ACLU And CCR Respond To OFAC's Reaction To Their Lawsuit

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights today issued the following response to a statement by Adam Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Szubin issued the statement after CCR and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and OFAC challenging their failure to grant a license that would allow the groups to file a lawsuit concerning the government's asserted authority to execute individuals outside of conflict zones without due process.


The following can be attributed to the ACLU and CCR:


“OFAC has neither issued a license nor stated that we don’t need one. It suggests that it might eventually grant us a license for our work, but our application has already gone unanswered for eleven days. OFAC is well aware that the case relates to the government’s decision to add a U.S. citizen to its ‘targeted killing’ list. To say that the matter is urgent is a dramatic understatement. Instead of issuing press releases, OFAC should simply issue us a license.”


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August 5, 2010