Obama style terrorism
“The White House has opposed efforts to rein in NSA snooping, but only five years ago, Sen. Obama supported substantial reforms.”
As a senator Obama wanted,
– to limit bulk records collection.
– to require government analysts to get court approval before accessing
– incidentally collected American data.
– the executive branch to report to Congress how many American
– communications had been swept up during surveillance.
– to restrict the use of gag orders related to surveillance court orders.
– to give the accused a chance to challenge government surveillance.
– the attorney general to submit a public report giving aggregate data
– about how many people had been targeted for searches.
– the government to declassify significant surveillance court opinions.
Obama had a chance to do the right thing, he chose instead to continue down the road of an authoritarian government rule, a path of tyranny.
I don’t give a rat’s patootie what President engaged in these activities it must end now.
The progressives hate the words “limited government”. They deride anyone that expresses that a “revolt” against the government is necessary.
Where does this end without an all out “revolution” and “limited government”? Truth is it doesn’t.
We all too often think of “limited government” in terms of spending. While that is certainly part of the equation — the other is limiting the “heavy hand of government”.
I don’t for one second believe Obama as a Senator held the belief that what the “spooks” were doing was wrong. I instead believe it was all about politics. It was “Bush-Cheney” bashing. His handlers at the time believed it was a way to fool his worshipers into following him down the road in creating a fascist state.
Power drives the Obama. I am not sure who are all the players that created this new monster. All I can say with any certainty is that the players have kept him corralled to put the last lock on the coffin to bury America.
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 theGuardian printed this article titled Obama’s abuse of the Espionage Act is modern-day McCarthyism: Shame on this president for persecuting whistleblowers with a legal relic, while administration officials leak with impunity
In this article John Kiriakou pointed out “Only ten people in American history have been charged with espionage for leaking classified information, seven of them under Barack Obama. The effect of the charge on a person’s life – being viewed as a traitor, being shunned by family and friends, incurring massive legal bills – is all a part of the plan to force the whistleblower into personal ruin, to weaken him to the point where he will plead guilty to just about anything to make the case go away. I know. The three espionage charges against me made me one of “the Obama Seven”
John Kiriakou further stated “In early 2012, I was arrested and charged with three counts of espionage and one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA). (I was only the second person in US history to be charged with violating the IIPA, a law that was written to be used against rogues like Philip Agee.)
Two of my espionage charges were the result of a conversation I had with a New York Times reporter about torture. I gave him no classified information – only the business card of a former CIA colleague who had never been undercover. The other espionage charge was for giving the same unclassified business card to a reporter for ABC News. All three espionage charges were eventually dropped.”
Mr. Kiriakou goes on to say “Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, declared a war on whistleblowers virtually as soon as they assumed office. Some of the investigations began during the Bush administration, as was the case with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, but Espionage Act cases have been prosecuted only under Obama. The president has chosen to ignore the legal definition of whistleblower – any person who brings to light evidence of waste, fraud, abuse or illegality – and has prosecuted truth tellers.”
This policy decision smacks of modern-day McCarthyism. Washington has always needed an “ism” to fight against, an idea against which it could rally its citizens like lemmings. First, it was anarchism, then socialism, then communism. Now, it’s terrorism. Any whistleblower who goes public in the name of protecting human rights or civil liberties is accused of helping the terrorists.”
I am thinking that Mr. Kiriakow is being generous when he equates this to McCarthyism. I would have equated it to Stalinist or even Hitler like tactics.