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The NSA Controversy is Bipartisan and Long in the Making

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Whatever you think of the NSA situation (I have very mixed feelings…will have to sort through in coming days/weeks before commenting much more), let’s make sure we all understand that this all of this started after 9/11, under the Bush administration, and has been authorized repeatedly – and overwhelmingly – by Congress (e.g., members of both parties voted repeatedly, and overwhelmingly, for the Patriot Act, FISA, etc.). So how about we just focus on the substance of this important issue? Yeah, I know, good luck with that – instead, we’ve got Rush Limbaugh and others on the right bashing Barack Obama for this situation, when these same people were cheering LOUDLY when Bush did it. As always, it’s only “wrong” when a Democrat is in the White House. The fact is, this is a complex issue, as President Obama explained the other day, lots of shades of gray and priorities (liberty, security) to be weighed against one another. This is going to take a long time to sort out…as well it should!

P.S. If you’re looking for substantive discussions on this topic, while here at Blue Virginia we focus on the Virginia Democratic primaries on Tuesday, check out Key Facts Wrong in Rush to Report NSA ‘Scandals’ and Thoughts on Snowden, NSA, and more.

  • Paba

    I remember when a cornerstone of the new progressivism that began around the time of the Iraq War and the ’04 campaign in the Democratic party was strong opposition to the PATRIOT Act among other privacy-invading programs. If Democrats want to throw out that principal when Obama is in office, then they’ve ceased to be a political party and become the Obama Fan Club.

    These issues are why I ever got into politics in the first place. It’s a breach of trust, an unnecessary intrusion into the lives of citizens, and an abuse of power.