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More stunning reversals from Obama Administration

Posted by iusbvision on February 21, 2009

Ok stunning for the left, totally predicted by us and some others who understand the Saul Alinsky campaign playbook.

Since the primary we have seen reversals on:

Iraq pullout, support for higher gas prices, faith based initiatives, gun control, drivers licenses for illegals, renegotiating NAFTA, terror surveillance program, welfare reform,public funds for campaign financing, clean coal, off shore drilling, the surge, taking money from Wall Street, and while he says we should be our brother’s keeper Obama’s brother George earns $12.00 a year and lives in a shack (a conservative American Christian group is working to send him money to let him go to school).

Since the inauguration we have seen complete reversals on transparency (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,) welfare reform (some of the hugely successful welfare reform signed by Clinton was reversed with the Porkulus Bill), ethics reform, the lobbyists pledge (1, 2).

We will see if he keeps his promise to cut wasteful programs.

In the last few days a new list of reversals have taken place:

Executive priviledge (he made speeches against using it all the time), rendition, enhanced interrogation techniques, and now the Obama Administration is arguing that GITMO detainees have no constitutional rights. Granted Obama went from being wrong on these issues in the campaign to correct about them now, but he sure did fool the DailyKOS kids didn’t he?

Oh and the lastest edict. Human rights will have no role in trade negotiations with China.

CBS News (gotta love it when you parse words and be on both sides of an issue):

White House Not Challenging Rove’s Privilege

The Obama White House is not challenging whether a valid claim of “executive privilege” can keep former presidential advisor Karl Rove from testifying in the matter of the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration.

In a statement provided to CBS News, White House Counsel Gregory Craig says Pres. Obama is “very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened.”

But at the same time, Craig makes it clear that Mr. Obama is not disputing the claim of privilege.

“He is also mindful as president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency,” Craig says in the statement.

A White House spokesman says the Counsel’s Office is still studying the question of executive privilege.

Rove is under subpoena to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on February 23 about political motivations in the firings of U.S. Attorneys.

 

New York Times:

Obama’s War on Terror May Resemble Bush’s in Some Areas
By CHARLIE SAVAGE

WASHINGTON – Even as it pulls back from harsh interrogations and other sharply debated aspects of George W. Bush’s “war on terrorism,” the Obama administration is quietly signaling continued support for other major elements of its predecessor’s approach to fighting Al Qaeda.

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.

It gets better:

Moreover, the nominee for C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, opened a loophole in Mr. Obama’s interrogation restrictions. At his hearing, Mr. Panetta said that if the approved techniques were “not sufficient” to get a detainee to divulge details he was suspected of knowing about an imminent attack, he would ask for “additional authority.”

To be sure, Mr. Panetta emphasized that the president could not bypass antitorture statutes, as Bush lawyers claimed. And he said that waterboarding – a technique that induces the sensation of drowning, and that the Bush administration said was lawful – is torture.

But Mr. Panetta also said the C.I.A. might continue its “extraordinary rendition” program, under which agents seize terrorism suspects and take them to other countries without extradition proceedings, in a more sweeping form than anticipated.

 

CBS News:

Obama Backs Bush Policy On Detainee Rights

Administration Shocks Human Rights Groups, Saying Prisoners At Bagram Air Force Base Cannot Challenge Their Detention

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2009

(AP) President Barack Obama’s Justice Department sided with the former Bush administration on Friday, saying detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

In a two-sentence court filing, department lawyers said the Obama administration agreed that detainees at Bagram Air Base cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys.

 

AFP News:

Activists ‘shocked’ at Clinton stance on China rights

Fri Feb 20

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.

Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

“But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Clinton’s remarks.

“The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues,” he said.

“But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China,” he said.

We never said that we wouldn’t say “we told ya so”, but hey, we told ya so. I love how all this news gets on the wires but isn’t being blared at us on the network news and above the fold.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments on some of these reversals HERE and HERE.

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