In a landmark but symbolic ruling an Italian court found 22 C.I.A. operatives guilty of kidnapping a Muslim Cleric from the streets of Milan in 2003. This was the first conviction of anyone on the practice of rendition (18 ).
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The Obama administration is defending former Bush official John Yoo who coauthored the 2002 memo. Mr Yoo is being sued by Jose Padilla who is serving a 17 year sentence for aiding terrorist. The administration said "This administration has made no secret of the fact that it disagrees with the previous administration's approach to many legal issues in the national security arena," and also said "Nevertheless, the Department of Justice generally defends employees and former employees in lawsuits that are filed in connection to their official duties." (19 ).
The Obama administration declared a new openness and transparency. Steven Aftergood of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists "so far, the continuities between the Obama and Bush administration overwhelm the differences,". (20 ).
Contrary to president Obama's earlier position he would reform and restart military tribunals for terror suspects. Executive director Larry Cox of Amnesty International said "In one swift move, Obama both backtracks on a major campaign promise to change the way the United States fights terrorism and undermines the nation's core respect for the rule of law," (21 ).
A former Soviet air base Bagram Afghanistan is seemingly escaping Obama's view. Its use as a Secret prison is well known. The 2004 Church report acknowledged its use as a detention/interrogation center (22 ).
On January 30 2009 it was reported a Chief Judge at Guantanamo Bay defied President Obama call halt prosecutions of terror suspect Army Col. James L. Pohl said the postponement of suspect Abd al Rahim al Nashiri arraignment was "not reasonable." Prosecutors and defense had already agreed to a four month postponement (23 ).