July 3, 2013
The gulf that exists between the Obama of the campaign trail and Obama’s actions since taking office has been glaringly obvious since the very beginning of his presidency. From his promise to close Guantanamo to his promise not to employ lobbyists to his promise to increase governmental transparency, there have been no shortage of examples of Obama’s duplicity. Until recently, however, his arch defenders have merely covered their eyes and pretended not to see these glaring hypocrisies, decrying his opponents as racist and Obama as a well-meaning president who has been hampered by Republican interference.
In the last few weeks, however, something has fundamentally changed in the relationship between the President and his supporters. Even some of the staunchest Obama allies have come out in recent weeks to denounce the manner in which his administration is helping to shred the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights once and for all.
Again, this seeming change in Obama’s position from candidacy to presidency comes as no surprise who have been evaluating his actions honestly over the past few years, but now even his biggest supporters are able to see through the hope and change rhetoric at the unpleasant reality underneath. One of the clearest and most remarkable signs that Obama was not what he claimed to be has always been the war on whistleblowers his administration has been waging since the moment he took office. This war, unprecedented in scale or scope in the history of the United States, has been waged quietly for years, apparently out of sight of the fawning media and Obama-supporting Democrats.
Famously, Obama’s administration is engaged in more prosecutions of whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all previous Presidents combined. Specifically, Obama’s DOJ has targeted NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on a billion dollar boondoggle within the agency, Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI translator who tried to warn of the consequences of a disastrous Israeli strike on Iran, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, alleged to have leaked information about North Korea to Fox News, Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who has been held for over three years, one year of which was spent in de facto solitary confinement, for diplomatic cables and war logs to Wikileaks, Jeffrey Sterling, the CIA agent who allegedly leaked sensitive information to the New York Times about a botched American operation against the Iranian nuclear program