I’d previously doubted that the deeply concerned bipartisan rebellion in and out of Congress against President Barack Obama’s contemptuous spying on all of us would have lasting impact on him or any of his successors who believe the president is the rule of law.
I spoke too soon, according to this headline in the Aug. 17 edition of the New York Daily News: “Pols rip NSA over privacy.”
The article highlighted the current revival of the personal liberty legacy of Tom Paine, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty.
What ignited this political outrage was the previous day’s Washington Post, which reported on newly released National Security Agency documents from former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Obama has made Snowden a citizen without a country until he returns from his haven in Russia to be ultimately judged by our Supreme Court, some of whose recent decisions have been supportive of the president in denying us our personal privacy rights.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “the thousands of privacy violations cited by the Post were ‘jaw-dropping’” (“Pols rip NSA over privacy,” Larry McShane, New York Daily News, Aug. 17).
In addition to the media, more Americans are awakening in anger — across party lines — at being betrayed by their un-American government.
The reporter who has been facilitating Snowden’s breaking news, thus disturbing Obama’s golf games, is The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald. He’s made Edward Snowden into a household name. Last month, Greenwald reported on “major public opinion shifts in how NSA surveillance and privacy are viewed,” further troubling our leading-from-behind commander-in-chief. He spoke of “a new comprehensive poll released ... by Pew Research (that) provides the most compelling evidence yet of how stark the shift is” (“Major opinion shifts, in the U.S. and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy,” Greenwald, The Guardian, July 29).
Dig this, Obama. According to the poll: “A majority of Americans — 56 percent — say that federal courts fail to provide adequate limits on the telephone and Internet data the government is collecting as part of its anti-terrorism efforts.
“An even larger percentage (70 percent) believes that the government uses this data for purposes other than investigating terrorism” (“Few See Adequate Limits on NSA Surveillance Program,” Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, July 26).
You see, we’re a lot smarter than Obama thinks we are.
Are you listening, Attorney General Eric Holder?
I sure hope the parents among us are telling our kids what’s really going on, because the great majority of them aren’t learning in school about the president’s towering lies that he feeds us almost daily.
As she is busy planning for her likely 2016 presidential run, is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying anything about that?
And how many of the potential Republican presidential candidates are mentioning Obama’s treating us with such wholesale disrespect?
Hey, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. What do you think of all this? You ought to listen to Sen. Rand Paul, governor. He knows the score.
Having quoted so much from Pew Research polls, I feel required to say that, as with all polls I reference, I first validate them from other research sources. I have found nearly all the Pew polls I’ve used are accurate.
This conclusion leads me to request that Pew Research and other proven reliable pollsters conduct a carefully, calmly worded national poll. It would ask a wide sampling of Americans — regardless of their politics and other self-identifying characteristics — whether they believe there is seriously documented evidence that indicates President Barack Obama should be impeached for continually defying his oath of office.
Twice he has defied that oath, when he swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
More than any other president, Obama has continually broken the oath of office.