For Immediate Release
ACLU and CCR Respond to OFAC's Reaction to Their Lawsuit
NEW YORK - 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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