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A rough patch for Obama, but worse for democracy and freedom

Justice SystemBarack ObamaEric HolderU.S. Congress

The last two weeks have been tough for President Barack Obama. But for the American people, and our freedoms, it has been much worse.

We found that our government has been targeting conservative groups for significant scrutiny in applications for IRS tax-exempt status. We also found that the Justice Department had seized phone records of the Associated Press without providing required notice. This was after the AP had delayed, at the government's request, releasing a story until the embargo had passed. And this week, we found that the Justice Department is investigating reporter James Rosen under a 90-plus year old law for doing what is common practice for reporters — working their sources to get information. And regarding Benghazi, we still don't know where President Obama was and what he did the night of the Sept. 11 attack in which four Americans died.

What we have seen is very chilling. These actions go far beyond scandal to significant abuse of power. What other actions have been taken that we don't yet know about?

There is an adage "Love your country, but fear your government." I had always associated that with an oppressive, dictatorial country. But I'm afraid that it seems to also apply here, now. And that should be frightening to all Americans.

In the matter of reporter James Rosen, President Obama has appointed Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the actions of … Attorney General Eric Holder. That's not going to work. Congress must do a thorough investigation of all these actions, and not just go through the motions. Whoever is responsible, at whatever levels, must be held accountable and these actions stopped.

Tom Horrigan, Baltimore

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