June 2, 2004 – The US government illegally withheld records about the torture of Iraqi prisoners by military personnel, according to a coalition of civil rights, veterans and peace groups that filed a suit today in a Manhattan federal court. The suit charges that the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State and Justice failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for prison documents filed by the plaintiffs last October. Since that time, a handful of Pentagon reports and hundreds of photographs documenting the torture of prisoners by US soldiers and civilians have been leaked to the media. Plaintiffs seek a court order demanding that the government immediately release complete records related to torture in Iraq and other overseas detention facilities, the deaths of detainees in US custody, and policies governing prisoner interrogations. "The administrationâ€™s refusal to release these records in light of all we now know about rampant abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and elsewhere is simply outrageous," said Jeffrey Fogel, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the plaintiffs in the case. Among the other petitioners are the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Physicians for Human Rights and Veterans for Peace.