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Is the Obama administration adopting Bush-esque positions?

Didn't Obama speak against Bush and the cried out for human rights and due process, and claimed that Bush had abused his power? Yet, isn't this closer to Obama=Bush that Obama is CHANGE you can believe in?

"The Obama administration will continue to hold the detainees without bringing them to
trial based on the power it says it has under the Congressional resolution passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, authorizing the president to use force against forces of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
In concluding that it does not need specific permission from Congress to hold detainees without charges, the Obama administration is adopting one of the arguments advanced by the Bush administration in years of debates about detention policies."


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:08 AM on Sep. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (17)
  • No, I don't support this action. Obama is more like Bush every day. Def change I can't believe in.


    Answer by Friday at 3:43 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:08 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Sooooo, Obama Supporters~ Do you support this action? What say you?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:10 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • The administration's decision avoids a potentially rancorous debate that could alienate key allies at a time when President Obama needs congressional and public support to transfer detainees held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for trial or continued incarceration.

    The administration has concluded that its detention powers, as currently accepted by the federal courts, are adequate to the task of holding some Guantanamo Bay detainees indefinitely. And although legal advocacy groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, are unhappy with the existing system, they acknowledge that it has enabled some detainees to win their release and limited government power in ways that any new law might not.

    Answer by Jafra_mommy at 11:13 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • "This is very welcome news and very big news," said Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel at the ACLU. "Going to Congress with new detention authority legislation would only have made a bad situation worse. It likely would have triggered a chaotic debate that would have been beyond the ability of the White House to control -- and would have put U.S. detention policy even further outside the rule of law."

    Wow.... way to leave out portions of the article. After reading the WHOLE thing, I see that it's actually a political move.

    Answer by Jafra_mommy at 11:14 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • I say no. This is not the change we were promised and I'm outraged. As many of my fellow Americans who where duped into voting for this inferior man with a God complex, who has done nothing but single handily set our grandchildren up for failure.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Jafra~I posted the link for ALL to read. What YOU take from it, it on you. IMO~ this is difference in wording without a change in action. What liberals WANT to believe they will interpret as such. The BO admin doesn’t see the need to get Congressional approval for indefinite detention. So, the BO admin deems it has that power under the Constitution, to bypass Congress. Word it differently ANY WAY you want, it’s the SAME thing.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:24 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • He is adopting more and more of President Bush's strategies. i.e. Iraq withdrawal schedule, keeping the Patriot Act, and holding the detainees at Gitmo. Makes you wonder, either Bush had some good ideas, or Obama is as bad as Bush. Guess it depends on your view. I really wanted us to get out of the war, but it appears that won't happen anytime soon either.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 11:34 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • hmmm, here's your "change", and don't forget...what's the other excuse...? Oh yeah, he's ONLY been in office 9 months...yeah...

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:38 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Obama became Bush's third term almost immediately after he was inaugurated. Is anyone really surprised (other than the sad, gullible dupes who voted for "CHANGE")?. The people who sat silent while Bush trampled the Constitution and abuse his power--only NOW to protest now that some guy they DON'T like is following Bush's precedent--hypocrites. The people who griped about Bush's illegal power grabs, but now kiss Obama's butt because he's THEIR guy---also hypocrites.

    Answer by lori9878 at 11:44 AM on Sep. 24, 2009