Obama is worse than Bush

In 2008, many Americans voted for Barack Obama hoping they were ridding Washington of eight years of abuses by George W. Bush.

Instead, especially when it comes to abuses in freedom, all those Americans got for their efforts was a new George W. Bush in black face.

When it comes to governmental abuse of power, spying on Americans by the National Security Agency and loss of freedom under the USA Patriot Act, Obama is worse than Bush.

Since taking office, Obama has increased the power of the NSA, broaded the scope of warrantless wiretapping of Americans and done nothing to scale back the many abuses of the Patriot Act. To the contrary, the Obama administration backs changes that would make the act more powerful and more intrusive into the lives of ordinary Americans.

“We had hoped this would go differently,” says Tim Jones of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The EFF went to court to try and roll back the warrantless wiretapping programs launched during the Bush years. As a candidate for office, Obama appeared to back the effort, criticizing the Bush administration for invoking a little-used “state secrets” privilege to block efforts to curtail the program.

But the EFF found that President Obama is a far cry from candidate Obama as the new President also invoked the “state secrets” privilege in asking the courts to dismiss the EFF case without further argument.

Then the Obama administration went even further than Bush, offering the claim that the government “is completely immune from litigation for illegal spying — that the Government can never be sued for surveillance that violates federal privacy statutes.”

“This is a radical assertion that is utterly unprecedented,” says Jones. “No one — not the White House, not the Justice Department, not any member of Congress, and not the Bush Administration — has ever interpreted the law this way.”

In other words, Obama — like Bush — believes he is above the law.

In September, Obama proposed extending three contentious provisions of the USA Patriot Act — provisions he previously called “shoddy.” The three provisions allow roving wiretaps, seizure of business records and monitoring of suspected “lone wolf” terrorists. Obama also asked a U.S. appeals court to deny access to U.S. courts for detainees — including Americans — held in prison in Afghanistan.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the actions “disappointing” and said they expected better from Obama. The recommendations on the prison in Afghanistan, the ACLU said, was akin to the abuses of the Bush Administration.

“Guantanamo was the Bush administration’s effort to do an end run around the Constitution, and the Obama administration is now essentially using Bagram as a way to do an end run around Guantanamo and the constitutional right of habeas corpus found to apply there,” said Jonathan Hafetz, an attorney with the ACLU, told The Washington Times. “Simply shipping detainees from around the world to an alternative destination is not a solution and flouts the principles laid down by the Supreme Court.”

Even Democratic Congress John Conyers says Obama is acting more and more like Bush. During hearings on the Patriot Act extension, he told Todd Hinnen, Obama’s deputy assistant attorney general: “You sound like a lot of people who came over from DOJ (the Department of Justice) before.”

EFF’s Tim Jones puts it best:

“This isn’t change we can believe in,” he says. “This is change for the worse.”


  1. drich291

    What I have suspected all along is that, much as they must have with Clinton and maybe Bush, is on election day the Powers That Be took Obama into a room, sat him down, and explained the way things were going to be.  He would either go along or dire consequences awaited him.  It is the only way to make sense of the sudden shift in direction.  The Corporados and the Banksters run the world and Obama is no exception.


  2. Carl Nemo

    Hi drich291,

    You just might be closer to the truth than you could possibly realize…!

    Thanks for your spot-on post. : )


    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Carl Nemo

    Thanks Doug for the comparison. It’s true and my worst fears are that before this man’s term is up, he’s going to engage in activities that will make George W. Bush seem like “Rebecca at Sunnybrook Farm”.

    I still remember on his inauguration day how he and George exchanged a mutual “wolfish” glance for just bit, both smirking as these two duopolists were thinking “mission accomplished”. Obama is simply the relief pitcher for more of the the same game.

    Both parties and their elected leaders are working feverishly to accomplish an agenda; ie., to reduce the U.S. to broken husk of a nation, simply a “banana republic” with a population of desperate tax slaves controlled by draconian statist policies and enforcement agencies who’s collective powers would make the German Gestapo of yore envious in terms of their efficiency in both controlling and crushing the will of the people…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. woody188

    We had to know it was going this way when they announced they would close Gitmo but didn’t do anything to end torture of prisoners. They seemed to think it was the place and not the policy that had everyone in an uproar. It’s the policy stupid!

    I’d hate to see how Obama scored on his tests seeing how he claims to be such a knowledgeable Constitutional scholar and all. Perhaps he only learned about it to get around it?

  5. RichardKanePA

    Obama is under endless pressure in addition to endless smears such the frequent accusation he is giving into terrorists to back down.

    Most of the pressure on Bush was to become less conservative.

    When he doesn’t back down and instead fights like refusing to let Fox News in a press conferences, even David Corn, a stanch progressive, claimed he was being repressive against Fox News

    Cheney and Co. is constantly looking for a “see I told you so incident” where granting civil liberties to a suspect leads to him being able to attack. And one might assume that al Qaeda might be willing to try to manufacture such an incident to give to the Cheney’s who are more likely going to help al Qaeda create a more Balkanized world.

    Doug I wish you would more vividly remember your thoughts when you made you blog posts against partisanship.


  6. RichardKanePA

    Obama is being pressured relentlessly to make the wrong decisions, a good example is,

    I wish he would stand firm, instead of trying to be the go-between. Cheney etc. are looking for a Willie Horton incident. And perhaps al Qaeda or even some Right Winger pretending to be a terrorist might give it to him.

    I am frustrated on how much he is submitting. But like with Jimmy Carter he is for the time being overwhelmed. But I still have my fingers crossed that he can make this a more tolerant civil and even more torture free world.


  7. silentSCREAM

    Surprise! Surprise! NOT!

    Surely you jest, Doug. You’ve been in and around D.C. politics long enoungh to know the game.

    I knew all along there would be no “change we can believe in”

    Let’s see. Let me count the reasons… one, two, three and a [congressional] total of 535. The presidential election process is nothing more than a [celebrity] popularity contest awash in more sweet smellin’ lies than a port of call red-light district.

    The president is little more than a figurehead and mostly a scapegoat… a sacrificial lamb offered up every four years to appease the hot-button happy dumbed-down mob.

    The real power and control is found in the out-of-the-way meetings filled with a stagnat out-of-touch congress that enjoys a RE-ELECTION rate typically exceeding 80%. With the same old same old boy network in charge… is it any wonder the interest of the people are dismissed… the morning after.

  8. Walter F. Wouk

    I didn’t expect much from Barack Obama and I got less. If nothing else, I expected he — and the democrats — would exploit the Bush regime’s war crimes, attacks on the Bill of Rights, “yadda, yadda, yada” to crush the Republican Party — cast them from any hope of power for decades — instead, they became the Republican Party.

  9. Kent.Shaw

    Obama is worse than Bush? Ummmm… well, duh! Wait til 2012. The next guy after the beige Bush’s one term will be worse yet. It is way past too late. If I could afford to blow this popstand I would have been gone long ago. Now all I can do (to preserve what little sanity I have left) is sit back, fire one up and remain bemused. This country, much like myself, once had great potential. Both have wasted it. Or, maybe, just for shits and grins, you understand, I’ll move to Veneauela and join the coming “insurgency” as the U.S. brings “democracy” across the border from Colombia.

    Kent Shaw

  10. SearingTruth

    “Our last great hope is doing the same as our last great tyrant.”

    A Future of the Brave

  11. griff

    That’s because opur government is pretty much on cruise-control at this point. Does any one really think the president has any real power to affect change?

    Not if he has a D or an R next to his name.

    If you did, Obama has dispelled that theory in short order.

    The last one that made that miscalculation ended up on a slab in Dallas.