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While we Watch the Sun Shine out of Obama's Armpit, ACLU Delivers on the Patriot Act

Gee, Senator Obama, could you vote against the FISA Amendments Act? No? I see. Well, could you at least not use it when you are elected… Oh, you plan to use it? Ah. Um, well…

Hey, President-Elect Obama, do you plan to continue to issue signing statements to curtail laws passed by Congress? You do? But, er…

Ahem. Excuse me, President-Elect Obama, are you going to shut down the American indefinite detention facilities around the globe not named “Guantanamo”? What? You didn’t hear what I said? Well, let me repeat mys… no, wait, Mr. President-Elect, sir, golly, don’t walk away, um…

While we all watch President-Elect Barack Obama prevaricate and yet cling to hope that he will rescue us all in demigodlike fashion, the American Civil Liberties Union has been doggedly and successfully pursuing justice on the same issues. This week, a lawsuit pursued by the ACLU has resulted in a federal court ruling that the FBI cannot issue the “national security letters” of the Patriot Act, demand the warrantless surrender of personal information and papers, and then force its victims to remain silent about it. At the very least, the ACLU got a federal judge to declare, the FBI must prove that shutting citizens up about being pillaged by government agents will serve a purpose in our great War on Terror.

While Barack Obama talks the civil libertarian agenda away, the ACLU delivers.

Did you make a campaign contribution to Barack Obama? Have you made a donation to the ACLU?

4 thoughts on “While we Watch the Sun Shine out of Obama's Armpit, ACLU Delivers on the Patriot Act”

  1. Voltaire says:

    Sad isn’t it Jim! When we can’t trust our politicians to stick to the lies they tell!

  2. Jim says:

    For once, I’m not going to argue with you.

    It’s up to us to make the politicians stick to their lies and make them truths.

  3. tom says:

    Meanwhile, Cheney actually ADMITS CONDONING waterboarding! He and “other top White House Officials” gave this practice and others the clear “go ahead” from the top according to an interview on ABC.

    So are we just going to let that go?

  4. Jim says:

    “We” meaning you and me, Tom? No.
    “We” meaning Barack Obama and Joseph Biden? ___.

    P.S. here’s the link to that Cheney transcript Tom refers to.

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