Obama expands Bush’s wiretapping program

A leftist gladly accepts and runs with the new powers claimed by his “conservative” predecessor:

In a stunning defense of President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, President Barack Obama has broadened the government’s legal argument for immunizing his Administration and government agencies from lawsuits surrounding the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping efforts.

In fact, a close read of a government filing last Friday reveals that the Obama Administration has gone beyond any previous legal claims put forth by former President Bush.

This is no surprise, at least, not to paleoconservatives. Obama’s agenda is nothing but the next phase of the Neocon agenda to centralize power and globalize the American nation. The pro-war, any war crowd cheered on their Beloved Leader Bush when he claimed the power to authorize warrantless wiretaps. I wonder how they’ll react now that a leftist president asserts the same?

Or will they become unpatriotic conservatives?

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10 thoughts on “Obama expands Bush’s wiretapping program

  1. Filmer

    A test of the anti-war, pro-civil-liberties left will be how long they tolerate this from Obama. My guess is they will for a long time, just as “conservatives” tolerated Bush’s spending.

  2. HarrisonBergeron2 Post author

    Agreed. Those who’ve tapped into the system as a cash cow will hold their tongues, and others on the left will put up with about anything their man does. And most lefties will see the overall gain from Obama’s agenda.

    Meanwhile, isn’t it funny how the Neocons are changing their tunes about a Democrat? As long as Obama props up the empire, they’re happy.

  3. Bede

    I received this chain email today, which originated, I assume, with “Conservative News Alerts,” whatever that is. (I am not vouching for its accuracy.)

    ———- Forwarded message ———-

    Is Obama earmarking 80,000 troops to use against European Americans?

    ———- Forwarded message ———-

    Dear Fellow Concerned American:

    This briefing is a critical, time-sensitive warning. Please read what I am about to say carefully, because your very life may depend on it.

    A whole lot of already shell-shocked people are going to learn the hard way that the veneer of “civilization” is far thinner than most realize.

    U.S. Preparing a Military Response
    to Coming Social Chaos

    As the shocking confidential information contained in this briefing shows, the threat of social meltdown and chaos is so large a domestic law-enforcement arm of the U.S. military (referred to by The Army Times as the “Consequence Management Response Force”) has been created to deal with what U.S. officials believe to be a coming, unprecedented wave of massive social chaos.

    Later I’ll show you why many Washington insiders (including officials directly involved in homeland security) are personally making emergency preparations for social chaos. In addition, outgoing Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson told Sen. James Inhofe and Rep. Brad Sherman that so much financial mayhem lies ahead U.S. troops may have to impose martial law to deal with social unrest.

    Yes, U.S. Officials Are Quietly Preparing
    for BIG Trouble Ahead

    A new report by the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute states flatly the U.S. military must prepare for “a violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States” that could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.”

    Late last year, The Washington Post noted the incoming Obama Administration is going to “earmark” at least 20,000 troops returning from Iraq to deal with “domestic emergencies.” Since then, the Army Times has broken the story that the domestic emergency army unit has been increased to 80,000 troops, who are being trained right now in Georgia.

    In short, U.S. officials expect big trouble ahead — but they are not warning the general public about the danger (much less urge the unsuspecting masses to make basic preparations).

    A rare critic of the government’s keep-the-public-in-the-dark mentality is former head of the U.S. Commission on National Security, Stephen Flynn. He noted in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial: “Too many officials believe telling the truth to Americans about the risk would set off a nationwide panic. Thus, they keep us sheep in the dark for our own good.”

    Boiled down, you need a real plan to deal with massive social dislocations that are headed our way. And you need to get started right now, because the government isn’t going to give you a heads-up.

  4. roho

    Do I believe this kind of substantiated fear tactics?

    Well Yea!…….I’m old enough to remember the conversations with my grandfather regarding the “Great Depression”…….Go Rural!

    I recently helped a friend put in his rabbitry, chicken coup, and he’s now on well water. He has an abundance of fruit trees, including citrus(Vitamin c). A catfish pond is in the works, and an understanding of what has value in a “barter system” is very important?……Precious metals for the poor should be “Brass”. ;)

  5. James

    No surprise indeed! When I first heard the news about Obama expanding upon Bush’s warrantless wiretapping I just shook my head. Of course! Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives; none of this matters! What does matter is power, pure and simple power, and those who possess it never surrender it. As a result the power of the state continues to grow regardless of which party is in power and which ideology supposedly reigns. The beast of government power keeps growing fatter. I watched last night as Keith Olbermann looked stunned and befuddled in relaying this news to his brainwashed liberal viewers. How could this be? What an idiot these leftists really are. (I love how Olbermann attacks O’Reilly and Limbaugh and their viewers/listeners for being shallow and brain-dead followers instead of independent thinkers. He and they are simply the reverse image of those he criticizes!) This expansion of government power is precisely why we need genuine, constitutionally based conservatism in the public square now more than ever! And, it is an outstanding demonstration of just how stupid conservatives have been over the past eight years in blindly supporting Bush and the neocons. So long as “their” guy was in power it was totally fine that the government accrued all of these new powers far, far beyond what the Founders Constitution permitted. After all, Bush was a good “Christian” man fighting Islamic bad guys. But, those are exactly the times when the power of the government must be held in check; when the urge to increase them is greatest! The reason is that any power granted to the government that is wielded by “your guy” is going to fall into the hands of “them” once you are out of power. It is no argument, and no statement of principle, to simply assert that all is OK because your people, the good people, are the ones holding the power. Government power itself must be limited for EVERYONE, regardless of what party they belong to or what ideology they claim to adhere to. This is the great thing we have forgotten, so wrapped up in the ridiculous fetish this country has developed for partisanship. We once again see the great wisdom of the Founders in crafting a Constitution which did not mention political parties. They thought such things a danger to the Republic and, in the long view, they have been proven right. No surprize indeed!

  6. Andrew T.

    Filmer,

    It is most likely that they will attempt to downplay the existence of these kinds of things from Obama, even though they would have been having a field day if the previous administration was doing these things.

  7. Kirt Higdon

    The military plans for stuff like this all the time, but that does not mean it is just around the corner. As a lowly battalion operations clerk with minimum clearance, I worked on plans for the military occupation of southern states as a response to resistance to desegregation. From what it was planned that my battalion would do, it was easy to project the overall plan. That was in 1965.

    On the one hand, the rulers will use the military against American citizens in the homeland if they have to – without regard to race. But they would rather not. Violence in their own back yard is a hassle. For the homeland, they prefer to use control of the media, the schools, the whole political and judicial system. The cruise missiles, the predator and reaper drones, the torture, the ethnic cleansing are for the provinces of the empire.

    Sure that will come back and bite us some day, just as it did the Romans, but I am not sure that some day is just yet. I see few signs of genuine social unrest. Compare the present to the late 60s and early 70s, for example. And things would have to get even worse than that to provoke widespread martial law and military dictatorship.

  8. Sean Scallon

    If the Republicans were smart, they would let Ron Paul take the lead in attacking Obama’s new-found love for wiretapping and spying on Americans and split Obama’s support on the left and damage the Administration.

    But since they are not smart I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen. After all, they were who gave Obama such power in the first place.

  9. HarrisonBergeron2 Post author

    “If the Republicans were smart …”

    Wow. What a concept.

    Sam Francis pegged this group a long time ago as the Stupid Party.

    But then, what do you call people who keep voting for them?

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