Despite Obama pledge, Justice defends Bush secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some supporters of President Barack Obama are beginning to wonder if he'll go as far as he promised, in opening up government more than ever before.

Groups that advocate open government, civil liberties and privacy rights are concerned about the way the Justice Department under Obama has been defending Bush administration secrets.

Government attorneys are arguing in favor of keeping secret many Bush-era documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

The executive director of the ACLU says the Justice Department has "disappointingly reneged" on Obama's promise to end "abuse of state secrets."


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