending requests from the American Civil Liberties Union, another tranche of CIA documents about Bush-era interrogations and detentions could be released as early as Monday. That’s on top this week’s release of the 2004 CIA inspector general’s report on torture; two additional documents requested by former Vice President Dick Cheney on the efficacy of torture; and a pile of additional Justice Department memoranda on the legality of all of this.
Expected Monday, as the result of Judge Alvin Hellerstein’s order: A presidential order from Sept. 17, 2001 authorizing the CIA to set up unacknowledged detention facilities around the world. The CIA first acknowledged the existence of that “black site” authorization in 2006. Chances are the document will remain heavily redacted, and ACLU attorneys indicate that they aren’t expecting to learn that much from it. But still.
Aside from that order, there are just a few more disclousres, like about *129 *documents from the closed CIA inspector general files, including interview reports, cables, emails and more. And then about 138 documents from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that the CIA insisted on classifying. You know, light Labor Day reading.
Update: Oops. Apparently the presidential directive was never actually disclosed. Just acknowledged. My apologies.