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  Holding Bush Accountable
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ContributorBob Sacamano 
Last EditedBob Sacamano  Jan 15, 2009 08:30pm
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News DateFriday, January 16, 2009 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Obama, on his first day in office, can make a number of changes that will mark a clean break with the Bush presidency. He can, and should, issue an executive order revoking any prior order that permits detainee mistreatment by any government agency. He should begin the process of closing Guantánamo, and he should submit to Congress a bill to end the use of military commissions, at least as presently constituted. Over the coming months he can pursue other reforms to restore respect for the Constitution, such as revising the Patriot Act, abolishing secret prisons and "extraordinary rendition," and ending practices, like signing statements, that seek to undo laws.
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