Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022

The Greater Spy

Is Obama turning out to be more like Bush on national security?

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So Like Bush

  • Has increased the Bush practice of using drones to kill terrorists
  • Signed an executive order in 2009 to shut down Guantanamo Bay, set up by Bush, but it’s still running
  • Disavowed torture, but continues Bush practice of extraordinary rendition—the extrajudicial transfer of a prisoner from US to another country
  • Signed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, brought in by Bush to give government powers to cond­uct roving wiretaps and search business records in pursuit of terrorists.


As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama ran as the anti-Bush, fuelling expectations with his catchy campaign slogans of hope and change. But as the 44th President of the United States, Obama has embraced and even expanded some of his predecessor’s controversial national security policies, disappointing supporters and prompting critics to accuse him of morphing into the man he had sought to replace.