September 29, 2009

BENJAMIN WITTES CRITICIZES OBAMA’S DETENTION POLICY — AND SOME OTHERS: “The only point in Obama’s defense is that few political actors have given him reason to think he would have responsible partners if he did the right thing. Human rights and civil liberties activists are so keen to avoid legitimizing detention in legislation that they have treated as a victory the president’s decision to adopt the very policy they have spent the past eight years denouncing.” Or maybe it was just about attacking Bush, rather than “human rights,” all along. . . .