Government Ordered To Release Detainees’ Names

2002

Ruling on the government’s refusal to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by civil liberties groups, a federal judge orders the government to release the names of all post-Sept. 11 detainees and the names of their attorneys. The judge finds that “the public’s interest in learning the identity of those arrested and detained is essential to verifying whether the government is operating within the bounds of the law.” The government appeals the ruling, and the judge issues a stay of the order pending the outcome of the appeal.