April 15th, 2009 in Breaking News, ObamaGate

Obama’s Power Grab

White House Watch - Obama’s Power Grab.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the Obama Justice Department make absurdly broad invocations of the state secrets privilege to protect Bush’s spying programs from judicial review. We’ve seen the administration argue that foreign detainees — as long as they are being held in Afghanistan rather than at Guantanamo — can be imprisoned indefinitely without formal charges. We’ve seen how Obama, after staying out of the debate over accountability for torture and other unlawful legacies of the Bush administration, is now, apparently, taking sides by balking at requests from his own top legal advisers to release incriminating memos.

It’s getting increasingly hard to reconcile candidate Obama, who eloquently criticized Bush’s executive power overreach, with President Obama. This is especially true because his underlings consistently duck questions, leaving it entirely unclear why he’s taking the positions he now takes and what, if anything, made him change his views.

Source: White House Watch - Obama's Power Grab