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Obama’s Disturbing Track Record!

By David J. Smith
June 1, 2013

“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” – Barack Obama, March 2007

FOUR years after Barack Obama was elected on a platform of “change you can believe in,” he’s now promising America that the “best is yet to come.” However, on almost every front – fiscally, militarily, politically, socially – the country is in a state of disarray.

Most troubling, however, is the state of our freedoms. Indeed, during Obama’s first term, our civil liberties were utterly and completely disemboweled. The great irony, of course, is that this happened with a self-proclaimed constitutional law professor at the helm – a man who was supposed to understand and respect the rule of law as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

Not only did Obama continue many of the most outrageous abuses of the George W. Bush administration, including indefinite detention and warrantless surveillance of America citizens, but he also succeeded in expanding the power of the “imperial president,” including the ability to assassinate American citizens abroad and unilaterally authorize drone strikes resulting in the deaths of countless innocent civilians, including women and children.

Obama has a lot to account for over the course of his first four years in office, particularly in terms of the erosion of our civil liberties. Just consider some of the assaults on our freedoms that took place under Obama’s watch, either as a result of his continuing Bush’s policies, enacting his own misguided policies or simply because he did nothing to counter them:

  • In March 2009, only two months after being elected, Obama defended Bush’s unconstitutional National Security Agency spying program in court. Obama went so far as to insist that actions authorized by the president, including illegally spying on American citizens, should be free from any judicial scrutiny whatsoever.
  • In April 2009, the Department of Homeland Security launched a program, Operation Vigilant Eagle, which calls for surveillance of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, characterizing them as extremist and potential domestic terrorist threats because they might be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.” Coupled with the DHS’ report on “Rightwing Extremism,” which broadly defines rightwing extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics bode ill for anyone seen as opposing the government – whether it be an Occupier, Tea Party supported or a free speech protester.
  • In July 2009, Obama threatened to veto an oversight bill that would have required the president to inform lawmakers about covert CIA activities.
  • In December 2009, Obama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, announced his intention to ramp up the military industrial complex’s war in Afghanistan and subsequently followed through on his plan.
  • In February 2010, the Department of Defense issued a U.S. Army field manual detailing the prospective internment and resettlement of American citizens in the event of another terrorist attack or natural disaster on U.S. soil. The leaked document confirmed the fears of many government critics, “from the Patriot movement on the right to Occupy on the left to Anonymous, anarchists, organized racists, survivalists, and plain old conspiracy theorists in between.”
  • In March 2010, the Department of Homeland Security began rolling out controversial full-body scanners to American airports. Despite an initial outcry about the invasive nature of scanners and the enhanced pat-downs of American citizens, government officials continued to tout the machines as safe and effective. A year later, an investigative report by ProPublica/PBS NewsHour, revealed that six to 100 U.S. airline passengers each year could get cancer from the machines, which were purchased with Obama’s stimulus funds.

Editor’s note: The list of Obama abuses of power could go on and on. We know why he is doing these things! The communists said they would capture one or both political parties! They’ve done it!!!

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