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Obama Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition
NEW YORK - February 5 - After
the British High Court ruled that evidence of British resident Binyam
Mohamed’s extraordinary rendition and torture at Guantánamo Bay must
remain secret because of threats made by the Bush administration to
halt intelligence sharing, the Obama administration told the BBC today
in a written statement: "The United States thanks the UK government for
its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security
information and preserve the long-standing intelligence sharing
relationship that enables both countries to protect their citizens."
The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union:
“Hope is flickering. The Obama administration’s position is not change. It is more of the same. This represents a complete turn-around and undermining of the restoration of the rule of law. The new American administration shouldn’t be complicit in hiding the abuses of its predecessors.”
When the ACLU learned of the High Court’s ruling earlier today, it sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urging her to clarify the Obama administration's position relating to the Mohamed case and calling on her to reject the Bush administration's policy of using false claims of national security to avoid judicial review of controversial programs.
The ACLU's letter to Secretary of State Clinton is available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/general/
The British High Court ruling is available online at: www.judiciary.gov.uk/docs/