Gitmo Inmate Charges 'Ruthless' Torture by CIA

Attorneys demand court safeguard evidence
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2007 7:15 AM CST
In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, a razor-wired fence is shown above the Camp Delta 2 and 3 base sign at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Camp Delta 2 and 3 in this June 25, 2005 file photo....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Attorneys representing a former US resident detained in Guantanamo have demanded a court order preventing the CIA from destroying evidence of what they call "ruthless application" of "state-sanctioned torture" of their client. The court action details specific acts of torture of Majid Khan, 27, one of 14 so-called "high-value" detainees, but the document has been so heavily redacted that all incidents have been blacked out.

A CIA official said the agency doesn't "conduct or condone" torture, although sometimes “special methods of questioning” are needed, reports the New York Times. Khan's team made its request before the CIA admitted officials destroyed videotapes of interrogations. Khan's lawyers are now emphasizing the "substantial risk that torture evidence will disappear."