Hey, I’ve Got An Idea – Let’s Blame Bush!
Bill Quick

Feds declassify Bush-era surveillance docs | TheHill

Federal intelligence officials are declassifying eight documents about the origins of controversial surveillance systems created under former President George W. Bush.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced on Saturday that it had declassified the court documents dating from 2007 to this year, which the federal government had used to justify keeping the surveillance program secret. 

Hey, it’s Bush’s fault!  (Actually, it is).  But Barry promised to fix all Bush’s terrible mistakes.

We’re still waiting.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Hey, I’ve Got An Idea – Let’s Blame Bush! — 2 Comments

  1. I’m not quick to write off Peter King and here lies the heart of the matter. What started out as reasonable surveillance of bad guys and their significant web of contacts foreign and domestic has morphed into zealotry. I believe Bush and King had their hearts in the right place at first but zealotry and technology has combined into something infinitely more dangerous to America and Americans. I am disturbed profoundly that King and others in power can not see the NSA has crossed a line that is unacceptable to American values. I am also profoundly disturbed that they do not admit that the current rules give profound powers to those who wield it that are extra-constitutional and profoundly more dangerous to American civil liberties than the terrorists ever were. Precisely because they can be used for purposes political that have nothing to do with combating terrorism. I wish Bush would break the traditional silence of ex-POTUS and say something. His predecessors have certainly broken this rule for far more partisan reasons.

    Ok caveat to my opening statements. I don’t condemn YET. King et al need to rethink their position asap.

    • They were both statists to the bone. All that has come to pass was foreseen, and warned against at the time of the passage of the laws we are talking about today.

      And, frankly, anybody who couldn’t see that these vast new powers would be abused in the name of safety and security is both historically and governmentally illiterate.

      By attempting to remove all of these programs from judicial review, the Bush administration and its supporters more or less admitted that they wanted a security process entirely beyond restraint.

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