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February 09, 2009

Change. Hope. Torture Cover-Ups.

Obama continues the Bush Administration policy The Bush Administration invoked the State Secrets Privilege to refuse providing information to those suing third-parties for their roles in extraordinary renditions.

And Obama concurs.

The case involves five men who claim to have been victims of extraordinary rendition -- including current Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed, another plaintiff in jail in Egypt, one in jail in Morocco, and two now free. They sued a San Jose Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan, accusing the flight-planning company of aiding the CIA in flying them to other countries and secret CIA camps where they were tortured.

A year ago the case was thrown out on the basis of national security, but today the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the appeal, brought by the ACLU.

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

The MSM will defend this-- as they should. But then, they should have defended Bush, too. It is only now when Obama's in office that they feel comfortable being serious and adult about national security.

On the other hand, there's Andrew Sullivan, who is a bit petulant, but still in full swoon.

When you're in love with somebody, even their imperfections seem cute.

Thanks to Gabriel Hussein Malor and Jack Hussein Straw.

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