And then a step to the right…

Barack Obama starts right in on disappointing his base:

President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party.

Civil-liberties groups were among those outraged that the White House sanctioned the use of harsh intelligence techniques — which some consider torture — by the Central Intelligence Agency, and expanded domestic spy powers. These groups are demanding quick action to reverse these policies.

Mr. Obama is being advised largely by a group of intelligence professionals, including some who have supported Republicans, and centrist former officials in the Clinton administration. They say he is likely to fill key intelligence posts with pragmatists.

Read: intelligence professionals just like those now in place. And remember that Obama voted to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency and to extend legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance.

This is change how?

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