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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Obama blocks U.N. access to Guantanamo

The Obama Administration continues to backpeddle on its promise to close Guantanamo, end torture, and have more transparent government. The Washingtion Post reports that the U.S. is blocking U.N. officials from investigating the prisons dark history:

The Obama administration has declined requests from U.N. human rights investigators for information on secret prisons and for private interviews with inmates at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.N. officials said, dampening their hopes of greater U.S. cooperation on human rights issues.

The rebuffs are the latest instances of the U.S. government resisting international human rights organizations' efforts to learn about Bush administration practices. In June, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned down a request from the top U.N. anti-torture official for a meeting in Washington to discuss practices at secret CIA detention centers and at Guantanamo Bay, despite the administration's avowed commitment to being open to greater scrutiny by the United Nations.

The tortured legacy of Guantanamo continues and President Obama is setting himself up to lose friends in the human rights community.

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