From John Adams:
“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
I’ve actually had conversations with people about warrantless wiretaps, government secrecy and the state secrets privilege where they’ve said that they trust Obama to do the right thing. I don’t. I don’t trust anyone in power to do the right thing under any circumstances (which is not the same thing as saying I think they will always do the wrong thing).
I especially do not trust anyone who is arguing that they and those under their command should have unchecked authority to engage in surveillance, tap our phones and intercept our emails, or kidnap people and take them to be tortured without A) following the procedures to get a warrant and show that such surveillance is necessary and justified, or B) having anyone else who can even consider a challenge to the exercise of that authority.
Yet that is precisely the position that Obama has taken in multiple court cases. I didn’t trust Bush with such authority and I do not trust Obama with such authority. Anyone who argues for such authority has already proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they cannot be trusted with it.