Our freedoms being taken away from us by el presedente and the Liberals are mad as heck
Olamo under heavy attack from the left. Al Gore, NY Times and ACLU condemn him. He is toast.
Still, says former vice president Al Gore, the recently-reported electronic spying is “obscenely outrageous.” The American Civil Liberties Union calls it “beyond Orwellian.”
David Corn at Mother Jones suggests that “the Obama gang may finally have a real scandal on its hand – not a scandal of wrongdoing or unethical conduct, but one of government overreach.
In a 1,134-word editorial Thursday, the usually-liberal New York Times writes that “the administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.”
“Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it,” the influential publication’s editorial board scolds.
“To casually permit this surveillance – with the American public having no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power – fundamentally shifts power between the individual and the state, and it repudiates constitutional principles governing search, seizure and privacy,” they write. Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, the leading libertarian voice in the US Senate, couldn’t have put it better.
Beyond the hawks-vs.-civil libertarians debate, Obama finds himself in the middle of things that are more complex and a bit convoluted in Congress.
“The issue splinters the normal ideological coalitions across the House and Senate, cobbling together a civil libertarian collection of conservatives and liberals.