The honeymoon is over

I have nothing to add to what Greenwald, Sullivan, and Thoreau have written, but I think the Obama Administration’s invocation of state secrets to cover up torture cases deserves the widest possible coverage. It’s unfortunate that the stimulus debate will likely overshadow it. To those of you who enthusiastically supported Obama for his promise of change: Are you going to accept this?


  1. Barzelay says:

    I can haz libertarian now?

  2. Zhubin says:

    Incredibly depressing.

  3. Jeff says:

    No, and I’ll probably blog about it later today. Considering that’s much of the reason I voted for Obama, I’m beginning to regret that vote now.

  4. lsmsrbls says:

    That really, really sucks. I had expected better.

  5. Matt says:

    Barzelay –

    Nope. The disappointment here should drive people to reconsider the role of government, not the scope. This is the product of a government aimed at “order” and “security”, and spurred by a market-mentality of “if I can get away with it, then I should”. Libertarianism just embraces a more extreme (smaller) form of this same type of government. A government aimed at creating good people – though certainly not entirely immune – would be far less likely to have these kinds of power problems. ;-)

  6. sabrina says:

    I’m impressed that there seem to be at least a couple Obama supporters here who are actually admitting their disappointment. All of my friends continue to defend him and claim it’s “more complicated” than us mere mortals can understand.

    I’ve always been an Obama critic but even I was surprised and disappointed by this one. But I’m more disappointed by the people who won’t remove the rose colored Obama is the martyr glasses.

  7. Jacob Grier says:

    It took awhile, but even avid supporters like BoingBoing and the NYTimes criticized him for this one. There are “complicated” issues, but this isn’t one of them.

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