A chunk of wisdom from Greenwald:
Whatever else one might say, the rule of law, the Constitution, and core civil liberties are the centerpiece of a healthy and well-functioning government, and nothing justifies an assault on those safeguards. That was the argument most progressives made throughout the Bush presidency, and the more Obama continues on the Bush/Cheney path in this area, the more solid the progressive consensus against his actions becomes.
No matter how cool and good-natured and -willed I think Obama is, I’d always rather be ruled by law than by a person. Laws stay the same in war and peace, they don’t discriminate (if you write them right), and they’re transparent to all.