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You don’t trust President Barack Obama?

No faith in the massive federal bureaucracy? Do you lack confidence in Congress representing your interests? How much do you trust the federal courts that handle secret requests from the Department of Justice . . .and then issue secret decisions based on the judge’s secret interpretation of the law?

Be advised: President Obama finds “your lack of faith disturbing.”

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch, but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process, and rule of law,” Obama told reporters in response to the public uproar to a leak of classified information suggesting that the detailed phone records of every American have been seized by the National Security Agency, “then we’re going to have some problems here.”

Agreed. Problems galore. The morning paper reads like a dystopian novel.

Are we really supposed to feel protected by a federal judge in a secret court wherein only the government is represented?

Or represented by Congress, for goodness sake?! Only a few congressmen are told, and those sworn to secrecy.

The Obama Administration incredibly calls this set-up “an unprecedented degree of accountability and transparency.”

There are compelling national security interests, upon which our rights must be balanced, the president explains. But in our constitutional system, as I argued at yesterday, there is no more compelling national interest than that the government fully obey the Fourth Amendment — and the entire document, please.

Thank you.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. John F Brennan says:

    Those who give up privacy for security will have neither.

  2. drrik says:

    Nor liberty.

    We have an adminstration populated nearly entirely by folks who act as though rules don’t apply to them and get irate for having any consequences for their actions.

    I blame the parents.

  3. Jay says:

    In today’s WSJ (June 17th–admittedly a few days after this) is an item by a former editor, who “clarifies” some of the WRONG ITEMS mentioned. NOT phone records but using system for tracking where (to a terorist haven-like Yemen) , or going to an Al Queida site,..

    Excellent article- looks like (unlike most journalists) research and thought went into it.

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