Posts Tagged ‘obama’

On the Other Side of the Pond…

September 15, 2013

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There were a couple of sites I saw that included images of the RAF spelling out a message to Obama: “F**K OFF”

I have seen it elsewhere on the internet and it has been shown to be a photoshopped image. Nope, it never happened. Otherwise some observant chap in the regular media would have mentioned it.

Not to say that the Brits aren’t a little cool on our President…

Meanwhile, there is a cute video from the floor of the Irish Parliament. The Taoiseach (similar to the Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, was called a pimp and a whore to Obama, who was called a warmonger and a hypocrite.

Twice in the video he is asked to answer a question and both times – just like any politician worth his salt anywhere – side-stepped, double-talked, and refused to answer the question.

Now, I just wish we had some way to help them impeach their Taoiseach… but it would be pretty lame if we cannot even impeach our own puppet at the helm.

Looks like Obama is getting a bad rep wherever he goes these days.


Men of Courage Facing Injustice

July 25, 2013

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The President thinks we should embrace men who stand up against the system, even when the odds are overwhelmingly bad.

Obama wrote: “On behalf of our family, we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield. The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit.”

This was written in the guestbook in the prison where Nelson Mandela had spent many, many years.

Obama could say the same thing about Edward Snowden but he does not seem to be intelligent enough to make that connection.

And why should he? He is the injustice being fought against.

He just doesn’t see it.

Not surprising as that is the usual thing in cases of insanity.



Moving On

July 11, 2013

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It seems most people – those not affiliated with the President that “isn’t going to scramble any planes” – have lost interest in Snowden and his fate.

That’s to be expected. I’m sure the Kardashians are doing something interesting, or Jolie or Pitt, or some other notable.

And the minions have now taken the movie theaters by storm… And they are so darned cute.

Yes, there is something that can always distract us.

It is good to have distractions as long as we recognize them for what they are and can then refocus on what is important.

But… well, that’s just not us, is it?

And the media certainly doesn’t want to show us anything about the massive protests around the world and around the country in response to “the guy hiding in Moscow Airport”…

Not with so many distractions!

a Little Voyeurism

July 8, 2013

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We can all “pretend” to be members of the NSA for a while and read read people’s mail… Or something like that.

But these correspondences were made very public so the voyeurism aspect is a little bogus.

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

A reply to this statement came the next day from Edward’s father through his attorney.

Text of the letter to Edward Snowden (from the Associated Press)

July 2, 2013

Edward Joseph Snowden

Moscow

Dear Edward:

I, Bruce Fein, am writing this letter in collaboration with your father in response to the Statement you issued yesterday in Moscow.

Thomas Paine, the voice of the American Revolution, trumpeted that a patriot saves his country from his government.

What you have done and are doing has awakened congressional oversight of the intelligence community from deep slumber; and, has already provoked the introduction of remedial legislation in Congress to curtail spying abuses under section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. You have forced onto the national agenda the question of whether the American people prefer the right to be left alone from government snooping absent probable cause to believe crime is afoot to vassalage in hopes of a risk-free existence. You are a modern day Paul Revere summoning the American people to confront the growing danger of tyranny and one branch government.

In contrast to your actions, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper responded last March as follows to an unambiguous question raised by Senator Ron Wyden:

“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper testified, “No sir, it does not.” Wyden asked for clarification, and Clapper hedged: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.”

Director Clapper later defended his stupendous mendacity to the Senator as the least untruthful answer possible. President Obama has not publicly rebuked the Director for frustrating the right of the people to know what their government is doing and to force changes if necessary through peaceful democratic processes. That is the meaning of government by the consent of the governed. “We the people” are sovereign under the U.S. Constitution, and government officials are entrusted with stewardship (not destruction) of our liberties.

We leave it to the American people to decide whether you or Director Clapper is the superior patriot.

The history of civilization is a history of brave men and women refusing to bow to government wrongdoing or injustice, and exalting knowledge, virtue, wisdom, and selflessness over creature comforts as the North Star of life. We believe your actions fall within that honorable tradition, a conviction we believe is shared by many.

As regards your reduction to de facto statelessness occasioned by the Executive Branch to penalize your alleged violations of the Espionage Act, the United States Supreme Court lectured in Trop v. Dulles (1958): “The civilized nations of the world are in virtual unanimity that statelessness is not to be imposed as punishment for crime.”

We think you would agree that the final end of the state is to make men and women free to develop their faculties, not to seek planetary domination through force, violence or spying. All Americans should have a fair opportunity to pursue their ambitions. Politics should not be a football game with winners and losers featuring juvenile taunts over fumbles or missteps.

Irrespective of life’s vicissitudes, we will be unflagging in efforts to educate the American people about the impending ruination of the Constitution and the rule of law unless they abandon their complacency or indifference. Your actions are making our challenge easier.

We encourage you to engage us in regular exchanges of ideas or thoughts about approaches to curing or mitigating the hugely suboptimal political culture of the United States. Nothing less is required to pay homage to Valley Forge, Cemetery Ridge, Omaha Beach, and other places of great sacrifice.

Very truly yours,

Bruce Fein

Counsel for Lon Snowden

Lon Snowden



I’ll bet the stuff the NSA gets to peek through does not read nearly as articulate as either of those pieces.


Obama Really Should Consider Stand-Up

June 25, 2013

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The U. S. Government is beating its chest and gnashing its teeth over other countries’ slipshod handling of the Snowden Affair.

Today, I heard that President Obama told reporters, “We’re following all the appropriate legal channels and working with various other countries to make sure that the rule of law is observed.”

Now, is that hilarious or what?

When I read it, I almost fell out of my chair laughing so hard.

After catching my breath and wiping the tears from my eyes I asked my friend, “Which ‘rule of law’ is he talking about? Certainly nothing to be found in the Constitution.”

No, our President seems to ignore laws when he thinks they don’t help his agenda (*wink* – and we can only guess what that might be) and gets adamant that others adhere to the “rule of law” when it suits his purposes.

I do not know that any “rule” of law was that you can pick and choose the ones you want followed, when it serves your own purposes. Laws are there to be followed and used by everyone, ALL the time… otherwise there is no “rule” of any law.

But we have learned – a hard lesson, too – that for the last few Presidents, the only “rule” of law they understand is how to ignore any laws that interfere with getting what they want.

It is an infantile attitude.


Perhaps Obama will pout a while then just take his ball and go home… wherever that might be.

And then try his hand at stand-up because this whole “law” thing isn’t working out well for him.


Who are the real traitors? | Jim Quinn via ZeroHedge

June 20, 2013

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via Who are the real traitors? | Jim Quinn via ZeroHedge.

This post is a bit long but far more than worth reading it in its entirety. And it does matter what you think, but only THAT YOU THINK!

Transparency and Treason

June 19, 2013

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Obama keeps saying the NSA program is transparent… and it is. At least to the people actively involved in it.

To the rest of us, the actions that can be taken, who can take them, who authorizes it, who oversees it, how much it costs, who it affects, what are the steps of its implimentation, what is the operative time frame, and a few other minor details, are all CLASSIFIED.

And I am sorry to inform the President but “classified” is the opposite of “transparency”.

Just thought you might like to know, Mr. President.

*****

In the comment section below a recent article about Snowden on Yahoo! news, one commenter mentioned that “treason” is defined as aiding and abetting the enemy.

And since Snowden is just trying to help Americans, the government is saying, in effect, that we, the people, are the enemy.

I think the simple comment summed up the entire situation admirably.


Hiring the Wolf to Guard the Chicken Coop

June 15, 2013

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The big internet giants have released new data about their “cooperation” with the NSA. Several have resisted with varying degrees of success against the spying on their customers.

Yahoo! even went to court… and lost.

You never heard about it because it was a “secret” court that handled only “secret” cases, like that one.

But now the big players have been “allowed” by the secret branch of our transparent government (thanks, Obama!) to tell about their interactions with the NSA.

No, nobody was being “nice” to us, they just want to reinforce the idea that they cannot be gathering everyone’s communications. They have to follow certain rules and some people can even object.

How sweet is that?

Except they then have to try the case in a secret court run by – who else? – the intelligence community. Like, what? Did you think Yahoo! actually had a shot of winning their case? Pulleeease!

So the spin doctors have finally gotten something that we in the non-intelligence world like to call “evidence” that they might actually be telling the truth. But “might” is still the operative word.


If it wasn’t for the new NSA facility in Utah (a $1.7 billion data “storage” center) I might actually believe them when they say they are not off-loading all the emails and phone calls to their own system.

One official said they do not have the manpower to actually cull through all that mountain of data. Of course, we’ll never know that because their employment figures are CLASSIFIED like everything else they touch.


And then there is the rather humorous story from February 2010 when the internet giant Google had asked the cyber-geeks at none other than the NSA to help them stop continued hacks against them.

They had the idea (the article does not say whether this notion came from Google or from NSA) that the hacking originated in China, of all places.

So, Google teamed with NSA to stop the hacking.

Fast forward to 2013 and we hear that Edward Snowden says this was precisely the type of attack the NSA was carrying on against China as well as against the giant internet companies… yes, just like Google.

So, it seems Google teamed with the wolf [NSA] to stop the theft of the chickens from their coop [server].


You gotta love it when an Aesop fable becomes relevant!


Much Ado about Nothing

June 11, 2013

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The recent round of disclosures on the phone-tapping done by our government has gotten a lot of people upset.

One of those is President Obama.

He recently claimed that this action was NOT bringing us one step closer to “Big Brother”… No, I actually think we’ve arrived.

Obama has spent more time getting at the people who leak this sort of information rather than cleaning up the problems.

One almost gets the impression he has something to hide. Just like Bush.

And I wonder what the heck it might be.


Maybe someone will leak that data soon…


Trumped, Generally Speaking

December 17, 2012

Several people have written me about why I have not jumped in on the Petraeus affair.

Personally, other than the case of a General taking orders from his privates, I don’t see much to comment on… yet.

Although the way the story came out and the connection with the greedy socialite in Florida (who botched a lucrative deal concerning South Korea through her Petraeus affiliation) borders on the extremely interesting. But the case bears further review… and then we can start the wild unabandoned theories.

Meanwhile, I am still stuck on the Trump connection.

Many people may wonder what the Donald has to do with anything.

A couple of years ago, he came out and made a lot of noise about the Obama birth certificate and even announced that he was the head of the birther movement. A self-proclaimed title that lacked enough gas to get down the block, much less around the corner.

Anyway, his “heavy guns” were brought to bear on the President who – with an “Aw shucks, what’s the fuss?” attitude – turned over the document, seemingly surprised that there was any question on the matter.

With all the press before he ran for Pres in ’08 on the avoidance he and his people were shoving in the way of the press concerning that bothersome detail, one wonders how Obama could have missed the depth of interest in the matter.

So, Obama’s people produce the document and the Donald announces to the world, “Okay, we got him!” meaning “got him to release it” and he Trumped the rest of those interested in the matter by declaring the case closed.

How fortunate that the birthers had a champion arise and take the battle into the heights against the foe.

Right?

Except for a couple of points, I would have to agree.

First, the birth certificate was a forgery and has been proven such on quite a few websites. (A couple of them published the findings even before the Donald admitted defeat.)

Second, I’ve seen this sort of grandstanding done during the investigation into JFK’s assassination. Someone with a big name and a larger mouth enters the fray, erects a straw puppet and lets the authorities flame it, then admits defeat and acts like everyone can just forget all those other theories…

Third, a billionaire helping out a candidate by seeming to oppose him publicly was recently done when Clinton first ran for office. Remember Ross Perot? The facts show he was there only to see Clinton elected. And it seems the Donald was doing something very similar to what Ross did. His wild tweeted meltdown on election night does not bolster his dislike for Obama, it masked his victory celebration. (Otherwise that bit of insanity was completely meaningless.)

Fourth, a fit being thrown that makes little or no sense… Trump did it when the returns showed Obama was re-elected and Perot did it when he thought some reporters were hounding his family. These examples of “over-reacting” always make me want to look and see what the other hand is doing – as the magician would flick his one hand to make flowers appear, the other would be reaching up a sleeve or into a pocket… The same old misdirection. Works every time, right?

So, we’ll have to wait and see if the Petraeus affair means anything at all or was it merely something they used to draw our attention away from what they were really doing, huh?

But maybe that sounds a little too much like a conspiracy…