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Freedom threatened by U.S. Justice Department

May 21, 2013

The Justice Department’s secret gathering of two months’ worth of Associated Press reporters’ phone records was a frightening abuse of power and a reminder of how important it is to fight for freedo......

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May-21-13 12:35 PM

With the current president spending so much time out of DC on various junkets, these things are not taking place under his nose. I don't, however, think for a moment that he is not fully aware of them when they are happening.

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May-21-13 12:54 PM

This administration does not care about the U.S. Constitution. It could have something to do with the Presidents younger years were he spent a lot of time in other countries and then as a young adult at 30 he associated with many radicals. As we know, with any administration the Buck stops with the President. At least it did up until 2009.

We are now dealing with one of the least transparent, most corrupt, most dishonest administration in my lifetime (60 years or so).

Not only is this scandal chilling, but so is the stifling of free speech by the IRS. Make no doubt about it, this President knew these things were going on. I have memories of Richard Nixon.

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May-21-13 12:56 PM

P.S. The truly scary thing is Obama may be forced from office as the truth comes out. That my friends means Joe Biden becomes President. That is even more frightening.

All I can say is - Don't blame me, I voted for Gary Johnson.

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May-21-13 1:18 PM

LOL!!! This editorial is perfectly fitting! If in fact ALL OF THESE recently disclosed incidents as well as ALL of the others that we all knew about happened without the presidents knowledge or approval... how inept is he? I bet if you ask about a basketball score he knows that... I bet if you ask about his golf game, he knows that one too. Just do not ask about politics as he has not been briefed as of yet! Almost anyone except Biden would be better, so in fact things could be handled slightly worse!

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May-21-13 1:32 PM

ToT - You nailed it. He is either inept or a liar.

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May-21-13 2:03 PM

So used, why did you give Bill a pass on a disagree? I believe you should go back and reread his post... his is also anti Obama. Only the worshipers still follow and obey his commands.

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May-21-13 2:14 PM

"The public should remember if the government violates freedom of the press, other freedoms Americans take for granted eventually would be lost."

I couldn't have said it better myself, corporate editorialist.

But what do you say about the fact (not an allegation) that the NYPD has been tapping into text messages of every day people and reading messages and pictures without your permission in an effort to 'combat terrorism'?

Is this also a violation of freedoms?

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May-21-13 2:15 PM

Scarecrow57, there have been many more administrations, speficially Republican-run ones like the one right before this, that have done far more to spit on the Constitution, ie) Patriot Act.

Funny how you forget all that.

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May-21-13 2:21 PM

RS, please tell me what in the PATRIOT act violates the U.S. Constitution....

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May-21-13 2:47 PM

Scarecrow57, for starters it allows for the unwarranted search and seizure (in violation of the 4th amendment), racial profiing (again, 4th amendment), and makes it illegal to show support for certain groups (violation of 1st amendment).

This is among other things.

I'm sure you'll disagree, though, despite what other lawyers (you know, the people that actually interpret law) have overwhelmingly agreed.

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May-21-13 5:47 PM

Lawyers manipulate, judges interpret. I guess one has to wonder where it stops. Personally I think that we have gone past the tipping point and we are now sliding for the abyss. It is really going to hurt when we hit the bottom and find that the terrorists have won.

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May-21-13 5:51 PM

Pards13, judges are affiliated with political parties- you mean to tell me they have no say in the matter?

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May-21-13 6:20 PM

Patriot Act This TERRIBLE ACT pushed throught by the Dubya administration faster then lightening, is the reason behind this "lose" of justice in America..The DUBYA apoligists will NEVER admit it but HE is the reason we are faced with many many problems!!

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May-21-13 8:06 PM

yukonjack, absolutely correct.

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May-21-13 9:47 PM

Too bad Obama doesn't have amazing 'Bush' powers, according to you progressives he can STILL control what goes on. Wow. No wonder you're pizzed. The real laugh is the progressives are eating their own now; their cheerleaders!!! Yup, Fast and Furious didn't bother the Press, they dismiss Bengazi as old news, IRS scandal is an inconvenience, but now that they're in the crosshairs....listen to them b*tch!!! The so called Free Press has let it all happen without 'noticing'...cough cough.. and now they find they're not immune to progressive vengeance and control. Listen to me laugh!!!! And progressives think the Patriot Act is is the worse thing to happen. Wrong. Pity is, these idiots aren't done yet..wait for the Illegal Aliens.

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May-21-13 10:13 PM

swizzer, it's a good thing that the disease of Soetoro worship is not contagious. Otherwise you would have to be quarantined with a few of your pals.

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May-22-13 1:35 AM

yukonjack, you forgot: Patriot Act is okay if it means spying on Muslims and 'dark' people.

It's the one truth ******** and Republicans hate to admit, that it can and is applied to everyone.

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May-22-13 6:55 AM

RS, you are almost as racist as your president and his administration. Only he can say it with authority but you ... LOL, not even a little!

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May-22-13 7:06 AM

ToT, I my opinion if President Obama was white we would not be having all this complaining about the president.. You know that the White Republicans and Democrats have worked together running our country for many years with out all the BS we now have.

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May-22-13 9:53 AM

Ron1960, color is not the issue It wouldn't matter if he was green or blue, the issue is his policies and hatred for the US Constitution. The sheeple weren't paying attention when he said before he was elected in 2008 that he wanted to "fundamentally change America"

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May-22-13 1:00 PM

As I said a lawyer manipulates the law to best suit his/her client and a judge interprets the law in regards to the case before them. As far as their political affiliation that cuts both ways. Everyone is influenced by someone or something in their lives. Anyone that says they are not just fooling themselves.

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May-22-13 1:35 PM

drugsrus, 'color is not the issue'

You're kidding, right?

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May-22-13 1:51 PM

Color is an issue. It is the backbone of Obama's legacy, he uses it at EVERY single chance, the Cambridge Cop, the issue with his son Trayvon Martin, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Al sharpton and a long long list that continues. I do agree that racism is why he was elected and that is his defense that is untouchable. His record as president would have him thrown to the curb if he indeed was a white man!

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May-22-13 2:05 PM

Let me get this right, if you disagree with someone that is of a different race than you that makes you a racist? Wow.

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May-22-13 2:12 PM

Pards13, that's not the argument (at least not mine). I feel like racists will be racists and only use cheap excuses as a reason to not like the guy or his policies while blaming it on something else. It's quite obvious. And if they won't admit they're racist for that, they'll just froth at the mouth and call him a 'muslim', even though he's not, but you know these people are typicall unable to be reasoned with anyway.

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