Saturday, May 16, 2009

Same Shit, Different Day. Thursday Excepted.

Glennzilla runs down what has been a grim week in the Obama administration's rollbacks of civil liberties:

Monday - Obama administration's letter to Britian threatening to cut off intelligence-sharing if British courts reveal the details of how we tortured British resident Binyam Mohamed;

Tuesday - Promoted to military commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, who was deeply involved in some of the worst abuses of the Bush era;

Wednesday - Announced he was reversing himself and would try to conceal photographic evidence showing widespread detainee abuse -- despite the rulings from two separate courts (four federal judges unanimously) that the law compels their disclosure;

Friday -Unveiled his plan to preserve a modified system of military commissions for trying Guantanamo detainees, rather than using our extant-judicial processes for doing so.
At least the president didn't treat the Constitution like so much toilet paper on Thursday, assuming this list is complete.

Notwithstanding a very qualified agreement with Wednesday's entry -- an agreement that stands on purely substantive grounds and does not even consider the legalities -- this is not the change I voted for.

I am losing track -- was it one president ago or two who said the following marvelous words?
This is me following through on not just a commitment I made during the campaign, but I think an understanding that dates back to our Founding Fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct, not just when it's easy, but also when it's hard.
This is exactly right, which is what makes Obama's recent actions so exactly wrong. We did not need another president who either doesn't connect his words with his deeds, or doesn't care that they contradict.

Shameful.

1 comment:

larryniven said...

"Obama administration's letter to Britian threatening to cut off intelligence-sharing if British courts reveal the details of how we tortured British resident Binyam Mohamed"

It's like we're the freaking mafia, with this stuff. "I can't stop you from releasing the pictures, but you know, accidents do happen. Maybe we forget to call you if we find out someone's planning to blow up some stuff in your country, who knows?" Really terrible.