Democrats viciously denounced President George W. Bush for supposedly infringing on Americans’ civil liberties by monitoring citizens in communication with al-Qaeda and terrorists in general. But they’ve been strangely quiet as Obama’s policies dwarf any ‘infringement’ that might have occurred under the Bush Administration.
Obama extended Bush’s Patriot Act, has been compiling a “vast campaign database” with voters’ personal information, and granted the government authority to store private information about American citizens who are not suspected of any crime— Obama has every American citizen under virtual surveillance, and plans to use thousands of surveillance drones in U.S. skies. We already knew all of this, but there hasn’t been a collective burst of outrage from liberals and Democrats– because liberals and Democrats accept tyranny when they are the ones being tyrants. So we can’t expect liberals and Democrats to be upset about this fact either: Obama’s surveillance program is bigger than Bush’s.
Update: Obama is going to “give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document”– giving them “the ability to analyze more raw financial data than they have ever had before.”
Obama has imposed intrusive surveillance programs affecting each and every American citizen, and plans to use thousands of surveillance drones in American skies for “public safety” purposes.
Obama’s second term agenda is focused on disarming the American people– while stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition and more than 2,000 light-armored tanks for his Department of Homeland Security, which has labeled political conservatives and veterans in America as potential terrorists.
But this is getting more disturbing by the day.
“Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been custom designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals.” Senator Rand Paul felt compelled to filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate because he wasn’t getting straight answers on Obama’s drone program– specifically, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that there are circumstances under which it “would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil” even if that American was not an imminent danger to public safety. It’s incredible that the current U.S. Attorney General would disregard 14th Amendment Due Process rights for American citizens (a fundamental right which is ingrained in all law students across America) and didn’t object to this “slippery slope” toward tyranny. It was only after Rand Paul’s history-making 13-hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate that Obama’s Attorney General was forced to clarify that “President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.” How comforting.
Update: After Rand Paul’s filibuster, the Air Force stopped publishing statistics about U.S. drone strikes and “erased previously published statistics from its website.”
“Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama’s former press secretary, says that he was once instructed by the White House not to acknowledge the administration’s use of drones. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” on Sunday. “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.””
Gibbs acknowledged the obvious: “I think what the president has seen is, our denial of the existence of the program when it’s obviously happening undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes.”
Update: Wait, why isn’t Nancy Pelosi speaking out about this? A few years ago, the CIA confirmed that Pelosi lied to the media when she claimed the Bush Administration didn’t brief her about enhanced interrogation techniques used against al-Qaeda prisoners. Now, she would be able to legitimately claim that the Obama Administration didn’t brief her about drone strikes on al-Qaeda terrorists– but being the two-faced scumbag politician that she is, Pelosi is silent.