" . . . For example, Obama used the AUMF to justify the campaign against Daesh (also known as ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, even though Daesh publicly split from Al Qaeda in 2014. In 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped more than 26,000 bombs on seven different countries.
“Obama’s manipulation of the AUMF transmuted it into a license for open-ended aggression: hazardous in the hands of any president, potentially catastrophic in the hands of Donald Trump. As president, Obama increased the use of drones outside official theaters of war, raining death on thousands of people, including unknown scores of civilians. At the same time, his government successfully fought to preclude judges from reviewing drone killings, keeping the use of lethal force behind a wall of secrecy & unaccountability.”
"In 2013, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International accused the Obama administration of possibly committing war crimes in Pakistan and Yemen — but the victims of U.S. drones have received no justice, or even an acknowledgement that they have been wronged.
"As president, Obama condemned and discontinued Bush-era policies of torture — but refused to criminally prosecute those responsible (as required by international law), setting a precedent of impunity for torturers. Under Obama, the only official punished in connection with the U.S. torture program was John Kiriakou: the ex-CIA employee who blew the whistle on it.*
“Indeed, as president, Obama prosecuted more than twice as many whistleblowers as all previous administrations combined — stifling a vital source of information about state practices shrouded in a veil of secrecy. “[The Obama administration] is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered,” said David Sanger, veteran Washington correspondent for the New York Times, in 2013.”