Thursday, February 18, 2010

We're all on Obama's enemies list ~ By Phil Elmore

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
Every single free American has a stake in opposing President Obama's agenda. If they wish to remain free, they cannot believe anything else. They will, in turn, become Obama's enemies – if not in their eyes, then in his.

We are all on Obama's enemies list, and we should be.
Phil Elmore
By Phil Elmore

Posted: February 18, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

"We all share the goal of capturing the terrorists and protecting national security," said a politician in 2008. The same man added that we as a nation "can do that without violating the privacy of the American people." He also invoked the name of then-President Bush – who was roundly vilified by civil-rights activists for his support of the Patriot Act and for warrantless domestic wiretaps used in anti-terror surveillance – in criticizing then-presidential candidate John McCain. "Like President Bush," the politician said, "Senator McCain is presenting the American people with a false choice – national security or civil liberties. We need a president who understands that we can have both. It's what our values and our Constitution demands."

You may have guessed in context that the politician speaking was none other than Joe Biden, now our vice president. He was referring to candidate Barack Hussein Obama's opposition to the Bush administration's domestic security policies. While it is laudable when a politician takes a stand for civil liberties and refuses to participate in the erosion of civil rights that seems always to run apace with efforts to combat terrorism, there's a problem. That problem is that the Obama administration has proven every bit as corrosive, and in fact much more so, to your civil liberties than moderate Republicans like George W. Bush ever thought of being.

As CNET's Declan McCullagh reported last week, the Obama administration "has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no 'reasonable expectation of privacy'" where the GPS location data of their cell phones is concerned. "[A] customer's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records," McCullagh quotes the Justice Department's lawyers.

Obama was not even president when he first flip-flopped on the wiretap issue. His administration subsequently brought much more authority to the same "change of heart," arguing that because state secrets are involved, the service provider involved in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping case cannot be sued. This turnabout earned Obama a tongue-lashing from Democrat Russ Feingold in 2009. Wringing his hands and playing the civil libertarian as persuasively as a Democrat can, Feingold exhorted Obama to "formally and promptly renounce the assertions of executive authority made by the Bush administration with regard to warrantless wiretapping." The irate Feingold correctly pointed out that Obama, while (briefly) a United States senator, asserted that "the warrantless wiretapping program was illegal" and that Obama's attorney general "expressed the same view, both as a private citizen and at his confirmation hearing."


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