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Federal Judge: Let Detainees Decide If They Want to be Identified

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A federal judge in New York, responding to an Associated Press suit, directed the Defense Department to ask Guantanamo detainees if they want their names made public. The Defense Department had redacted the names in turning over 558 transcripts of tribunal proceedings to the AP under an earlier court order. Defense argued they were protecting the privacy of the detainees, whose families might face death or serious harm if terrorist groups were unhappy with a detainee’s comments at the hearings. (8/31/05)