Monday, February 9, 2009

Chump Change on Rendition?

The ACLU is reporting that the Obama Administration's Department of Justice is going to support secret rendition.

The ACLU is quoted as saying:
"Eric Holder's Justice Department stood up in court today and said that it would continue the Bush policy of invoking state secrets to hide the reprehensible history of torture, rendition and the most grievous human rights violations committed by the American government. This is not change. This is definitely more of the same. Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama's Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue. If this is a harbinger of things to come, it will be a long and arduous road to give us back an America we can be proud of again."
(Anthony D. Romero, Director, italics added). If this is so, the change in that department is CHUMP CHANGE. Rendition for torture is not torture if it is kept secret?

Obama may be heading for a single term if he follows that Bush II path. If the US continues secret rendition for torture, I am resolved to living out the rest of my life in a nation governed by a third world banana republic mentality ... in the United States.

I will wait to hear it from an official source at the White House for the time being, because the position the DOJ took in a court room in the 9th Circuit does seem to contradict an executive order, and other statements Obama made today about Senator Leahy's comments concerning an investigation of Bush II crimes.

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