Detention & Guantanamo

9/11 Defense Counsel to President Obama: Please Declassify RDI Program

By Raffaela Wakeman
Friday, October 25, 2013, 11:43 AM

Today defense counsel to Mustafa al Hawsawi in United States v. Mohammed et al, the 9/11 case, delivered this letter to President Obama. It requests that details of the rendition, detention and interrogation program be declassified in accordance with EO 13526, as the press release attached to the letter explains:

Guantanamo Naval Station, Cuba --- The Defense in the 9/11 trial by military commission has asked President Obama to enforce an Executive Order by declassifying information relative to the rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program as it was applied to the accused, and that took the accused to black sites in host nations.

Regarding the letter, CDR Walter Ruiz said: “Today uniformed officers and our civilian colleagues join in asking our president to uphold our obligations under the convention against torture, and remove improper classification restrictions which are preventing the pursuit of truth and meaningful justice.”

Evidence of war crimes must not be classified. For decades now, the United States, by Executive Order, has banned the use of classification rules to conceal violations of law.

President Reagan signed the Convention Against Torture in 1988, and the United States Senate ratified the Convention in 1994. As such, according the U.S. Constitution, it is part of United States law.