John Cusack on Civil Liberties, Drones, and NSA Spying: “Obama Is Worse Than Bush”

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John Cusack

A few days ago, it was revealed that actor Vince Vaughn, in an interview for the July issue of British GQ, expressed his support for gun rights, referred to the war on drugs as “absolutely f***ing ridiculous, and called Edward Snowden a “hero.”

It isn’t unusual for celebrities to be open about their political beliefs or support for a particular candidate (typically a Democrat).

But every once in a while, an actor speaks up and it makes headlines because what they said is so controversial – and true.

John Cusack is one of those people.

The Hollywood veteran, known for being outspoken (“I just say what I think, and if people don’t like it, that’s OK.”), was recently interviewed by The Daily Beast, and he didn’t mince words when asked about Obama’s approval ratings dropping below those of George W. Bush:

“Well, Obama has certainly extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror, Inc. policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way. His domestic policy is a bit different, but when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, he’s as bad or worse than Bush. He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world. On Tuesdays, the president can just decide whom he wants to kill, and you know, since 9/11 there are magic words like “terror,” and if you use magic words, you can justify any power grab you want.”

The Daily Beast article, titled John Cusack Talks ‘Love & Mercy,’ Drug Trips, and the Ways Obama Is ‘Worse Than Bush’, was published today, and it looks like Cusack isn’t too pleased with the headline:

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