Friday, January 23, 2009

Bush's 'War' On Terror Comes to a Sudden End

By Dana PriestWashington Post Staff Writer Friday, January 23, 2009; Page A01

President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the "war on terror," as President George W. Bush had defined it, signaling to the world that the reach of the U.S. government in battling its enemies will not be limitless.

While Obama says he has no plans to diminish counterterrorism operations abroad, the notion that a president can circumvent long-standing U.S. laws simply by declaring war was halted by executive order in the Oval Office.

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It will be interesting to see if Obama's new take on the war on terror can survive a terrorist attack. A recent Rand study recommended fighting the war on terror as a police action, not as a war. Obama's first steps,including shutting down the military tribunals are encouraging. Tom

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At January 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see what kinds of methods Obama's legal team comes up with to deal with terrorism suspects. I wonder whether Canada's security certificates could end up being used as a model in the States?
--Nouveau Canuck


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