Thursday, February 5, 2009

ACLU Implores U.S. to End Torture Secrecy

In the latest development of the U.S. torture practices, the British government has made public the fact that the conditions surrounding the arrest and imprisonment of a British national, Binyam Mohamed, at Guantanamo Bay, are to be kept secret due to U.S. government claims of "national security" importance.The British High Court ruled yesterday that Mohamed's experience at Guantanamo must be kept secret due to these joint intelligence reasons.

It has also been revealed that the British government was previously threatened by the U.S. executive office on releasing any information that would implicate the United States in the practice of torture. According to the opinion of the British High Court, these efforts to supress information surrounding U.S. torture continues under the new presidential administration. Former President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have repeatedly claim that interrogation and imprisonment tactics used on terrorism suspects are within decent standards and the United States Constitution.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the ACLU wrote to beg her to clarify the U.S. position in Binyam Mohamed's case. Imploring her to break with the past history of executive deception, and "remove any threat related to the publication of the court's full judgment." The Obama Administration and Secretary of State Clinton have not yet commented on the case.

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