Thursday, January 01, 2009

Will 2009 be a better year for civil liberties?

Glenn Greenwald reviews the last eight years, and 2008 in particular, when civil libertarians were handed a string of defeats.

We lost on redress for illegal surveillance by the government, on the restoration of habeas corpus and on the prohibition of torture. Sadly, the Democrats yielded more to Bush than did his pocket Republicans.

Will 2009, and the Obama Administration be any better? That the Democrats control the House and Senate means next to nothing.