Yahoo: Why does Obama talk like Rand Paul but govern like Dick Cheney?Submitted by radiofriendly on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:45
If all had gone according to plan, Americans would have learned in 25 years that President Barack Obama — once a liberal constitutional law professor — authorized a top-secret National Security Agency program to monitor the logs of their phone calls.
The court order allowing the government to inspect all Verizon phone records was slated to be declassified on April 12, 2038, when today’s political leaders had passed from the stage and were beyond political accountability. Until then, American citizens were supposed to have no way of knowing that the NSA knew when they were good (phoning Grandma for six minutes on her birthday) and when they were bad (arranging an adulterous rendezvous with a 19-minute call to an ex-girlfriend from the office).
Instead, in a major rebuke to Obama’s reputation as a purported defender of civil liberties, the Guardian, the British newspaper, published a top-secret court order Wednesday night that requires Verizon to provide the NSA with access to all of its phone logs. In one of the more chilling passages in the four-page document, Verizon is not allowed “to disclose to any other person that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order.”
This was the ultimate expression of the doctrine of don’t ask, don’t tell.