Column: ‘It can’t happen here’ already did

As a Senate candidate in 2003, Barack Obama called the Patriot Act “shoddy and dangerous.” Once safely in power, Obama started demonstrating his remarkable capacity for “growing in office” — expanding federal powers while piously moralizing about their potential abuse.

As a senator, he voted to reauthorize the surveillance law in 2006; and as president, signed another Patriot renewal from Europe via presidential autopen in 2011.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has long warned of a “secret Patriot Act” — a classified interpretation of the law that allows the administration to undertake massive data collection on American citizens.

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