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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2010
7:31 PM

CONTACT: ACLU and CCR

Rachel Myers, ACLU, (646) 206-8643; media@aclu.org
Jen Nessel, CCR, (212) 614-6449; jnessel@ccrjustice.org
David Lerner, Riptide Communications, (212) 260-5000
ACLU press line, (212) 549-2666

ACLU and CCR Respond to OFAC's Reaction to Their Lawsuit

NEW YORK - August 3 - The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union today issued the following response to a statement by Adam Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Szubin issued the statement after CCR and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and OFAC challenging their failure to grant a license that would allow the groups to file a lawsuit concerning the government's asserted authority to execute individuals outside of conflict zones without due process.

The following can be attributed to the ACLU and CCR:

"OFAC has neither issued a license nor stated that we don't need one. It suggests that it might eventually grant us a license for our work, but our application has already gone unanswered for eleven days. OFAC is well aware that the case relates to the government's decision to add a U.S. citizen to its ‘targeted killing' list. To say that the matter is urgent is a dramatic understatement. Instead of issuing press releases, OFAC should simply issue us a license."

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