President Obama's administration is invoking the State Secrets privilege against lawsuits against Mr. Bush's warrantless-wiretapping programme, just as his administration previously invoked this privilege against anti-torture lawsuits. This is somewhat less surprising than the torture protection, in that then-Senator Obama already spun around last year in voting for warentless wiretapping in the FISA revisions. But as Glenn Greenwald notes:
The complaint is not that Obama has failed to move quickly enough to repudiate Bush/Cheney abuses. Virtually nobody is arguing that.Bold added for emphasis. Mr. Greenwald also talks about the "law-free zone," here.
Rather, the criticisms are grounded in the opposite premise: these cases which have provoked objections are all cases where Obama has already taken affirmative actions to preserve and defend Bush/Cheney policies. In the State Secrets case, for example, the Obama DOJ explicitly rejected the ACLU's offer for more time, declaring they do not need or want more time, that they have had ample time to review the issues and have decided that they believe in the Bush/Cheney theory of what the State Secrets privilege allows.
Fundamentalists in Utah run a full-page hate-ad in the Salt Lake Tribune. It was placed by these guys. As always, one must note that such an ad would not be accepted by any newspaper outside those run by the KKK had they targeted any other group.
Republicans are starting to signal support for bank nationalisation. This is really an economics note, of course, but at this point the argument is political, so I'm putting it here. Senator Graham (R-SC) notes:
"This idea of nationalizing banks is not comfortable," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "But I think we've got so many toxic assets spread throughout the banking and financial community, throughout the world, that we're going to have to do something that no one ever envisioned a year ago, no one likes. To me, banking and housing are the root cause of this problem. I'm very much afraid any program to salvage the banks is going to require the government... I would not take off the idea of nationalizing the banks."The US stock markets, by the way, are testing November's lows. I don't think they're acting like they're going to succeed in that retest in the immediate term (success in this case would mean heading lower), but that's just fuzzyheaded sniffing at charts and attitudes, not anything reality based; I certainly wouldn't bank anything that way. Good luck.