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ACLU Says No Room for Compromise on Banning Torture

New Administration and Congress Should Strictly Prohibit Abusive Interrogations


reports indicate that some members of Congress may be considering
compromising over whether to completely end the Bush administration's
disastrous policies of torture and detainee abuse.

The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU:

"We are confident that when
President-elect Obama fulfills his pledge to close Guantanamo and end
the military commissions, he will also, once and for all, put an end to
the un-American Bush administration policies of torture and abuse. We
expect that President-elect Obama will appoint someone to head the CIA
who will uphold the principles of due process, human rights and the
rule of law. When it comes to restoring American values at home and
abroad, there is no room for cutting corners or political compromise.
Now is the time to forcefully turn the page on this shameful chapter in
our nation's history."

The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:

"Congress must do its part in making
sure that brutal interrogation methods, including waterboarding and
other kinds of torture, are never used again. Last year, Congress did
the right thing and passed a law requiring the CIA to follow the same
rules used by the military, but it was vetoed by President Bush. It is
up to the next Congress to send this law to President Obama's desk -
and up to Obama to put this requirement into effect on day one by
executive order. The United States cannot regain its role as an
international leader on freedom and human rights until these horrific
practices are ended."

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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