A poll released by the Washington Post and ABC News provided another opportunity to discuss how important civil liberties and national security issues are to liberals. The poll results showed majority support among liberals for President Barack Obama’s handling of “counterterrorism,” including his use of drone strikes and failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

Scott Wilson and Jon Cohen, for the Washington Post, concluded the results show Obama’s inability to “change national security policies he criticized as inconsistent with US law and values” would pose little liability in the 2012 Election. He has “little to fear politically for failing to live up to all of those promises,” especially because the poll also showed “attacking Obama’s national security policies…may do GOP challengers more harm than good when many Americans favor a national security that relies more on technology than troops.”

The poll results are as follows: 70 percent of Americans approve of keeping Guantanamo Bay prison open (53 percent of liberals support keeping it open); 83 percent of Americans approve of using drones (77 percent of liberals support drone use). And, 65 percent support drone use when the targets are US citizens (55 percent of liberals approve of targeting US citizens).

Asked what my immediate reaction to the results was by Alyona Minkovski on RT’s “The Alyona Show” last night, I answered, “I think their revolting poll numbers, but I don’t think that they’re entirely surprising, given that back in July 2010 we had the ACLU warning the Obama Administration was in danger of establishing a new normal.”  [cont’d.]

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."