Concerned About Reports of Denial of Rights, ACLU Asks Ashcroft for Details on Widespread Detention
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WASHINGTON — Saying that unprecedented government secrecy is raising questions about the fairness of the government’s investigation into the terrorist attacks, the American Civil Liberties Union today asked the Justice Department to release to the American public additional information about the more than 700 people held in detention since September 11.
In a letter sent today to Attorney General John Ashcroft, the ACLU said that it was troubled by reports that some detainees have been impeded in their ability to contact lawyers and their families. If accurate, “these reports raise fundamental due process issues that we hope the Department will promptly address,” the ACLU letter said.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said that the ACLU recognizes that some aspects of this important investigation are necessarily and appropriately confidential. “But we also believe that specific information can and should be released to assure the American public that the government’s investigation is both thorough and fair.”
In its letter, the ACLU raised a series of specific questions about the ongoing investigation, including:
The ACLU letter to Attorney General Ashcroft can be found online at:
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