Lawsuit Seeks Release Of Guantanamo Detainee Video

Published January 9, 2012 6:45PM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit seeks to force the U.S. government to make public the videotapes of harsh interrogation carried out on a Guantanamo Bay detainee nearly a decade ago.

The federal lawsuit was filed Monday in New York.

Lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights said they want the public to see the videotapes to shift the discussion about interrogation methods used in the quest to stop terrorism worldwide.

The videotapes were made of the interrogation of Saudi citizen Mohammed al Qahtani (kah-TAH'-nee). He remains held at Guantanamo.

The lawsuit says al Qahtani's treatment included severe sleep deprivation, 20-hour interrogations and isolation. It also cites threats by military dogs, exposure to extreme temperatures and religious and sexual humiliation.

Representatives for government lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By Salon Staff

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