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According to July 2011 ACLU report “Establishing the New Normal,” the current White House has not just failed to meaningfully follow through on its promises, but has also taken abusive policies, and, as shown in the case of targeted and interminable detentions, eroded civil rights to unprecedented levels.
The ACLU enumerates the following top ten abuses of power since 9/11:  1.
A bipartisan group from Congress sponsors legislation to strip Americans of their citizenship based on Terrorism accusations.
Barack Obama claims the right to assassinate Americans far from any battlefield and with no due process of any kind. soil be treated as enemy combatants and thus denied even the most basic legal protections (including the right to be charged and have access to a lawyer).
The FBI, federal intelligence agencies, the military, state and local police, private companies, and even firemen and emergency medical technicians are gathering incredible amounts of personal information about ordinary Americans that can be used to construct vast dossiers that can be widely shared with a simple mouse-click through new institutions like Joint Terrorism Task Forces, fusion centers, and public-private partnerships.
Today the government is spying on Americans in ways the founders of our country never could have imagined.
In December 2005, the New York Times reported the National Security Agency was tapping into telephone calls of Americans without a warrant, in violation of federal statutes and the Constitution.
Furthermore, the agency had also gained direct access to the telecommunications infrastructure through some of America’s largest companies.
The program was confirmed by President Bush and other officials, who boldly insisted, in the face of all precedent and the common understanding of the law, that the program was legal.
During the presidential campaign season, Obama’s campaign promised that he would vote to filibuster any bill that gave amnesty to telecom companies that had cooperated with Bush’s illegal NSA warrantless wiretapping program. We have a Bushian surveillance state approved by both political parties.