By Lori Price
Yesterday, we read: White House Backs Controversial Domestic Surveillance Provisions 16 Sep 2009 The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to extend three provisions of the controversial domestic surveillance law known as the USA Patriot Act. The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter Tuesday asking Congress to renew provisions of the law that allow authorities to conduct roving electronic eavesdropping, or wiretaps, access business records and track so-called “lone wolf” suspects with no known links to foreign powers or terrorist groups. The roving wiretaps would let agents track the communications of suspects who change their cell phones or other devices. The provisions are due to expire on December 31. (VOA News)
Obama administration to seek extension of Patriot Act spy powers By Patrick Martin 17 Sep 2009 In a letter from the Justice Department to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Obama administration has gone on record for the first time supporting the extension of key provisions the USA Patriot Act, including the notorious provision that gives the federal government the power to subpoena library records of any individual. Several provisions of the Patriot Act, legislation adopted in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that grants sweeping surveillance powers to US intelligence agencies, are scheduled to expire December 31, unless renewed by Congress. (WSWS)
I say, we are all ‘lone wolf’ suspects (activists), ready to howl and bray at the injustices that were not eradicated after Barack Obama took office. Indeed, the injustice and malfeasance is growing under President Obama. Despite the premise and unending promises of ‘change,’ the only ‘change’ that we see is a deepening of the entrenchment of policies and ideologies of the Bush regime, and a lack of willingness of the political Left to question and/or attack the sad and sorry trail of Obama’s broken promises. (See my Barack Obama: Change We Can Deceive In –A critique from the Left 19 Aug 2009.)
One of the promises Barack Obama made during his 2008 presidential campaign (that later went south, as did so many others) was to use Constitutional law to eliminate the most controversial aspects of the USA Patriot Act. This UNpatriotic legislation was rammed through Congress by George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks (an inside job, six ways to Sunday) and the Fort Detrick anthrax attacks. Under the cover of the brouhaha of health-care ‘reform,’ the Obama Administration has switched positions, and is supporting the most controversial provisions of the unPatriotic Act.
Incidentally, speaking of wolves: On March 6th, 2009, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the Bush Administration’s discredited plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana — a decision that could lead to the deaths of more than 1,000 wolves! (Defenders of Wildlife)
Sign up to be one of Obama’s ‘lone wolf’ suspects (activists) here on Facebook and other sites (forthcoming), so that we form a pack, er, pac!
Posted at CLG.