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Why Won't Obama Release Spying Memos?

It’s nice that Barack Obama had Attorney General Eric Holder release some of the legal memos that George W. Bush had insisted upon keeping secret. These memos include proof that George W. Bush planned to do such outrageous things as throwing American citizens into prison without trial, without notifying Congress.

However, as the Washington Post points out, the memos released are actually among the least controversial of the documents kept secret by George W. Bush. So, the obvious question – which nonetheless is not being asked by most journalists – is why President Obama is choosing to keep secret President Bush’s most outrageous unconstitutional and illegal acts.

With one particular program, the explanation for Obama’s continuing coverup for Bush may be that Obama himself has been involved and remains involved in it. Memos related to Bush’s Big Brother spying program, which created a massive electronic dragnet of Americans’ private communications and even authorized warrantless searches of Americans’ homes, are still being kept secret by Barack Obama.

Obama’s own hands are dirty when it comes to this spying program. As a Senator, Obama suddenly broke his promises to filibuster retroactive legal immunity for telecommunications corporations that helped President Bush illegally spy on Americans – but the spying is still clearly unconstitutional, and therefore illegal. What’s known about this Bush-Obama spy program is bad enough: We know its powers were used to spy on journalists who were investigating the Bush White House, and to eavesdrop on the private, sexual conversations of married couples, including American diplomats and soldiers. We also know that the Bush Administration grabbed millions of private phone records telling who American citizens within the USA had been speaking with and when, as well as records about Internet searches and email databases. Multiple sources of evidence point to a massive Total Information Awareness database that gathered, and continues to gather under President Obama, practically all electronic communications within the United States as well as communications going overseas.

This is what we already know about the totalitarian Bush-Obama spy program. Apparently, there’s a good deal left for us to discover. Apparently, President Obama is determined to do what he can to prevent that from taking place.

6 comments to Why Won't Obama Release Spying Memos?

  • qs

    Do you think the president is entitled to PRIVATE legal advise?

    Or do you think everything should end up public. I don’t have a strong opinion on this yet.

  • qs

    What do you think we should do about Burma? Do you think we should use military intervention?

  • Tom

    If the Bush administration – starting with Karl Rove – isn’t held accountable for their total trashing of the country through their lax enforcement of regulations (misfeasance), cronyism and corruption, and terrible policies (both foreign and domestic), then we are no longer a democracy in any sense of the word, and specifically we are no longer a country which lives by the rule of law.

    This will cause more of the same behaviors by our “elected officials” and cause chaos in the land (why should anyone obey the law if these people can get away with all they’ve done to the U.S.?).

  • MadCabbie

    I wish more progressives were willing to put their country ahead of their love for Obama as you are. Spying on Americans was wrong when Bush did it and it’s clearly just as wrong now that Obama is doing it.

    It’s nice to know that I have at least one liberal counter-part out there.

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