………….In 2008, many voters thought that by voting for Barack Obama, they were making just such a correction to the dangerously autocratic course steered by the Bush-Cheney-Ashcroft regime. And why wouldn’t they? After all, despite getting hammered by Republicans for being “soft on terror,” Obama had campaigned aggressively that year against such grossly unreasonable searches and seizures as the FBI’s spying campaign on groups of law-abiding protestors, the Pentagon’s massive, data-sucking supercomputer that was covertly sifting through vast piles of personal information on millions of Americans, and the door-busting, pre-dawn raids by heavily armed federal agents into the private homes of medical marijuana users.
Shortly after taking office, the new president lifted the hopes of civil libertarians by declaring that “our values have been our best national security assets–in war and peace; in times of ease and eras of upheaval.” Yes! Correct! Excellent!
But, where’d that guy go? Fine words are about the only changes that have come from the Obama administration, which overall has been distressingly Bush-Cheneyish on expanding–not reducing–the power of assorted police agencies to go far beyond legitimate law enforcement.
Unbeknownst to most people–and unmentioned by candidates in this year’s presidential elections (with the important exception of Ron Paul)–Team Obama, the entire Republican leadership, tea party lawmakers, and assorted state and local officials have jointly been moving America toward the darkness of unbridled police intrusion into our lives and liberties. ……