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Ted Rudow III,MA, On e-mail
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was defending the Obama administration's record and his comments on the so-called professional left. On a range of issues including accountability for torture, detention of terrorism suspects, and use of lethal force against civilians, there is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration. And, in fact, in some cases, you see this administration going even further than the last administration did. Some of what was going on under the last administration was going on in spite of federal law that prohibited it. That was true, for example, with the warrant-less wiretapping programme. And then Congress authorized the warrant-less wiretapping that President Bush had authorized in violation of statute. So now you have a statute that authorizes precisely what President Bush was doing illegally between 2001 and 2006. But what we had hoped was that the constitutionality of that statute would be tested in the courts.

Big Brother wants to keep an eye on you. He believes in being his "brother's keeper," but it's not for any sort of benign purpose--or at least it won't be in the end. It'll end up being for the purpose of control, and he'll use as many methods as possible--hidden cameras, microphones, chips, sensors or whatever!

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