A once reliable friend of the Obama administration is becoming its frequent foe. On Wednesday, the day after President Obama was reelected, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) leaned on the president to keep one of the first promises he made after being elected in 2008.
In its letter, the ACLU encouraged President Obama to shutter the infamous detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The request was couched in congratulatory tones praising the president for his Election Night victory.
“We congratulate President Obama on his re-election. This is his opportunity to reaffirm our constitutional principles and the fundamental American values of due process, respect for the rule of law and individual freedom. It is a time to once again be a nation where we can be both safe and free,” wrote Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU.
President Obama issued an executive order in 2009 calling for the closing of the detention facility within one year. In January, the prison “celebrated” 10 years of operation.
In his letter, issued as a press release, Romero reminded President Obama of his obligation to “respect the rule of law and individual freedom.” He wrote, “We urge President Obama to end warrantless surveillance, extra-judicial killings by drones, indefinite detention and other un-American practices that have become official government policy.”
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Photo of Camp Delta prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval base: AP Images