Obama echoes Bush on state secrets?

Administration Won't Seek New Detention System

09/23/09

The Obama administration has decided not to seek legislation to establish a new system of preventive detention to hold terrorism suspects and will instead rely on a 2001 congressional resolution authorizing military force against al-Qaeda and the Taliban to continue to detain people indefinitely and without charge, according to administration officials...

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Obama echoes Bush on state secrets?

Mother Jones
by Nick Baumann

09/23/09

Is ‘the most transparent administration ever’ echoing the Bush administration’s position on a key transparency provision? On Wednesday, the Justice Department released new guidelines for how it will invoke the State Secrets privilege, a doctrine that allows the government to exclude information from legal cases when it believes its release could threaten national security. But the new rules are weak reforms to the way the doctrine was used during the Bush years, when it was invoked to shield government torture, detention, and rendition policies from outside scrutiny and frequently used to dismiss entire cases...

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Obama camp still talking about transparency

Main Street Radical
by James

01/06/10

On Monday, January 4th, BarackObama.com (the President’s campaign group) sent out a call for donations. These fundraising requests are nothing new, and appear regularly from the President’s camp. The interesting parts in Monday’s request are the reasons sited by organizer David Plouffe …. The donation request goes on to reference that money will be used to ‘improve transparency in Washington to elevate the voices of the American people.’ This is a curiously timed announcement, considering President Obama, along with the leaders of the House and Senate, made plans Tuesday to skip the formal conference committee for reconciling the Senate and House healthcare bills. Tuesday’s is the latest in a string of decisions to hide the healthcare debate behind closed doors and continues the process that Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have employed since the raucous townhalls of late summer...

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