In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.‘s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.
The administration has also embraced the Bush legal team’s arguments that a lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down based on the â€œstate secretsâ€ doctrine. It has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials.
And earlier this month, after a British court cited pressure by the United States in declining to release information about the alleged torture of a detainee in American custody, the Obama administration issued a statement thanking the British government â€œfor its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information.â€
These and other signs suggest that the administration’s changes may turn out to be less sweeping than many had hoped or feared â€” prompting growing worry among civil liberties groups and a sense of vindication among supporters of Bush-era policies.
Pop, pop, pop.Â Three more American Socialist Democrats’ heads exploded today.
So if Bush=Hitler, what does Obama equal now?