Obama Adopts Bush Secrecy Rules; Shocks Left That Believed He Had Denounced Bush Practices, War Powers

You can’t say terrorist or terrorism in the Obama Administration.  And Gitmo will be closed.  And Obama will rid the nation of Bush’s evil secrecy rules.  That was while Obama was camapaigning to BECOME president.  Now that he is president, well……

Gitmo is still open.  There is talk that the really bad guys will be moved to another undisclosed U.S. overseas base.  Terrorism still exists.  And, well, thase dang Bush secrecy rules are here to stay in the Obama Administration…..

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From Salon

In the last week alone, the Obama DOJ (a) attempted to shield Bush’s illegal spying programs from judicial review by (yet again) invoking the very “state secrets” argument that Democrats spent years condemning and by inventing a brand new “sovereign immunity” claim that not even the Bush administration espoused, and (b) argued that individuals abducted outside of Afghanistan by the U.S. and then “rendered” to and imprisoned in Bagram have no rights of any kind — not even to have a hearing to contest the accusations against them — even if they are not Afghans and were captured far away from any “battlefield.”  These were merely the latest — and among the most disturbing — in a string of episodes in which the Obama administration has explicitly claimed to possess the very presidential powers that Bush critics spent years condemning as radical, lawless and authoritarian.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for honest Obama supporters to dismiss away or even minimize these criticisms and, especially, to malign the motives of critics.  After all, the Obama DOJ’s embrace of many (though by no means all) of the most radical and extremist Bush/Cheney positions — and the contradictions between Obama’s campaign claims and his actions as President — are now so glaring and severe that the harshest denunciations of Obama’s actions are coming from those who, during the Bush years, were held up by liberals and by Obama supporters as the most trustworthy and praiseworthy authorities on these matters.  

From Salon:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
2009/04/13/obama/index.html?source=
rss&aim=/opinion/greenwald

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
4/13/sign-of-the-day/

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