Monday, April 13, 2009

The More things "Change"...

Apparently, the more things Change, the more they stay the same.

President Obama's most liberal supporters say they are dismayed and disgusted because this administration is invoking the "state secrets" privilege -- just as former President George W. Bush did -- to shield eavesdropping programs from public exposure.

"I wasn't happy when George Bush asserted that he could do these things and I'm not happy that President Obama is now agreeing with George Bush," said Jane Hamsher of Accountability Now.

"Other than being flat wrong, the Obama administration's position is seriously disappointing to those Americans who listened to candidate Obama's promises of a new era of government accountability and transparency, said Kevin Bankston, senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 

EFF sued the government claiming that AT&T and perhaps other telecommunications companies cooperated with it to allow access to people's phone and Internet records -- a so-called dragnet in a search for terrorist communications.

Obama criticized the cooperation during the campaign, calling it an abuse of authority and arguing that the Bush administration "undermined the Constitution."

Now, the Obama administration is trying to have that same lawsuit dismissed.  (Can you say "Hypocrisy"?)

"For the Obama administration now to try to have our lawsuit dismissed based on the exact same state secrecy arguments is quite a turnaround and very disappointing," Bankston said. 


Anonymous,  April 14, 2009 at 5:46 AM  

Hope and Change, for all hope is lost for any change. This man,which comes to no surprise to me,is just another politician. He is just sleeker and a better orientator.

James Wolfer April 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

Wow. I'm going to look into this. There may be a post in it for me. Stay tuned...

Chuck April 14, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

Gasp, we are not going to have the "change" we thought? Actually this is one I'm glad he lied about.

Anonymous,  April 14, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

No Hopey and little Changey

James Wolfer April 14, 2009 at 3:49 PM  

Same crap, different piles.

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