Judge orders hearing on CIA videos

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two al-Qaida suspects.

The judge rejected calls from the Justice Department to stay out of the matter, and has ordered lawyers to appear before him Friday morning.

In June of 2005, the same judge ordered the administration to safeguard "all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay."

Five months later, the CIA destroyed the interrogation videos. The Justice Department argued that the videos weren't covered by the order because the two men were being held in secret CIA prisons overseas, not at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

A lawyer who asked for the hearing said he wants to be sure other evidence isn't being destroyed.


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