Obama is not just attacking religious liberty!
Crikey, one of Australia's independent news websites, is not exactly republican central: far from it!
And so no, the article is not talking about Obama's attempt to force religious organizations to take out health insurance for sterilizations, abortions and contraception.
It is not talking about the Obama Administration's opposition to a conscience clause for military chaplains, so they can't be forced to perform same sex marriages.
Rather, it is pointing to the Administration's draconian approach in other areas. The article draws attention to the hypocrisy of progressives who fail to oppose what it describes as an agenda of censorship and surveillance.
It points, amongst other items in a longish list, to persecution of whistle blowers and journalists relying on leaks, and to extension of surveillance without warrant or court approval in the name of fighting terrorism that go way beyond anything the Bush regime introduced.
The article draws attention to the massive civilian casualties inflicted by drone weapons in the secret war in Yemen. And to the Executive Order aimed at any critics of the regime there:
"On Wednesday last week, Obama issued an executive order that would seize the assets of anyone who “directly or indirectly threaten[s] the peace, security, or stability of Yemen”. This refers to the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the former vice-president who replaced long-time dictator and US ally Ali Abdullah Saleh in February. Hadi is nominally committed to a transition to democracy after a bizarre one-candidate election, but Saleh’s family and key supporters remain in control of crucial sectors of the régime like the security forces.
US policy has primarily aimed at ramping up its full-scale war inside Yemen against al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, which Hadi has enthusiastically supported. Now, any critics of Hadi potentially face a crippling financial blockade — not very different to the one imposed by Visa and Mastercard on WikiLeaks at the behest of the administration."
Bring on the US election!