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Where Did All The Liberal Civil Liberties Advocates Go?

Where Did All The Liberal Civil Liberties Advocates Go?

It wasn't so long ago that liberals were denouncing President George W. Bush for his administration's violations of civil liberties. It wasn't that long ago that panic gripped civil liberties advocates about the possibility of a "PATRIOT ACT II," which would erode our freedom even more than the first did. From warrantless domestic wiretapping to the use of military tribunals instead of trials for detainees to its authorization of the use of torture ("enhanced interrogation techniques"), the Bush administration was devastating for American civil liberties and, arguably, the Constitution.

When then-Senator Obama began his campaign in 2008, we hailed his promise to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama, of course, has yet to do so.

Instead, we got what Salon.com dubbed "kinder, gentler" military commissions.

Instead, we got President Obama's signature of the National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions permitting the indefinite detention of American citizens and their rendition to military authorities. (In fairness, Obama did issue a "signing statement" essentially promising not to use these provisions. However, these is no legal mechanism to hold him to that promise, nor is there any assurance that future presidents will do the same.)

Instead of a president dedicated to the preservation and even restoration of civil liberties we had thought we voted in, we got a president who is now being criticized for not protecting our civil liberties by the lawyer responsible for justifying the Bush administration's authorization of torture. The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed titled, "Obama: A disaster for civil liberties."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noah-baron/obama-civil-liberti...



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starbucks probably,

with the anti-war liberals.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

You need look no further than Barbara Boxer-

Barbara Boxer that Democratic woman of the people who crafts such pro liberty legislation like this one S 1813

http://www.dailypaul.com/228944/s1813-the-irs-will-keep-you-...

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All fake...

The Dems pretend to be pro civil liberties and anti-war during elections just like the Repubs pretend to be pro free-market during elections. Just a device by the party establishments to whip up voter enthusiasm - and when the election's over the parties continue their perfectly bipartisan wrecking of the country, violating all their campaign promises.

And the rank-and-file Dems? They bend over on command just like their Repub counterparts. Gutless mindless lemmings says I.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

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TV = STUPID!: Government = TV!: Internet=Government

I think I summed that up quite well! LoL!

It is, what It is, my Friend. Dems/Repub. No Difference. They all should be shot for treason. It is, in reality, not the politicians, for they are just BOTTOM feeders. It is the LIFELONG government workers and think tank zombies,that are screwing this country.

Jim!

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

More than a few of them

are here supporting Ron Paul.

Although not nearly as many as *should* be here.

In the Senate, pretty much off the top of my head I
can think of some liberals that are pretty good on civil liberties.
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Jon Tester (Montana),
Mark Udall (Colorado) Bernard Sanders (Vermont). I don't
know if you'd call him "liberal" but Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
is pretty good WRT civil liberties, too... Half the Senators
that voted against NDAA were Democrats.

So, credit where credit's due and all that.

http://www.dailypaul.com/221269/democratic-senators-warning-...

Google "grassley obama presidency" and you get hundreds of hits about Grassley
having called Obama stupid in a tweet. Takes a bit more digging to find this excellent
critique by him of Obama's unconstitutional power grabs:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/Article.cfm?customel_dat...

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I personally thank you but,

IT IS NOT ENOUGH!

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

They weren't really

"civil liberties activists".
They were "anti-Republican activists", using civil liberties as the bludgeon to attack the Republicans.

It's just something that needs to be known about leftists. They don't actually care at all about the "causes" that they use to advance their agenda. The "causes" and the bluster are all simply a means to an end for them.
They just use these angry and disaffected minority groups and these various causes for their own political gain. In the end, they'll step over the dead bodies of those that helped to get them in power.

There you go "Big T!

You win the brass ring...lol

They weren't really

"small government activists." Nor deficit hawks. They were "anti-Democrat activists," using debt and bloat as the bludgeon to attack the Democrats.

It's just something that needs to be known about neo-cons. They don't actually care at all about the "causes" they use to advance their agenda. The "causes" and the bluster are all simply a means to an end for them.

They just use these angry and disaffected low-income and tax-protesting whites and these various causes for their own political gain. In the end, they'll step over the dead bodies of those that helped to get them in power.

And this end is nigh... notice that gun rights debate is off the table this election cycle? Well, not actually, since the establishment candidate Willard Mittens is on the record as supporting Obama-style gun control to keep firearms out of the hands "crazies" (like TEA Partiers?).

That super-puzzle-palace being built in Utah is Stalin's wet dream. They are constructing a turn-key totalitarian state. All emails and voice calls recorded, formerly secure industry standard crypto cracked with the biggest supercomputer in the world.

New government mandate that all cars have wireless tracking built in.

Assassination without hearing on order of the President. (Even King George didn't enjoy the power of Whim Death, but Emperor Obama does, as will Emperor Obamney if he is elected.)

There are only a handful of conservatives left in the GOP, and they are not in positions of authority. The Democrats likewise have neo-libs, practically indistinguishable from neo-cons, in all positions of power. They agree 100% on the need for an infinitely bloated, totalitarian government, and merely disagree on exact means to use to keep the proletariat in check.

America is doomed if Ron Paul is not elected in 2012.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

Duh!!

Hate to be the one to say it but

"WE TOLD YOU SO!" Obamadontcare was a fraud then & is a fraud now.

maybe the Obamazombies shouls have listened & should now watch...

The Obama Deception HQ Full length version
http://youtu.be/eAaQNACwaLw

So as to understand that they would duped!!

"Great Men Do Not Seek Power, They Have Great Power Thrust Upon Them"
www.campaignforliberty.com
www.downsizedc.org
www.whatreallyhappened.com
http://scarecro.users.sonic.net/blog/