Read it and weep. In 2008 the Democratic Party platform denounced indefinite detention, racial profiling and warrantless surveillance while promising to “revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years”. In 2012 – crickets, not surprisingly.
Dems, at the White House’s urging, failed to revisit the Patriot Act when they had the chance. Indefinite detention, including proxy detentions in foreign countries, and allegations of abuse by detainees continue. The Obama administration adopted Bush’s FBI guidelines which allow profiling on the basis of race or religion. Obama took Bush’s “primacy of the executive” presidency as a precedent, not a travesty, and continued to build upon it. The next president, whichever party he is from, will likewise use Obama’s time in office as precedent to justify even more of a power-grab, as usual with a lame Congress’s complicity.
P.S. and just by the way: 2006.