by David Seaman
A certain pro-gun rights guest on a certain British former tabloid editor’s CNN evening talk show has made it seem like all people who oppose our ever-growing federal government are a bit, well, unhinged.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and to prove that point, here are 7 scary things that all Americans should be asking our government to put the brakes on immediately.
– Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 on the idea that he would not use signing statements or executive orders as his predecessor has done (here’s the video of him saying that on May 19, 2008), and yet now that he is President he uses both constantly and without apology. As The Daily Beast noted way back in January of last year, “Candidate Barack Obama criticized President Bush for using ‘signing statements’ to ignore the will of Congress. But Obama’s done the same thing 20 times since taking office, and his latest effort is rankling lawmakers.
– In Obama’s America, as in Bush’s, you cease to be a human being and a citizen the moment the “War On Terror” or its less flashy prequel, the “War On Drugs,” is invoked against you. Just the other day, a California man was sentenced to a decade of rotting away in federal prison “for operating medical marijuana dispensaries, even though they are legal in the state.” That’s right, even though he was licensed and accredited by the state, growing a plant that helps the dying cope with their physical pain—and a plant that not one person has overdosed on, ever in human history—apparently puts you on par with murderers and rapists in federal prison.
As for Terror prevention under Obama, we still have the outrageously expensive taxpayer-funded oddball police force known as the TSA, which violates more rights on a daily basis than any one article could cover
– Warrantless spying! According to The New York Times and NSA whistleblower William Binney, the government is spending billions on a warrantless spying regime so vast and high-tech it almost defies understanding. “Mr. Binney described details about Stellar Wind, the N.S.A.’s top-secret domestic spying program begun after 9/11, which was so controversial that it nearly caused top Justice Department officials to resign in protest, in 2004,” as the Times piece explains. The program still operates today, with almost zero Congressional or public oversight, and the government is now building a $2 billion data center for the NSA out in Bluffdale, Utah. Binney estimates the NSA has most of your personal email communications stored and logged. Yes, yours.
– The NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions. Let’s not forget what many consider to be Grievance #1 against the federal government. “In December 2011, President Obama signed the 2012 NDAA, codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield. ( as well as any American citizen, even here in the United states)
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