Fox News reveals state secrets

As the government argues in court that terror suspects should not be allowed to discuss the interrogation techniques used on them, Fox News waterboards its own reporter.


Alex Koppelman
November 5, 2006 3:56AM (UTC)

The Washington Post reported Friday night that lawyers for the Justice Department and the CIA have told a federal court that the terror suspects recently transferred from secret foreign prisons to Guantánamo should not be allowed to discuss the interrogation techniques to which they were subject, even with their lawyers.

"The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are now among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets," the Post reported, "and that their release -- even to the detainees' own attorneys -- 'could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage.'"

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Apparently no one told Fox News. The network -- which normally attacks its journalistic brethren for revealing that which the administration would prefer remain secret -- has one of its reporters undergoing waterboarding today.

That reporter, Steve Harrigan, is keeping a blog of his experiences. That blog's more than a little flippant, but to his credit (and Fox's), in his first appearance today to discuss the experience of the early stages of the torture method, Harrigan seemed chastened, and deadly serious. He'll be making another appearance to discuss the full procedure tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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