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Bush guided the Patriot Act through Congress, unilaterally expanded surveillance of Americans, amplified executive detention authority and took other dramatic measures that shifted the balance between liberty and government power significantly, in the name of national security.

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After the initial Patriot Act was passed, many Democrats perceived the growing threat to civil liberties and started to have misgivings. Now, five years into the Obama presidency enthusiasm for these measures seems to be bipartisan. As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama in and argued that sacrificing liberties in the name of anti-terrorism posed long-term risks.

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He vowed that if elected he would run an administration of unprecedented transparency and vigorously protect whistleblowers. Indeed, he has raised the stakes. He promised to close Guantanamo by January , but instead slowed down releases from Guantanamo and vastly expanded the prison camp at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

In , he signed the renewal of the Patriot Act. He has increased the role of unmanned drones and claims the authority to order a strike against any suspected terrorist: no trial necessary.

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He also has expanded the surveillance operations of the National Security Agency NSA , monitoring phone and internet traffic in a seemingly indiscriminate manner. The agency spies not just on Americans, but on residents of U.

Germany, where President Obama has enjoyed high popularity, has protested particularly loudly, knowing well the dangers of totalitarian surveillance powers. The administration also has spied on reporters, and Attorney General Eric Holder signed an arrest warrant for Fox News correspondent James Rosen over normal journalistic behavior.

Instead of affording him whistleblower protections, the administration now wants to imprison him. In fact, the current administration has used the Espionage Act against whistleblowers more than all previous administrations combined. And to prevent future whistle-blowing, the White House is encouraging federal employees to spy on one another. Our Democratic law professor president, a self-described progressive, has created a perfect storm.

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