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  1. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, almost 2 years ago

    Jay Leno: ‘We Wanted a President That Listens to All Americans – Now We Have One’

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    As I read the cartoon, all I can say is -
    “Me too, Mr. President. Me too. You promised us better.”

  3. brent

    brent GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Nobody’s tapping your phones. And this began under Bush. Why all the right-wing yap about it now? Nothing…NOTHING has changed. Oh, except for a black Democrat in the White House.

  4. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 2 years ago

    The right-wing trolls get their marching orders from the head Dittohead. They don’t care about facts.

  5. Good Evening

    Good Evening GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Obama is in denial, of the abuse of power that he has practiced as well..

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    There have been NO wiretaps of conversations, and yes, it’s been going on long before Obama took office. But the real problem IS the “Patriot Act”, which needs to be reviewed, and many sections removed. At least Obama has gotten FISA court approval, which Cheney never seemed worth bothering with.

  7. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, almost 2 years ago

    This may be the final straw that forces Obama to throw Eric Holder under the bus. After all, it is the Attorney General that brings the warrant to the judge to sign, and the Justice Department is not only clearly misinterpreting the Patriot Act, but Holder himself lied (yet again)

    From Politifact 7/21/11 (which I consider low on fact, but nevertheless):

    On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a bill that reauthorized key elements of the Patriot Act. The bill called for a four-year renewal of some of the most controversial provisions of the surveillance legislation. While the bulk of the Patriot Act is steadfast law, there are certain measures that Congress must periodically reauthorize or else they expire. Among them is roving wiretaps, i.e., the ability of law enforcement officials to track targets if they change phones without law enforcement first consulting a judge.

    The Patriot Act, passed shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, granted law enforcement increased surveillance powers to prevent additional terrorist incidents. Since its conception, the Patriot Act has been mired in controversy. Civil rights advocates argue that the law is a violation of Americans’ privacy rights. Key members of Congress, including both liberal Democrats and Tea Party Republicans, have attempted to amend the Patriot Act in order to protect Americans from potential privacy rights violations.

    The expiring provisions of the act came up for re-authorization in late 2009. Despite months of congressional debate and a delayed vote, President Obama ended up signing a re-authorization that included no changes in early 2010.

    This year-long extension came up for renewal again in early 2011. In this year’s re-authorization battle, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., sponsored an amendment that would have increased congressional oversight of these renewed provisions. Yet the Leahy-Paul Amendment was never brought to a full vote. [See Note] Ultimately the Patriot Act was reauthorized without any sort of additional oversight included in the final language. By reauthorizing the Patriot Act, President Obama guaranteed (barring any judicial action) that the law will live on in its current form until June 1, 2015.

    “The extension of the Patriot Act provisions does not include a single improvement or reform, and includes not even a word that recognises the importance of protecting the civil liberties and constitutional privacy rights of Americans,” said Sen. Leahy….

    But the ACLU’s Richardson noted that while there have been no additional legislative oversight measures passed during Obama’s presidency, there have been some put in place in the executive branch. Most notably, the Justice Department decided to implement several measures that were originally included in the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 – a failed oversight bill proposed by Sen. Leahy.

    In response to a letter from Leahy in December 2010, the Justice Department said it had:

    • Implemented a requirement that, when library or bookseller records are sought via a Section 215 order for business records, a statement of specific and articulable facts showing relevance to an authorized investigation must be produced;
    • Adopted a policy requiring the FBI to retain a statement of facts showing that the information sought through a National Security Letter (NSL) is relevant to an authorized investigation, to facilitate better auditing and accountability;
    • Adopted procedures to provide notification to recipients of NSLs of their opportunity to contest any nondisclosure requirement attached to the NSL;
    • Agreed to ensure that NSL recipients who challenge nondisclosure orders are notified by the FBI when compliance with such nondisclosure orders are no longer required;
    • Adopted procedures for the collection, use and storage of information derived from National Security Letters, which were approved by Attorney General Holder on October 1, 2010.

    Leahy also said that DOJ had agreed to work with Congress to determine ways to make additional information publicly available regarding the use of FISA authorities.

    ”I still believe that these important oversight and accountability provisions should be enacted in law, but I appreciate that by implementing key measures in the bill, the Department of Justice has embraced the need for oversight and transparency," Leahy said in response to the Justice Department’s action.

    Where does that leave us? President Obama has spoken in the past in favor of more oversight and Attorney General Eric Holder supported the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009. Nonetheless, the president signed a reauthorization that included no additional oversight. However, the DOJ has implemented key components of Sen. Leahy’s bill.

    [Note to the politically challenged: wherever it says “Justice Department”, you have to substitute “Eric Holder”, because he is the Attorney General, and head of the Justice Department]

    So the way it will go down is this: Holder will take the fall. He lied to Leaky Leahy, he lied to Judges to get the warrants, and he lied to the American People.

    Obama, of course, will say he had no idea about any of this, and heard about it on the news.

    Politifact:“As president, Barack Obama would revisit the PATRIOT Act to ensure that there is real and robust oversight of tools like National Security Letters, sneak-and-peek searches, and the use of the material witness provision” They graded this as a “compromise”

    Oh, and my note regarding the Leahy-Paul Amendment never brought to the floor of the Senate:

    “When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, we would be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot attacks against our country, undetected,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday. In unusually personal criticism of a fellow senator, he warned that Paul, by blocking swift passage of the bill, “is threatening to take away the best tools we have for stopping them.”

    My source for this? The Huffington Post.

    Huffington Post 5/27/11: Patriot Act Extension Signed by Obama

  8. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, almost 2 years ago

    Oh, I forgot to throw in a “huh?” when the Huffington Post said that Reid’s comment about Paul was an “unusually personal criticism of a fellow senator”. This made me laugh.

  9. Ian Rey

    Ian Rey said, almost 2 years ago

    I guess I’m a hipster, because I was against this abuse of power way before Obama did it. The president was called Bush, but you probably never heard of him.

  10. william sharpe

    william sharpe said, almost 2 years ago

    Yes he needs to be shocked. Does anyone have a spare electric chair?

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