The above photo is Obama on the campaign trail in 2008 and it's straight from BarackObama.com.
It's hard to understand why liberals and Democrats are suddenly raging against Obama on civil liberties. It's not as though his love of Bush surveillance and crushing disregard for civil liberties wasn't clearly evident in 2008 when Obama voted YES on a Bush warrantless wiretapping bill, roll call vote here.
On July 9, 2008, CNN reported:
Senate sends no-warrant wiretapping bill to Bush
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate Wednesday approved a bill to put new rules in place for intelligence agency eavesdropping on suspected terrorists.
The bill also effectively protects telephone companies from being sued for cooperating with a government surveillance program launched in the wake of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. The White House pushed hard for the provision, with a threat to veto the bill if it did not contain protection for phone companies.
The vote was 69-28, with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois voting in favor. Republican candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona was not present for the vote.
President Bush said Wednesday afternoon he will sign the bill, calling it "vital" and "long overdue."
The bill, formally known as the FISA Amendments Act, updates the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It will:
* Require the secret court set up to oversee FISA to review the surveillance of any targeted American whether the person is in the United States or abroad;
*Provide for the FISA court to sign off on procedures for removing the name of any American inadvertently captured in a communication with a foreign target;
*Prohibit reverse targeting, which is when intelligence officials eavesdrop on a foreigner's communications overseas as a means to spy on someone in the United States.
*Close a loophole by explicitly establishing the 1978 law as the exclusive means for authorizing electronic surveillance;
*Set up a procedure for federal judges to determine whether a telecommunications company can be sued for providing the intelligence community access to its networks without a court order.It was no secret that Obama supported Bush era warrantless wiretapping and he's got a vote to prove it.
Opponents argued that the provision creating a judicial review of cases against the telecommunication companies is a sham.
The bill essentially grants immunity to the telecommunication companies, the opponents said, because all of the telephone carriers received government certifications saying their participation in the program was legal.
Obama was criticized for backing away from his early opposition to the bill by liberal bloggers and individuals commenting on his campaign Web site.
Fast forward to May 26, 2011 when President Obama signed an extension of the Patriot Act. Obama's 2008 senate vote on Bush warrantless wiretapping and his 5/2011 signing the renewal of the Patriot Act as president unequivocally proves that Obama is and never was concerned with civil liberties. In fact, Obama's record on civil liberties is no better than the Bush record.
Just as Republicans gave Bush and Gang a pass on horrific violations of civil liberties, the Democrats are willing to generally give Obama and Gang a pass with minor exceptions. Yeah, the Dems are grumbling but that won't stop them from worshipping Democrat tyranny.
While MSM media continues to shamelessly spin NSA-gate as necessary for our national security, the Edward Snowden affair is like a continuous stream of rays of sunshine and truth, and most of the truth is coming from alternate and foreign media.