A new patriotic organization called “Oath Keepers” was invited to join a Committees of Safety-sponnsored rally on Massachusetts’ historic Lexington Green to renew their oaths to support and defend the U.S. Constitution April 19, the 234th anniversary of the revolutionary war battles of Lexington and Concord. The Committees of Safety is named for the groups that organized in colonial America during the beginning of the War for Independence.
President Barack Obama said in his weekly address last Saturday that we can “get our deficits under control and move from recovery to prosperity” by getting rid of “dozens of government programs shown to be wasteful or ineffective” and, in general, making government more “efficient” and “accountable.” He also said that he has “assembled a team of management, technology, and budget experts to guide us in this work.”
The New York Times has reported that the Obama administration has stepped up federal surveillance of law-abiding Americans since taking office: “The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.”
President Barack Obama said in a written statement released on April 16 that CIA and other intelligence officials who conducted felony torture during the Bush administration shouldn’t be prosecuted. The White House provided the statement on the occasion of the public release of four Bush administration-era memos that attempted to paint a veneer of legality on torture techniques. According to Obama: