But what has fallen udnerneath radar with all thediscussion about the stimulus package and the ever worsening economy, is the Obama Administrations reaction to court cases regarding to controversial tactics used by the Bush Administration.
The first case involved a subsidiary of Boeing, Jeppesen Dataplan,accuses the flight planning company of assisting the CIA of the "extraordinary rendition" of five men-- the process where suspected terrorists are flown tk another country to be interogated or tortured to reveal information.
The Obama Administration upheld the Bush Administrations' stance that the entire subject is a state secret.
The second involves the legal status of detainees in Afghanistan.
The Obama sustained a Bush Administration opinion that detainees at the Bagram Air Force detention facility in Afghanistan can not have access to US courts to challenge their detention because they do not have constitutional rights.
These two decisions have elicited shock and dismay from human rights lawyers and advocates who expected the Obama Administration to undo all that the Bush Administration enacted.