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Poll: Obama And Bush Share Poor Civil Liberties Record

February 12, 2013 by  

Poll: Obama And Bush Share Poor Civil Liberties Record
President Barack Obama has disappointed some on civil liberties.

On civil liberties, meet the new boss, same as the old boss. A majority of Americans believe that President Barack Obama’s record balancing national security with civil liberty is about the same or worse than that of President George W. Bush.

According to a poll conducted by The Hill, 37 percent of voters believe that Obama is a worse civil liberties President than Bush was and 15 percent say the two are “about the same.” About one in five people identifying themselves as Democrats said the current President has failed to improve civil rights. Twenty-three percent of people self-identified as “liberals” shared a similar view.

The poll comes on the heels of a Justice Department leak of a white paper which outlines the Administration’s justification of acting as judge, jury and executioner against Americans deemed to be “imminent threats.”

The Hill poll found that 31 percent of respondents believe the government should not be able to kill its own citizens without due process, 41 percent said the government should have the right to kill citizens deemed terrorists.

A recent analysis by The New York Times suggests that the President is spared criticism that was once heaped upon Bush because he is a Democrat:  “For four years, Mr. Obama has benefited at least in part from the reluctance of Mr. Bush’s most virulent critics to criticize a Democratic president. Some liberals acknowledged in recent days that they were willing to accept policies they once would have deplored as long as they were in Mr. Obama’s hands, not Mr. Bush’s.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    Wait a minute. Is this some sort of “back door” death penalty? Is there really a difference between a “terrorist killer american citizen vs. a non-terrorist killer american citizen”? Let the “comprehensive debates” begin. Personally, I think dead is dead and anything that deals with “reducing CO2 levels” is a good thing, Right? Cap and Trade just won’t do it “fast enough”. BTW, tonight, you may witness a whole lot of CO2 GAS being expelled, but I’m told it’s the “good kind”!

  • TIME

    Dear People,

    A rating of “POOR” is rather ~ disingenours to say the least about Barry and his ~ “Human Rights” violation’s,~ let alone all of his violatiom’s to all people of the world.

    Carter’s rating was “POOR”
    Ragan’s rating was. BAD.
    Bush 1 was “EVIL”
    Clintons was PURE EVIL in all its splendor.
    Bush 2 was “Horrindous EVIL”

    ~~~ BUT ~~~ Barry, ~ he rates in there with Hitler at the moment,
    Yet Saddly Barry has not even hit his true level of low yet, but ~ within the next 24 months he will drive the whole world into the depths of pure HELL on Earth.

    To want to Kill Americans for not going along with his Luciferian EVIL, ~ well that opens a whole NEW WORLD of EVIL ~ one thats been written about within the pages of Saint John’s works.

    Peace and LOVE, Shalom, Allow the “”HOLY SPRIT”” into your heart and SOUL before its too late.

  • eddie47d

    Civil Liberties are definitely no better today under Obama than 12 years ago or even 50 years under Nixon. So Obama better see the error of his ways or he will lose his Liberal base. On the other hand there was the daily poll in the Denver Post last week. 58% supported drone strikes even against Americans involved in foreign operations and 41% said it was wrong to take out American turncoats. The War on Terrorism and National Security are intertwined and there are still plenty who accept whatever the government does.

    • meteorlady

      So it’s a sad commentary that people actually agree that it’s OK to take out a US citizen without due process. It’s also sad that you believe it’s in the national interest when our borders are wide open and there are tunnels everywhere. I know my brother works border patrol.

      • Jeff Rowbottom

        What most people forget is the values you speak of once made our Nation respected,we have left the path that brought us here.100 percent for the Constitution,live it love it.

  • Voice from the wilderness

    I have almost zero faith in any poll, unless the entire poll is made available and incli=udes the Q’s and available answers. However, knowing as we do, that approximately 50% of the adult population hold strong anti American views on almost any issue, it is not surprising that only 31% of those polled actually believe ‘the killing of Americans without due process” is truly frighnening, but also very telling as to why tyranny abounds throughout our country.

    I cannot help but wonder if the other 69% who seem to favor “assasination by executive decree, and without due process” would have a very different opinion, if they were told their names were on the ” presidents kill list” and there is no way to get it removed.

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  • Steve E

    Everyone wonders why people complained about some of measures Bush has taken (by all rights) and not mentioned a word about the same thing Obama is doing. I wish there was a person who complained about Bush and not complain about Obama who was intelligent enough to explain that. But trying to find someone intelligent who flip flops like that is impossible.

  • Robert Bradfield

    Hi all, its that South African again.

    My problem is the definition of a terrorist, in Africa a terrorist is someone that takes up weapons to try and change a “democratic” government into a “new” democratic government. In some areas of the world it is a person that brings a new religion into a country with established “religeous” believes – Christianity into Muslim countries. In some countries a terrorist is defined by the colour of their skins or facial oddities. A favourite is whole countries being defined as terrorists because they strive for independence. Each of these definitions have already been used by several Western governments, including the USA. I accept that it is not always the citizens of a country that define terrorists it is someone elected that does so. My conclusion is that all leaders manipulate public opion to support their own definition of who and what a terrorist is and we all fall for that without thinking about it “they would never lead us astray, nor will they lie to us”.

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Any pedophile worshipping perv, is a damn terrorist. Any puke that think women are lower than a dog, wives and their own children can be used and used in what ever way the head buck wants to even killing them. That is my defination of a terrorist, Moohamid was a mental nut case, who last words or cammand was to kill all non beleivers (infidals). A muslim means lying to anyone and everyone, even another perv muslim. The mental freak Moohamid was a pedophile, dreamed up all kinds of weird crap, hated females of any type, and the claim of being caring and caring for others is BS. Look at how the muslim marxist can not tell the truth or be honest with the citizens of this nation. Obama proves in his books he will screw anything and anyone, or course blacks have no problew going queer in prison and switching back after getting out of prison, facts from inmates and guards.


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