The Obama Administration’s Assault on the First Amendment
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  • bpuharic

    Nanny state liberalism? Like trans vaginal ultrasounds that are legalized rape? Oh…sorry…conservative. Conservatives love big govt as long as God wants it, it seems.

  • Corlyss

    The aspects of American society under assault from this Administration their fellow travelers in the media defy enumeration. One wouldn’t have imagined how awful this crew, with their vicious activism and their burrowing deeply into government agencies, could wreak such havoc in such a short time.

    • Jim__L

      I never thought that after the Bush Jr. administration, anything could convince me to vote Republican. But the Obama administration has succeeded.

  • Andrew Allison

    Coming as it does hard upon the heels of “recess” appointments, lawmaking by executive order, and the surveillance scandal, this is very distressing.

  • Boritz

    Don’t forget McCain Feingold which attempted to restrict political speech even though the first amendment contains the five most beautiful words in the English language ‘Congress shall make no law…’

  • Jim__L

    It’s a tricky balancing act, trying to formulate laws that keep critical military secrets safe, while preventing those laws from being used to hide ongoing unconscionable acts.

    Certainly, casual and indiscriminate dispersal of sensitive military and diplomatic information needs to be clamped down on, hard, and we need laws that support that. Those laws must be as narrow as possible, though, to prevent abuse.

    I’m not sure a general rule will ever be established — case by case may be the best that we can do. Military secrets have to be maintained, for the security of the country. People who do the right thing may have to sacrifice for their principles.

    • Senor Equis

      We do need spy agencies to defend us, but I would prefer to see most of the spying done by the Dept. of Defense as before 1947. The combination of computing power and potential to blackmail away oversight has become too great to trust CIA/NSA with at the current pitiful state of oversight much less hundreds of thousands of contractors.

  • Senor Equis

    This is my fundamental problem with everyone bending over backwards to give NSA the benefit of the doubt that neither they nor their contractors would participate in politically motivated mass surveillance of ‘enemies’. Except that there’s a growing body of evidence they’ve done it:

    If NSA only existed in a vacuum aside from Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi cover ups/gag orders, then it would be easier to stomach the arguments of the NSA’s apologists, which is most of the MSM Left and Right. Unfortunately I cannot, and generation has little to do with it. I simply don’t trust many people in gov and even some of the contractors I see on Twitter not to cooperate with even politically motivated domestic spying and repressive measures so long as they get to strut around with their fat greater D.C. area paychecks.

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