Barack Obama’s De Facto Totalitarian Nation Larry Pinkney Intrepid Report December 9, 2013 “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag.”—Huey P. Long “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality.Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”—Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik elShabazz] As the year 2013 approaches its conclusion, it is more obvious than ever before that the United States is a corporate-owned de facto totalitarian nation. It is, in reality, a 21st century U.S. fascist state under the auspices of Barack Obama and his Democrat and Republican cohorts. The vast majority of this nation’s people have relinquished their constitutional, human, and political rights to the gods of consumerism, greed, apathy, cynicism, and manipulated fear. The ‘America’ about which the late great Langston Hughes wrote in his poem, ‘Let America Be America Again,’ has been all but utterly destroyed by insatiably greedy corporate vultures in concert with the lying, blood-sucking politicians of both the Democrat and Republican parties. The ‘rope and chain’ drone man, U.S. President Barack Obama, and his minions, have in a span of less than six years, in large measure, poisoned and massively distorted the very essence of the dreams once held by so many everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people throughout this land for transparent government and a more just society. Many so called “liberals,” “progressives,” and “leftists” in the U.S. have demonstrated, and are continuing to demonstrate, cynicism and double standards in their hypocritical support for the indefensible internal and external policies of drone man Barack Obama and his cohorts. Moreover, much if not most, of the U.S. black elite (otherwise known as the black ‘misleadership’ class) have brazenly joined the corporate-owned U.S. Empire, which includes embracing the anti-constitutional and the militaristic policies at home and abroad of Barack Obama. Using the ‘race’ card to prop up Obama’s NDAA corporate police state Numerous Blacks, other ‘people of color,’ and Whites in this nation are utilizing the ‘race’ or color card in an attempt to intimidate people into supporting the war mongering, double-talking, corporate-owned Barack Obama. In other words, their logic is that because Obama is “black,” those not supporting his policies are allegedly racists or somehow anti-black. The cynicism, crass manipulation, and stupidity of such supposed logic should be self-evident. First of all, color or pigmentation must never be the overriding factor in making judgments on the merits, or lack thereof, of policies. To do so is in itself inverted racism and is ultimately self-defeating for everyday ordinary people of ALL colors. Moreover, in the U.S. context, Barack Obama, in the
words of noted author Debra Dickerson, is NOT “politically and culturally black.” As Ms. Dickerson, made so very clear as quoted in the book titled, ‘What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation On Race,’ “I didn’t have the heart (or the stomach) to point out the obvious: Obama isn’t black.” That is, she explained, he is not “politically and culturally black.” “Not descended from West African slaves brought to America, he steps into the benefits of black progress (like Harvard Law School) without having borne any of the burden, and he gives white folks the plausible deniability of their unwillingness to embrace blacks in public life.” (Reference page 98 of the book, “What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation On Race,” by John Hartigan Jr., Stanford University Press). But what if Barack Obama, in addition to his pigmentation, was actually also “politically and culturally” black? What then? In two words: So what!! What difference does or should it make? Obama’s pigmentation and/or his political and cultural background should have absolutely no bearing whatsoever in weighing the merits, or lack thereof, of his spurious and despicable national and international policies of subterfuge, non-transparency in government, constant distractions, lies, corporate hegemony, military incursions, and perpetual wars. Yet, it is the ‘race’ or color card that has been, and is being used, to manipulate far too many persons—at enormous peril to the everyday people of ALL colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Barack Obama is not of, nor does he represent, the struggling everyday ordinary people of this nation. He and his cohorts are, in fact, the antithesis of government transparency, justice with peace, and human progress. Obama’s fifth column of gatekeeping hypocrites In the cynical and opportunist name of opposing and/or blaming Republicans, Barack Obama’s fifth column of “progressive” and “leftist” hypocrites have embraced, and/or act as apologists for Obama’s support of indefinite NDAA detention, his war mongering, his murderous international predator drone missile attacks, his massive spying on U.S. citizens, his overall de facto destruction of the U.S. Constitution, and his love for, and alliance with, greedy blood-sucking U.S. multinational corporations. In other words, these so called “progressives” and/or “leftists” hypocrites are utilizing, among other things, the ‘race’/color card to facilitate Obama’s war on the everyday ordinary people in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. They are his fifth column. The case of the national ‘leadership’ of Veterans For Peace (VFP) There are many examples of Obama’s fifth column gatekeeping hypocrites in this nation. One such example can be found in certain ones of those who make up the inner circle of the national leadership of the organization known as Veterans For Peace (VFP). This inner circle of the national VFP leadership, adroitly plays the ‘race’/color card against their own rank and file membership, even as they adamantly oppose impeaching U.S. president Barack Obama for his past and ongoing war crimes in Pakistan, Libya (North Africa), Somalia (East Africa), Afghanistan, Yemen, and Bahrain, etc. This VFP national ‘leadership’ has even referred to the call to impeach the current war criminal, Barack Obama, as being “ridiculous.” Apparently, Barack Obama’s murderous, egregious and ongoing violations of the U.S. Constitution and of international law are of no importance to this national VFP misleadership since he is ‘black” and a Democrat. This is the zenith of inverted racism, double standards, and hypocrisy. As Malcolm X correctly said, “Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” Obviously, certain individuals in the inner circle of the national ‘leadership’ of Veterans For Peace are
attempting to sacrifice and subvert the principles of VFP nationally, in order to be in the good graces of Barack Obama, and concomitantly, the systemic Democratic party. This is not only hypocrisy—it is betrayal of peace and justiceloving people of all colors in this nation and throughout the world. Then, of course, there are other insidious fifth column systemic gate-keepers who attempt to play the game of two-ends-against-the-middle. They write books and give lectures claiming to oppose social injustice, corporate hegemony, and war while refraining from consistently, persistently, and specifically calling out the current chief war-maker, Barack Obama, for what he is—a war criminal, a subverter of democracy at home and abroad, and a perpetual prevaricator. In addition to being opportunist gate-keepers, these persons are dangerous fakes—pimping the pain of struggling everyday ordinary people for their own purposes. What now? Ultimately, as it becomes increasingly undeniable that ‘Obamacare’ (the so-called Affordable Care Act) is a pharmaceutical/insurance corporate smoke-and-mirrors fraud, the struggling people of this nation will come to realize that they have yet again been callously and systemically hoodwinked. Meanwhile, Obama himself will continue to engage in double-talk, subterfuge, and distractions. And despite the U.S. corporate-stream ‘news’ media’s obfuscation and distortions, the majority of people in this nation will, in reality, continue to become even poorer, corporate domination will persist, and Barack Obama, his systemic allies and minions will look for ways to keep the masses of people distracted, diverted, and most of all, compliant. There will be no significant political, economic, judicial, or social change for the better in the U.S. until such time that a critical mass of people in this nation recognizes, and acts upon, the fact that the Democrat and Republican parties are enemies of the everyday ordinary struggling people of all colors. The fact is, that totalitarianism and “fascism,” in the words of Huey P. Long, have already incrementally “[come] to America;” and not only “wrapped in an American flag” via false patriotism and corporate hegemony; but also aided and abetted by unprincipled and hypocritical gatekeepers who masquerade as so-called “progressives.” It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to expose and resist this encroaching de facto fascist totalitarianism in this nation. And this includes exposing those “progressive” pretenders who, among other tactics, utilize the ‘race’/color card from their arsenal, against the best interests, needs, and aspirations of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation. Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward . . . !
Why Are Key Obama Policies Shrouded in Secrecy? Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. New American December 9, 2013
“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” — Lord Acton Barack Obama campaigned for president promising to usher in an era of transparency in government. That promise stands next to you “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” in the Barack Obama Presidential Hall of Shame. One of the most egregious examples of President Obama’s duplicity is the way he and his administration have responded to the roster of revelations that have come from the leaks of documents defining the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). Not only has the president been called out on his support of secrecy at home, but leaders around the globe have turned on him, as well, after learning that American snoops have been monitoring their phone calls for years. Then there is the bugging of the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other organizations by none other than the NSA. This is germane to the secrecy analysis because the NSA is part of the Executive Branch and the head of that branch is Barack Obama. Anita Kumar, writing for McClatchy Newspapers, points out the criticism the president has faced after his 180 on openness. As criticism swelled at home and abroad, Obama said the nation should examine how the government can strike a balance between national security and privacy concerns. He said at an August news
conference that Americans will resolve any disagreements about the NSA programs through “vigorous public debate.” But what started out as a national examination largely turned into a private review with few public meetings, little document disclosure and next to no public debate, say some lawmakers, technology organizations and civil liberties groups. And now, as those behind-the-scenes reviews begin to wind down, Obama is not providing details of the results. “As part of the overall review of our intelligence-gathering practices, decisions are being made by the president and implemented by the president, but beyond that, I have to ask you to wait until the reviews, the various reviews have been completed and we have more to say,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. A key tenet of the Obama administration’s code of silence seems to require the thickest walls be built around the sectors of government that can take advantage of the cover to do the most damage to liberty. As reported by Tech Dirt: The administration, which likes to pretend it’s the most transparent in history, is actually one of the most secretive. Its attempts at transparency have almost exclusively been focused on where it can get the most political bang, not for what areas people expect the government to be transparent about — such as how it interprets the laws that allow the government to spy on everyone…. What’s incredible is that it appears that no one high up in the administration seems to recognize how this is a strategy that will almost certainly make things worse, not better. It may be how the administration is used to functioning, but it makes it much more difficult to believe anything that is said about a supposed “vigorous public debate” being held on the surveillance activities. It also means that as more leaks come out revealing more questionable practices, the constant backtracking and excuses will just destroy whatever credibility the administration has left on this issue. If, instead, it were to actually be transparent and simply reveal things like how it interprets the law, and allows for a real public discussion on these matters, that would actually result in some frank discussions that the administration seems terrified of actually having. Beyond the violations of the Fourth Amendment evident in the NSA’s dragnet surveillance turning citizens into suspects, there are several other significant examples of President Obama’s fierce determination to keep Americans in the dark when it comes to policies and programs that pose the most potent threats to their freedom.
One of the most egregious examples is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Every round of negotiations are conducted in secret and even the content of the draft agreement itself would be completely unknown were it not for a WikiLeaks project that resulted in the publication of a chapter on intellectual property. William F. Jasper, writing for The New American, explains how and why President Obama is keeping details of the TPP trade pact under wraps. If there is one word that is used more often than “reform” by governments, politicians, and international organizations — and abused even more frequently and egregiously — it is “transparency.” As with the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office regularly proclaim their commitment to transparency while doing everything possible to hide their actions from their constituents. The USTR’s “Fact Sheet: Transparency and the Trans-Pacific Partnership” is intended to give the impression that the Obama administration is forthrightly providing the American people with all the up-to-date information they need to accurately evaluate the agreements that are being made in their name, and that would, if accepted by Congress, devastatingly impact their lives, their liberty, and their future. And, perhaps the most deadly deception perpetrated by the secrecy-loving president is the number of innocent civilians who have been killed by missiles fired from U.S. drones. Until recently, in fact, the Obama administration denied the drone war was even being waged. Now, even though he admits to targeting “militants” using the remote control weapons, the president refuses to comment on how many civilians have been blown up in the process. Then, of course, there is ObamaCare. After the roll-out derailed, press reports revealed that the president likely knew there were problems with his hallmark legislation and also knew that Americans would not be able to keep their doctor. A CBS News report about the weekly GOP address that Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) gave on November 16 on the president’s broken promise noted: “Millions of Americans are coming to realize that those are your tire tracks on their canceled policies,” Johnson said to the president, accusing Mr. Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress of perpetrating “political fraud” to aid their political goals. “Consumer fraud this massive in the private sector could — and should — bear serious legal ramifications,” Johnson said. “For President Obama, however, it helped secure enough votes to pass Obamacare and win re-election.” As he continues burrowing deeper and deeper into the sands of secrecy, President Obama seems not to realize that that soil shifts and there will always be those committed to digging around until the truth is told. McClatchy writes: Mark Jaycox, a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he doesn’t expect the administration to change much even amid the intense criticism. This administration, he said, has always held fast against similar criticism. For example, it resisted for years bipartisan pressure to release more information about its top-secret targeted killing program. “It’s a pattern of the Obama administration,” he said. Tech Dirt recognizes the problem for the president: Extreme secrecy may seem like the easier short-term strategy, but it’s just digging an ever deeper hole that the administration is going to have to try to climb out of in the long-term. Hiding reality from a public that’s going to find out eventually is just making the problem worse.
Wikileaks Releases New Documents Exposing Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Russell Brandom The Verge December 9, 2013 In November, WikiLeaks published a rare draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty â€” revealing the United States' covert international push for stronger intellectual property rights. Now, nearly a month after the first documents were published, the group is back on the case, publishing a new raft of documents from the TPP negotiations currently taking place in Singapore. The revelations are mostly the same, with the United States leading the charge for SOPA-like penalties on filesharing and stringent patent reforms, but the new documents suggest that the public outcry against these proposals has had little effect on the negotiations. The leaks come at a particularly inconvenient time for negotiators, as they enter into their fourth day of talks in Singapore amid growing criticism. The talks are premised on secrecy, allowing countries to push for particular proposals without having to justify their positions publicly, but the continued pressure from WikiLeaks has brought unintended attention to the proceedings. These latest documents highlight the United States' role in the process, as it attempts to force the smaller nations to adopt more stringent rules. "The US is exerting great pressure to close as many issues as possible this week," says a state-of-play summary included in the leaks. "This pressure will increase with every passing day."
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