So Obama, and most of the left that now seems totally missing in action when it comes to our rights and whatever the left has renamed the action against terrorism, were then, and are now, all full of shit. Back when Boosh was president we lived in a theocratic thugocracy, with people’s freedoms violated by things like the patriot act. Back then we tortured non-American terrorists, imprisoned them without due process, and violated all the rights the left granted them, be it through the Constitution of the United States of America or the Geneva convention, both entities that shouldn’t apply to ununiformed foreign combatants, and in general were a nation led by evil people. These days where we know for a fact that the NSA and the rest of the Obama administration, all caught red-handed spying on us, consider American citizens a far greater danger. So much so that when we finally have a chance to redress the evils of the Patriot Act, evils Obama himself protested when this law was passed, one is left wondering why the Obama WH would strip out that reform:
The U.S. House of Representatives has substantially reduced the effectiveness of the USA FREEDOM Act, a surveillance reform bill that sought to end mass collection of U.S. citizens’ data. House Leadership was pressured by the Obama Administration to weaken many of the bill’s provisions. The EFF and the Center for Democracy & Technology had both given their backing to the bill earlier this month, but they’ve now withdrawn their support. CDT Senior Counsel Harley Geiger said, “The Leadership of the House is demonstrating that it wants to end the debate about surveillance, rather than end bulk collection. As amended, the bill may not prevent collection of data on a very large scale in a manner that infringes upon the privacy of Americans with no connection to a crime or terrorism. This is quite disappointing given the consensus by the public, Congress, the President, and two independent review groups that ending bulk collection is necessary.”
Robyn Greene of the Open Technology Institute added, “We are especially disappointed by the weakening of the language intended to prohibit bulk collection of innocent Americans’ records. Although we are still hopeful that the bill’s language will end the bulk collection of telephone records and prevent indiscriminate collection of other types of records, it may still allow data collection on a dangerously massive scale. Put another way, it may ban ‘bulk’ collection of all records of a particular kind, but still allow for ‘bulky’ collection impacting the privacy of millions of people. Before this bill becomes law, Congress must make clear—either through amendments to the bill, through statements in the legislative record, or both—that mass collection of innocent people’s records isn’t allowed.”
As I pointed out then when the left protested this stuff it was never about protecting our freedoms but about them assuming that given the power those in the opposition power would resort to the same abuses of power democrats would surely do given the chance. What’s that I hear out there? A drone? Oh, shit. Obama is da bomb! He is so good for us….