The Obama administration is rushing towards a unilateral plan to imprison people without trial, according to a huge, new joint article from the Washington Post and ProPublica. The proposal would completely cut Congress out of the process by using an executive order to essentially bring Gitmo stateside: ... -- Obama Courts Disaster With New Detention Plan by Ari Melber, 06/26/2009This is not the action of a sane American president.
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Glenn Greenwald writes today:
There has now emerged a very clear -- and very disturbing -- pattern whereby Obama is willing to use legal mechanisms and recognize the authority of other branches only if he's assured that he'll get the outcome he wants. ...What we have now is not a stupid wanna-be tyrant like with George W. Bush, but a very intelligent wanna-be tyrant. A lack of principles is a lack of principles. A tyrant is a tyrant.
As The New York Times columnist (and Obama supporter) Bob Herbert put it this week: "Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House."