Tomgram: David Bromwich, George W. Obama? | TomDispatch,_george_w._obama

Useful reminders of a bygone age…

On 21 January 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order ‘requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.’ No ifs, no buts, just closed. CNN called it ‘a clean break from the Bush administration.’ On the same day he hailed a ‘new era of openness’: ‘every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known,’ said he. Then along came Wikileaks.

Nope. Obama campaign poster, from Anthony Baker on Flickr.

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