When you're looking at a website that has a picture of a demonic Barack Obama being guarded by giant soldiers in hell, you can figure that there might be a few people looking at you. I had to wipe off 536 megabytes of cookies on my computer before I began to type this. It's a new world record for me on virus collection. My son in law Arne sent it to me, and he wanted a response. This is its headline:
NEW OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER SEIZES U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE AND CITIZENS FOR MILITARY PREPAREDNESS
The authors of this website no doubt have concrete bunkers with over 50,000 rounds of ammo, and they're private citizens. We have some of them in Oregon. I won't bore you with what it said for the most part, as people who put this shit together are often about as reliable as the dudes who authored The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. However, if Arne's website is a forgery -- unfortunately there is an element of truth to it.
The last paragraph was very fearful, and it asked a number of questions about Iran, World War III, and the economy. There isn't a lot of connection between the supposed Federal Regulations and these things. However, assuming that an analog rule for the NDAA Act is being developed, there are sure to be rules detailing out potentially dictatorial powers for martial law when the president declares a national emergency. The survivalist who wrote this asked whether Fed Regs like this would be developed if there was an impending natural disaster "that we didn't know of." When the Arctic icecap is 100% ice free in some future September, and the Gulf Stream fails because of global warming -- once again the answer to rules like this is, "Yes."
My lefty baiting son in law probably expected my head to explode, insanely declaring that President Obama would never promulgate such a piece of garbage; but I disappointed him. This is a precis of what I said:
Unfortunately, every POTUS since Ronald Reagan has done his part to destroy legal rights that were previously taken for granted. In particular, we're talking about the Fourth through the Seventh Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
Why? Mostly because there's so damn much money to be made from defense contracts. Pre 9/11, our national intelligence budget was $11B or less. The last time I checked, the national intelligence budget had ballooned to $85B, and it's estimated that roughly half of all intelligence functions conducted by the government have been privatized!
President Obama penned a presidential signing statement when he made the NDAA Act into law, saying that he would never activate such powers during his term of office. But of course, a President Cheney Jr. could have a free pass.
Sometimes, the aluminum foil hat and wingnut crowd is right, and this time they are. We've seen some very disturbing behavior in Congress where our elected representatives are herded like cows into voting for NDAA, the PATRIOT Act -- I could go on. And our nation's leaders are afraid of the rich, private, backlash with bad political consequences that will happen to them if they vote against crap like that.
Don't get me wrong. America is not like the Peoples Republic of China, where an incipient military coup to protect a Communist Central Committeeman who is an advocate for democracy is turned away. And then the news of this is quickly relegated to the memory hole, a la 1984.
Unfortunately, we are living in a virtual dictatorship, where every keystroke of this blog is being recorded in the national security archives as it's being typed. The level of distrust between America's citizens and its government continues to grow. And we are all just waiting for the day when a real dictatorship will be there, waiting for us.