…and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

Lord Acton may not have been original, but he certainly had it right.

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins.”

William Pitt the Elder

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton
Lord Acton: Image via Wikipedia

Reference Frédéric Bastiat’s perspective on the purpose of The Law.

Unfortunately, Mr Obama is no different from his (appropriately) much-maligned predecessor.

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama criticized the Bush administration for its excessive secrecy, noting that it had “invoked a legal tool known as the ‘state secrets’ privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court.” Obama also promised to end “extraordinary rendition,” a practice through which “we outsource our torture to other countries.”

But last week the Obama administration used the state secrets privilege to block a lawsuit by five former captives who say they were tortured as a result of extraordinary rendition. Although candidate Obama surely would have been outraged, President Obama is for some reason less concerned about abuses of executive power.

“Torture tort terror”, , reason.com, September 15, 2010