Here are two passages from a must read article by constitutional lawyer Glen Greenwald, entitled More Obama DOJ Attacks on Whistleblowers.
Greenwald on free press:
“For any Democrat or progressive who wants to defend the issuance of this Subpoena, I have a question for you: when this controversy first arose in early 2008, did you defend the issuance of the very similar subpoena to Risen by the Gonzalez/Mukasey DOJ? If not, why not? What’s the difference? “Pragmatism” is not an answer.”
Greenwald on the current status of military commissions:
“On a related note, there was a disruption today in the military commission of Omar Khadr, the Guantanamo detainee first detained when he was 15-years-old. Khadr refused to attend the hearing because GITMO guards tried to force him wear “blacked out ski goggles and sound-deafening earmuffs” while in transit to the commission room. Khadr insisted that those devices — which prevent the detainee from seeing or hearing anything — were designed to “humiliate” him. Andrew Sullivan recalls the controversial video of Jose Padilla being forced to wear the same goggles and earphones, which numerous Bush critics vehemently objected to at the time as gratuitous sadism designed to drive someone insane (as it helped to do to Padilla). As Sullivan writes today: “The Cheney sadism endures. To Obama’s shame.”
Obama defenders looking to justify this might want to turn to how Bush followers did so. Here, for instance, was Law Professor Ann Althouse explaining how such goggles might be necessary to prevent the detainee from blinking coded messages to his Terrorist Brothers around the world. ”
Please read the entire article: