Parliamentary report urges Government to take firm stance on use of Diego Garcia

The report, published by the Foreign Affairs Committee, urged that Diego Garcia "should not be used for rendition unless authority has first been granted by the UK Government, on a case by case basis.  The report can be read here.  More can be read here and here.

US State Department produces more documents in response to the APPG's FOI requests

The APPG has received another large set of documents in response to its 2008 Freedom of Information requests to the State Department.  They can be read here.

Court of Appeal Rejects Bid to Hold Completely Secret Terror Trial

The Court said that the core of the trial could be heard in secret but the media and public would be allowed to attend the swearing-in of the jury, parts of the prosecution's introductory remarks, the verdits and the sentencing (if there are convictions).  The defendants have also been named.  More can be read here

MP asks Parliamentary Question about Detainees on Diego Garcia

David Davis MP asks a parliamentary question about whether any detainees are held on British Indian Ocean Territory Diego Garcia.  It can be read here.

US State Department Releases Documents to the APPG in Response to FOI requests

Following several years of ongoing litigation over Freedom of Information requests made by the APPG on Extraordinary Rendition, the State Department has cleared for release a number of documents relating to its extraordinary rendition programme and consequences.  The documents are now available on the APPG's website here.

US court officials failed to record secret hearing in terror case

Officials failed to record arguments in a terrorist case heard in a US federal court last week.  The arguments concerned whether attorneys representing the terrorism suspect should be allowed to view confidential surveillance documents.  The clerk of the federal appeals court admitted that his office 'screwed up' in not turning on the recording equipment as it was supposed to.  More can be read here.

Terrorism case to be heard in first secret trial

Two unnamed individuals who face allegations of terrorist acts will be tried in secret for the first time in modern history, in a departure from the principles of open justice and transparency.  Their identity and alleged crimes have not been disclosed for national security reasons.  More can be read here and here.  Neither Just Nor Secure, authored by Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Tyrie MP and published by the Centre for Policy Studies in January 2013, discusses the dangers of secret courts and the proposals put in place by the Justice and Security Act.  It can be read here.

CIA Must Provide Timeline for Declassification by 20 June

In response to the ACLU's Freedom of Information lawsuit, the CIA must provide an update by 20 June 2014 of its declassification review of the Senate report on torture.  More can be read here.  The ACLU's filings can be found here.