Will Obama Roll Back Bush Anti-Terror Tactics?

Barack Obama is already under pressure to roll back the harsher facets of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism. Why some liberals may be disappointed

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An elderly Afghan man detained in Ghazni, a former Taliban stronghold, by the U.S. Army in 2004.

It wasn't so long ago that Barack Obama saw paths around many of the civil-liberty dilemmas that President Bush faced when he launched a war on al-Qaeda around the world. The freshman Senator from Illinois believed, and often claimed, that the White House could and should have avoided the shame of Guantánamo Bay, resisted the urge to engage in torture and shunned domestic eavesdropping.

Such easy exits may be harder to come by now that Obama is preparing to take over as Commander in Chief. Over the past eight years, the Bush Administration has erected a new array of military detention...

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