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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:37 PM
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20 Ways the Obama Administration Has Assaulted Your Civil Liberties and Democratic Rights
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 09:38 PM by Better Believe It
20 Ways the Obama Administration Has Intruded on Your Rights
Is there a fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties?
by Bill Quigley
Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He is also a member of the legal collective of School of Americas Watch.
November 30, 2011

The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are twenty examples of serious assaults on the domestic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience that have occurred since the Obama administration has assumed power. Consider these and then decide if there is any fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties.

Patriot Act

On May 27, 2011, President Obama, over widespread bipartisan objections, approved a Congressional four year extension of controversial parts of the Patriot Act that were set to expire. In March of 2010, Obama signed a similar extension of the Patriot Act for one year. These provisions allow the government, with permission from a special secret court, to seize records without the owners knowledge, conduct secret surveillance of suspicious people who have no known ties to terrorist groups and to obtain secret roving wiretaps on people.

Criminalization of Dissent and Militarization of the Police

Anyone who has gone to a peace or justice protest in recent years has seen it local police have been turned into SWAT teams, and SWAT teams into heavily armored military. Officer Friendly or even Officer Unfriendly has given way to police uniformed like soldiers with SWAT shields, shin guards, heavy vests, military helmets, visors, and vastly increased firepower. Protest police sport ninja turtle-like outfits and are accompanied by helicopters, special tanks, and even sound blasting vehicles first used in Iraq. Wireless fingerprint scanners first used by troops in Iraq are now being utilized by local police departments to check motorists. Facial recognition software introduced in war zones is now being used in Arizona and other jurisdictions. Drones just like the ones used in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan are being used along the Mexican and Canadian borders. These activities continue to expand under the Obama administration.

Wiretaps

Wiretaps for oral, electronic or wire communications, approved by federal and state courts, are at an all-time high. Wiretaps in year 2010 were up 34% from 2009, according to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

Read the full article and the 17 other ways the Obama Administration is intruding on your rights at:

http://www.alternet.org/rights/153283/20_ways_the_obama...










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T S Justly Donating Member (133 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:43 PM
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1. ...nothing to say K&R
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:51 PM
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2. President Obama's war record still includes look-the-other-way torture.
And what about torture? Nothing upset Progressives more during the Bush years. Toward the end of the administration, the criminal policy was abandoned and was forsworn by Obama. Yet the detention center at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan has been called worse than Guantanamo by Daphne Eviatar, an attorney for Human Rights First. Adds John Glaser of Antiwar.com,

There are now 3,000 detainees in Bagram, up from 1,700 since June (!) and five times the amount there when Barack Obama took office. Many of them have not been charged, have seen no evidence against them and do not have the right to be represented by a lawyer, arent given fair trials, and the U.S. claims it is not even obligated to explain why these people are caged.

A U.S. special operations black site at Bagram features sleep deprivation, holding detainees in cold cells, forced nudity, physical abuse, detaining individuals in isolation cells for longer than 30 days, and restricting the access of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to Jonathan Horowitzs investigation for the Open Society Institute.

Finally, in a move that bodes ill for the future, Obama refuses to criminally or civilly investigate Bush administration officials for illegal torture of prisoners. He wont even empanel a truth commission to bring the facts before the American people. Future administrations will thus have little to fear when they break the law.

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1112a.asp?du
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:40 PM
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7. The Future of Freedom Foundation?...
That's where you go for your Obama criticism?

Mission

The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.


Any port in a storm, eh? :puke:

Sid
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 09:53 PM
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3. occupy nt
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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:34 PM
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4. Dupe.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:36 PM
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5. Unrec...
keep trying.


And good citizens check for duplicates.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Sid
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Logical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:38 PM
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6. Is there anything you think Obama did wrong?? I doubt it.
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 10:38 PM by Logical
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:41 PM
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8. Should I give a fuck what you think? I doubt it...nt
Sid
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Logical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:53 PM
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9. LOL....defensive! I love being right!
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 11:06 PM
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10. K&R And time to repost the ACLU's report on Obama and core liberties.
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 11:08 PM by woo me with science
The ACLU sends out an alarm that our liberties continue to be destroyed at a pace equal to or exceeding that of the Bush administration. Every American should read the entire report; it is chilling.

http://www.aclu.org/national-security/report-call-coura...


Support Occupy Wall Street. All this is happening because the banks and corporations have purchased our government.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:27 PM
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19. Thank you very much for the link. Every progressive without blinders on needs to read the report.

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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 01:26 AM
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11. Thank you for this sad and terrifying report.
Not that some of us haven't long suspected this.

K & R.

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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:12 AM
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12. But President Obama is a constitutional law scholar!

So it must be OK.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:17 AM
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13. They forgot that Obama also kicks puppies competitively for distance
and accuracy.

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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:54 AM
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15. he put out a cigarette in my ice cream cone.
:cry:
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:07 PM
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21. Wow, you really are a true believer aren't you?
Can he really do no wrong in your eyes??
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:54 PM
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20. LOL
:kick:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:54 AM
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14. yay, another OP of fail...
:rofl:
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:10 PM
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22. Yay, an OP full of important information that the True Believers will ridicule...
... :puke:
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:42 PM
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16. K&R for the painful truth,
...much too painful for some.
Expect many attacks on the messenger.
Is there a fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties?
---by Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
He is also a member of the legal collective of School of Americas Watch.
November 30, 2011

Impressive Credentials





You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.
Solidarity99!
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:44 PM
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17. K & R !!!
Keep reccing and kicking folks.

:kick:
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:46 PM
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18. k & r
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