Monday, April 13, 2009

Obama Kung-Fu

by Armadillo Joe

I'm tired of reading fellow bloggers trying to defend this crap as yet another brilliant move in Obama's elaborate chess match with entrenched interests and call it what it is: hopey, changey (from Glenn Greenwald) -- bold face mine.
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.

1 comment:

Fraulein said...

What I can't figure out, though, is WHY Obama is doing this.