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tac

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President Obama's Parting Shot at Personal Freedom
« on: January 20, 2017, 07:21:22 AM »
President Obama's Parting Shot at Personal Freedom

To make things more convenient for the government, the Obama administration makes it easier for agencies to spy on citizens.

Andrew Napolitano

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America's 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.
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So President Barack Obama, in the death throes of his time in the White House, has delivered perhaps his harshest blow to constitutional freedom by permitting his attorney general to circumvent the Fourth Amendment, thereby enabling people in law enforcement to get whatever they want about whomever they wish without a showing of probable cause of crime as the Fourth Amendment requires. That amendment expressly forbids the use of general warrants — search where you wish and seize what you find — and they had never been a lawful tool of law enforcement until Lynch's order.

Down the slope we have come, with the destruction of liberty in the name of safety by elected and appointed government officials. At a time when the constitutionally recognized right to privacy was in its infancy, Justice Louis Brandeis warned all who love freedom about its slow demise. He wrote: "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."

Someday we will learn why Obama did this. I hope that when we do, it is at a time when we still have personal liberty in a free society.

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/19/a-parting-shot-at-personal-freedom



Something else Trump needs to fix.

Cleaning up after Obama is like cleaning up after a herd of elephants have passed, elephants with diarrhea.

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Re: President Obama's Parting Shot at Personal Freedom
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 09:22:49 PM »
It's still not legal.  A baboon with a badge does not trump the constitution. 
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Re: President Obama's Parting Shot at Personal Freedom
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 10:19:06 PM »
It's still not legal.  A baboon with a badge does not trump the constitution.

Neither does a baboon in the WH acting like a dictator.