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The ACLU’s Ben Wizner, arguing Mr. Mohamed’s case at the 9th Circuit, said: “This administration is going to have to face the issue of accountability. [It] cannot pretend the last seven years didn’t happen.” Want to bet?

Barack Obama’s White House counsel Gregory B. Craig on Feb. 18 was reported telling the New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “We have been some of the most articulate and vociferous critics of the way the Bush administration handled things. There has been a dramatic change of direction.”

I would sure like to see Binyam Mohamed’s reaction to that talking point from the “transparent” Obama administration.

Nat Hentoff’s column for The Washington Times runs on Mondays.