"Breathtaking" expansion of citizen surveillance
What's the difference between the Bush and Obama administrations? If Bush/Cheney had pulled something like this, the left would've rioted. But Obama can gut the Bill of Rights and get away with it:
The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.Looks like Harry Belafonte and Al Sharpton will get their wish. The housebroken right is hardly blameless. They defended the USA Patriot Act in the name of fighting terrorism, and supported W the Conqueror's Department of Homeland Security. All a part of their chest-thumping support of W's "wars of liberation," you see. Those of us who warned that government power is ALWAYS misused were shouted down as "unpatriotic" and even "un-American." But what's more un-American than tyranny?