Yes, it happened this evening . . . Keith Olbermann, Obama lapdog & apologist extraordinaire, criticized Obama and his “Justice” Department. Seems his administration has taken steps that are more extreme than Bush 43 ‘s position on wiretapping and a citizen’s right to sue the government.
We all remember how outraged the left and the MSM media were about Bush’s tactics and the wide scale intrusion into our right for privacy? This evening in the irony of ironies it was Olbermann bringing this issue to the forefront. For the first 10 minutes of his program he was the Keith of old … performing like an actual journalist. Alas, that didn’t last very long . . . one segment that’s all!
To the point:
The Obama administration is defending, yet again, the wide ranging illegal wire tapping program of the Bush administration despite fiercely criticizing this policy during the Presidential campaign. His Justice Department is advancing the usual circular logic argument of “national security” in defending the government against a suit brought on behalf of AT&T customers who suspect that their communications were illegally intercepted by federal authorities.
As detailed in the WSJ:
The Obama Justice Department has adopted a legal stance identical to, if not more aggressive than, the Bush version. It argues that the court-forced disclosure of the surveillance programs would cause “exceptional harm to national security” by exposing intelligence sources and methods. Last Friday the Ninth Circuit denied the latest emergency motion to dismiss, again kicking matters back to Judge Walker.
In court documents filed hours later, Justice argues that the decision to release classified information “is committed to the discretion of the Executive Branch, and is not subject to judicial review. Moreover, the Court does not have independent power . . . to order the Government to grant counsel access to classified information when the Executive Branch has denied them such access.” The brief continues that federal judges are “ill-equipped to second-guess the Executive Branch.”
That’s about as pure an assertion of Presidential power as they come, and we’re beginning to wonder if the White House has put David Addington, Mr. Cheney’s chief legal aide, on retainer.
Olbermann was loathe to admit this evening, in his discussion with George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, that Obama’s team at “Justice” is going too far. Quoting Keith, “ the Obama Administration is flat out dead wrong on this! Right?”
To which Turley replied, “The Bush team is bringing out its Mission Accomplished banner … this is the ultimate victory for the Bush officials . . . they have Barack Obama adopting the same extremist argument . . . in fact exceeding the argument made by President Bush!” Further in the conversation Turley said, ” You can no longer suggest that Obama is advancing the civil liberties & privacy interests that he promised to advance.” To which I wanted to say, “No kidding Dick Tracey!”
It appears that Turley has finally gotten “it”! What’s “it”?
Those of us who have opposed Obama from the very beginning saw this coming. You see, Team Obama consider themselves to be “good” people . . . unlike those “Bad” Bush people; so when they do bad things its OK.
How’s that line in the Ron Howard movie on Nixon go, ” When the President does it, its not illegal!”
Some things just speak for themselves! Hat tip to Conservative Action Alerts.
Oh, (swoon) how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
Mike Lukovich, whose cartoons regularly appear in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is one of my favorite political cartoonists. Most of the time, I’ve felt his positions about what effects this country have been spot on. Unfortunately, like most of the MSM, Lukovich drank the Kool-Aid and fell in love with the Usurper.
This cartoon was published just before the November election. The irony of Obama being handed a Constitution in tatters, brought on by the Bush Administration’s action cannot be over stated, given the fact that Obama’s disregard of our Republic’s most sacred document, the U.S. Constitution, is regularly ignored. Where Lukovich sees Obama in a heroic light, those of us who have opposed Obama’s politics and policies see little more than a fraud.
Obama has been described as an egomaniac and a pathetic narcissistic megalomaniac who should never have been allowed to enter the White House.
Fact . . . Obama has been elected selected (by the Dean and the other despicable dirty Democrats) to hold office as the first knowingly ineligible candidate to run for the office of POTUS. His own website proudly proclaimed his dual citizenship at the time of birth. One must be a natural born citizen to hold office, born of two parents both of whom are U.S. citizens. Obama was not.
Fact . . . he is the only “President” who has refused to produce the most basic information concerning his background that includes his college records, his original vault copy of his birth certificate (under seal), health records, thesis, billing and client records, etc, etc, etc. while proclaiming to aspire to an open and transparent presidency.
Fact . . . Obama’s teams of lawyers continue to fight toothe and nail to keep this information suppressed. They are now looking to sanction those persons looking to uncover the truth. Most recently, a California suit has been filed against Occidential College to have the college produce Obama’s records while he was in attendence.
Why is this information so important? Because the information ” could reveal on what name Obama attended classes at Occidental and whether he attended on scholarship money intended for foreign students ” as reported by Bob Unruh WorldNetDaily:
A high-powered team of Los Angeles attorneys representing President Obama in his effort to keep his birth certificate, college records and passport documents concealed from the public has suggested there should be “monetary sanctions” against a lawyer whose clients have brought a complaint alleging Obama doesn’t qualify for the Oval Office under the Constitution’s demand for a “natural born” citizen in that post.
Fact . . . Obama has turned his back on so many of his campaign promises for change, that it’s hard to keep track. Two of the most recent examples of his back-tracking include allowing lobbyists to serve in his administration and his decision to keep the Bush policy on rendition. Of late his plea for bi-partisanship has changed into, “We won, so get over it!” Ah, yes, Change we Can Believe In.
Fact . . . this isn’t the first time the Usurper has used intimidation. One need only go back to the 2008 campaign and Obama’s Truth Squads in Missouri to see what the Obama team thinks of the Constitution and free speech (and thought)! Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri said:
“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
Fact . . . in less than a month in office, Obama has taken steps to tear this country apart using the financial crisis as a reason to stir further chaos. The Obama stimulus plan is a recipe for disaster and will bring this country to its knees, if it is passed.
It is beyond insane for Obama to demand that a $1.5 trillion dollar bill be on his desk by February 16th. It is insanity that anyone in Congress to consider voting for a 787 page bill that isn’t available for review and consideration.
Fact . . . this country and all of its citizens remain in jeopardy until the Usurper is driven from office.