Speaking at a conference of liberal activists Wednesday morning, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero didn’t mince his words about the administration’s handling of civil liberties issues.
“I’m going to start provocatively … I’m disgusted with this president,” Romero told the America’s Future Now breakout session, according to blogger Marcy Wheeler of Firedoglake.com. … While liberals of various stripes have or had gripes with how Obama has conducted himself since taking office, civil libertarians may well be the most disillusioned at this point.
“There was a discussion this morning, and there has been generally in progressive circles, about expectations that have not been met. I made the point that expectations were high because the president set expectations very high,” Romero said.
Asked why he’s so animated now, Romero said: “It’s 18 months and, if not now, when? … Guantanamo is still not closed. Military commissions are still a mess. The administration still uses state secrets to shield themselves from litigation. There’s no prosecution for criminal acts of the Bush administration. Surveillance powers put in place under the Patriot Act have been renewed. If there has been change in the civil liberties context, I frankly don’t see it.”
Yet another great example of Obama’s chronic problem of over-promising and under-delivering.
UPDATE: For some reason, this story was put back in circulation today on twitter and the blogosphere, but the story is actually from June.