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  •  The Boston bombers. (3+ / 0-)
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    Yumn, Larsstephens, wishingwell

    If this had been McCain/Palin or Rmoney/Ryan, that kid would be in GITMO and we'd be bombing Iran over it, claiming the PATRIOT ACT and the BushCheney precedent.
    Obama walked back that (ab)use of power.
    He also relinquished the powers of "enhanced interrogation" and "extraordinary rendition" made "legal" by the Yoo/Ashcroft precedent.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:37:42 PM PDT

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    •  We went back to outsourcing our torture, and (2+ / 0-)
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      we moved from snatching people and jailing them without trial to blowing up their houses with their kids inside.

      Hard to call that a "walk back" from any place of objectivity.

      Wash. Judge Tells Cops To Return Man’s Marijuana Or Be Found In Contempt

      by JesseCW on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:03:50 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah we're still doing it in Mali, Ghana or Yemen. (1+ / 0-)
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        orlbucfan

        I can't remember which. Big prison that we have "no involvement" with. Except there is a CIA station that gets "humint" (human intelligence vs. signals intelligence) from the prison. This according to Jeremy Scahill.

        As always, this is one that we know about. Think about all the ones we don't know about, The Salt Mine, Diego Garcia, the brigs of Navy ships -- all state secrets -- who the hell knows anymore?

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

        by FrY10cK on Tue May 14, 2013 at 05:22:24 AM PDT

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    •  You cant walk-back a counterfactual. (4+ / 0-)
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      FrY10cK, orlbucfan, Kickemout, Victor Ward

      However, this President did sign and expand FISA and the Patriot Act.

      His administration burns down whistleblowers.

      He has walked-back his pledge to keep lobbyists out of power.

      ..and so on.

      But, wait, his position on gay marriage evolved.

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