President Obama’s Dragnet – NYTimes.com

President Obama’s Dragnet – NYTimes.com:

Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability.

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. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.

Based on an article in The Guardian published Wednesday night, we now know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency used the Patriot Act to obtain a secret warrant to compel Verizon’s business services division to turn over data on every single call that went through its system. We know that this particular order was a routine extension of surveillance that has been going on for years, and it seems very likely that it extends beyond Verizon’s business division. There is every reason to believe the federal government has been collecting every bit of information about every American’s phone calls except the words actually exchanged in those calls.

[Those of you who swore to me (and at me) that this President would be different, and that things were going to change… I’m now collecting all the rewards, drinks, etc. you promised.]

4 thoughts on “President Obama’s Dragnet – NYTimes.com

  1. gerry says:

    Once again I have some mixed feelings. I believe to my core in the American system of justice. That said I’m glad they got Anwar al-Awlaki. He needed to be killed.

    • My concern is the circumvention of the American system of justice. And that they guy who promised change, meant change for you and me. Not for him. He knows better than guy he was berating a few short years ago.

      • No arg. So let them limit who they’re tracking to folks they already know are involved and that should lead to people they suspect are involved and etc. Not absolutely everyone for no reason at all.

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