***Many if not most detained in the "war on terror" by US authorities (including "Rendered" from Bagram)are being denied trials and face military tribunals or worse - "indefinite detention"
*** many of the policies once widely declared by Democrats to be a grave threat to the Constitution are now explicitly adopted by the Obama administration. And it's flatly inconsistent to invoke "the rule of law" to defend Obama's decision to give trials to a few Guantanamo detainees without pointing out that he's violating that very same precept by denying trials to so many.
***UPDATE: The Nation's Jeremy Scahill reveals that the U.S. military is using Blackwater -- as part of "a secret program in [Pakistan in] - including Karachi - which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives." McClatchy reports that Obama has made a decision to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan which, if true, means, as Juan Cole says, that "Gen. Stanley McChrystal has won the struggle for policy decisively." (ADD ON from oneheart blogger: now Obama is saying that his intention is to "finish the job" -
does this mean war without end or a scenario in keeping with the litany in the recent article at Consortiumnews dot com Why Afghans Dig Empire Graveyards
So, to recap: we have indefinite detention, military commissions, Blackwater assassination squads, escalation in Afghanistan, extreme secrecy to shield executive lawbreaking from judicial review, renditions, and denials of habeas corpus. These are not policies Obama has failed yet to uproot; they are policies he has explicitly advocated and affirmatively embraced as his own.
And if you haven't seen or read Bill Moyers' amazing -- and obviously relevant -- examination this week of how and why President Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam, I can't recommend highly enough that you do so. here Hearing History: Lessons from a Quagmire (Vietnam Views)
See Greenwald piece in full:
Glenn Greenwald: Greg Craig and Obama's Worsening Civil Liberties Record