Barack Obama (c. 2007)"detention of American citizens as enemy combatants is unconstitutional."Submitted by wes_h on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:33
Felt like digging up some good ol' fashioned hypocrisy. A Q&A with Boston.com has plenty of it. Here's some highlights:
"The detention of American citizens, without access to counsel, fair procedure, or pursuant to judicial authorization, as enemy combatants is unconstitutional."
However, KILLING them is fine. Just don't detain them.
"Warrantless surveillance of American citizens, in defiance of FISA, is unlawful and unconstitutional."
"The creation of military commissions, without congressional authorization, was unlawful (as the Supreme Court held) and a bad idea."
"I believe the Administration’s use of executive authority to over-classify information is a bad idea."
"I also reject the view, suggested in memoranda by the Department of Justice, that the President may do whatever he deems necessary to protect national security, and that he may torture people in defiance of congressional enactments. In my view, torture is unconstitutional, and certain enhanced interrogation techniques like “waterboarding” clearly constitute torture. And as noted, I reject the use of signing statements to make extreme and implausible claims of presidential authority."
"I reject the Bush Administration's claim that the President has plenary authority under the Constitution to detain U.S. citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants."
"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
"It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action."
"As for the specific question about bombing suspected nuclear sites, I recently introduced S.J. Res. 23, which states in part that “any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress.”"
"9. Do you agree or disagree ... that nothing in the Constitution confers an affirmative right to habeas corpus, separate from any statutory habeas rights Congress might grant or take away?
I know, nothing new, but it's nice to be reminded that candidates make empty promises & convictions all the time.
There's plenty more: