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Judge Sets Hearing On CIA Torture Tapes

WASHINGTON - A federal judge today ordered Bush administration lawyers to appear before him in a hearing on Friday to determine whether the administration violated his order by destroying CIA interrogation videotapes of two al Qaeda suspects.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, who ordered the administration in June 2005 to preserve "all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo," rejected the Justice Department's demand that he stay out the case.

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