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Friday, June 07, 2013

If he's lost the New York Times....

It's not about Israel, but would you believe that in a lengthy Friday editorial, the New York Times slammed President Obama (Hat Tip: NY Nana)?
Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know whom Americans are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk and from where.
This sort of tracking can reveal a lot of personal and intimate information about an individual. To casually permit this surveillance — with the American public having no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power — fundamentally shifts power between the individual and the state, and it repudiates constitutional principles governing search, seizure and privacy.
The defense of this practice offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is supposed to be preventing this sort of overreaching, was absurd. She said on Thursday that the authorities need this information in case someone might become a terrorist in the future. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the vice chairman of the committee, said the surveillance has “proved meritorious, because we have gathered significant information on bad guys and only on bad guys over the years.”
But what assurance do we have of that, especially since Ms. Feinstein went on to say that she actually did not know how the data being collected was used?
The senior administration official quoted in The Times said the executive branch internally reviews surveillance programs to ensure that they “comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.”
That’s no longer good enough. Mr. Obama clearly had no intention of revealing this eavesdropping, just as he would not have acknowledged the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, had it not been reported in the press. Even then, it took him more than a year and a half to acknowledge the killing, and he is still keeping secret the protocol by which he makes such decisions.
We are not questioning the legality under the Patriot Act of the court order disclosed by The Guardian. But we strongly object to using that power in this manner. It is the very sort of thing against which Mr. Obama once railed, when he said in 2007 that the surveillance policy of the George W. Bush administration “puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.”
You mean Obama's a liar and a hypocrite? You don't say.... 

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At 2:51 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Just a little tantrum. Headlines this morning are that the NYT has "revised" the harshness of that column. New Left Marcuse Progressive Democrats are marxists before, during, and after everything. Dead people in the streets of Mexico? No problem to the Progressives. So 1984 Big Brother certainly will be no problem. They're conducting major lawless operations out in flyover to eliminate the second party. Obama will NEVER lose these people. Think of President Peres... the quintessential example. Nothing ever turns him.


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