Torture Case Tests Obama's Secrecy Policy

02/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Obama's sweeping reversals of torture and state secret policies are about to face an early test.

After Obama issued an executive order and two presidential memoranda last week proclaiming a new transparency in the workings of the federal government, advocates for open government were thrilled.

"That was an order we were really looking for," said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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