Friday, September 16, 2011

nice npr article on civil liberties on otm


It's nice that 10 years on, to hear someone (again at NPR) correct the record on what happened with civil liberties. This is one of the first stories I've heard that noted that things weren't that bad, after a long string of stories in the past 10 years that made the ridiculous claim that W Bush was the worst president in terms of civil liberties ever (Excuse me? FDR and Japanese internment? Lincoln and habeas corpus?), noting for example that Obama has invoked the state secrets clause to avoid disclosure more than any other president. The point being, not that Obama is secretive, but that presidential policies are mostly the same, and our beliefs otherwise are just another example of fundamental attribution errors.
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