Thursday, January 20, 2011

Obama as Bush

Glenn Greenwald writes about the Obama administration as a vindication of the Bush/Cheney administration:

Gen. Hayden put it best, as quoted by The Washington Times:

"You've got state secrets, targeted killings, indefinite detention, renditions, the opposition to extending the right of habeas corpus to prisoners at Bagram [in Afghanistan]," Mr. Hayden said, listing the continuities. "And although it is slightly different, Obama has been as aggressive as President Bush in defending prerogatives about who he has to inform in Congress for executive covert action."

And that list, impressive though it is, doesn't even include the due-process-free assassination hit lists of American citizens, the sweeping executive power and secrecy theories used to justify it, the multi-tiered, "state-always-wins" justice system the Obama DOJ concocted for detainees, the vastly more aggressive war on whistleblowers and press freedoms, or the new presidential immunity doctrines his DOJ has invented.  Critically, this continuity extends beyond specific policies into the underlying sloganeering mentality in which they're based:  we're in a Global War; the whole Earth is the Battlefield; the Terrorists want to kill us because they're intrinsically Evil (not in reaction to anything we do); we're justified in doing anything and everything to eradicate Them; the President's overarching obligation (contrary to his Constitutional oath) is to keep us Safe; this should all be kept secret from us; we can't be bothered with obsolete dogma like Due Process and Warrants, etc. etc.

In short:  the evil continues and grows, as evil usually does.  And while it is done with the stated purpose of “keeping us safe” it will not show that result.  Of course, that is not the REAL purpose behind why they are doing these things.

They want control of everything.  And they will lie about anything and everything to get it.  They will also try to destroy anyone or anything that challenges them.  And they will likely succeed.

Here is a video of one man they destroyed - for no reason at all, other than they could:

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