Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Olbermann On Wiretapping

Keith Olbermann's scathing criticism of Obama's secrecy/immunity claims

Glen Greenwald:

The fact that Keith Olbermann, an intense Obama supporter, spent the first ten minutes of his show attacking Obama for replicating (and, in this instance, actually surpassing) some of the worst Bush/Cheney abuses of executive power and secrecy claims reflects just how extreme is the conduct of the Obama DOJ here. Just as revealingly, the top recommended Kos diary today (voted by the compulsively pro-Obama Kos readership) is one devoted to attacking Obama for his embrace of Bush/Cheney secrecy and immunity doctrines. Also, a front page Daily Kos post yesterday by McJoan vehemently criticizing Obama (and quoting my criticisms at length) sparked near universal condemnation of Obama in the hundreds of comments that followed. Additionally, my post on Monday spawned vehement objections to what Obama is doing in this area from the largest tech/privacy sites, such as Boing Boing and Slashdot.

Countdown Video:

Obama sides with Bush on wiretaps

April 7: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman talks about the Obama administration’s decision that victim’s of “illegal government surveillance” cannot sue “unless there is ‘willful disclosure’ of the illegally intercepted communications.”


What’s a freedom-loving American do to?

April 7: Constitutional law Prof. Jonathan Turley discusses the legal ramifications of the Obama administration’s defense of former President George Bush’s wiretapping policy.


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