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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

So Unlike Them 

2,000 pages withheld from the Taguba Report because of an "oversight." 9,000 pages of Clinton Administration documents "accidentally" mislaid. Missing military records that should have been in George W. Bush's "complete" Texas ANG files, but were not released to the press (and I don't know about you, but personally I think that last one just might've been on purpose).

Now (via Cursor) it transpires that the full-disclosure administration, in yesterday's massive document dump, by some fluke neglected to include a few key torture memos:
But the unusual release of sensitive communications from the White House, the Defense Department and the Justice Department didn't quell growing partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats who last week tried to subpoena 23 documents from the White House and Justice Department were quick to point out that 21 were missing from the more than 250 pages released Tuesday.

The documents also didn't include anything about interrogation policies in Iraq or at Abu Ghraib, and outlined administration policy only with respect to detainees captured in Afghanistan and those held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

The White House released "a small subset of the documents that offers glimpses into the genesis of this scandal," said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "All should have been provided earlier to Congress, and much more remains held back and hidden away from public view."
Michael Froomkin has more.

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