Quoth the Dark Wraith:
The Ninth Circuit Court has rejected the Obama Administration's request for an emergency stay to block a lawsuit against the government's warrantless wiretapping program. Attorney General Eric "Paramilitary Law" Holder has been trying to use the so-called "state secrets privilege" in several cases, even though the Administration claims it is engaged in a comprehensive review of this legal fiat.
So here we have yet another example of how odd the polical theatre is becoming as we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st Century: the federal judiciary — which had been rubber-stamping anything and everything an openly authoritarian, previous President wanted to do to degrade constitutional rights — is now getting a serious case of intestinal fortitude, while the Executive Branch — which is now under the control of a supposedly "liberal" President — is digging a trench to cabin itself in the very same legalistic wrecking ball of "state secrets privilege" that the miserably Right-wing, incompetent Bush Administration used.
Weirdness abounds. Stay tuned for more. This could get interesting.
Of course, there's the chance rescuing the economy and placating the middle class is a policy decision of the Company board. Remember, Obama kept a lot of the Poppy Bu$h Republicans. Like Robert Gates, for instance.
It's the same old Endless War. They're just no longer gauche enough to call it that.
A good parasite does not kill its host, and Bu$hCo-Cheneyburton were nothing like good parasites.
We're in the good cop phase of the good cop/bad cop dichotomy. We make our concessions now, or the guy with the taser comes back in. Of course, after he recharges his batteries he'll be back in anyway.