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Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment


It’s now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac. 10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:
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record of the House vote tells us a lot. Top Republicans — including Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy — voted with Obama policies to keep smothering the Fourth Amendment. So did top Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.  font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
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media spin machine and behind-the-curtain arm twisting. declared his support for the NSA surveillance program when news of it broke in early June. “I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people,” Franken said. From his Senate office, one press release after another has been packed with blather like overstuffed sausages.Franken is now saying he’ll introduce a bill for "transparency" because the public will support the current surveillance programs if they grasp what’s really involved: “Alexander Abdo, was driving at the same point when he wrote days ago: “ mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”> 

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” 

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