Friday, April 24, 2009

Right of an Attorney May Disappear Under Obama

The Bush administration led a widespread assault on individual rights. The Obama team continues many of Bush's legal maneuvers that favor the power of the state. The AP reported on President Obama's latest Bush-like move:

The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overrule a 23 year-old decision that stopped police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer is present, the latest stance that has disappointed civil rights and civil liberties groups.

President Obama offers rhetoric on controlling abuses of the state. Actual policy is frequently different:

Since taking office, Obama has drawn criticism for backing the continued imprisonment of enemy combatants in Afghanistan without trial, invoking the "state secrets" privilege to avoid releasing information in lawsuits and limiting the rights of prisoners to test genetic evidence used to convict them.

Don't forget the ramped up use of summary execution via drone fired missiles. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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