You wrote : "Obama is a criminal in the same mold as Bush."<quoted text>
You can thank Obama for that.
Obama is continuing over 90% of Bush and Cheney's failed policy.
Obama is a criminal in the same mold as Bush.
Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team
November 17, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/65ykjo
John Brennan and Jami Miscik, both former intelligence officials under George Tenet, are leading Barack Obama’s review of intelligence agencies and helping make recommendations to the new administration. Brennan has supported warrantless wiretapping and extraordinary rendition, and Miscik was involved with the politicized intelligence alleging weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the war on Iraq. We speak with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
I agree and disagree, as events and power must be taken in context here.
Bush enacted some of those policies. Not all. Some were based on precedents. Those that he did adopt, he HAD to , in order to counter his disastrous decisions, to wit, not take 9/11 threats seriously, invasion of Afghanistan and , worst, Iraq. Then, having no choice in order to counter outrage by dissenting peoples and nations and from within, the patriot act and incredible surveillance.
Now, Obama inherited all of that. What's a president to do? Dismantle all of it, specially in view of the fact that some is useful, in spite of GWB? Intelligence is conducted by white house intelligence services, the CIA and FBI. What president is going to buck those three, all of them in superb position to blackmail him, what with the information they have on him, on his family, on his associates, political and judicilal appts , friends, etc, all info that can be tailored to the intelligence services' needs. Now, this harks back to the blackmailing days of ever-powerful J.Edgar Hoover. No president, not even General Eisenhower, that all-powerful military man could bring him to heel. Same for the CIA, FBI, white house intelligence services. Now, Obama can try to reform these agencies. Good luck. He'll either be impeached, with info gleaned from guess where or simply rubbed off. Much like Pope John Paul I, who can forget?
Give him time, as he tries to revamp the leadership of these organizations, though I doubt his first appointment to that end, Brennan, was not exactly a "coup de maître".
Feel free to correct me, I did no research on this.