Posted by SAM on 11 November, 2008 at 11:50 am. 19 comments already!

CLASSIC! OMG, he hasn’t even taken office yet, and Pres-elect Obama is already demonstrating that his campaign was just sizzle-not steak. It was about taking power, not CHANGE. Remember all that complaining about secret CIA prisons, warrentless wiretapping, enhanced interrogations, and so forth? Yeah, well, turns out Barack Obama (now that he’s gotten the votes) doesn’t care about those things. In fact, he’s turning a blind eye to them, and turning a deaf ear to the leftist civil liberty groups that complain.

WASHINGTON — 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.

Civil-liberties groups were among those outraged that the White House sanctioned the use of harsh intelligence techniques — which some consider torture — by the Central Intelligence Agency, and expanded domestic spy powers. These groups are demanding quick action to reverse these policies.

Former National Counterterrorism Center chief John Brennan, leader of Obama’s intelligence-transition team. Mr. Obama is being advised largely by a group of intelligence professionals, including some who have supported Republicans, and centrist former officials in the Clinton administration. They say he is likely to fill key intelligence posts with pragmatists.

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EXIT QUESTION: If you voted for Barack Obama in the hopes of a more transparent intelligence gathering administration, do you realize that you’ve just been pwnd?

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