By Wyatt Earp | June 20, 2010
Sweet! Hey Obama, you want something to monitor, take a look to the left!
Actually, I’m surprised it took the administration this long . After all, being president is hard, much harder than being a community organizer.
Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation’s homeland security chief said Friday.
As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans’ civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
“The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet,” Napolitano told a gathering of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
Okay here are my issues with this, and they may surprise you. First, I have no problem with the administration monitoring the net for terrorist recruitment and such. If, and that’s a big if, that is what they actually plan to do. I had no problem with the tenets of the Patriotic Act, so if I had issue with this, I would be a big-time hypocrite.
That being said, it will be interesting to see how the MSM and the pundits react to this story. They savaged and slammed George W. Bush – unfairly, in my opinion – for “infringing on people’s rights” with the Patriot Act. If they are the least bit consistent, they will do with same with Obama.