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Odds Now Growing Our Constitution Will Pulverize Obama

August 21, 2013 in Economics

By Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff

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).

Besides The Washington Post and the Daily News, other members of the media are also awakening to Obama’s belittling of We The People. In last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan quoted me at length: “There are particular constitutional liberty rights that (Americans) have that distinguish them from all other people, and one of them is privacy …

“The bad thing is you no longer have the one thing we’re supposed to have as Americans living in a self-governing republic” (“What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy,” Noonan, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17).

And 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).

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Source: OP-EDS

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