Saturday, February 21, 2009

Toronto Star: Is Obama a closet conservative?

Obama’s willingness to sign on to [Canadian Prime Minister] Harper’s search (much criticized by Canadian environmentalists) for a miraculous new technology that would allow oil refineries and coal plants to keep polluting and then permanently store the resultant carbon emissions underground. [....]

Obama isn’t backing away from Bush’s decision to define terrorism as war, a crucial label that gives the president constitutional authority to operate with few Congressional constraints. [....]

 [Obama] plans to continue the practice of so-called extraordinary rendition: capturing suspected terrorists anywhere in the world and shipping them off to countries such as Egypt to be tortured.
And Obama is continuing to use national security as an excuse to keep those that have been illegally incarcerated from getting redress in U.S. courts.

By Thomas Walkom

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