Thursday, April 17, 2014
Flash Back VIDEO-Candidate Obama 2008-We’ve got to have a Civilian National Security Force We Saw Just Part of that force at Bundy Ranch
Firewall: Building a police state?
Shaw ran this article 8.26.13 JS
by EACourieur-Mike Bibb
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” — Sen. Barrack Obama, July 2008.The first thing that comes to my mind when reading the president’s 2008 campaign statement is what exactly does he mean by “We?”
Secondly, he insists that “to achieve the national security objectives,” a giant security (police) force must be established that is “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our military.
Kind of a strange statement from a former university constitutional law professor, considering the fact the U.S. Constitution was the result — at least in part — of oppression the British army inflicted upon the colonists, no doubt in the name of what the Red Coats considered “national security.”
The “War on Terror” and “In the interests of national security” chant has become the accepted excuse for increasing surveillance on not only those suspected of having evil intentions but also upon millions of ordinary citizens whose only national security threat is that they made a phone call to order a home delivery pizza or e-mailed a friend the latest football office pool or called home to wish granny a happy birthday.
To compliment this national spying activity, the president said he would like to build a “national security force” to make sure everyone is safe from harm’s way. A force asWhile my suspicious concerns prompt me to question the motives of a president promoting such an authoritarian proposal. Especially considering the recent revelations concerning the IRS and National Security Agency’s abuse of power against nearly everyone. A national police force would be even more frightening.
powerful as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — combined. My gut reaction is, what for?
Does anyone still remember world history from the 1930s or is that not even taught anymore? Also, if we’ve now reached a point where the armed forces and all the various federal, state and local police agencies are considered insufficient to deal with a national security threat, then does the president really think the creation of another police force, administered by Homeland Security, will provide a significant deterrence to any real or imagined danger, both foreign and domestic?
Retired Marine Corps Col. Pete Martino, of Concord, N.H., thinks this might be the case. During a recent city council meeting, the colonel’s comments caused quite a stir and have gone viral on the Web. See Video click HERE In essence, the colonel says he has become alarmed over civilian police forces taking on the training, tactics, appearance and conduct of U.S. military units. The inclusion of military-grade weapons, similar uniforms and vehicles is additional evidence, he maintains, to a kind of morphing of independent police departments into paramilitary style organizations.
The use of heavily armed SWAT teams to resolve certain situations is becoming increasingly prevalent. More than 100 SWAT raids are conducted a day, a dramatic increase from a decade ago. Often these raids are classified as “No Knock,” meaning the police can charge into someone’s home or business without announcing their presence. Obviously, these tactics sometimes go awry and innocent people are injured or killed as a result. Read More
Federal Fire Power: Instead of putting a lien on the property of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management surrounded his ranch with 200 armed agents.
It's not the only agency with a private army.
Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama slipped a little-noticed line in a speech, proposing a national police force reporting straight to him.
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military," he said. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."As our military is slowly decimated by his policies and budget cuts — and with federal agencies armed to the teeth — we may be seeing what he had in mind at the ranch of a 67-year-old Nevadan.
Agents of a federal agency that many Americans were surprised to see so heavily armed even herded American citizens into "First Amendment zones," another surprise to those who thought the Constitution made the entire U.S. such a zone.
"The government's option," said Fox News contributor and former Judge Andrew Napolitano, "is to take the amount of money (Bundy) owes them and docket it — that is, file the lien on his property. The federal government could have done that.
"Instead, they wanted this show of force. They swooped in . . . with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy's property, they stole his cattle. They didn't have the right to do that. That's theft, and they should have been arrested by state officials."The Environmental Protection Agency also has a private army. In late August 2013, armed EPA agents joined agents of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force and swarmed gold mines near Chicken in the Last Frontier State.
In groups of four to eight, they even wore body armor and carried guns while investigating a supposed violation of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
That raid drew attention to the fact that some federal agencies, including the Library of Congress and the Federal Reserve Board, have divisions employing armed officers.
Other federal agencies participating in the operation were the Fish and Wildlife Service, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Park Service and, yes, Bureau of Land Management.More-Investors
Related Harry Reid's Connection to Bundy Ranch Siege
By Daxton Brown
As some may be aware, the Bundy Ranch in Nevada is having 500 plus head of free range cattle that have been fed on desert BLM land seized by the government. This is a long standing decades old dispute that pits the Bundy family, who have ranched this land since the 1870s, against a literal army of BLM SWAT forces supposedly there to protect desert tortoises.
Our purpose here is to show how this siege must all eventually be linked to Senator Harry Reid, who literally controls everything that happens in Nevada. I wrote the only biography of Harry Reid (more below) which goes into his history of shady land dealings and use of the BLM.
The best leverage the Bundys have is not against the BLM, but by making corrupt Harry Reid the focus of media attention. Because this is breaking, I will be updating this page continuously as I put information together, lots more to come.
Descriptions of what is going on at Bundy Ranch can be found here
Reid's claim to that land are mining patents, dependent on BLM favouritism since he no longer mines anything. Maybe he should be evicted, since his claims rest on old mining law from 1872. A patent is a parcel of claimed mineral-rich public land which the federal government sells to the claim holder for $2.50 or $5.00 per acre, as required by the 1872 Mining Law. A patent, or patented claim, is no longer public land; both the land and the minerals contained in it become the property of the patent holder. Congress has imposed a moratorium on new mining patents since October 1, 1994. Reid bought much of the land in 1973.
In 2007 Vegas land was $700k/acre. People thought Searchlight would be bedroom community. During the Real Estate boom, Reid thought his land was worth $20 million. That's why the new four lane highway into Searchlight directly benefited Reid, for land he has no more right to than the Bundys.
The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send the additional non-lethal military aid. The additional aid was announced as fighting between Ukraine's military and pro-Russian factions intensified in the eastern part of the country.
Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats, water purification units, hand-fuel pumps and small power generators.
"The United States continues to stand with Ukraine. And earlier this morning, I called Ukraine's acting defense minister to tell him that President Obama has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies," Hagel said.But whether that will mute calls for the Obama administration to do more remains to be seen.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on a Kentucky radio show on Thursday, said the U.S. should be providing lethal aid.
"Here is what I would do: I would be sending arms to the Ukrainian army. I would encourage the European Union to expand and take in Ukraine...I would provide serious assistance to the Ukrainians so that they could defend themselves," he said.The Hagel announcement follows a report earlier this week that the administration was withholding non-lethal military aid sought by the Ukrainian government, including body armor and night-vision goggles. The aid announced Thursday is likely to stop short of all the items on Ukraine's wishlist.
And the administration still is not actively considering supplying Ukraine with lethal assistance, a step officials say could be viewed as an escalatory act by the U.S. in the midst of an already tense situation.
UK: Probe of Islamic Takeover of Pubic Schools Plot Widens--British Government driven by blind obeisance to Multiculturalism.
Thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals
The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions... not hundreds but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals.British authorities say they have widened their investigation into an alleged plot by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize public schools in England and Wales.
Bains was also instructed to stop teaching citizenship classes because they were deemed to be "un-Islamic," and to introduce Islamic studies into the curriculum, even though Saltley is a non-faith school.
Schools should not be allowed to become "silos of segregation." — Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
The expanded probe now encompasses at least 25 schools in Birmingham, up from four initially. Investigators are also looking into new allegations that Muslim extremists have infiltrated schools in
other British cities, including Bradford and Manchester.
The plot—dubbed Operation Trojan Horse—consists of a strategy to wrest control of schools by ousting non-Muslim head teachers and staff at secular state schools and replacing them with individuals who will run the schools according to strict Islamic principles.A copy of a strategy document outlining the plot was sent to the Birmingham City Council in November 2013, but its existence did not become known to the public until March 2014, when it was leaked to the London-based newspaper, the Sunday Times.
Although police are still working to determine the authenticity of the document, what remains beyond dispute is that Muslim hardliners are subverting the British school system in ever greater numbers.
Since Operation Trojan Horse came to light, British authorities have been inundated with more than 200 whistleblower complaints in Birmingham alone—including emails, letters and telephone calls from parents, teachers and school leaders—about the imposition of conservative Islamic practices in primary, secondary and community schools, as well as in publicly-funded academies.
Allegations include the takeover of school governing bodies by Islamic fundamentalists, harassment and squeezing-out of non-Muslim teachers, forcing female students to cover their hair, banning sex-education classes, bullying female staff, and segregating boys and girls in classrooms.Over the past several weeks, Ofsted, the official agency for inspecting British schools, has carried out surprise inspections of at least 18 schools in Birmingham, under orders from the British Department for Education. This is in addition to a separate investigation being conducted by the Birmingham City Council. The initial findings of these investigations are to be published in May, with full reports following in July.
But critics say the schools inspected so far represent only the tip of the iceberg. The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions—not dozens, nor hundreds, they say, but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals—and they accuse the British government of willful complacency driven by blind obeisance to multiculturalism.
The Obama administration has removed all operational combat tanks from Europe and key strike aircraft, limiting the options for a show of force to bolster eastern NATO allies as Russia contemplates invading Ukraine.
Most , and President Obama, say direct military aid to Kiev in the form of weapons, air power or ground troops is off the table.
That makes it a top priority to show Russian President Vladimir Putin that Washington stands militarily behind NATO members such as the Baltic states, Poland and other countries once under Soviet domination.
The problem is, the U.S. shelf is a bit bare. In the past two years, the Obama administration has deactivated the only two armored combat brigade teams in Europe equipped with the Army’s main M1 battle tanks. It also disbanded a squadron of A-10 ground-attack jets that proved effective over Libya.While Mr. Putin is flexing his muscle in the east, Washington is tilting military away from Europe and toward Asia.
“Everyone is moving west when we need to be looking east,” said Luke Coffey, a former Army officer who was a defense adviser to Britain’s conservative government.
“Ten thousand American troops have moved west out of Europe,” said Mr. Coffey, an at
The Heritage Foundation. “Ten thousand British soldiers have moved west out of Germany, while thousands of Russian soldiers have moved west to the Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced an increase in air policing missions over the Baltic member countries. More allied warships will be sent to the Baltic Sea and eastern Mediterranean, Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said.
This week, we invited our Facebook followers who’ve been reading my new book, Guardian of the Republic to submit questions. Hat tip to Gail van Alphen and everyone who submitted questions.
What would your propose to do about the illegals in our country and border security?
We must first realize that illegal immigration is a multi-headed hydra causing problems for our
We must first realize that illegal immigration is a multi-headed hydra causing problems for our
national security, healthcare, economic, education, and local criminality.
Having learned from Reagan’s 1986 amnesty deal, I would ensure border enforcement and security is the first priority. I would cease taxpayer-funded benefits to those here illegally. We need to reform our tax code and unemployment insurance policies in order to get Americans back to work and paid quality wages. I would begin working with the agriculture industry to assess their needs and how we can best implement a guest worker program for seasonal employment. As well, we need to simplify our legal immigration process.
I would conduct a full review of our student visa program and demand we account for every single person. For me, it would be a multi-phased endeavor. “Comprehensive legislation” to me means a 2000-page document no one reads and is full of caveats. We need a common sense phased step-by-step resolution that has measures of effectiveness that triggers moving to subsequent phases.
The first objective is border security. We cannot solve the illegal immigration situation unless we control our borders — and not everyone crossing our porous border is coming here to work.
Under what circumstances would you put boots on the ground? Do you believe our troops’ lives should be used overseas when loyalties keep shifting?
I believe we need to move away from a Cold War posture that is based upon forward positioning to a more power projection military force. I do not support long occupation-style warfare,
but rather strike operations that have clear and defined operational and tactical objectives.
I do not want any deployment for a combat Soldier to be more than 8 months in duration. Having been a Soldier for 22 years, I would not commit our forces unless there is a threat to our national security policy, freedom of maneuver or threat to our allies — and my definition of an ally would be very strict and narrow precluding the shifting sands of loyalties.
The best thing our nation could do is clearly identify and define the enemies of the United States, and indeed the enemies of liberty and freedom. I would always use all elements of national power — diplomatic, informational, and economic — before committing the military.
However, I do believe in Reagan’s “peace through strength” maxim and would seek to develop a military focused on being a deterrent but quite capable to quickly deploy, fight, and win.
Is the electoral college system still working?
My concern is that the electoral college is being gamed and that the liberal progressives have turned national level elections into a science. If you review the 2012 presidential election results, you’ll find that Mitt Romney won something like 72-73 percent of the counties in America. What that tells me is the Democrat Party has learned to target what states and what counties are necessary to garner the 300-313 electoral votes for victory, as we have seen in 2008 and 2012.
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by Cindy Simpson
'Here,Make some changes'.....
Peeking over the top of Obama’s shirt pocket is not the end of the pen that he threatened to use, along with his phone, if he didn’t get his way.
It’s the tip of a pencil. An ordinary, wooden, No. 2 pencil, complete with eraser, both ends worn to the nub, in desperate need of sharpening.
Pens suggest importance and permanence. Great documents are composed with pens. Pivotal moments in history are recorded in ink, as are inspiring presidential legacies. The references to the current president inserted into those biographies, however, are sketched in the erasable strokes of a pencil -- as is everything else Obama has ever produced or that his presidency has inspired.
Pencils' output is flexible. Pencils design and transform and spin. Pencils redefine, divide, draw distractions and smudge and distort and erase: facts, events, and narratives.
Penciled opinions can conveniently evolve. Penciled statistics, measurements and books are easily cooked. Red lines marked by pencils can be erased and redrawn. Laws become mere “suggestions” and imply a “vast amount of discretion” in enforcement.
Because Obama is a “master of words” -- one with the ability to control their meaning -- his pencil, aided by a vast media complex, is a tool that holds the potential for absolute power as executive, legislator and judge.
A prominent law professor once aided Obama in that mastery with this explanation:
“[Obama] didn't say what he meant...and having said that, in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.” Thomas Sowell put it a little clearer than Mr. Tribe when he observed about Obama: “One of the many ways of lying smoothly is to simply redefine words.”
Another is to redefine the presidency. Law professor Jonathan Turley described the “troubling mosaic of unilateral and unchecked executive power” drawn by such an “uber presidency.”