It is more usual to focus of Presidents, like Bush or Obama, and blame them for the deterioration of civil liberties in this country, but the reality is that the US Congress has been a willing accomplice in the shredding of our individual rights.
Particularly John Carney.
Carney not only voted for the extension of the Patriot Act, he voted for CISPA and the NDAA with its provisions for indefinite detention of American citizens. (Later Carney would vote for a purely symbolic amendment that had no chance of passing to strip indefinite detention out of the NDAA, but by that time the vote that mattered had already made it law.)
Does John Carney believe in American police state? Seemingly. At the very least he appears indifferent to the consequences of his votes.
Nemski at Delawareliberal rightly took Carney to task for the CISPA vote:
House Speaker Boehner rushed through the CISPA bill late Thursday and it passed.. And what could only be considered a major disappointment is that not only did John Carney vote with the Republicans in its passage,Carney voted to curtail our rights.But, of course, the problem is that the Democrats seem to have no antidote to John Carney, no one willing to challenge him, no willingness to hold him to account at the ballot box.
And, if the past is any indication, Carney will continue to be a reliable vote for those who believe that security can only be achieved at the expense of individual liberty. Here are a couple of the more important issues coming up in Congress that John Carney will undoubtedly vote against:
A bulk declassification bill that clears the backlog of inappropriately classified material for public release--
And you damn sure can't vote for Tom Kovach, whose position on "national security" is somewhere to the far right of even Carney.
No, if you really value civil liberties and expect the US Congress to take a role in protecting them, then you need to vote for