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  •  Well, I do have a legal opinion, and it's that (15+ / 0-)

    Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for allegedly mishandling allegedly classified information than any previous president--and than all previous presidents combined.

    I represent (publicly) two of them: Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou.

    My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

    by Jesselyn Radack on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:42:18 AM PST

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    •  Whatever historical record is ascribed to Obama (4+ / 0-)
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      ... IMHO, the fact that he has prosecuted whistleblowers who were only trying to do the right thing and be morally and ethically responsible people will be one of the things that goes in the column:  "Things Obama did that were wrong and/or illegal and/or unconstitutional."

      That list grows longer day by day, while the column for "Things Obama did that were good" is getting shorter and shorter.

      Thanks for representing Thomas and John.  They seem like honest, ethical, and nice people from what I've read of them, and we need more people like them in this world.  I appreciate what they've done.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:40:01 AM PST

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      •  so agree, Nonny (1+ / 0-)
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        The man who ran for office in 2008 bears little to no resemblance to this president in office...........

        "Things Obama did that were wrong and/or illegal and/or unconstitutional." That list grows longer day by day,

        while the column for "Things Obama did that were good" is getting shorter and shorter.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

        by allenjo on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:37:35 PM PST

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        •  This same man was there... (0+ / 0-)

          ... but most everyone ignored what he said, caught up in the daydreams he projected, so they thought he said what he didn't.

          All the other candidates had already declared impeachment was not something they supported, but I hadn't heard Obama say so until this article dated 2 July '07 (apparently said in an interview on 28 June).  Impeachment, investigation of lies that led to illegal and unconstitutional war, etc., were "my issue" by which I based my support of the candidates.  This article put Obama with the other Dem candidates I could not support for the same identical reasons, so that left out all the "frontrunner candidates."

          Just two weeks after that article, Bill Moyers Journal interviewed John Nichols and Brude Fein.  I still go back and view this every once in a while...

          Kucinich had already brought articles of impeachment to the floor of the House via personal resolution [he's a very eloquent speaker; go to his YouTube channel to see all three - the first one is the longest by some four+hours].  Kucinich also had a not-for-profit single-payer health insurance plan I favored.  Even here on DK he was not taken seriously "because he looks like a dwarf and his ears stick out."  No mention of differences on governing ideas.  They just didn't like him.  [Go figure.  Obama has big ears, too, but he made jokes of them, plus his tall, skinny body, so that defused any reason to diss his ears or his skinniness here on DK.]

          Obama also mentioned "fixing Social Security and Medicare" several times during the endless two+ years' campaign leading up to '08..., but here on DK few or none pointed it out, so that was forgotten or glossed over; no one believed he was serious about it.  He mentioned "fixing" Soc Sec and Medicare in either his acceptance speech at DNC or his inaugural, too (I forget which, or maybe it was both).

          In this YouTube video, listen to his words:
          Obama: "More Moderate-Republican Than Socialist"

          Then there's the number of Repukes Obama has retained or re-hired or appointed to run Dumbya's and Dickie's wars and torture policy, and they added the drone bombings to a large degree once Obama took office.

          I wish Obama would just change his political affiliation to R and put us all out of our misery.  He's in love with himself as the great "bipartisan compromiser" and I think he's wrong, wrong, wrong to pursue that path.  Makes me wonder how rich he will be once he's out of office and who's bribing him to carry out Repuke policies left and right-right-right.

          I wanted to be wrong about my pre-election opinion of how I thought Obama would do in office (ditto the other "frontrunner candidates" who would have proven to be the same, I believe).  So far, he's proved to be worse than I thought he would be.

          Better than McCain-Palin or Mittster-Rand..., but I truly detest feeling coerced into 'voting "for" the lesser of two evils' (that's still voting "for" evil) since I was only voting against those who were disasters waiting to happen.

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:09:02 PM PST

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