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Appeals court has concerns over possible Gitmo video release

September 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is expressing concerns about the prospect of ordering the Obama administration to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike.

Judges hearing arguments Thursday in the long-running legal dispute questioned whether releasing the footage could harm national security.

The Associated Press and 15 other news organizations say the public has a First Amendment right to see the videos.

A lower court judge last year dismissed the government’s concerns as vague and speculative. She ordered the videos released with redactions to protect the identities of U.S. personnel, but the release has been on hold pending appeal.

The government says the tapes are classified and warns they could be used by extremist groups as propaganda to incite anti-American sentiment.