Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For a lot of progressives, government surveillance of citizens without a warrant is only a problem when Republicans are in charge.

The President Who Boasts of His Love for Privacy Is Monitoring Your Car - Jim Geraghty/National Review

What Obama said in the State of the Union address:
As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties — and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I haven’t. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates, to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse. And next month, we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.
You knew he was full of it, you just didn’t know how much. This morning we learn:
The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.