Thursday, April 16, 2009

Torture Memos

I blogged about the debate within the Obama administration about releasing a series of Bush administration legal memos that provided cover for Bush's torture program.  Today, President Obama ordered the memos released with only the names of CIA agents redacted.  

This is good news and given Obama's occasional embrace of Bush's legal justification's over stae secrets and various Bush anti-terror programs a bit of a surprise.   I think Obama is haltingly, and only with a strong push from civil libertarians, slowly moving towards establishing some accountability for Bush era torture.  This is a good decision and should spur us to continue to push more transparency and accountability.  

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