Saturday, June 08, 2013

Why Collect So Much Information if Obama Refuses to Use It Against Terror?

Dear Leader and his minions aren't interested in stopping the spread of radical islamists or the implementation of sharia law in this country.

They are more interested in disarming Amercian citizens so we can't fight back; more interested in finding out what we are doing and saying than the terrorists; more concerned about Americans who follow the principles of the Founding Fathers and will act to defend those principles.

Why Collect So Much Information if Obama Refuses to Use It Against Terror?
The problem is that President Obama does not want to believe that radical Islam is at war with us. He told the nation last month that "this war, like all wars, must end," promising to repeal--not refine--the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Al Qaeda. And yet he has increased the federal government's snooping--dramatically. What use is that information, if it will not be used against terror?

And then comes a reminder of which information the government has been most interested in: information about Tea Party and conservative groups, information about individual activists in the conservative movement, information about the prayers of pro-life groups--information, in other words, about its political opponents, who have been treated since the beginning of the Obama administration like the real national enemy.

Kimberly Strassel observes of the IRS scandal--which now seems almost quaint in the context of Verizon and Prism--that President Obama set the tone from the beginning with vicious rhetorical attacks on conservative non-profit groups and their donors, calling them "a threat to our democracy." Meanwhile, the Obama administration missed real threats--blind to the danger its own behavior poses to our democratic republic.


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