I voted for Obama because he seemed to care about civil liberties. He's still probably better than McCain. It's even conceivable that Obama's enough of a pragmatist that if there were significant public pressure for civil liberties and against torture, he'd accede to it, but there isn't.
Link thanks to google and the BBC. I can't remember if I started hearing about this last night or the night before, but there are only 15 news stories listed at google.