In a very candid interview on the anniversary of 9/11, libertarian analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano blasted Barack Obama and George W. Bush, warning that successive presidents are using precedents set by their predecessors to erode liberties and act outside the Constitution.
“What has happened is the government has succeeded in terrifying Americans into believing that if they sacrificed their liberties, they would somehow be safer.” Napolitano told radio host Tim Constantine.
“Yet, some of the things that George W. Bush did on his own have been done by Barack Obama and he has used the fact that Bush did them and got away with them as a precedent. That troubles me.” the former New Jersey Superior Court Judge added.
Napolitano warned that the next president will be able to simply point to Obama’s actions as a way of justifying going even further, in a snowballing of authoritarianism.
“Fill-in-the-blank that will be elected in 2016 would not be above- unless it’s Rand Paul – would not be above or beneath making the same claim and using Barack Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful, and quite candidly, murderous behavior as a precedent.” Napolitano added.
“Because when the president does something, and it becomes a precedent – meaning there is no blowback, Congress didn’t do anything about it, the courts didn’t interfere and prevent it from happening again – when the president gets away with that, it becomes a precedent for a future president.” Napolitano urged.
He opined that the actions of the President’s office and the Executive are inexplicably far removed from the Founding Fathers vision of government.
“Basically, in amending the Constitution by consent rather than by amendment, by agreeing to overlook the due process clause when the president wants to, this would turn Jefferson and Madison and even Hamilton and Adams in their graves!” Napolitano stated.
Asked how this sorry state of affairs has come about, Napolitano replied “I think the government is so afraid to admit its failures, thirteen years ago on 9/11, that in order to get our eyes off the failures, off what they did and failed to do prior to 9/11, they’ve created this universal surveillance state afterwards with the promise that it will never happen again.”
“They are fixated upon surveilling Americans and getting away with it. in my opinion Edward Snowden is a national hero for revealing the unlawful and unconstitutional behaviour of the government right under our noses.” the former judge stated.
In further interviews on Fox News, Napolitano reiterated his remarks, noting that “we are profoundly less free” as well as less safe than prior to 9/11. “Every single liberty guaranteed in the Bill of Rights has been violated with impunity by the Bush administration and by the Obama administration.” he said, adding “we now have come to the point to expect the government to spy on us.”
In an appearance with Neil Cavuto, Napolitano directly compared the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security to the East German Stasi, in the wake of reports that the DHS is coercing major retailers to monitor customer’s buying habits in an effort to uncover terrorists within the borders.
“Who wants to live in an America where the government behaves like the Stasi in East Germany or the KGB in the Soviet Union, against which we waged a Cold War because of what they did to their people.” he stated.
“What the government does doesn’t trouble us anymore, that we accept it and expect it, because we believe this nonsense that by giving up our liberties, we will somehow be kept safe.” the judge urged. “As a result, your children and your grandchildren will grow up in a society and never know the privacy that our parents and grandparents and we knew.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.