A group of news organizations that include the New York Times, the Washington Post and the McClatchy Co. has filed an objection to the Pentagon’s plan to close an upcoming hearing in the case of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is alleged to have been involved in masterminding an attack on the USS Cole in 2000 which killed seventeen US sailors....The objection clearly states the “First Amendment independently ‘protects the public and the press from abridgement of their rights of access to information about the operation of their government’” and Congress has mandated twice, in 2006 and 2009 under the Military Commissions Act, that the proceedings must be open to the press and the public, “except in certain narrowly limited circumstances.”...The US government clings to absurd secrecy and wants all citizens of the world to believe what happened to Al-Nashiri continues to be sensitive and classified, even though the types of interrogations, the agency involved and the locations where the interrogations occurred is known. In November 2002, Al-Nashiri was captured in Dubai. He was flown to a CIA prison in Afghanistan called the “Salt Pit.” He was then moved to a secret prison in Thailand, where he was waterboarded twice (which is torture and a war crime). He also, at one point, was held at a secret prison in Poland.
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