Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ACLU DETAILS STEPS NEW PRESIDENT SHOULD TAKE TO RESTORE LIBERTIES

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a set of detailed recommendations on steps that the new president should take to "clean house," renew freedom, and restore the nation's reputation. . .

On Day One, the next president should, by executive order, direct all agencies to prohibit the use of torture and abuse; direct the new Attorney General to appoint an outside special counsel to investigate, and, if warranted, prosecute any violations of federal criminal laws; close down Guantanamo and either charge and try detainees in criminal or traditional military courts or transfer them to countries where they won't be tortured; and end the practice of extraordinary rendition.

In his first 100 days, the president should take actions to end illegal spying and surveillance, to protect Americans from privacy violations and discrimination, to end the federal death penalty, and to increase government transparency.

The ACLU's 83-page document proposes actions across a wide variety of topics, including national security, human rights, women's rights, civil rights, drug policy, the rights of LGBT Americans, immigrants and prisoners, privacy and free speech. REPORT

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