Obama's Commitment to Constitution a Welcome Break From Past

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Obama's Commitment to Constitution a Welcome Break From Past

New Indefinite Detention Proposal Nevertheless Troubling

NEW YORK - The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in response to President Obama's national security speech today:

"We welcome President Obama's stated commitment to the Constitution, the rule of law and the unequivocal rejection of torture. But unlike the president, we believe that continuing with the failed military commissions and creating a new system of indefinite detention without charge is inconsistent with the values that he expressed so eloquently at the National Archives today."

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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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