Obama and Civil Liberties: The Prospect of Four More YearsSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:06
Obama and Civil Liberties: The Prospect of Four More Years
By Anthony Gregory | Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM PST
Most voters prioritize the economy and far behind that comes foreign policy, where both major presidential candidates offer more of the same. One can make arguments that on these important issues, one side is worse than the other. But another important set of issues, those of civil liberties, has gotten much less attention than jobs, health care, or war. This is unfortunate because precedents set today on questions of law enforcement, presidential power, detention policy, surveillance, and the relationship between national-security approaches and due process will forever affect the character of American political culture and its governing institutions. In the very long term, civil liberties issues are as important as any, and in the very short term, they often mean life or death, torture or humane treatment, imprisonment or freedom, for flesh-and-blood individuals.