Obama’s Minority Report
May 22, 2013 by John Myers
“When the chips are down, when the pressure is on, every creature on the face of the Earth is interested in one thing and one thing only. Its own survival.” — Dr. Iris Hineman as played by Lois Smith in the 2002 blockbuster movie “Minority Report”
Like every creature, President Barack Obama wants to survive his grand Presidency, the first for a minority. Yet in the wake of the hell storm that had landed upon him these past few weeks, he is more than ever a cornered animal. I expect the President to be ruthless and reckless in defeating any and all enemies.
Obama’s fangs are extended, and he and his supporters will fight tooth and nail to preserve his minority presidency, regardless of the cost to the Nation.
Case in point: Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a chilling letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) two months ago. In part it read:
It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.
Seriously, do you trust Holder with a missile? If you do, then ask The Associated Press just how far it trusts Holder and his boss, Obama? These two men have criminal ambitions that President Richard Nixon never imagined.
Holder’s reasoning for spying on the Fourth Estate explains the whole affair as if he were consigliere dismissing bad acts as a noble endeavor: “This was a very serious leak and a very, very serious leak.”
The key word is “serious.”
Of course, Holder and Obama thought it a serious leak. All leaks that implicate a President in wrongdoing are serious. Ask John Dean, White House counsel to Nixon during Watergate, if Deep Throat was a serious leak. That is what leaks are. This is why our Constitution provides the 1st Amendment, freedom of speech, to people like you, me and the press.
Listen up, Obama-maniacs; it is possible this soon-to-be ex-President will utter words of your arch nemesis, Nixon: “I’m not a crook!”
Obama Drones On
If you are one of the millions of loyal Obama supporters, the worst you might have to fear — besides tyranny — is listening to another one of the President’s boring speeches and his feigned ignorance on events like Benghazi, Libya.
If you are a political opponent, such as a member of the Tea Party or a writer for The AP, you can expect Obama to implement Gestapo tactics using his Internal Revenue Service or Justice Department on the basis of preserving America’s national security.
And if Obama thinks you are a clear and present danger, there just might be a missile in your future.
Last Wednesday, Bob Livingston penned a great column for Personal Liberty Digest™, Obama The Obtuse. It spoke to the willful blindness or purposeful ignorance of Obama on crucial matters that affect our liberty: guns in Mexico, the IRS, The AP and Benghazi.
After I read it, I thought: “Damn, I wish I had written that.” I didn’t, but I want to share these 23 words from it:
“He [Obama] didn’t know. He didn’t know. He didn’t know. He didn’t know. He’s the smartest man in the world, and he didn’t know.”
This is what we know about Obama and his weapon of choice: drones.
Holder said we need to worry about them only in case of “extraordinary circumstance.” Our definition of what is extraordinary and Holder’s definition may be quite different.
Dead Muslims… So Far
I wrote last week about the killing of two Muslim American-born citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 17-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, which was carried out by drones using Hellfire missiles. That would seem extraordinary given the absence of habeas corpus. However, the father did have ties to Islamic terrorist groups, while his son’s execution seems to have been an errant shot (like when you shoot the family dog instead of the coyote).
No big deal, right? Both of “those” Americans were Muslim. Both of “those” Americans were killed in the Mideast.
What if next time there is a “suspected enemy combatant” in Jackson, Miss., or Fargo, N.D.? What if next time they are not Muslims but Christians? What if they happen to have the misfortune of living next to someone who is Muslim — someone whom Obama, with his Allah-given wisdom, decides are his enemies. We can be sure that the President and his supporters will chalk it up to collateral damage. These things happen in war.
The last time I checked, America had not been invaded and occupied. No doubt, terrorists like the Boston bombers are still roaming about; but is that an excuse for Obama to operate his drone program with impunity against the very Americans who elected him?
Yet Obama’s drone air force has taken flight, killing bad guys and innocents over Islamic lands; and it is now constantly prowling over America. Drones have become Obama’s weapon of choice the way the Tommy gun was Al Capone’s.
Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, reported in September that Obama had by then authorized 283 strikes in Pakistan alone, four times more than the number during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office.
Most chilling about Obama’s use of drones against perceived enemies is what New York Times writer Jeremy Scahill, the author of Dirty Wars, “calls a form of ‘pre-crime’ justice where individuals are considered fair game if they met certain life patterns of suspected terrorists,” as reported by The Guardian.
“One of the enduring legacies of Obama’s presidency is how he has normalised assassination as a central component of what is called America’s national security policy,” Scahill told The Guardian.
It is eerily reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise. In that science fiction film, set in the not-too-distant future, the government believes it can predict future crimes and “capture or kill” the culprit before they have even committed a crime. It sounds frighteningly similar to what the Obama Administration is doing.
Imagine the audacity of the Obama White House to believe it can predict — based on actions and movements rather than actual crimes — an individual’s intention. These autocratic executions are ordered by the President who doesn’t know much, yet is all-knowing.
With the exception of the American al-Awlakis, Obama has used his omnipotence against real or just perceived foreign combatants. Could we see a time when the Obama Administration will target Americans? I would have thought it impossible two weeks ago. But two weeks ago, we had not learned about the President’s other predators — not his drones, but his IRS and his Justice Department. He appears to have wielded his influence over those agencies without regret, and it seems to be naïve that he won’t do the same with his air robots.
Fatal Fallout If Obama Is Impeached
I share some excitement in knowing that Obama is ruining his Administration and his legacy. But I remember a saying my mother had: “Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.”
If Obama is a President worthy of impeachment, if he is forced from office, there will be hell to pay for the Nation. His supporters by the millions will say he was politically lynched because of his color. Think back to the widespread rioting after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Take the number of those events and multiply that by a big number, and you will know what I am talking about.
It will be deadly serious for Obama to keep the Presidency. It will be deadly dangerous if he loses it.
Yours in good times and bad,