CIA ordered to speed up release of torture report

On Wednesday, the Federal judge overseeing the American Civil Liberty Union’s Freedom of Information Act request for CIA information pertaining to the destruction of interrogation videotapes ordered CIA to release its 2004 Inspector General report on CIA torture and interrogation not later than August 24.

An earlier decision by the judge had set August 31 as the deadline for release of the IG report, after several earlier postponements.

Marcy Wheeler of the firedoglake blog opined that presiding judge Alvin K. Hellerstein is becoming impatient with the foot-dragging of administration attorneys. In court pleadings, Federal attorneys have argued over the past five months or so that CIA–with an estimated 20,000 employees and global reach–and Department of Justice–with a national presence and over 112,500 employees–just don’t have adequate time or resources to review and declassify the IG report and its supporting documents.