There’s terrorism and there’s state terrorism. We must finally admit that the real threat to our freedom and civil rights is not from Muslim extremists or Communist fanatics but from our democratically-elected government operating under a shroud of secrecy, and in conspiracy with private industry.
Obama’s stealthy expansion of the Patriot Act, his egregious program to collect billions of phone calls and internet messages, and his approval of a plan (the Presidential Policy Directive 20) to launch cyber attacks around the world “to advance U.S. national objectives” (and attacks at home, too, if deemed necessary) puts him in a class beyond Richard Nixon and just short of Erich Honecker.
The FISA court, which is said to judge and oversee the secret NSA operations, is a sham. Its hearings are held at undisclosed locations with only government lawyers present, and whatever the court approves is highly classified. So far, the court has approved every surveillance proposal put before it.
That many of our “democratically-elected officials” in Congress knew of these programs (and were silent) does not absolve the President. As a much-touted scholar of the American Constitution, he knew exactly what he was doing: flouting the very principles that put him in the White House, and trampling on the rights of citizens that he twice swore to protect and uphold.
In retrospect now, Watergate seems like child’s play. Bill Clinton’s sexual scandal looks like freshman hijinks..
There are many commentators trying desperately to defend the NSA programs, but their excuses ring hollow. They would do well to remember Ben Franklin’s words: Those who would trade liberty for a little temporary security will lose both and deserve neither.
Obama’s secrecy and complicity have plunged much of the nation into total confusion: shock and anxiety, distrust and disbelief. Except for the U.K. — which as usual is playing co-conspirator with America — most of our allies are stunned, for they now realize they can easily be targeted and spied upon by America’s global dragnets. And perhaps have been caught already.
Clearly, Obama has grossly overstepped his executive powers, he has usurped the Constitutional rights of citizens to privacy, and he has waged a global war that is no less real for being an intangible weapon of cyber-technology.
These are the facts; it is time to impeach him.
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