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We’re All Fascists Now

John on February 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Newsweek ran a story on their cover headlined “We’re all socialists now.” The theory was that, in wake of the financial crisis, it was time to admit that we’re pretty far down the road toward a socialist economy already. And Republicans and Democrats alike were supposed to get on board with Obama’s new New Deal.

“The Government adheres to its previously articulated position”When it came to the War on Terror, Obama was supposed to right all the wrongs…make the world love us again. Well, something changed all right, but it wasn’t our policies:

The Justice Department told a federal court Friday that it shouldn’t consider legal challenges filed by prisoners being held in Afghanistan by the U.S. military — another example of the Obama administration hewing to one of President Bush’s war-on-terror stances.

In a short legal filing, Justice Department lawyers said they planned to maintain the Bush administration’s claim that the roughly 600 prisoners held in Afghaninstan have no right to contest their detention in the courts. “The Government adheres to its previously articulated position,” the attorneys said.

According to the BBC, the left isn’t pleased:

The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to that of George W Bush. Prof Barbara Olshansky, the lead counsel in a legal challenge on behalf of four Bagram detainees, told the BBC the justice department’s decision not to reform the rules was both surprising and “enormously disappointing”.

The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Washington says the move has angered human rights lawyers, with one saying the new White House was endorsing the view of the old one, that prisons could be created and run outside the law.

So I guess we’re all fascists now. Welcome to the dark side, Obama-voters.

Related: Further proof.

[HT: Ace]

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