Washington, DC (TFC) – President Obama has made some hypocritical statements in the past, but the criticisms the President leveled at Russia in the wake of Boris Nemtsov’s murder took it to a whole new level.
The President of the United States said:
“I have no idea at this point exactly what happened. What I do know is more broadly the fact that freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of information, basic civil rights and civil liberties inside of Russia are in much worse shape now than they were four or five, 10 years ago.”
He didn’t even crack a smile. It wasn’t a joke to him. He admits he has no clue who killed Nemtsov, but proceeded to connect the event to the decline of freedom in Russia. He made no mention of the fact that he has limited all of these freedoms in the United States during the same time period.
Freedom of the Press: The government attempted to define who could be and couldn’t be called a journalist. It also began openly using propaganda against its own citizens from state-run sources. His Justice Department has been caught spying on journalists. This year the United States fell again in press freedom according to Reporters Without Borders. The US currently ranks 49th in press freedom; hardly a position from which the President can lecture.
Freedom of Assembly: The President signed into law the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,” which for all intents and purposes gives the Department of Homeland Security the ability to remove the right to peaceably assemble from any event it designates.
Freedom of Information: The President’s administration is currently overseeing the prosecution of yet another whistleblower. This one blew the lid off of the CIA’s project that aided Iran’s nuclear program. There were more whistleblowers prosecuted by the federal government under Obama’s administration than can easily be discussed in one article.
Basic Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: We have the so-called “Constitution Free Zones,” the Patriot Act, the NDAA sections related to the indefinite detention of US citizens, and the FBI still isn’t aggressively investigating the Homan Square allegations. Let’s not forget that the NSA is aware that you are reading this article.
Mr. President, if you’re going to worry about the liberties and freedoms of citizens, why not worry about the liberties and freedoms of the citizens you are paid to protect? These attempts at finding a legacy for your Presidency are as transparent are your faked concern for the Russian people. Because of the actions of the federal government, the United States is no longer in a position where it can lecture other nations about their internal politics. You contributed to that greatly, Sir.