Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The State Department response to FOIA requests from the ACLU to Wikileaks reveals the cables to the abuse of state secrets absurd

Ben Wizna, project director of litigation for the ACLU's national security, readily admits that his April 2011 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for 23 of the same diplomatic cables from U. S. Department of State. UU. everyone to read this last year when the Wikileaks has published five newspapers, including The Guardian, was "flagrant" -. a way out of the hand of the "absurdity of the regime of secrecy in the U.S."

And it has. Nearly eight months after initial FOIA request, the State Department was finally released ... 11 cables. Federal censors have kindly written, so it is easy to see by a simple act of comparison (which the ACLU made by us here), specifically the sections of the State Department wants hidden. Missing are the dirty dozen cables that the government has refused to publish - in spite of the cables have already fled, published and discussed in virtually every major national and international, local media - again, because they were classified as secret or is deemed to contain sensitive information

administration officials broke a lot of hype and hysteria when the cables are first published. But it turned out that none of the information contained in the fact, U.S. citizens or allies in danger of informants. They did, however, be embarrassing for the United States and many foreign leaders. It turns out that the claims of national security were often an excuse to prevent us from seeing our government have engaged in unethical practices illegal, unconstitutional and, at times. These were extraordinary renditions, detentions and torture to pressure other governments in an attempt to influence political processes and to change their criminal justice systems.

We learned that the Obama administration itself had refused to prosecute perpetrators of torture by the Bush regime in the house had also tried to put their thumbs on the scales of justice Spain - aggressively trying to avoid an anti-terrorist judge to treat senior legal minds in the Bush administration for their involvement in the torture of detainees in Guantanamo.

Transparency and accountability are
oxygen of democracy. However, do not hold your breath for this administration to meet the demands of one of them.

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