Archive for October, 2009

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CBS: Doubting President Obama

October 30, 2009

CBS: Doubting President Obama: Are they finally getting it?

Transcript:

KATIE COURIC, HOST: Now let`s get back to that $787 billion stimulus Anthony mentioned. Earlier this year, the president claimed it would create or save three million jobs. There are some questions about how many it may have created so far. Chip Reid is at the White House tonight. And, Chip, I know the administration is putting out a jobs report card tomorrow. What can you can tell us about that?

CHIP REID, CBS CORRESPONDENT: Well, Katie, that report is going to claim that the stimulus has already created or saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, but if the administration`s first effort at counting stimulus jobs is any guide, tomorrow`s numbers could be hard to believe.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

REID: At a small college in Georgia, $100,000 in stimulus funds paid for trucks for students to practice for commercial driver`s licenses. Another $100,000 went for a modular classroom. The school reported to the government that 280 jobs were created.

In reality, not even close. That`s the number of students who benefited. It has nothing to do with jobs.

In Cocoa, Florida, a childcare center reported 129 jobs created by a stimulus grant. In fact, no jobs were created. The money was really used to increase the compensation and benefits of 129 existing employees.

Overall, it turns out the administration`s initial stimulus jobs report contained hundreds of errors as first reported by the Associated Press. Critics say if the kinds of errors found in that earlier report are repeated in Friday`s much more extensive job creation survey, it won`t be worth the paper it`s printed on.

CRAIG JENNINGS: We have, I think, a rough estimate at best. And at worst, these numbers are next to useless.

REID: The White House says the errors have already been corrected, that tomorrow`s jobs report has been double- and triple-checked for weeks, and that it will give an accurate, detailed look at the early success of the stimulus.

Republicans in Congress, though, predict the report will be a world- class example of government obfuscation.

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R), OHIO: There is no factual way of determining how many jobs were saved or created.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

REID: Those Republican critics also say they don`t understand how some stimulus projects will create any jobs. For example, half a million dollars to study social networks like FaceBook, and $219,000 to study the sex lives of female college freshmen. Katie.

COURIC: Chip Reid reporting from the White House tonight. Thanks, Chip.

Makes you wonder if White House communications director Anita Dunn is going to file a complaint with CBS.

After all, she didn’t think it was right for Fox News’s Chris Wallace to fact check the Adminstration.

Why should Katie and crew get to do it?

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IPT: Terrorism Report: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 30, 2009

Steven Emerson, Executive Director October 30, 2009
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Friday 30 October 2009
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Top News

1. Imam Killed, 10 Others Arrested in Detroit Case (IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4648
A Detroit imam was killed in a shootout with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon as the agents sought to arrest him and 10 other men on conspiracy and weapons charges. Luqman Ameen Abdullah, formerly Christopher Thomas, is accused of being the ringleader of a radical Muslim separatist movement that wanted a state in America governed by Shariah law. According to an affidavit in the criminal complaint, Abdullah, 53, and many of his followers were converts to Islam. Abdullah was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981. Like other cases broken up this year, Abdullah converted to Islam after serving time in prison.

2. FBI K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty (FBI)
http://detroit.fbi.gov/pressrel/2009/de102909a.htm
On October 28, 2009, Federal Bureau of Investigation K-9 Freddy lost his life in the line of duty. Freddy will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia. A memorial will be held at Quantico and Freddy’s name will be added to a memorial wall.  Freddy was a Belgian Malinois. Freddy was born on February 17, 2007 and entered on duty with the FBI on September 8, 2008. In the line of duty, Freddy gave his life for his team. He will be missed by his FBI family.  Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members, please send them to the address below and they will be forwarded to the team:…  Anyone wishing to donate money to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial in the memory of Freddy:…

3. FBI defends decision to shoot mosque leader – Case reopens Muslim concerns on informants (Detroit Free Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4649
Terrorists? Two-bit thugs? Or innocent? Those are the questions surrounding the dozen men described as radical fundamentalists charged in a criminal conspiracy that includes firearms and stolen goods offenses. As seven suspects appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit for detention hearings, prosecutors warned of possible retaliation for the killing of the group’s leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah. FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, of Detroit during a Wednesday raid and shootout at a Dearborn warehouse. “We know from his conduct yesterday that violence was intended,” U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Thursday. Two suspects were at large late Thursday. But defense attorneys scoffed at a 43-page detailed affidavit that highlights Abdullah’s alleged hatred of government and police agencies and call for a jihad. The suspects are not charged with any form of terrorism. “I don’t see any terrorism charges,” said defense attorney Robert F. Kinney, who represents suspect Abdul Saboor, 37, of Detroit. “Terrorism is a very serious charge.” Federal authorities defended the actions they took.

4. Feds warn of reprisals after radical’s death (Washington Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4650
Federal officials have issued a warning that the shooting death of a radical Sunni Islamic leader in Michigan on Wednesday night may engender retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers there as well as in the Washington area, though law enforcement officials played it down as a routine measure. Gunfire erupted during the arrest of Ummah leader Luqman Abdullah and members of his group after Abdullah pulled a gun and shot and killed an FBI canine, according to a document obtained by The Washington Times from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC). FBI agents returned fire at the warehouse in Dearborn, Mich., and killed Abdullah, who was charged with selling stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. “Abdullah’s death and associated arrests may foster resentment, violent rhetoric, and threats from Ummah adherents,” said the raw intelligence document issued by the WRTAC.

5. Police on heightened alert after followers’ threats (Detroit Free Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4651
Detroit police are on heightened alert after followers and family members of a slain mosque leader threatened to retaliate against officers, officials said today. Officers in the 10th Precinct, which is housed at 12000 Livernois, are taking “extra precaution,” said police spokesman John Roach. He declined to elaborate, saying that divulging any tactical deployment efforts could compromise officers’ safety. Roach said federal investigators informed police about the threats, which allegedly were made by followers and at least one family member of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was gunned down during a shootout with federal agents Wednesday. The 10th Precinct is less than 2 miles from the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque led by Abdullah. Abdullah, known to some as Christopher Thomas, died after firing on officers during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Eight others were arrested in connection with an alleged mission to establish a separate Islamic nation within the United States. Three men are still at large.

6. Islamists Urge Government to Keep Imam’s Faith Out of Detroit Case (IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4652
The imam had driven from Detroit to northern Virginia to raise money for a jailed friend, a convicted cop killer. “If you study the case you’ll see that it’s a conspiracy,” the imam said. “If you study what went on with him, you’ll say, ‘How in the world is he in jail?'” But it was what Luqman Abdullah said on the way to that March 2008 fundraiser that helped bring the FBI to his door on Wednesday in what proved to be a fatal confrontation. In the car with his son and two followers, one of whom turned out to be an FBI informant, Abdullah repeated his long-standing concern that law enforcement was after him.

7. Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) Apprehended by RCMP (FBI)
http://detroit.fbi.gov/pressrel/2009/de102909.htm
Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), Detroit, Michigan, announces that a Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) was taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, without incident at approximately 1:00 p.m. today. At this time, Canadian Border Patrol (CBSA) is detaining him for immigration violations. The FBI would like to thank the RCMP and Canadian law enforcement for their assistance in this matter.

8. Son of suspected Muslim extremist expelled from Canada (Globe and Mail)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4653
Windsor police apprehended the son of a suspected Muslim extremist killed this week in Detroit by U.S. agents, and within hours Canadian border agents expelled him from the country. “We have him now,” FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold said Thursday. Mujahid Carswell, also known as Mujahid Abdullah, 30, had been living openly in Windsor for months and moving routinely back and forth between Windsor and Detroit. Canadian border agents declined to say why Mr. Carswell had been expelled or whether he was entitled to any hearing. The section of the FBI complaint involving Mr. Carswell says he was involved in teaching martial arts to young children in mosques on both sides of the river separating Detroit and Windsor and that he sometimes beat them.

9. Detectives search for suspect, motive in North Hollywood synagogue shootings [Updated] (LA Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4654
A gunman entered the grounds of a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot and wounded two men who were going to a prayer service.[Updated at 12:37 p.m.: A 17-year-old who was detained this morning near the synagogue for questioning in the shooting has been released, according to LAPD Lt. John Romero.] While police initially said they were investigating the shooting as a hate crime, officials later said it’s too early to tell whether the attack was motivated by religious hate. The initial description of the suspect was of a black man wearing a black hoodie. But law enforcement sources told The Times that the investigation was wide open and that police were investigating all possibilities, including whether the gunman specifically targeted either of the victims. One source said detectives were not certain of the suspect’s race.[Updated at 12:38 p.m.: Several law enforcement sources also said investigators are looking at whether the shootings were related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe one of the victims was the target, and that a second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.] Speaking to reporters outside the taped-off synagogue, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the incident “a senseless act of violence.” But the mayor was careful to temper worries that the shooting was a hate crime.

10. Arrest of Canadian on terror charges rekindles concerns about U.S.-Canada border (Canadian Press)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4655
A Canadian businessman will remain behind bars in Chicago charged with helping to plot a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper – the second high-profile terror arrest in the United States in recent weeks with a Canadian connection. A Chicago judge said Wednesday she needs more information before she can determine whether Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who owns an immigration services company with offices in Chicago, New York and Toronto, can be freed on bond while he awaits trial or whether he poses a serious flight risk. Rana, a Canadian citizen who was born in Pakistan, is the second terror suspect in a month with strong ties to Canada, although he’s lived in the U.S. for almost 15 years running his business and operating a slaughterhouse in rural Illinois. Authorities allege that Najibullah Zazi, accused of plotting what might have been the biggest U.S. terrorist attack since 9-11, travelled twice to Canada in the months prior to his arrest. Zazi has family in Mississauga, west of Toronto. The latest arrest is bad news for Canada, because it serves to confirm long-held suspicions among American law enforcement officials about Canadian efforts to catch potential terrorists, said one longtime observer of Canada-U.S. relations.

11. Regulators want more authority to protect nation’s power grid
(Gov’t Computer News)
http://gcn.com/articles/2009/10/28/smrt-grid-security-hearing-102809.aspx
Regulators overseeing the nation’s  power generation and distribution system say this critical infrastructure is at risk because they do not have the power to quickly respond to threats and vulnerabilities to the system. Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Energy Department told a House panel Tuesday that legislation now pending in the House could help correct current problems. “The [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s] current authority is not adequate to address cyber or other national security threats to the reliability of our transmission and power system,” Joseph McClelland, director of FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability, told the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “These types of threats pose an increasing risk to our nation’s electric grid, which undergirds our government and economy and helps ensure the health and welfare of our citizens. Congress should address this risk now.”

12. U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security Establish Major Resilient Smart Grid Program at the University of Illinois (University of Illinois)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4656
In recent months, the media have been buzzing with talk about the “Smart Grid,” especially since then-President-Elect Barack Obama featured the need for new Smart Grid technology in a January 2009 speech on the economy. Now, the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its partner institutions have been recruited to contribute towards the ongoing development of a resilient, secure Smart Grid in the United States, following the announcement of a major award of research support from the U.S. Department of Energy with contributions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

13. In Russia, an intensifying insurgency – Under crackdown, Chechen separatism turns into a regional Islamist revolt (Washington Post)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4657
Her face wet with tears and framed by a black shawl, Madina Albakova sat in her ransacked living room and described how she had become another teenage widow here in Ingushetia, the most volatile of Russia’s Muslim republics. The details emerged between sobs: the arrival of the security forces earlier in the day, her husband’s panicked attempt to flee, the gunfire that erupted without warning. He was a law student, barely 20 and “so beautiful,” she said, but the soldiers planted a rifle next to his body and called him an Islamist rebel. Then they took everything of value — the family’s savings, a set of dishes, even baby clothes, she said. Such heavy-handed tactics by the Russian security forces have helped transform the long-running separatist rebellion in Chechnya, east of Ingushetia, into something potentially worse: a radical Muslim insurgency that has spread across the region, draws support from various ethnic groups and appears to be gaining strength.

14. Saudis being dragged into Yemen war (UPI)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4658
Slowly but surely, Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally shied away from conflict in favor of diplomacy and buying its way out of trouble, is being dragged into the Middle East’s conflicts as a participant. It’s happening in Iraq and Iran, but right now the main hotspot is Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula, wracked by tribal insurrection, southern secessionists and a resurgent al-Qaida.  Things are so bad in Yemen, the most populous country on the peninsula, that it is in danger of collapsing as a state with its wars and insurrections spilling over into Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer. The Saudis have backed Yemen’s beleaguered president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in his five-year war with Shiite Zaidi rebels in the unruly north, centered on Saada province. His government in Sanaa says the tribesmen are backed by Shiite-dominated Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival in the oil-rich Gulf, and its proxies in Iraq and Lebanon.

15. Saudi Father Weds Daughter, 10, to Octogenarian (MEMRI)
http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP262309
Articles have recently appeared in the Saudi press discussing the phenomenon of child marriage, which has been practiced in Muslim societies since the dawn of Islam. In Saudi Arabia, which implements the shari’a, child bride marriages are legal, since according to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad married his wife ‘Aisha when she was only six years old. In August 2009, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl had been hiding for 10 days in her aunt’s house after her father married her off to a man of 80. In response to this report, a Saudi columnist contended that child bride marriages were incompatible with Islamic values and that they violated the 1989 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory.

16. Pakistan: Security boosted across southern city of Karachi  (AKI)
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.3928768714
Security has been stepped up across the southern port city of Karachi after police received “credible” intelligence reports of possible terrorist attacks in the city on Friday. Security barriers have been set-up across the metropolis, where police and armed forces remained on high alert. According to police, an extensive campaign has been launched to identify suspects and suspicious activities in the city during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile over 250 suspects have been detained from various city areas during overnight raids. Police sources told Pakistani daily Dawn that most of the detainees are Afghan nationals who were living in Karachi illegally. They added that spot-checks have been intensified following “credible” security threats. Sniffer-dogs have also been placed at over a dozen sensitive locations, police said without specifying which these were. Police sources also said that “appropriate arrangements” have been made at all mosques, and places of worship, especially during Friday prayers.

17. Iran accused of playing games on nuclear deal (Daily Telegraph – London)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4659
Tehran responded to an International Atomic Energy Agency offer to send its uranium abroad for enrichment by submitting a counterproposal. Britain and other European Union nations were preparing to reject the new plan last night, raising the threat of a protracted confrontation and new sanctions. Iran presented its response to the deal drawn up by the United States, Russia and France on and Germany on Thursday. It came as European Union foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels and they were last night thrashing out a common response. France said it was still hopeful the original deal would be agreed but it is understood that neither Britain nor France and Germany will accept Iran’s new terms. They believe Iran is trying to use the deal merely as a starting point to draw other countries into another protracted round of talks. During that time they think the Iranians could continue to enrich uranium and conduct more research on the scientific know-how necessary to turn it into a nuclear weapon.

18. The IDF has become Israel’s diplomatic channel to the West (Ha’aretz)
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1124583.html
Regular visitors to Tel Aviv’s northern beaches were surprised this week to find Tel Baruch beach strictly off-limits, guarded by makeshift barbed-wire fences and joint patrols by Israel Defense Forces soldiers and burly American men – and a few women – in desert camouflage. The biennial Juniper Cobra exercise, aimed at improving coordination between American and Israeli missile defense systems, has become almost routine for the two armies since its inception in 2001, but this time there were a number of marked differences. Not only was this the largest joint Israeli-American military exercise in history, it was also the largest exercise of its kind by U.S. forces. “This is the first time we’ve deployed all these systems, the THAAD missile, the Aegis system and the X-band radar all together against threat scenarios,” Colonel Tony English, commander of the Germany-based 357th Air Defense Brigade told reporters this week near Tel Aviv.

19. Qaida-linked group claims rocket attack on Israel (AP)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4660
A Lebanon-based al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility Thursday for a rocket attack against Israel this week, saying it was in retaliation for the Jewish state’s crackdown on protesters at a Jerusalem shrine. The claim from a group calling itself the Battalions of Ziad Jarrah came two days after a rocket was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, causing no casualties. Lebanese troops subsequently found and dismantled four rockets in the village of Houla near the border with Israel. The claim of responsibility, made on a Web site often used by Islamic militants, could not be independently verified. The group is named after a Lebanese militant who as among the 19 suicide attackers that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. It has claimed responsibility for previous rocket-firings across the border into Israel.

20. Jerusalem Official: PA has De Facto Control Parts of Capital (Israel National News)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/134123
Israeli control over eastern Jerusalem is a “fiction” while the Palestinian Authority has a presence in many areas, a Jerusalem official charged. Municipal council member Yakir Shegev, who oversees issues concerning eastern Jerusalem, told Arutz Sheva that the PA issues building permits in parts of the Old City and “is slowly taking control of the eastern part of the capital.” Shegev also revealed that the Education Ministry pays the salaries of Arab teachers in eastern Jerusalem, where the PA administers students’ matriculation examinations. “It is absurd that the tests are checked in Ramallah while teachers receive money from us,” he added.

Commentary / Analysis

1. Richard B. Myers: Counterterrorism begs for a strategy (Washington Times)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4661

2. Matthew Levitt: Israel as an al-Qaeda Target: Sorting Rhetoric from Reality (Washington Institute)
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC06.php?CID=1370

3. Andrew C. McCarthy: After Justice’s sweetheart deal, judge gives al-Marri a slap on the wrist (NRO)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/4646

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Cartoon: Obama Golfing

October 30, 2009

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Cartoon: MWH Airlines Healthcare

October 29, 2009

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Breaking News: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 29, 2009

Imam Killed, 10 Others Arrested in Detroit Case

IPT News
October 28, 2009

http://www.investigativeproject.org/1490/imam-killed-10-others-arrested-in-detroit-case

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A Detroit imam was killed in a shootout with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon as the agents sought to arrest him and 10 other men on conspiracy and weapons charges.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, formerly Christopher Thomas, is accused of being the ringleader of a radical Muslim separatist movement that wanted a state in America governed by Shariah law.

According to an affidavit in the criminal complaint, Abdullah, 53, and many of his followers were converts to Islam. Abdullah was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981. Like other cases broken up this year, Abdullah converted to Islam after serving time in prison.

In the affidavit, FBI Special Agent Gary Leone described the defendants, saying: “Their primary mission is to establish a separate, sovereign Islamic state (“The Ummah”) within the borders of the United States, governed by Shariah law. The Ummah is to be ruled over by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly know as H. Rapp Brown.” Al-Amin is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2002 of killing a Georgia police officer.

According to an FBI news release, the suspects were considered armed and dangerous and law enforcement used “special safeguards” to try to make the arrests peacefully. “Luqman Ameen Abdullah did not surrender and fired his weapon,” the release said. “An exchange of gun fire followed and Abdullah was killed.”

According to the complaint, a former member of Abdullah’s group cooperated in the investigation. The informant reported that Abdullah advocated “the spread of Islam through violent jihad.”

The affidavit makes it clear that when agents moved in, Abdullah practiced what he preached.

Abdullah at a fundraiser for Jamil Al-Amin in 2008

“He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric,” Leone wrote, and “preaches that every Muslim should have a weapon, and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed. Members and former members of the Masjid Al-Haqq have stated they are willing to do anything Abdullah instructs and/or preaches, even including criminal conduct and acts of violence.”

Abdullah saw himself and his followers “as soldiers at war against the United States government and against non-Muslims.

A second informant recorded Abdullah asking for $5,000 to “do something” during the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit. If innocents were to be hurt, “it’s going to be legitimate,” Abdullah said. He complained that “Kafir” or non-believers, were watching him “ridiculously closely.” Still, he said he carried “some violence [in me] because of what they did to Imam Jamil [Al-Amin].

The Investigative Project on Terrorism will have more on this story Thursday. Read the full complaint here. See coverage in the Detroit Free Press here and the Detroit News here.

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Tom Sowell: Dismantling Of America

October 28, 2009

The Dismantling Of America, Piece By Piece

By THOMAS SOWELL IBD: 28 Oct. 2009

Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many “czars” appointed by the president, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50% or 90%?

Did you think that another “czar” would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers — that is, to create a situation where some newspapers’ survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?

Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called “experts” deciding who could and could not get lifesaving medical treatments?

Scary as that is from a medical standpoint, it is also chilling from the standpoint of freedom. If you have a mother who needs a heart operation or a child with some dire medical condition, how free would you feel to speak out against an administration that has the power to make life-and-death decisions about your loved ones?

Does any of this sound like America?

How about a federal agency giving schoolchildren material to enlist them on the side of the president? Merely being assigned to sing his praises in class is apparently not enough.

How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.

We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brownshirts of dictators than like anything American.

How far the president will go depends of course on how much resistance he meets. But the direction in which he is trying to go tells us more than all his rhetoric or media spin.

Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to “change the United States of America”; the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country.

Jeremiah Wright said it with words: “God damn America!”

Bill Ayers said it with bombs that he planted.

Community activist goons have said it with their contempt for the rights of other people.

Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama have been people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children.

Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn’t know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House?

Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government — people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America’s influence in the world.

Any miscalculation on his part would be in not thinking that others would discover what these stealth appointees were like. Had it not been for the Fox News Channel, these stealth appointees might have remained unexposed for what they are. Fox News is now high on the administration’s enemies list.

Nothing so epitomizes President Obama’s own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year — each bill more than a thousand pages long — too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed.

That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question — and the biggest question for this generation.

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Cartoon: Obama Attacking FoxNews

October 28, 2009