Monday - Obama administration's letter to Britain threatening to cut off intelligence-sharing if British courts reveal the details of how we tortured British resident Binyam Mohamed;Is there still any doubt that Obama is the worst sort of pseudo-progressive opportunist, promising the people the moon but delivering the same old bourgeois oppression now that he's elbowed his way into the ruling class?
Tuesday - Promoted to military commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, who was deeply involved in some of the worst abuses of the Bush era;
Wednesday - Announced he was reversing himself and would try to conceal photographic evidence showing widespread detainee abuse -- despite the rulings from two separate courts (four federal judges unanimously) that the law compels their disclosure;
Friday - Unveiled his plan to preserve a modified system of military commissions for trying Guantanamo detainees, rather than using our extant-judicial processes for doing so.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Obama and civil liberties
Dale points us to Glenn Greenwald on Obama's increasingly Bushian stance on human rights (as well as his unwillingness and/or inability to fulfill the basic function of partisan politics and punish the Republican party):