Here’s a good piece of how Obama manages to fuck up royalle on civil liberties. The title just about sums it up: “Obama fails his first test on civil liberties and accountability — resoundingly and disgracefully”. The truly sad thing about this is that Obama probably is at one of those rare moments in history where he could effect some real change. Failing to do so, in spite of all his campaign promises, just makes him more condemnable. From Salon:
The Obama administration will continue the cover-up of the alleged torture of the British resident. The argument is that revealing the extent of the man’s torture and abuse would reveal state secrets. No shit. This is a depressing sign that the Obama administration will protect the Bush-Cheney torture regime from the light of day. And with each decision to cover for their predecessors, the Obamaites become retroactively complicit in them.
So what are they hiding from us? Wouldn’t you like to know?
I guess the old truism holds: “The only way to look upon a politician is down!”