This administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. 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 wiretapping 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. 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.
The Obama administration's surveillance abuse is slightly different to Bush's. Bush is known to have occasionally listened in to phone calls without any warrant, whereas Obama was conveniently able to get a FISA warrant covering the entire country's phone data.
Then you never listened to what he said. I myself heard it and never believed it. I was sure he'd not give up the powers bush had added to the office. I was also sure our government is always watching and modern technology just makes it easier. Then again, I have nothing to hide so I am not scared. I'm more concerned about the provisions that allow them to grab you in the middle of the night and put you on trial without counsel or even notifiying your family and sentencing you indefinitely than who I call.
@miketost - I think most folks can peel back the hull of party and examine the nut, which is to say there's not a whole lot of difference. Somebody is going to get the 'hull' and somebody else is gonna get the 'nut'. And most times the parties just switch the 'somebodies'.
@miketost Actually, it was said many times by many people even before Obama was elected that we can all thank Bush for making Obama or Hilary the most powerful black man or woman in the history of this country. I never expected them to give up power. That's not how it works. That's what was said 12 years ago when it was passed and it fell on mostly deaf ears from those whining now when it becomes apparent that the people saying it then were right all along.
Well why not? he's revealing he's no different than Bush,this isn't an exclusive Obama thing.Bush,Reagan,Mitt Romney and John McCain are no different so you don't see through the smooth talk.You just have your preference of smooth talk with the same results that suddenly don't bother you so much since it's a Republican.I mean,if he's just like Bush this should make you right wing morons happy.I big snoopy government is perfectly O.K. under the Bush administration,But not under Obama,Why not?
When he divorced himself from his past it was obvious he was an opportunist liar. How can anyone really believe a man who's words come from two sides of his mouth depending on his audience. His promises were meaningless, his actions destructive.
With regards to 0bama's blatant lies (Yes liberals, they are lies), I can gladly say "I told you so." However, that is only a tiny comfort, the sad reality is we're all still screwed by Big Brother Government. 0bama has got that one ring to rule them all: his "Precious"....
"... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty... It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world... that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important." --Gen'l Tommy Franks
I never believed him, as I've said many times, the best way to know if this man or any of his administration is lying is to see their mouth move. I'm just waiting for the next shoe to drop. What else did he lie about? What other secrets will we find out? It looks more and more like Big Brother wasn't just a bit of fiction in a book, it's here and it's now.
I guess if the government wanted to come to your house and peek inside your windows at any time you wouldn't have a problem with that? even if your in the shower or changing, again your not doing anything wrong they just want to protect you so don't be upset you have nothing to hide... its called The Privacy Act of 1974, but hey its just another right Obama is trying to take away im not supprised. if they are a suspected terrorist by all means go right ahead,
I used to think like you, the 'why are you concerned if you you're not doing anything wrong', but what I had to consider is this, do I trust politicians to do the right thing? Do I believe they have integrity? Let's say for arguments sake they all do, can they be trusted to never make a mistake? No? Then I don't want people like that secretly collecting data, observing my every move, monitoring my actions and making assumptions about my thoughts and intentions. There are plenty of ways and means to identify threats and take action to protect us without spying on everyone all the time.
@KW900A Do you honestly think that has just now started? Do you remember the movie WAY BACK WHEN called "Big Brother"? Everything you have put on the internet is viewed by millions and millions and if you aren't hiding anything then whats wrong??
wow finally people are starting to catch on and see the truth, the "non Obama" voters including myself saw this before he was elected and knew this all along, and you Obama supporters just thought we where racist. HAH
i look at all in office like used car salesmen, if they say its good on gas it is a gas hog,if it does not leak oil it does not hold oil at all.
just wondering what is the hold up for charges against him,some of this stuff has got to be illegal and doing nothing proves all who can are crooked as well for doing nothing about it. instead of telling the media file all charges that can be without notice of time to let him try and cover up or have a speech written for him about it.
I didn't vote for him, however I held out some hope he would do what was best for this country. In spite of those he both admired and had as mentors. I fail to see why he isn't explaining why this is being allowed to go on unchecked. He is the president and HE needs to start at least attempting to explain why these things are being permitted. Bush may have started the Patriot Act due to 911, Obama denounced it then, but has proceeded to make it even more intrusive...and we are learning new and more unsettling 'discoveries' almost on a daily basis. This is against everything this country stands for, and when will he take some accountability?... He is losing the trust of Americans and I don't know if he will ever be able to regain it. Nothing is forthcoming from this administration, nothing.
@Diane-R I'm just making the assumption that you think I voted Obama in 2011, since you're questioning why I didn't apologize for the second go round. Obama wasn't a candidate for me in 2011. I refuse to consider any candidate that benefits from Citizen's United. That one issue ruled both Romney and Obama as non candidates for me. It was a tough choice for me between Stein and Cougar. I support some of the policies of both but in the end decided that Cougar was the better choice between the two. There is no reason for me to issue an apology for the way I voted in November of 2011.
Be grateful to the President. He himself has repeatedly proved that his own narrative that Big Brother/Big Govt was the answer was complete bull dookie. From the IRs to the AP to the DOJ overreach using the "patriot act".... Team Obama has worked overtime to prove that Big Govt is a monster that cannot be trusted.
I am shocked! Truly shocked that a politician would LIE. Kidding. We got to know Barry pretty well here in Chicago, he wanted to be POTUS so bad, he would sing anything to the masses. Just remember what Chicago politicians are infamous for. Most of our ex-Governors are in prison if that gives you an idea. For those of you that believed him... sorry. I know, it sounded good didn't it?
My husband is from Chicago and Is real familiar w/ the 'Chicago Political Machine', even prior to the Daily's . I never 'believed ' him, due to his mentors and the fact he was a Community Organizer... No politician is perfect, some are far worse than others, when you have to please everyone, as they promise, you end up pleasing few, if anyone. I guess you use common sense, something this country has long lost. One thing that will always baffle me, is how do you re-elect someone who did nothing he promised in the first term? Crazy...