3interest in the release of these records is clear, the only recordthat Defendants have thus far disclosed in response to the request isa set of talking points used by the State Department incommunications with the media. Plaintiffs file this motion in orderto enforce their statutory right, under FOIA, to expeditedprocessing.Plaintiffs are organizations that share a belief that Detaineesshould be treated in accordance with domestic and international lawand whose mission is to provide information to the public on suchissues.
They seek the immediate processing and release of agencyrecords, pursuant to FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552, from Defendants Departmentof Defense (“DOD”), Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Department ofHomeland Security (“DHS”), Department of State (“DOS”), CentralIntelligence Agency (“CIA”), and their above-named components.Plaintiffs have filed two FOIA requests seeking identicalcategories of documents. The first was filed in October 2003; havingreceived no response to that Request from Defendants, and amidstfurther news reports describing the abuse of Detainees, Plaintiffsfiled a second FOIA request in May 2004. In each case, Plaintiffssought expedited processing under FOIA and corresponding regulations.With respect to the October 2003 request, no agency grantedplaintiffs’ request for expedited processing. With respect to the
Plaintiffs are American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), Center forConstitutional Rights (“CCR”), Physicians for Human Rights (“PHR”),Veterans for Common Sense (“VCS”) and Veterans for Peace (“VCP”).
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