Obama’s Hard Line Neo-Con Agenda
Bush made America a police state.
Obama hardened it – among other ways through:
– greater intrusive surveillance;
– unjustifiable preventive detentions;
– targeting American citizens for assassination, solely by presidential edict;
– invoking the “state secrets” doctrine to block litigation against rendition, torture, and warrantless wiretapping;
– opposing Net Neutrality;
– threatening free expression and the right to dissent, including online;
– prosecuting whistleblowers as well as journalists and others who protect their anonymity or publish their revelations; and
– making anyone against US extremism vulnerable to lawless political persecutions, especially anti-war and Muslim American activists as well as lawyers who defend them too vigorously.
The USA Patriot Act eroded at least four Bill of Rights freedoms:
– due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments;
– First Amendment free expression; and
– Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches, seizures, and as a consequence privacy.
Obama of course has only reenforced this erosion to the Bill of Rights.
In less than two years, Obama outdid Bush, adopting the worst of his policies, establishing more of his own, and accelerating America faster on the road to despotism.
Barack Obama is a Neocon in Disguise
Although Barack Obama is described as a liberal Democrat, his message on foreign policy has been subject to question. Obama criticizes the handling of the Iraq war, but continues to promote an interventionist agenda. He has aligned himself with American Israeli Political Action committee by prioritizing defense of Israel in the middle east. A polarized political affiliation with Israel will needlessly drag the US into further wars in the mideast. In a recent speech to AIPAC regarding Iran’s nuclear program,
Obama clearly states “we should take no option, including military action, off the table”. Israeli military conflict with Iran would bring the US into a full scale war. As of last week, there are now five Nimitz-class aircraft carriers with escort flotillas positioned off the coast of Iran. Elements of government are desperately seeking war with Iran. In his speeches given to pro-Israel groups, Obama clarifies that he seeks more intervention when dealing with Iran, which he considers “a threat to all of us”. Ironically, the US has already supplied its middle eastern allies with nuclear systems.
The US is known to be the world’s greatest violator of non-proliferation treaties. Obama’s hypocrisy is most evident by his denouncement of the politics of oil. Obama’s alliance would back a preemptive strike against Iran that would disrupt oil fields that provide energy to Asia and Europe, further increasing world oil prices. It would create incentive for an attack on Iran. His foreign policy cannot be considered anti-war by any stretch of the definition. Surprising, these politics are closest aligned with the “neoconservative” ideology. Obama preaches an anti-war message to his constituency, but promises an unfaltering military alliance with Israel.
Book Burning is no longer the sole shame of Nazi Germany. On September 25, 2010, the Obama administration (through the Pentagon) burned all 9,500 first run copies of Anthony Shaffer’s memoir “Operation Dark Heart.” (due to “Operation Able Danger” which was a top secret unit of military intelligence that identified four of the 9/11 hijackers as Al-Qaeda members in the summer of 2000 but were told to not share this information with the FBI).
Based on his experience as a Lt. Col. in the US Armed Forces, Operation Dark Heart was deemed a threat to national security after it had already passed two separate Army reviews and had already been published.
Burning books that have already been published seems like an obvious affront to free speech and seems particularly dangerous coming from the Obama administration, which has sought access to nearly every piece of American personal lives through its massive expansion of government.
This is not a right or left issue. It is not a democrat or republican issue. It is an issue of free speech and the government burning published books. It happens to have been done by a Democratic administration. If it had been done by a Republican administration, I would have made the same video criticizing that person.
Anthony Shaffer made a protected disclosures to the 9/11 Commission staff director, Dr. Philip D. Zelikow, while undercover in Afghanistan in October 2003 regarding the existence of the ABLE DANGER program and the pre-9/11 intelligence and intelligence sharing problems. Within this disclosure, he briefed Dr. Zelikow about the fact that when he and others involved in ABLE DANGER decided they should share this information with the FBI, that they were blocked from doing so by lawyers in SOCOM over concerns over legality and by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) senior leadership from sharing with SOCOM the most current intelligence information on Al Qaeda.
Shaffer’s contentions were followed up upon by Representative Curt Weldon who believes that 9/11 could have been prevented if the information gained by ABLE DANGER was properly dealt with.