November 30, 2009
Supreme Court Lets Obama Administration Hide Evidence of Crime
Amy E. Ferrer, Associate Director
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) voiced dismay today over the Supreme Court's ruling in Department of Defense v. ACLU, which reinforced executive secrecy in the context of covering up evidence of potential war crimes. Authorized by an act of a complacent Congress, the Defense Department recently opted to withhold evidence of its own misconduct, while claiming an illusory justification based on the safety of U.S. troops abroad.
Last week, BORDC released a coalition letter on behalf of more than 25 interfaith, civil rights, and peace and justice organizations around the country to "explain why transparency and robust accountability are a strategic national security imperative, and to expose the self-interest of voices counseling against accountability." According to BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar, "Every branch of the U.S. government—the Executive, the Congress, and now the Supreme Court—has shockingly acted to sweep evidence of war crimes under the rug. Their collusion is a profound betrayal of our nation's historical legacy, a setback for international human rights, and a devastating defeat for democratic transparency in the face of official misconduct."
Formed in 2001, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a national organization defending constitutional rights and civil liberties violated by “war on terror” policies. BORDC’s mission is to promote, organize, and support a diverse, effective, national grassroots movement to restore and protect civil rights and liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. For more information, please visit http://www.bordc.org or call (413) 582-0110.
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