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HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16:  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama talk over each other as they answer questions during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. During the second of three presidential debates, the candidates fielded questions from audience members on a wide variety of issues.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama talk over each other as they answer questions during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. During the second of three presidential debates, the candidates fielded questions from audience members on a wide variety of issues. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  

Debates should probe Obama’s ‘Big Brother’ expansion, according to politicians, journalists and privacy activists

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson expressed similar concerns to TheDC.

“It is not surprising that civil liberties have not been getting any attention in the debates,because there is virtually no disagreement between President Obama and Governor Romney on those issues,” Johnson said.

“They both support the Patriot Act. Neither has questioned the creation of the TSA, or even the Department of Homeland Security,” he said. “And on issues of electronic surveillance, indefinite detention, or privacy, there is no daylight between the Republican and the Democrat.”

“So, why bother to debate one another. What is needed is another voice in the debates who actually disagrees with them on civil liberties,” he said.

Johnson is currently involved in a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates — the organizing body of the presidential and vice presidential debates — for excluding him from the presidential debates.

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul said in a recent interview with CNBC that he did not believe that there was a tremendous difference between Romney and Obama on foreign policy or the Middle East.

Obama also lost supporters who feared the unintended consequences of the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, popularly called NDAA.

Anders noted that strong opposition to NDAA was expressed by conservatives and members of the tea party, as well.

Even some journalists have been critical of the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA, fearing that they might be categorized as terrorists or terrorist accomplices by attempting to protect sources who are of national security interest to the government.

Similarly, opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, was sparked over fears that the bill could be used as a way to censor the Internet.

The third and final presidential debate is scheduled for October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

The pre-released debate topics include “America’s role in the world,” “Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines – Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism” — to be discussed in two parts — and “The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World.”

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