July 2, 2009

IT LOOKS LIKE THE OLD POLICY TO FANS TOO:

To Critics, New Policy on Terror Looks Old (CHARLIE SAVAGE, 7/02/09, NY Times)


Civil libertarians recently accused President Obama of acting like former President George W. Bush, citing reports about Mr. Obama’s plans to detain terrorism suspects without trials on domestic soil after he closes the Guantánamo prison.

It was only the latest instance in which critics have argued that Mr. Obama has failed to live up to his campaign pledge “to restore our Constitution and the rule of law” and raised a pointed question: Has he, on issues related to fighting terrorism, turned out to be little different from his predecessor? [...]

“President Obama may mouth very different rhetoric,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “He may have a more complicated process with members of Congress. But in the end, there is no substantive break from the policies of the Bush administration.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2009 7:47 AM
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