Ron Fournier: ‘Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House…’?
Fournier’s article, entitled “Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They're Spying on Us” begins thusly: “Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. On the war against a tactic — terrorism — and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election.”
It doesn’t seem possible but the article really does go downhill from there.
Fournier cites “a 16-year” reign of presidential terror, giving star billing to former president Bush. This spin is mind-boggling because, indisputably, all of the horror inventoried by Fournier is The Lyin’ King’s doing:
-- Killing civilians and U.S. citizens via drone.
-- Seizing telephone records at the Associated Press in violation of Justice Department guidelines.
-- Accusing a respected FOX News reporter of engaging in a conspiracy to commit treason for doing his job.
Fournier adds that The Lyin’ King “is still detaining suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay”, despite promising to end the “ill-considered practice by President Bush.” Clearly, if Fournier gives Bush top billing he has to validate that casting decision somehow, doesn’t he?
Fournier wasn’t finished cataloguing the evils of the “Bush-Obama” era. He raged about the IRS scandals and the latest, inexcusable disgrace; nation-wide Verizon phone record retrieval. Fournier quotes the Washington Post: “the (current) NSA order could represent the broadest surveillance order known to have been issued…” True. “…It also would confirm long-standing suspicions of civil liberties advocates about the sweeping nature of U.S. surveillance through commercial carries under laws passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." Um…nope, sorry.
In a breath-taking display of partisan wishful thinking, the Washington Post, as is so often the case, was wrong about that. Fournier hypothesized that the seizure of the telephone records of every American using Verizon services “appears to be a ‘rubber stamp,’ order, reissued every few months since 2001.” Surprise, surprise, Fournier was wrong, too. Desperate to justify giving President Bush the limelight in his article, Fournier breezily trotted out knee-jerk, liberal dogma to defend the current regime.
But this tar baby is entirely The Lyin’ King’s creation. President Bush, despite Fournier’s insistence, publicly and transparently sought wiretapping privileges solely against suspected terrorist calls coming in to the United States from foreign nationals abroad. Period. He wasn’t interested in Joe Citizen’s bowling date. Not so The Lyin’ King.
Bush was no conservative but he’s never had anything to do with what the current regime has perpetrated. MSM apparatchiks, print and broadcast, are falling all over themselves in the stampede to blame Bush for having initiated the attacks on our personal liberties. The party line is that everything the Imperial President is doing is legal.
They are even defending the latest revelations of invasion against our privacy. The regime, through a system called PRISM, is, reportedly caching all of our internet activity in real time; emails, Google and Face Book posts and even grabbing our credit card activity, all obtained with “a secret court order,” according to Britain’s the Guardian. The Lyin’ King responded to the exposure of these invasions of our personal liberty: “This isn’t Big Brother.” The information is unimportant. If so, then why does the Lyin’ King want it?
Fournier and his ilk whine about the unprecedented invasion of privacy but they never ask why The Lyin’ King is doing it. At least President Bush explained why he requested the very limited data he requested. Does The Lyin’ King expect the public to think his dictatorial actions will make us safer? Facts say otherwise. Russia warned The Lyin’ King’s administration, repeatedly, about the Boston Marathon bombers. He had the data and ignored it. Whatever The Lyin’ King wants it for, this data is not being obtained for our benefit.
Even the New York Times understands the danger and said so: “Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and, likely, abuse it.”
Bootlickers, like Fournier, will say or do anything to deflect what this Imperial Presidency is doing to America. He is not alone. That such an egregious piece of claptrap has seen daylight is beyond disgusting. That so many are willing to carry fluids, far more poisonous than water, for the Lyin’ King illuminates where we are headed.
Big Brother is definitely on the case. Welcome to the Obama White House.
Image: Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/images/20081110_d-577-515h.html; author: Eric Draper; public domain