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US court won’t force release of Guantanamo detainee images

March 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing the Obama administration to keep secret photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo Bay detainee identified as the would-be 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The justices on Monday turned away an appeal from a human rights group that argued the release of videotapes and photographs of the interrogation and confinement of Mohammed al-Qahtani would serve the public interest. The Center for Constitutional Rights has accused the FBI and military personnel of subjecting al-Qahtani to isolation and aggressive interrogation techniques in 2002.

The federal appeals court in New York agreed with the government that images of al-Qahtani could be used by anti-American extremists as propaganda to recruit members if made public.

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