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Quote of the Day: Obama's Failure on Civil Liberties

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Gary Younge blasts Obama for failing to keep his campaign promise to protect Americans from an overreaching security state:

Given that he kept on Bush's defence secretary and appointed an economic team friendlier to Wall Street than the poor, we should not be too shocked about these continuities. But there are some things he did promise to do – and was twice elected with a massive mandate to do them. Protecting civil liberties was one of them.

When given the choice of representing the interests of those who voted for him and the interests of American military and economic hegemony, he chose the latter. That's not the change people believed in.