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Summary: Holding Political Leadership Accountable Before the Law: Week of September 26

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"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." Justice Louis Brandeis

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  • New York Times demands criminal investigation of Bush officials
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  • Other Countries Probing Bush-era Torture — Why Aren't We?
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Nate Beeler

New York Times demands criminal investigation of Bush officials, IndictBushNow.org
Medical experiments conducted on torture victims

Other Countries Probing Bush-era Torture — Why Aren't We? Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers, in Common Dreams
"That's part of why we're so concerned. The Obama administration, rather than investigate the abuses of the last eight years, has increasingly become an obstacle to accountability."

A step backwards on privacy, Anthony D. Romero, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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  • The Obama administration is proposing its own changes to Electronic Communications Privacy Act ECPA aimed at weakening—not strengthening—your personal on-line privacy.
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  • The administration's plan would allow government officials to obtain more of your personal information using warrantless National Security Letters, without going to court and without any suspicion of wrongdoing.
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Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A., Charlie Savage, New York Times | NY

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  • The Obama national security team has also authorized the C.I.A. to try to kill a United States citizen suspected of terrorism ties, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the basis for their imprisonment without trial, and continued the C.I.A.’s so-called extraordinary rendition program of prisoner transfers — though the administration has forbidden torture and says it seeks assurances from other countries that detainees will not be mistreated.
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  • Torture Is a Crime, Not a Secret
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