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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties

Read this very interesting article/interview with Noam Chomsky on his thoughts of Obama's terrible history of civil liberty violations.

Definitely read the full article, but here are a couple snippets:

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination

On 'Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project':
"Under Obama's administration, if you meet with someone in a terrorist group and advise them to turn to nonviolent means, then that's material assistance to terrorism."

On Obama's prosecution of whistle blowers:
"I don't think he's doing anything besides alienating his own natural base. So it's something else.
What it is is the same kind of commitment to expanding executive power that Cheney and Rumsfeld had."

On drone strikes:
"It's interesting to see the way in which due process is being reinterpreted by Obama's Justice Department in regards to the drone killings. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked why the administration was killing people without due process. Well, there was due process, he said, because they discuss it within the executive branch. King John in the 13th century would have loved that."

On the expansion of the "surveillance state":
"It's an enormous expansion of executive power. I doubt that they can do much with this information that's being stored. I've had plenty of experience with the FBI in simpler years when they didn't have all this stuff. But they had tons of information. They were just drowning in it and didn't know how to use it. It's sort of like walking into the New York Public Library and saying "I want to be a chemist." You've got all the information there, but it's not doing any good."

To top it all off, the article is posted by AlterNet, "a progressive [i.e. liberal; don't you love euphamisms?] news magazine and online community" (via its own Twitter).
To put into context the magnitude of what Obama's actions are and to the extent that he is pursuing them; those who should be Obama's strongest supporters and base are now critically attacking him and his policies.

1 comment:

Henry Jordan said...

Obama is not a diplomatic person like others, may be that's the reason why people love him. Whatever he says and plans have a strong base.

Henry Jordan
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