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NYT: Obama’s War on Terror Same as Bush’s

John on February 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

A couple days ago I noted that Obama had pretty much adopted all of Bush’s strategies in the War on Terror. Not that my word isn’t enough but it never hurts to be backed up by a credible source. In this case, the source is the NY Times and what makes them credible is that this represents an admission against interest (i.e. their guy, Obama). Hat tip to Hot Air headlines for pointing out this article headlined “Obama’s War on Terror May Resemble Bush’s in Some Areas”:

In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.

The administration has also embraced the Bush legal team’s arguments that a lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down based on the “state secrets” doctrine. It has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials.

And earlier this month, after a British court cited pressure by the United States in declining to release information about the alleged torture of a detainee in American custody, the Obama administration issued a statement thanking the British government “for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information.”

These and other signs suggest that the administration’s changes may turn out to be less sweeping than many had hoped or feared — prompting growing worry among civil liberties groups and a sense of vindication among supporters of Bush-era policies.

Things are a little bit different when you have responsibility for outcomes and not just for winning elections.

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