As a Senator and later as a candidate for President, Barack Obama railed against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and vowed to end the “illegal wiretapping of American citizens”.
As noted by John Sexton (June 6, 2013), Obama made his supposed views clear in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in August, 2007. In that speech he said that “This Administration (the Bush Administration) also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.
“That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.”
Now as President, Obama offers another false choice, this time between security and privacy. This week he stated the following: “…you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience — we’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”
President Obama seems to have no respect for the U.S. Constitution. His actions indicate that it is just something to get around. As a “progressive”, he views everything through the lens of moral relativity, including the Constitution. For him, it is a “living document” that can be changed and/or ignored so that he can reach his (secular) faith-based goals. The trampling of the Fourth Amendment is the latest example.
The Constitution is NOT an “inconvenience”! Surveillance is being carried out on the communications of American citizens who have neither committed a terroristic crime nor been suspected of committing or planning such a crime. All three branches of government are involved in this crime. I do not believe that this is what the writers of the Patriot Act had in mind.
Obama has offered up another “false choice”. This switch in his viewpoint of citizen surveillance is the single biggest example of the fact that President Obama has not a stitch of integrity.
While Obama’s legions of true believers and useful idiots (i.e., political, media, entertainment, and educational figures) will continue to support him and excuse him, it is time for the rest of us to speak and drown out the cries of the clowns. The future of this country depends on it!