Assassination of U.S. citizens: "President Obama has claimed, as President George W. Bush did before him, the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism."
"Under the law signed last month, terrorism suspects are to be held by
the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely
detain citizens accused of terrorism."
"The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the
federal courts or in a military tribunal, a system that has been
ridiculed around the world for lacking basic due process protections.
Bush claimed this authority in 2001, and Obama has continued the
"The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new
capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information
on citizens' finances, communications, and associations. Bush acquired
this sweeping power under the Patriot Act in 2001, and in 2011, Obama
extended the power, including searches of everything from business
documents to library records."
"The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain
individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts.
It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by
simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government
reveal classified information that would harm national security… "
"The world clamored for prosecutions of those responsible for
waterboarding terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, but the
Obama administration said in 2009 that it would not allow CIA employees
to be investigated or prosecuted for such actions. This gutted not just
treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law."
"The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has expanded its secret warrants
to include individuals deemed to be aiding or abetting hostile foreign
governments or organizations. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers,
including allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an
identifiable terrorist group."
Immunity from judicial review:
"Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has
successfully pushed for immunity for companies that assist in
warrantless surveillance of citizens, blocking the ability of citizens
to challenge the violation of privacy."
Continual monitoring of citizens:
"The Obama administration has successfully defended its claim that it
can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without
securing any court order or review."
"The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and
noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary
rendition, which has been denounced as using other countries, such as
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects."
... " The trend is going hyperbolic."