" Secret "sneak and peek" searches under the Patriot Act.
" Classification of most government records. A reversal of the idea that government should be transparent, but people's lives private.
" Legitimization of torture. (Obama said he made torture illegal -- it already was, even when Bush authorized it. Those who authorized and carried it out must be indicted and tried. Obama doesn't want to touch that possibility.)
" Special rendition (outsourcing torture, which Obama still upholds).
" Establishment of private military contractors like the mercenaries of Blackwater.
" Assertion of Executive supremacy through "signing statements."
" Doctrine of "Unitary Executive," elevating the Executive Branch above Congress and the Judiciary.
" The 2007 John Warner National Defense Act, which allows the President to deploy the National Guard of one state into another state without the permission of either governor.