Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bushism on Steroids: Obama Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention

How long before we call him King Obama? As Rachel Maddow points out in the video clip below, Obama condemns all things Bush in one breath and strives to emulate Bush in the next.

The Obama Administration is drafting an executive order that would give President Obama the power of indefinite detention:

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war.

Obama's latest scheme is "one of the most radical proposals for defying the Constitution that we have ever heard made to the American people," says Rachel Maddow.

Glen Greenwald warns: "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. If he can't get what he wants from those processes, he'll just assert Bush-like unilateral powers to bypass those processes and do what he wants anyway."

". . . [A]s I've written many times, the area in which Obama is replicating Bush abuses most egregiously is his embrace of Bush's secrecy obsessions. Jon Stewart last night had much to say on that topic. That Obama is adopting approaches similar to Bush's in these areas is a view that is obviously spreading -- even among Obama supporters -- and is becoming increasingly difficult to deny."

TPM: "the latest installment in the Obama administration's tendency to mimic the Bushies on war on terror tactics."

And from Big Tent Dem: "What Obama is reported to be contemplating is simply outrageous and unacceptable. It is Bushism on steroids. It would be unconstitutional. It would be struck down by the Supreme Court."