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CREW: DOJ: Regarding Information on Criminal Division's Handling of Guantanamo Deaths

On May 27, 2010, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking information about the DOJ Criminal Division’s handling of allegations of wrongdoing in the deaths of three detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and their subsequent investigation by military officials. Investigative reports by Harper’s Magazine and the Seton Hall University School of Law -- based on the whistleblowing testimony of a decorated non-commissioned Army officer -- have raised serious questions about the government’s response to the June 9, 2006 deaths. The absence of clear information has allowed for a confusing and contradictory public debate, replete with conspiratorial claims of cover-ups and purported debunkings. CREW seeks evidence of DOJ’s ability to handle allegations of government wrongdoing, to inform the public and hold the government accountable.