Tim O’Reilly (yes the publisher; if ever you need a technical book and find one on the subject,my experience is you can buy with your eyes closed. Always top material) is an amazingly outspoken person on his Google+ account. A short excerpt from his latest post, referring to an article in the Washington Post.
“… The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company.”
Here’s a list of the issues discussed in the article:
- Assassination of U.S. citizens
- Indefinite detention
- No right to a civilian trial
- Warrantless searches
- Secret Evidence
- US officials have immunity from War Crimes prosecution
- Secret courts with secret evidence
- Immunity from Judicial review
- Continuous monitoring of citizens
- Extraordinary rendition
It was easy to blame Bush for introducing these new powers in the anti-terrorist mania after 9/11. What’s inexcusable is the way that President Obama’s administration has extended these powers. Change indeed. The first politician who really stands for restoring freedom would make me abandon Obama in a heartbeat. Give me a politician of any party who will make a serious commitment to restoring our nation’s commitment to freedom, and he or she will have my vote.
I am reluctant to blare from the other side of the pond, but I do think the sentiment is spreading here, for whatever it’s worth. OK, back to the crazy political climate here, sigh.