Civil Liberties under Obama

Civil Liberties under Obama

During the 2008 presidential campaign Senator Barack Obama and his
supporters criticized the Bush administration for trampling on civil
liberties in its pursuit of suspected terrorists and others. Have safeguards
improved under President Obama? Anthony Gregory, a research analyst with the
Independent Institute's Center on Peace & Liberty, recently assessed the
status of civil liberties under the current administration and found it
lacking.

"No matter how you slice it, no matter how we try to define our terms,"
writes Gregory, "Obama has so far proven himself to be a disaster for civil
liberties in practically every respect, with a trajectory that I must say is
more frightening than even what was experienced under Bush."

Gregory castigates the Obama administration for several policies, including
its continuation of Bush's warrantless wiretapping program and detention
policies, especially at the Bagram prison camp--the Afghanistan version of
Guant´┐Żnamo--and Obama's defense of unlimited detention in a speech at the
National Archives last May. Writes Gregory: "Of course, detention policy is
only one of many concerns for civil libertarians, although it really does
get to the crux of the totalitarianism that sits behind the mask of American
security policy."

"Civil Liberties in Obama's America," by Anthony Gregory (3/20/10)

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