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Obama Keeps Bush Terror Tactics

For now…. but only for now….

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 “state secrets” 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 “for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information.”

These and other signs suggest that the administration’s changes may turn out to be less sweeping than many had hoped or feared — prompting growing worry among civil liberties groups and a sense of vindication among supporters of Bush-era policies.

Pop, pop, pop.  Three more American Socialist Democrats’ heads exploded today.

So if Bush=Hitler, what does Obama equal now?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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18 Comments

  1. Well, when The Snob builds those concentration camps for conservatives (gay or otherwise), we could say Obama = Stalin.

    Until then, Obama = Carter.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 18, 2009 @ 10:23 am - February 18, 2009

  2. This just confirms that whatever the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) had to say about the Bush administration’s conduct of the GWOT was pure politics… no morality, or reality.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 18, 2009 @ 12:29 pm - February 18, 2009

  3. Ask the Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) sufferers: When is obama going to suspend all that evil wiretapping?

    Tee hee.

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — February 18, 2009 @ 12:53 pm - February 18, 2009

  4. I’m pretty sure the Obama Youth are tapping my phones as we speak.

    Comment by GayPatriot — February 18, 2009 @ 1:44 pm - February 18, 2009

  5. “So if Bush=Hitler, what does Obama equal now?”

    Funny you should ask: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/17/nutroots-suddenly-hypersensitive-about-nazipresident-comparisons/

    Comment by Vic — February 18, 2009 @ 3:07 pm - February 18, 2009

  6. Hmmm… the loons have been usually silent on this topic today.

    I wonder why?

    Comment by GayPatriot — February 18, 2009 @ 5:31 pm - February 18, 2009

  7. Why so much surprise.

    It has happened in every modern presidential administration. A candidate does not have access to the secrets. Once an incoming president is briefed on national security secrets reality kicks in and some promises made on the campaign trail fade away.

    Comment by Lee — February 18, 2009 @ 5:42 pm - February 18, 2009

  8. I know this is off topic and I apologize.

    But much was made several days ago about three states, including Nebraska, who in so many words wanted nothing to do with the stimulus bill. Well, Nebraska’s Whig (or Know Nothing) governor, who refused to support or oppose the bill, has announced that he’s ready to spend all the money the state can get from the stimulus package.

    Comment by Lee — February 18, 2009 @ 5:49 pm - February 18, 2009

  9. Well Lee, he and his constituents will be paying for it for the rest of their lives and then some whether they use it or not so they might as well take advantage of it. The bill is a joke, like the man who flew around burning jet fuel to sell it.

    Comment by Patriot Goddess — February 18, 2009 @ 6:32 pm - February 18, 2009

  10. My neighbors who are Obamaphiles are going nutts about the Bush 43 terror prevention policies that are being continued by Obama. It is so comical to see them bouncing off walls. I’m keeping a list for them of the broken promises by Obama. They aren’t a happy group.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 18, 2009 @ 9:04 pm - February 18, 2009

  11. #4: Bruce – don’t you find it odd that liberals were up in arms, each of them certain that Dick Cheney was listening to their phone calls and reading their emails.

    Now the One wants the gummint to maintain everyone’s medical files and nary a peep.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — February 18, 2009 @ 9:13 pm - February 18, 2009

  12. So Cal you got to the knub of it…..When the leftists listen in, it’s all for the good of the fatherland, when Cheney listens in, well it’s 1984.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 18, 2009 @ 10:12 pm - February 18, 2009

  13. This just confirms that whatever the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) had to say about the Bush administration’s conduct of the GWOT was pure politics… no morality, or reality.

    No it doesn’t. Obama is just as wrong. I have no problem saying that — these are extra-Constitutional powers that Bush has grabbed and that Obama is retaining, and it’s just as criminal for Obama to break these laws as it was for Bush, too.

    I’m not surprised this is happening, either. Obama made it clear he wasn’t going to make any real stands on any of these policies during the campaign. It’s disappointing, to be sure, but anyone that didn’t fool themselves about who Obama was saw this coming. I’d just as soon give the government back to the Republicans for the next four years if this is how it’s going to go.

    Comment by Levi — February 19, 2009 @ 5:35 am - February 19, 2009

  14. #13 – You may be correct, but we don’t see anyone on the left condemning The Snob as vigorously and as passionately as they did when GWB was in the White House. Or calling him “Nazi.” Or crying about “losing their civil rights” when none actually were taken away.

    Sounds quite a bit like hypocrisy to me.

    And if “anyone that didn’t fool themselves about who Obama was saw this coming,” then that is a good enough reason to reinstate literacy and IQ tests for potential voters. Unfortunately, for the Dhimmicrats and their opposition research team in the MSM, that would mean fewer votes for their party.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 19, 2009 @ 11:05 am - February 19, 2009

  15. #13 – You may be correct, but we don’t see anyone on the left condemning The Snob as vigorously and as passionately as they did when GWB was in the White House. Or calling him “Nazi.” Or crying about “losing their civil rights” when none actually were taken away.

    Be honest — how many ‘on the left’ blogs do you actually read? Criticism of Obama is pretty common if you bother to take a look. At the very least, no liberals are cheering these sorts of practices on, which is exactly what you guys did when Bush implemented these policies over the past few years. Obama is abusing his power and he is violating people’s rights, just as Bush was. But there’s still a chance that he can be pressured into reversing course on this sort of nonsense, and there are real efforts underway by liberal and progressive groups to begin applying that pressure.

    Sounds quite a bit like hypocrisy to me. \

    What sounds like hypocrisy? I don’t see any liberals rigorously defending Obama on this issue, do you?

    And if “anyone that didn’t fool themselves about who Obama was saw this coming,” then that is a good enough reason to reinstate literacy and IQ tests for potential voters. Unfortunately, for the Dhimmicrats and their opposition research team in the MSM, that would mean fewer votes for their party.

    I voted for the guy expecting him to do these sorts of things. It’s not like I had an alternative — as a liberal my only voting strategy is keeping as many Republicans out of power as I can.

    While I’ll admit there are quite a few people that got wrapped up in Obama and put their total faith in him and defend him at every turn, that sort of behavior isn’t nearly as widespread or intense as the behavior exhibited by Republicans towards George Bush for the bulk of his Presidency.

    Comment by Levi — February 19, 2009 @ 2:34 pm - February 19, 2009

  16. Levi, one question… in the recent election then, exactly which group was dupped by Obama and his ilk?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 19, 2009 @ 3:40 pm - February 19, 2009

  17. Levi, one question… in the recent election then, exactly which group was dupped by Obama and his ilk?

    Republicans, probably. Here you guys were arguing all year that he was some radical socialist that was going to free all the terrorists and ‘wave the white flag of surrender’ in Iraq, and what do you know? He’s continuing Bush’s policies. You really couldn’t have been more wrong on that score during the campaign.

    Undoubtedly there are some bandwagoners on the liberal side, those people have probably already tuned out by now. But if you were a liberal and the issues of torture and state secrecy ever mattered to you, you most likely knew what you were getting with Obama. He might change things, he might not. The door isn’t totally closed on whether or not he can change these policies, and as time goes by and we learn more and more about what happened during the Bush years, the pressure for him to start reversing course and launching investigations should increase.

    But yeah, I’d say the Republicans were the biggest suckers. Didn’t we go through that Jeremiah Wright firestorm because he was going to start discriminating against white people?

    Comment by Levi — February 19, 2009 @ 8:44 pm - February 19, 2009

  18. Actually, Levi, the hypocrisy here is that you said doing what Bush did is criminal and that he should be impeached and removed.

    You aren’t calling for Obama’s impeachment and removal; instead you’re making excuses and spinning, as we should expect from a spineless liberal like yourself.

    And as for discriminating against white people, the Obama Party, the Obama administration, and its advisors have publicly stated that they want to keep jobs from going to white males.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 21, 2009 @ 4:15 pm - February 21, 2009

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