I hinted about this in a recent post, and now it has come to pass: the CIA has taken a legal position in Court that its means and methods of
Medieval torture chamber management detention will "endanger national security"... and in short, the stonewalling continues. This sums it up:
“There’s really no distance at all between this declaration and the declarations the C.I.A. was filing during the Bush administration,” said Jameel Jaffer, an A.C.L.U. lawyer.
As the Obama Administration ponders why the President's approval rating is on a downdraft, Rahm and the rest of Team Obama might want to wake the f*** up, and realize that Candidate Obama ran against the policies of the Bush Administration. To adopt the Bush Administration's signature program... totalitarianism... as its own, strikes a sane person (i.e. one not maddened by the perpetual noise generated by the Inside-theBeltway-Village-Elders'-Drumbeat) as a guaranteed way to be unpopular, and quickly. And running away from where Candidate Obama stood on healthcare reform seems like a good way to lose that one as well.
Digby puts it best: there's just no point in policy half-measures, thinking that somehow Dick and the Gang (as in "Gangland") won't launch all-out retaliative jihad against Obama and Company, no matter what, first chance they get. Because it's as solid as Halliburton's balance sheet: it's gonna happen.
Well... this has been... "Change, you can be leavin'." I mean it, man.
I keep asking why no one thought this was a problem when Cheney was putting it all in place, but I get no answer.
Posted by Ten Bears at September 3, 2009 5:36 AM