Saturday, April 25, 2009

Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

AP News: ''The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overrule a 23 year-old decision that stopped police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer is present, the latest stance that has disappointed civil rights and civil liberties groups.

While President Barack Obama has reversed many policies of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, the defendants' rights case is another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.''

Well, yeah, it's disappointing. I didn't actually vote for Obama, or anybody for that matter, but you always hope for the best. I will repeat what I said during the campaign when I'd meet people with stars in their eyes about Obama: let's remember that he did vote for the PATRIOT Act. In general, it's good to keep a large grain of salt handy when dealing with political actors. Also, complain frequently and loudly, no matter who's in office.

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