Obama Administration Still Fighting Release of Torture Evidence

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

This case has dropped a off the radar screen lately, but Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle today reminds us that the Obama administration is still fighting on three different fronts release of information that would likely show that U.S. officials tortured British former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Mohamed is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, the Boeing subsidiary that allegedly helped the CIA conduct “extraordinary renditions” of terror suspects to foreign countries to be tortured. As I reported back in June, the Obama Justice Department has asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear the case after the court ordered that it can continue, despite the administration’s assertion of the “state secrets privilege.”

Most recently, the Chronicle notes, a British government lawyer told the U.K. High Court of Justice last month “that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had threatened to limit U.S. intelligence-sharing with Great Britain if the court disclosed details of Mohamed’s treatment in Guantanamo.”

A transcript of the British court’s July 29 hearing reveals that Lord Justice John Thomas rejected that argument, saying there was “nothing in the paragraphs (about the U.S. government’s treatment of Mohamed) that could conceivably identify anything that is of a national security interest.”



Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

Article reads: “Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle today…”

I could be wrong, but I thought the Chronicle was no longer being published.

Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

AFAIK, it was sold to new owners and underwent some changes, but they're still publishing. For now…

Nei Elliott
Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

Obama is just Bush all over again. Looks like the United States no longer produces men qualified to be president.

Dane Hughes
Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

President Obama has diligently worked to earn the distrust and antagonism of most on the left. Not only fighting to cover up the crimes of the last administration, he continues actively spying on Americans, he opposes Habius Corpus when citizens try to get into court, he continues the Rendition programs, he lies and hides facts even as trivial as who has visited the White House to lobby him and his administration. He has just recently been caught in a back room deal with the Pharmacy lobby trading our right to negotiate for drug prices for a fictional 80 billion decrease in Pharma's price hikes over the next ten years and 150 million in advertising to try to put lipstick on the pig of Health Care Reform now retitled Insurance Reform. The only chance we ever had for a real reform that would have increased access and decreased cost was the Single Payer option, and Obama wimped out on that and let his lapdog Rahm pet the blue dogs on this issue while shitting on the netroots.

It is time for a revolution. Lets organize to vote against every sitting politician of both major parties and try to take back our government from these bought and paid for politicians.

Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

When will this double talk stops, ” Change ” was the most used word before the elections
American, desperate for change, went for it, hook, line and sinker….Now , it's a Stinker
You can hide the truth From the American public , But the world is aware, since they
have no Fox lie News jounalists to bribe . The world is what decides, not America,
that Pipe smoke dream is over, Bankrupcy is around the corner, trust is at it's lowest point in the history of America's existance by the rest of the world, and now this…Keep at it, keep poking your own eye and say nothing happened, to you Arabs are no people, same aproach
Israel has for it's neighbours, Yes this is change, Only the colour of the skin of a president .

Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

I take back my vote!!!!! Sorry but I thought Obama would do what is right and re-investigate 9-11.
I hope he is just playing possum and plans on arresting the whole gang at once. I know Obama and Biden have seen the report from scientist that says there was nano-thermite that was used on 9-11. What is going on?????

Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

If the release of this evidence results in recruitment numbers for terrorist orgs to go up, who in their right mind would release it? What some see as covering up crimes of the past administration, I see as someone ensuring those who want to cause us harm won't have the photos and video for a multi-media recruitment packet. I'm not saying that torture was right, but how would the release of this information help the U.S.? Causing lines at Al Qaeda's recruitment centers?

Comment posted August 10, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

“Boeing subsidiary that allegedly helped the CIA conduct “extraordinary renditions”

I guess that means Boeing is a subsidiary of torture.


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