January 20, 2010 9:08 pm

ACLU issues civil liberties report after Obama administration’s first year in office

A new report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union analyzing the Obama administration’s first year in office showed a mixed record of its restoration of civil liberties.

According to the report, “Of a set of 145 detailed recommendations the ACLU made to the new president upon his election, the administration has acted on just over one-third of them.”

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU said although the administration has made progress, it has fallen short in other areas.

“Starting with bold executive orders to end torture and close the prison at Guantanamo, and continuing with positive actions in areas like open government and civil rights, the Obama administration has made some significant strides toward restoring civil liberties and the rule of law,” said Romero. “But in other areas, the administration has fallen short by allowing some of the Bush administration’s most troublesome practices to continue and by failing to take steps that would restore some very fundamental rights and values to American life.”

One of the high priority issues the Obama administration has specifically not followed through with is the closing of the notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison remains open, and detainees remain there without charge or trial and the flawed military commission system is still being used.

The report also said, “On issues like spying on Americans, monitoring of activists, terrorism watchlists, the Real ID Act and DNA databases, the administration has carried out none of the ACLU’s recommendations.”

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A copy of the ACLU’s analysis of the Obama administration’s record on restoring civil liberties, including a chart showing which of the ACLU’s recommendations the administration acted upon, is available online at: www.aclu.org/america-unrestored

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