In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.New York Times.
The administration has also embraced the Bush legal team’s arguments that a lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down based on the “state secrets” doctrine. It has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials.
And earlier this month, after a British court cited pressure by the United States in declining to release information about the alleged torture of a detainee in American custody, the Obama administration issued a statement thanking the British government “for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information.”
onsdag, februari 18, 2009
Det är ju bra om koncentrationslägret Guantánamo så småningom stängs. Men när Obama-administrationen nu aviserar en jätteökning av truppantalet i det ockuperade och redan hårt plågade Afghanistan, bör man minnas att mycket annat av de anticivilisatoriska grepp som normaliserades under Bush-eran, tills vidare blir kvar: