Obama Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition

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Obama Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition

NEW YORK - 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/38660leg20090204.html

The British High Court ruling is available online at: www.judiciary.gov.uk/docs/judgments_guidance/mohamed-judgment4-04022009.pdf

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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