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Tuesday December 20, 2011

Obama Failing on Civil Liberties

Posted by Samer Araabi at 11:44 am

Conor Friedersdorf has a great article over at The Atlantic about the growing backlash against President Obama’s encroachments on civil liberties. Starting off with an impressive list of let-downs for Obama’s support base (“his war on whistleblowers, the humanitarian and strategic costs of his drone war, the illegality of the war he waged in Libya, his use of the state secrets privilege, his defense of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping, and his assertion of the power to kill American citizens accused of terrorism”), he singles out Obama’s about-face on signing the National Defense Authorization Act, which might allow the U.S. military to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial.

It’s quite a stark contrast from Obama’s statements on civil liberties in 2008:

When you suspend habeus corpus [sic], which has been a principle dating before even our country -- it's the foundation of Anglo American law, which says very simply, if the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, 'Why was I grabbed?' and say, 'Maybe you've got the wrong person.' The reason you have that safeguard is because we don't always have the right person. We don't always catch the right person.

The entire article is definitely worth a read; check it out here.

Tagged as Issues, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Posted by Samer Araabi

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