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It’s not like Darth didn’t tell them, once the slight of hand has been completed

“The President believes, I believe very deeply, in a strong executive, and I think that’s essential in this day and age. And I think the Obama administration is not likely to cede that authority back to the Congress.

And then the Bush/Obama media took the cue and ‘splained it away

The flaw of the Bush-Cheney administration may have been less in what it did than in the way it did it—flaunting executive power, ignoring Congress, showing scorn for anyone who waved the banner of civil liberties.

Obama won’t flaunt, he’ll just grab power. Politely.

But now, the koolaid drinkers finally notice. Glenn Greenwald is shocked, I tell you! His entry headline ends ironically with a question mark

Is Obama embracing the lawless, omnipotent executive?

.The answer can only be: Duh!

We have already seen the continuation of W’s policies on secrecy and rendition, this is just a step further.

Not only is Obama’s DOJ arguing that the eavesdropping case should not be heard, this time

the Obama DOJ is now refusing to comply with the Judge’s order, actually arguing to the court that only the President can decide whether classified information can be used in a court proceeding, and that courts have no power to make such decisions.

The department said the judge had no power to enforce such an order.

Dick’s unitary executive lives!

As Marcy Wheeler documents in detail, the Obama DOJ is now spouting the Cheney/Addington view of government in its purest and most radical expression.

what they said is

According to Obama, only the President has the power to decide what is done with classified information, and neither courts nor Congress have any power at all to do anything but politely request that the President change his mind.  Therefore, the President has the unilateral, unchallengeable power to prevent any judicial challenges to his actions by simply declaring that the relevant evidence is a secret and refusing to turn it over to a court, even if ordered to do so.  That’s the argument which the Obama DOJ is now aggressively advancing — all in order to block any judicial adjudication of Bush’s now-dormant NSA program.

Yes, and the surprise is? Isn’t this the guy who voted for FISA – and was praised by KO for his bravery to “stand up to his base”?

From Greenwald links, another B0bot can’t believe it

We didn’t elect President Obama to preserve the Bush administration’s anti-contistutional executive power grab. We elected him to end it.

Well, maybe you should have checked your candidate a bit closer, as he never attacked Bush for anything besides “making a speech”. You “elected” him because the media told you so and the DNC manipulated the primaries accordingly.


Ironically, Obama releases Bush’s memos where he overreached for powers

March 2 (Bloomberg) — The Bush administration claimed unfettered presidential powers in the war on terrorism, including sending suspects to other countries where they might be tortured and using the military within U.S. borders, newly released papers show.

Yeah, I knew he did – but what’s with the release? Is it to legitimate hid own power grab, or to distract people by “he was much much worse?” Seems it’s working, because none of those articles mentions Obama’s own reach.

Yale law professor Jack Balkin called this a “theory of presidential dictatorship. They say the battlefield is everywhere. And the president can do anything he wants, so long as it involves the military and the enemy.”

Not Your Sweetie

March 2009