IN 2008 indefinite detentions were out. In Pres. Obama’s first term they’re a reality. Welcome to what happens when a candidate enters the Presidents Club.
The section of the 2012 Democratic platform titled “Staying True to our Values at Home” states that “We must always seek to uphold these values at home, not just when it is easy, but, more importantly, when it is hard.” The distance between the 2008 and 2012 platform shows just how hard it has been, and starkly illustrates the extent to which the Democratic Party has given up on its 2008 promises to roll back the national security state that emerged and expanded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. – Adam Serwer
In 2008, constitutional protections and judicial oversight were in. In 2012, the Democratic Party Platform is mute on PATRIOT ACT powers, because not only did Pres. Obama back away, but Democrats in Congress walked away from a fight against Bush-era policies, all of which has been reported before by Adam Serwer, as well as others like Glenn Greenwald.
Then there is Gitmo, which thoroughly embarrassed the Obama administration and remains standing. Leading Democrats have fought against its dismantling and moving of detainees to maximum security American prisons where mass murderers are safely and effectively incarcerated for life.
“…And we remain committed to working with all branches of government to close the prison altogether because it is inconsistent with our national security interests and our values.”
On torture, today Serwer reminds us all what Obama’s policy was: “We reject torture.” This year the platform includes a word salad on the subject, which paraphrased boils down to: We Banned Torture But…
Shorter analysis: The military industrial complex continues to win and expand, with Democrats
unwilling unable to do anything about it.