Does coincidence theory work?
For eight years people though I was ape shit crazy. No more however (well, I'm sure they do, but I don't much care). The question is, since we now know we lived in what amounted to a dictatorship for that long, has anything changed? Obama is keeping extrordinary rendition alive as well as extensive secret prisons, so what has changed if anything? On a somewhat related note! why the hell is Glenn Beck of Fox news pulling a bait and switch? Something is up with that for sure! (just go to you tube and look up Glenn Beck videos over the past two years and then look at what he has been up to the past couple weeks to see what I mean?)
And before anybody jumps on that damned North Vs. South, Liberal Vs. Conservative, "would you say the same think about Lincoln?" bandwagon. Yes I would. The civil war was started and fought for many reasons, none of them from the north truly in regard to slavery, but then that requires an extensive study of history from both points of view to understand and if your operating off of your standard high school or college education you not going to understand where I'm coming from.
Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos
By DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers Devlin Barrett And Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writers – Mon Mar 2, 11:55 pm ET
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects.
The Justice Department released nine legal opinions showing that, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration determined that certain constitutional rights would not apply during the coming fight. Within two weeks, government lawyers were already discussing ways to wiretap U.S. conversations without warrants.
The Bush administration eventually abandoned many of the legal conclusions, but the documents themselves had been closely held. By releasing them, President Barack Obama continued a house-cleaning of the previous administration's most contentious policies
The legal memos written by the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel show a government grappling with how to wage war on terrorism in a fast-changing world. The conclusion, reiterated in page after page of documents, was that the president had broad authority to set aside constitutional rights.
Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure, for instance, did not apply in the United States as long as the president was combatting terrorism, the Justice Department said in an Oct. 23, 2001, memo.
"First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully," Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote, adding later: "The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically."
The memos reflected a belief within the Bush administration that the president had broad powers that could not be checked by Congress or the courts. That stance, in one form or another, became the foundation for many policies: holding detainees at Guantanamo Bay, eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without warrants, using tough new CIA interrogation tactics and locking U.S. citizens in military brigs without charges