Two from Propublica.
First. In The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President, Kara Brandeisky tells how in 2007 Senator Obama co-sponsored a bill that would have ...
... that would have required the government to demonstrate, with “specific and articulable facts,” that it wanted records related to “a suspected agent of a foreign power” or the records of people with one degree of separation from a suspect. The bill died in committee. Following pressure from the Bush administration, lawmakers had abandoned a similar 2005 measure, which Obama also supported.
Fast forward to 2013:
We now know the Obama administration has sought, and obtained, the phone records belonging to all Verizon Business Network Services subscribers (and reportedly, Sprint and AT&T subscribers, as well). Once the NSA has the database, analysts search through the phone records and look at people with two or three degrees of separation from suspected terrorists.
(Emphasis added by me.)
So was he just trying to look good in 2007 or did he really mean it? And now that he's in charge he just wants to keep an eye on his subjects? Funny how George W. Bush, who Democrats told us back then was such a horrible person, set the standard by which Barack Obama is now trying to measure himself.
Second. In Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App for That, Lois Beckett tells us --
The app, released last week, includes a Google map for canvassers that recognizes your current location and marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags.
For each targeted address, the app displays the first name, age and gender of the voter or voters who live there: "Lori C., 58 F, Democrat."
Ostensibly the information provided by this app is supposed to help volunteers for Oama out in the field. But one has to wonder what kind of apps might be available to IRS and other federal workers who want to help sway elections.