Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s gutsy daughter Amrit Singh, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City, is needling the Bush administration again on the torture issue.
This time, Amrit Singh, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights Project, attacked the Bush administration the other day on the CIA tape destruction issue:
Serious questions remain about the extent to which the White House and other government agencies were complicit in the CIA’s destruction of the tapes. The public is entitled to know who authorized such a flagrant disregard for the rule of law and why nothing was done to stop it.
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On Wednesday, the ACLU asked a federal judge to order the White House, the FBI and other government agencies to produce all records relating to the destruction of two videotapes by CIA operatives in 2005 as well as transcripts and summaries of the tapes.
The ACLU’s filing comes amid news that Bush administration officials took part in discussions with the CIA about whether to destroy tapes that show harsh interrogations of two prisoners in U.S. custody, Abu Zubaida and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.
The CIA recently acknowledged destroying the videotapes in 2005.
On December 12, 2007, the ACLU filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold the CIA in contempt of court, charging that the agency flouted a court order by destroying the tapes.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Amrit Singh has recently co-authored a book on the brutal torture of prisoners by American soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.