- failing to appoint a special prosecutor to deal with the crimes of the Bush administration
- suppressing the release of torture photos
- bringing back military tribunals
- using the state secrets defense to try to avoid judicial review of the policy of "extraordianry rendition".
All of these are appalling, if not exactly surprising. I never thought Obama was some sort of left-wing messiah, but I did expect him to stand up for civil liberties a little bit more than this. Oh well.
And this commentary on the recent revelations of Donald Rumsfeld's power plays actually makes George Bush come off as slightly sympathetic, in that he was at least willing to override some of the worse people in his administration, once in a while.