Activists say civil liberties have eroded under Barack Obama’s presidency

National Post | News

Civil rights campaigners were thrilled when a constitutional lawyer entered the White House, expecting Barack Obama would restore the rights they felt had been eroded during George W. Bush’s presidency.

This would include closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and seeking a better way to handle detainees accused of terrorism.

Once entering the White House, however, Mr. Obama was faced with having to deal with the realities of the fight against terrorism and keeping Americans safe.

Guantanamo is still open, military commissions — where the jury is made up of military officials and the U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply — still operate, he has authorized the “targeted killings” of American citizens, and the Patriot Act — called a “surveillance superstructure” by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — has been extended.


The Democratic president has gone even further. A new law, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is the…

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