President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Susan Herman asserts that President Obama and his administration are shying away from some of its promises.
"Are we ready to close the ACLU office and put up a nice banner that says, 'Mission Accomplished?' Not quite yet," says Herman. She cites instances where the Obama administration is maintaining "War on Terror" policies which violate civil liberties.
On behalf of the ACLU, Herman has recently petitioned the Obama administration to close Guantánamo and to cease torture tactics and secrecy. Susan Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.