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FBI Questions 3 JAG Lawyers About Photos Shown to Gitmo Clients

Posted Aug 21, 2009 6:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The FBI has questioned three military defense lawyers to learn whether they showed photographs of interrogators for the CIA to Guantanamo detainees accused of planning the Sept. 11 attacks.

The photos may have included undercover CIA agents, according to stories in the Washington Post and the New York Times. The lawyers were apparently trying to identify those responsible for harsh interrogations of their clients, according to the Post.

In some cases the photos were secretly taken outside the homes of the CIA officers, the Post says.

Anthony Romero, the president of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Times and the Post that the photos came from an investigation into harsh interrogations by the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He maintained that showing the photos to detainees would not be illegal, and he decried the FBI investigation.

“This is a misguided effort, a diversion of investigative resources, and blatant effort to shut down the zealous defense of defendants at these sham proceedings at Guantanamo,” he told the Times.

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