US appeals court blocks release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos

A US federal appeals court in Washington has blocked the release of videos showing a prisoner being force-fed at the US military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday unanimously overturned a lower court judge’s order to make the 32 classified videos public.

The court said in its ruling that the president had a “constitutional duty to prevent our government’s secret information from seeing the light of day, in judicial proceedings or otherwise.”

“The government’s interest in ensuring safe and secure military operations clearly overcomes any qualified First Amendment right of access,” the court said.

In 2015, a federal judge in Washington ordered the administration of former president Barack Obama to release the videos after 16 news organizations sought to make the videos public.

The Obama administration had argued the videos could be used to incite…

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