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WSJ: Obama may retain Bush interrogation policies, Gates as SecDef
hotair.com ^ | November 11, 2008 | Allahpundit

Posted on 11/11/2008 10:42:12 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Not so Changey.

President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party…

“He’s going to take a very centrist approach to these issues,” said Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations. “Whenever an administration swings too far on the spectrum left or right, we end up getting ourselves in big trouble.”…

[H]e more recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance, but ultimately voted for the bill, which included an immunity provision.

The new president could take a similar approach to revising the rules for CIA interrogations, said one current government official familiar with the transition. Upon review, Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight…


(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho2008; cicobama; robertgates; secdef; wot

1 posted on 11/11/2008 10:42:12 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hey Lefty moonbats:

Neener neener!


2 posted on 11/11/2008 10:43:06 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obama ripped W a New Tone.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yeah, but he’ll add to it in the form of his

“civilian defense force, as well funded as the military”

in order to keep true American dissenters in line.


3 posted on 11/11/2008 10:44:39 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, and Thuggery)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Well, I guess it depends on exactly who he is interogating. The lefties are not really against rough treatment of enemies, if they can pick out who is the enemy.


4 posted on 11/11/2008 10:45:08 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Duh.

He’s gonna keep all the powers. He’s gonna put more troops in Afghanistan. He’s gonna keep the Pat Act. All of it.


5 posted on 11/11/2008 10:45:12 AM PST by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope he does retain much of what has kept us safe since 9-11.


6 posted on 11/11/2008 10:47:56 AM PST by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Because the tactics WORK!

Obama may be dumb, but he is obviously not stupid.


7 posted on 11/11/2008 10:48:57 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Retain Gates? I believe it when I see it. It would be a kick in the face of the anti-war left. They are a important part of his base. If his change was about keeping Bush’s SecDef Obama pretty much failed, unless he runs for greatest charlatan ever.


8 posted on 11/11/2008 10:50:23 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Two legs bad, four legs better!

0bama should just admit he’s already in over his head!
(What happened to his ‘plan’?)


9 posted on 11/11/2008 10:50:24 AM PST by griswold3
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In order to annoy my liberal friends and neighbors I may begin to refer to him as “That Stupid Black Bush”


10 posted on 11/11/2008 10:51:39 AM PST by woofie
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Running for a senate seat in Ill and then the US Senate is one thing...

Hussein Obama is in way over his head and is going to cause us a great deal of misery.

Running Chicago politics is not the same as operating on a global level.

11 posted on 11/11/2008 10:52:43 AM PST by realdifferent1 ("Blood, whips & guns,or dollars. Take your choice; there is no other and your time is running out.")
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To: Jeff Chandler

Not a fan. They will use these powers domestically.

There is nanny-state controlling element in the Right that can be harnessed by socialists.

Recall that November 9-10-11 1938 (Kristallnacht).

The civil authorities were very useful in “keeping the peace” -— that is, arresting Jews who protested.


12 posted on 11/11/2008 10:52:48 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (A Jew voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.)
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To: BGHater
He’s gonna keep all the powers. He’s gonna put more troops in Afghanistan. He’s gonna keep the Pat Act. All of it

Of course he is. But since the MSM will never mention it, it won't be an issue. Let's face it, demmies can do everything that Bush did. If word doesn't get out, no one will know. The MSM will bury the exact same stories they blasted from their headlines to try and make Bush like a sadistic war mongerer. But when the holy one does it? shhhhh ... mums the word.

13 posted on 11/11/2008 10:54:11 AM PST by softwarecreator (Wow, free food, free gas and no more mortgage payments after January 2009, thanks Obama!!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have to wonder if Bush didn’t say “You’re in the big time now, buddy. I’ve got something to show you.” And Obama thought “Holy Crap! This is scary!”


14 posted on 11/11/2008 10:54:43 AM PST by Terry Mross ( It's just a matter of time before we're all 'GUILTY' of hate speech.)
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To: Jeff Chandler; MrB

Either he’s keeping the interrogation techniques because he understand’s the Muslim threat or He’ll need those techniques to quell the resistance.


15 posted on 11/11/2008 10:55:08 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Free ThinkerNY
It is certain that the Obama team is going to get a earful from the intelligence community. He would be a fool to ignore the community's warnings about the actual state of affairs vis a vis Al Qaeda in the U.S., Europe and worldwide.

Should the Obama team adhere to the very naive principles that they ran on for the purpose of pleasing their most left-wing supporters they would find themselves in deep trouble in short order. Al Qaeda will certainly exploit any sign of weakness by the U.S. In fact, Obama promised the left policies that would do that very thing. If he keeps that promise he will jeopardize his administration and risk a second term. I expect him to mostly renege on that promise because it will be in his own best interest to do so.

16 posted on 11/11/2008 10:55:11 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sorry, I don’t believe anything this serial liar says or his serial liars say that he said.


17 posted on 11/11/2008 10:55:47 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Do we trust 0W0N$PENDALOT, Pelo$i, Barnie, Dodd & Reid to leave our 401k's/IRA's alone?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama may retain Bush interrogation policies...

He'll promise to only use them domestically, against suspected un-friends of the Marxist utopia.

18 posted on 11/11/2008 10:57:06 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama’s biggest problem will be keeping Nancy Pelosi in line. Harry Reid is Nancy’s boy, so if Rahm E. can keep Pelosi in check, then all will be well. So if they are going to leave the evil Bush policies in effect, then they’ll have to make sure Pelosi is ok with that. heh. Hypocrites. (but really this article doesn’t say anything definitive. it’s all speculation. what’s not speculation is that O. has to control Pelosi or he’ll be doomed.)


19 posted on 11/11/2008 10:57:53 AM PST by petitfour
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To: allmost
I hope he does retain much of what has kept us safe since 9-11.

I'm with you on that one.

The truth is, the Bush appointees are much higher qualified and seasoned in their jobs, than anyone the Dems can come up with.

Anyhow, the backstabbing of their base begins. LOL!

20 posted on 11/11/2008 10:57:58 AM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: InterceptPoint

Keeping Gates and W’s GWOT policies is the very antithesis of Hope and Change (as defined by his supporters): wait’ll they get a whiff of this. So far the DUmp hasn’t.


21 posted on 11/11/2008 10:58:18 AM PST by txhurl (obama elected president?)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“Obama may be dumb, but obviously he is not stupid.”

My take on it — is that Obama is scared to death of making a mistake.

Obama will ALWAYS be a slacker. Never a leader.


22 posted on 11/11/2008 10:59:42 AM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: proxy_user

“Well, I guess it depends on exactly who he is interogating. The lefties are not really against rough treatment of enemies, if they can pick out who is the enemy.”

Yup.
Maybe those patriot act critics were right - “Imagine if Hillary Clinton had those powers”... no need imagining now.


23 posted on 11/11/2008 11:05:49 AM PST by WOSG (STOP OBAMA'S SOCIALISM - Change we need: Replace the Democrat Congress)
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To: softwarecreator

The silence from the left on it will be a clear signal that it was just a political BS act from the get-go on their part, to oppose Bush policies just because he was Bush and not because they really opposed the policies per se.


24 posted on 11/11/2008 11:07:16 AM PST by WOSG (STOP OBAMA'S SOCIALISM - Change we need: Replace the Democrat Congress)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Present-dent..


25 posted on 11/11/2008 11:07:39 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: Jeff Chandler
BUSH III!!!
26 posted on 11/11/2008 11:08:42 AM PST by Gil4
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To: pray4liberty

I think the community organizer who had no access or desire for information pertaining to the President’s daily activities is scared. The marxist/terrorist/special interest bubble he’s lived his entire life in has negated the need to make actual decisions. The retaining of former Bush policies and people would be his first “present” vote. I fear it wont last.


27 posted on 11/11/2008 11:10:03 AM PST by allmost
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To: allmost
I think the community organizer who had no access or desire for information pertaining to the President’s daily activities is scared.

If I didn't know what I was doing, I'd be too. He's such a post turtle.

28 posted on 11/11/2008 11:13:33 AM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

New bumper sticker to inflame the moonbats:

Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss.


29 posted on 11/11/2008 11:14:32 AM PST by Jack of all Trades
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To: petitfour
Obama’s biggest problem will be keeping Nancy Pelosi in line.

I keep hearing lines like this in the mainstream media, but I have no idea what the basis for the thinking is.

Obama's record in the Senate was second-to-absolutely-nobody in promoting the hard left agenda. Where does the idea that he will have a hard time fighting the leftist tilt in his party come from?

I'm seriously trying to figure out why anybody believes Obama will struggle towards the middle against his party's wishes.

30 posted on 11/11/2008 11:15:35 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
I'm seriously trying to figure out why anybody believes Obama will struggle towards the middle against his party's wishes

Because the lefties policies they've been screaming about for the last 8 years make nice talking points but in reality can't work. Obama will need to realize this and try to adjust them toward the middle. His supporters and party members will resist.

31 posted on 11/11/2008 11:20:36 AM PST by softwarecreator (Wow, free food, free gas and no more mortgage payments after January 2009, thanks Obama!!)
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To: allmost
In typical narcissist fashion, IMHO, Mr. Obama wanted to "play" being the President. Now that he will be the President, the game is over and it's not fun anymore, when you have to make hard, unpopular decisions and take responsibility for them. He dissed XX-President Clinton and dissed President Bush. I don't think either of those men like him and if they help him at all, it will be off a cliff.

His personality is such that even the MSM is going to get sick of him, and more so when we conservatives pull the plug on our cable/satellite service and look for our news elsewhere, when we've had enough of the fawning, excuses and butt-kissing.

The higher they go, the harder they fall. Obama the Unready is simply not qualified to be the President. Thank God, that God is still on his Throne and He always knows what He's doing.

32 posted on 11/11/2008 11:22:14 AM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: dead

My husband puts it this way. “She doesn’t have a leftist agenda. She has Her Agenda. She is a force from Hell unto herself.” (he really likes Nancy, can’t you tell?)


33 posted on 11/11/2008 11:23:33 AM PST by petitfour
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say,...”

Oh? Bears repeating...

“President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say,...”

Mark my words...Zero and his admin will make Homeland Security expand like a wrestler on steroids.


34 posted on 11/11/2008 11:26:22 AM PST by OpusatFR (Neither Republican or Democrat. Monarchist with allegience to The Only One.)
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To: pray4liberty
In typical narcissist fashion

That's my concern. If he eventually gets comfortable and starts manipulating things from his ideological standpoint we are toast.
35 posted on 11/11/2008 11:26:42 AM PST by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

surprise, surprise, surprise. I already knew he would.

POS BS liars.


36 posted on 11/11/2008 11:28:10 AM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight…

Translation:
Obama to personally view waterboarding of conservatives.


37 posted on 11/11/2008 11:31:26 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: indylindy

I can just imagine 4 years from now if he is defeated we will be reading how “he alienated the base.” “He did not govern as a true liberal.” How rich that would be. Heh heh.


38 posted on 11/11/2008 11:54:10 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: allmost
The marxist/terrorist/special interest bubble he’s lived his entire life in has negated the need to make actual decisions

As the old saying goes...

WELCOME TO THE NFL!!!!! Obama.
39 posted on 11/11/2008 12:00:40 PM PST by RedMonqey (Embracing my "Inner Redneck")
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To: petitfour

She is a nut, but defaults towards the hard left, as that is where nuts grow.


40 posted on 11/11/2008 12:10:03 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: softwarecreator
Because the lefties policies they've been screaming about for the last 8 years make nice talking points but in reality can't work.

Of course they can't work. But that didn't stop Lenin/Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Big Kim, from killing millions upon millions trying to *make* them work. Obama is an ideologue, he won't give up the ideology that he's been steeped in, from his early college days, at least, easily, if at all.

41 posted on 11/11/2008 1:57:46 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a leader. Centrism = Hawkish Stalinism wrapped in a flag.


42 posted on 11/25/2008 7:46:48 PM PST by CautiouslyHopeful
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