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    ACLU has now accused Obama of "a complete turn-around and undermining of the restoration of the rule of law" and "hiding the abuses of its predecessors" in the Binyam Mohamed case. Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement today: "Hope is flickering. The Obama administration's position is not change. It is more of the same."

    Romero has written 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."

    From the letter to Clinton:

    The court's opinion specifically stated that attorneys for British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the court that the United States' threat on the effect of publication on intelligence cooperation was continued by the United States, despite the inauguration of President Obama.

    Specifically, the justices stated that, "it was submitted to us by Mr. David Rose that the situation had changed significantly following the election of President Obama who was avowedly determined to eschew torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and to close Guantanamo Bay. We have, however, been informed by counsel for the Foreign Secretary that the position has not changed."

    The claims made by the British justices that the United States continues to oppose publication of the judgment in the Binyam Mohamed case--to the point of threatening the future of U.S.-British intelligence cooperation--seems completely at odds with both the anti-torture and transparency executive orders signed by the President. We strongly urge you to clarify the position of the United States and remove any threat related to the publication of the court's full judgment.

    See Raw Story article

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    by Valtin on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 06:38:12 PM PST

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