Thursday, January 22, 2009

Change we can believe in

Here at the ACLU, we are non-partisan. We praise public officials when they do right by the Constitution and civil rights. And we wack them when they fail our freedoms.

There's so much good news in Day 2 of the Obama administration, it's hard to know where to begin. So let me just bullet point them for you.
  • This morning, President Obama signed executive orders to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and the CIA's secret prisons around the world. The message is clear: The United States is not a country that holds people indefinitely without charge and without trial.
  • Yesterday Obama signed an executive order placing a presumption of openness on all government records. (I'm not sure how he did this without legislation, but hey, we'll go with it.) In the past, a person pursuing a government record had to prove why it should be open. Now the government must prove why it should be secret. This is the same reform that Pennsylvania passed into law last year.
But it wasn't all good news. Last night NSA whistle blower Russell Tice, who is a former analyst with the agency, told Keith Olbermann on MSNBC that the NSA spied on journalists inside the United States.

Andy in Harrisburg

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, we are a country that holds people indefinitely without trial. We did it when we held prisoners of war during WWII. Why? Because the Germans and the Japanese were our sworn enemies and if we had released them they would have once again become an army that our troops would have to fight on the battlefield. I know that you cowards of the ACLU would never risk your lives to defend our country, so I wouldn't expect you to understand what it would be like to be a soldier hearing that a prisoner that you captured was being released for you to face in combat once again.

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