From 2004, the secret of extraordinary renditions came out into public view. Concerned individuals and organizations launched campaigns to expose what they regarded as unacceptable abuses of human rights and to give legal support to the victims of the abuses. Governments came under attack from journalists and faced legal challenges. Public and political opinion divided sharply between those who were satisfied to see strong action to protect democracy against terrorism and those who thought democracy itself was being undermined by arbitrary actions that were illegal and immoral. By the time the United States was electing a new president at the end of 2008, the storm of protest at home and abroad against renditions was leading the United States to consider a change of policy.