Domestic Spying is Orwellian (Rep. Dennis Kucinich)

This new domestic spying program is against everything this country stands on. The Bush Administration’s constant disdain for the Constitution has actively and systematically violated the civil liberties of American citizens and this policy must be reversed.

The Administration has once again acted to violate our civil liberties and our trust by allowing domestic law enforcement agencies the ability to spy on American citizens using the intelligence capabilities previously reserved for our foreign intelligence objectives. Big Brother will now employ its most invasive and powerful intelligence tools directly upon American citizens.

The new domestic spying program is just another way the Administration continues to ignore the Constitution. The USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib have all resulted in attacks on civil liberties.

This Orwellian policy is yet another example of the Administration’s continued desire to deliberately eliminate the Constitutionally-derived civil liberty rights from American citizens.

The Administration continues to dodge the Congress, the Courts and the American public to avoid any form of accountability. The Administration needs to be held accountable for its full frontal assault on the Bill of Rights and our Constitution.