There's been a lot about this liberal Republican administration's economic and imperial policy that I have found hard to swallow, but credit where credit is due, they didn't promise to be any different, and in one important respect an important Democratic promise is being kept: CIA shuts down its secret prisons.
The US has stopped running its global network of secret prisons, CIA director Leon Panetta has announced.
“CIA no longer operates detention facilities or black sites,” Mr Panetta said in a letter to staff. Remaining sites would be decommissioned, he said.
The “black sites” were used to detain terrorism suspects, some of whom were subjected to interrogation methods described by many as torture.
Please don't tell me that the no-longer-very-secret secret prisons are going to be replaced by really secret prisons.