No freedom of speech and of the press, no right to bear arms, no Fourth Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” and no right to a jury trial… all of it was missing from the original Constitution. The left probably feel the Bill of Rights is over rated anyway. With their endless pursuit to limit our 2nd Amendment rights, trying to pass Hate Speech laws and President Obama’s National Defense Authorization Act which autorizes detention of Americans without a trial, the Bill of Rights is just a piece of paper anyway.
According to Obama, the Constitution is full of “negative liberities“ that was full of ”constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers .” So I am sure this was no big deal for Obama and the sycophants that follow him.
via The EmptyWheel
That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on.
I really don’t mean to be an asshole about this. But these vows always carry a great deal of symbolism. And whether he meant to invoke this symbolism or not, the moment at which Brennan took over the CIA happened to exclude (in symbolic form, though presumably not legally) the key limits on governmental power that protect American citizens.