Secrecy and Obama
This topic isn't getting anough attention, at least in my mind. By far, Glenn Greenwald details all that is wrong on this subject. I've included links below to some of his writings, including a before and after look at public statements made by Obama on the very topic of secrecy. It's more than just disturbing. Nothing is changing.
How do you get this cart back on to the correct track?
Pragmatic Princples by digby, Hullabaloo, April 12, 2009
By now it's clear that the Holder DOJ is going to keep at least some of the legal pillars of the Bush GWOT regime in place, but that's not entirely surprising. All new presidents of either party tend to support the powerful entrenched bureaucracies and rarely give up power once obtained. (Many of us made that point when people reduced the argument to the necessity of electing a Democratic president.) However, it's profoundly disappointing that the administration is actually seizing more executive power in the case of the states' secrets argument and perpetuating a lawless prison regime outside our borders.
Perhaps there is some sophisticated legal strategy involved in Obama DOJ reasserting the Bush administration's policies but it's hard to see where the principled constitutional lines are drawn. And without the constitutional principles it's all just more of the same.
They've got a Secret
by digby, Hullabaloo, April 10, 2009
From Glenn Greenwald
An emerging progressive consensus on Obama's executive power and secrecy abuses
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, April 13, 2009
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.
The 180-degree reversal of Obama's State Secrets position
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, February 10, 2009
Obama and habeas corpus -- then and now
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, April 11, 2009
TPM: "Obama Mimics Bush on State Secrets"
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, April 9, 2009