Monday, June 10, 2013

One Defense I Missed

There's one defense of Superman Obama which I had missed in my perusal of reactions to the revelations regarding our surviellance state, and was provided by John Cole in a post yesterday. It says that, "President Obama is not the villain here, he is merely following laws which were passed by Congress." He goes on to say that "they" followed every letter and comma of what are admittedly horrible laws.

Well, the latter point is highly questionable, but that point is moot. The real point is that the Patriot Act gives intelligence agencies some permissions to spy on Americans; it doesn't say that they are required to actually do it. The actual spying was a choice made by the current administration.

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