Note that the New York Times piece was published before we even got wind of the monitoring of Internet usage information of US citizens.
-From The New York Times.
Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability.
The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers........"
To be honest, I don't know what to make of this.
The New York Times has been the vanguard of the incremental advance of Leftist thought for many decades. For many years, however, it had a junior partner that made the Times look, in the eyes of the trusting public, to be somewhat moderate. Due to its incredibly blatant slant to the Left, New York Post, prior to its purchase by Rupert Murdoch in the mid-70's, was known by the the rank-and-file citizen of the New York Metropolitan area as "a communist paper".
The Times was more subtle but no less effective in getting their point across, especially to those who fancied themselves to be "smarter than the average guy". The motto of ''All the new that's fit to print" was unquestioned by many of the readers.
The immeasurable horrors of the Khmer Rouge, for example, received (If my memory serves me correctly) three tiny mentions in its back pages during its entire reign of terror.
The Times also has taken whatever position suits them for the moment. Pope Pius the XII was praised by the paper during the darkest days of WWII for being "a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe". In the 90's, with the Nazis long and safely gone from the scene, the same paper did a volte-face and accused him of doing nothing to help Jews. The apparent motive was to blunt the mountains of evidence of the Pope's tremendous and successful efforts to hide and spirit away literally tens of thousands of Jews (Sources Below) and redirect the uninformed readers towards false witness Left-wing works such as Hitler's Pope and Under His Very Windows. The reason that I give a motive is that both of the latter books were published in the same period that many factual ones hit the shelves. The Times couldn't have people buying books that gave any credit to a Pope, especially if he was thwarting the efforts of Nazis.
Well, as I noted, I can't be sure why the Obama administration has been called out by one of its strongest supporters. In fairness, perhaps they too have had enough of an administration that goes so unimaginably far in defying the Law and our rights. But, I do wonder if the staff of the Times sees that the curtain has finally been pulled away by Toto, ripped down by the Cowardly Lion, carted off by Dorothy and the Scarecrow, and chopped to pieces by the Tin Man. If this is the case, then I suspect that the Times realizes that the jig is up and that, if they want to continue being able to euphemistically present themselves as being merely "Left of Center" (A common strategy of Leftists of our era*), they had better cut and run from this administration.
Get out while the gettin' is good.
Power-hungry individuals never know when to stop.The Obama crew, having enjoyed the active and passive support of the Media has up until this point been able to dodge one bullet after another. A reasonable person would realize that at some point his luck would run out, but this gang seems to have truly believed that they could get away with anything and everything.
Fast and Furious, Benghazi, seizures of journalists records, the IRS scandal, repeated refusals to enforce acts of the US Code - the Law, endangering our troops in Afghanistan by hamstringing them with callously made rules of engagement; with so many to mention, listing all that come to mind is like reading a warning list on the safety decal on a ladder - so many warnings that none of them actually get read.
I do wonder if our legislators can drum up the nerve to impeach Obama. Even that presents a problem. This entire administration needs to go away - Biden included.
The most frightening part of all, though, is that half of our nation is fine with this guy.