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  •  Would you have noticed? (7+ / 0-)

    Candidate Obama thought overreaching government surveillance was an important issue. President Obama? Not so much:

    Here is a transcript I hastily prepared:

    Candidate Obama  - August 1, 2007

    The separation of powers works. Our constitution works. We will again set an example for the rest of the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers and that justice is not arbitrary. This administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security; it is not. There are no shortcuts to protecting America.

    President Obama - June 7, 2013

    But my assessment, and my team's assessment  was that they (NSA surveillance programs) help us prevent terrorist attacks.

    Candidate Obama

    This administration puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.

    President Obama

    You can't have 100% security and 100% privacy and zero inconvenience; we are going to have to make some choices as a society.

    Candidate Obama

    I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with t he tools they need to track and take out 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, no more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are and it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists.

    President Obama

    We I can say is that in evaluating these programs they make a difference in our capacity to anticipate and prevent possible terrorist activity. In the abstract you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the detail, I think we have struck the right balance.

    Yes, reining in executive overreach and erosion of civil liberties was an election issue. It was important to Obama, until he became the executive in question.

    February 11th, 2014 is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. Go here to participate:

    by CenPhx on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:05:44 AM PST

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    •  Good stuff. It was an issue and he has clearly (1+ / 0-)
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      modified his tone since taking office. If that was a major part of someone's decision on whether or not to vote for him or work to get him elected, I can see why they would feel betrayed or mislead.

      While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 01:04:45 PM PST

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