Liberal Clinton Judge Demands Hearing on CIA Tapes
Clinton appointee Judge Henry H. Kennedy is back in the news making the news.
Judge Kennedy has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two al-Qaida suspects.
The Bush White House asked the CIA not to destroy the tapes.
This was not mentioned in the AP article today.
Liberals are very upset that the US may have waterboarded Al-Qaeda killers and extracted information from them that saved hundreds of American lives.
The AP reported on Kennedy’s latest attack on Bush:
U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy rejected calls from the Justice Department to stay out of the matter. He ordered lawyers to appear before him Friday morning.
In June 2005, Kennedy 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 recordings involved suspected terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. 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.
David Remes, a lawyer who represents Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay, asked for the court hearing. He said the government was obligated to keep the tapes and he wants to be sure other evidence is not being destroyed.
In February 2006, Judge Kennedy ordered the Bush administration to release documents about its warrantless surveillance program or spell out what it was withholding, a setback to efforts to keep the program under wraps.
Judge Kennedy also did work for the Yemeni Gitmo prisoners in the past. Kennedy barred the government from moving 13 Yemenis from Guantanamo Bay to other countries without at least 30 days notice.
In January, 2002, Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. overturned one of President Bush’s earliest executive orders which required federal contractors to post notices telling workers they did not have to join unions.