April 28, 2009 (L. A. Times)
The ex-Bush official says practices undermined the U.S. and foreign alliances and helped Al Qaeda. His remarks coincide with Atty. Gen. Holder's efforts to shift course.
Reporting from Washington -- The Bush administration's "lawless response to terrorism" has not only undermined the United States' moral credibility and standing abroad and provided Al Qaeda with its best recruiting material, it also has weakened the U.S. coalitions with foreign governments that it needs most to fight the threat posed by Islamist extremism, a senior Obama Justice Department official said Tuesday.
The remarks by Todd Hinnen, deputy assistant attorney general for law and policy in the department's National Security Division, went well beyond some of the earlier criticisms of the Bush administration by President Obama and his political appointees. And they came on a day when Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was pressing the case for a sharp course correction away from Bush administration policies toward one that officials said was more in keeping with the rule of law.
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The Obama Administration is moving out strongly from criticism to outright condemnation of its predecessor with a vengeance not usually seen. While they may be right, are they doing more damage to the nation than helping it?