Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
President Obama’s plummeting approval ratings have coincided with his increasing disdain for talking to the media, a trend embarrassingly highlighted yesterday during Obama’s signing of the Press Freedom Act, after which he refused to answer any questions from the press.
The new law Obama signed mandates the State Department to include a breakdown of press freedoms in their annual human rights report detailing the situation country by country.
But Obama’s reaction to being asked questions by the U.S. media served only to highlight the decline in American standards of press freedom.
Watch the clip.
by Nat Hentoff
On September 14 in Somalia, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a long-sought link between al-Qaida and its East African allies, was in a vehicle bombed by a helicopter flying from an American ship off the Somali coast. As Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick reported in a front-page Washington Post story — “Under Obama, more targeted killings than captures in counterterrorism efforts” (Feb. 13) — another U.S. helicopter “set down long enough for troops to scoop up enough of (Nabhan’s) remains for DNA verification.”
That news story offered a telling consequence: “the opportunity to interrogate one of the most wanted U.S. terrorism targets was gone forever.” And a senior military officer, careful not to give his name, lamented: “We wanted to take a prisoner. It was not a decision that we made.”
That decision came from Obama, our commander in chief, who, as I’ve previously reported, has authorized in his first year more such assassinations than Bush and Cheney in their last years. The result, as the Washington Post noted, “has been dozens of targeted killings and no reports of high-value detentions.”
Priorities, priorities. The Pentagon budget comes first. I guess the rationale is that if we don’t get those terrorists, then you won’t be safe while living on the street.
The Huffington Post
An Obama administration plan announced in April to help up to half of all struggling homeowners modify their second mortgages has yet to officially launch, the Treasury Department acknowledged Friday.
The program, a component of the administration’s $75 billion Making Home Affordable effort, was supposed to attack second-lien mortgages, which are additional, second mortgages taken out on a home on top of the initial first mortgage. It’s like taking out two loans to pay the same debt.
The Second Lien Program is supposed to automatically reduce the payments on a second mortgage when the first mortgage is modified under the administration’s loan modification effort, the Home Affordable Modification Program. The administration says that by lowering monthly mortgage payments, HAMP will eventually help up to four million homeowners stay in their homes
Some housing experts say the second-mortgage component of the plan is necessary to effectively tackle the foreclosure mess — 3 million foreclosure notices were sent out in 2009; another 3 million are estimated to go out this year — because so many distressed homeowners have second mortgages. When rolling out the program in April, the administration estimated that “up to 50 percent of at-risk mortgages currently have second liens.” Addressing only the first lien is insufficient, experts say, if no changes are made to seconds.
I think most people have continued their denial as long as humanly possible — myself included. With executive order 12425, signed on December 17, 2009, Barack Obama has declared that America is now officially a tyranny. It certainly wasn’t going to be announced as such on the evening news, but the granting of immunity to INTERPOL agents, thus superseding the U.S. Constitution, is the utmost violation of what Americans have cherished since the first days of the American Revolution and the country’s inception. Obama has now declared that paramilitary security forces representing any country on earth are free to roam American soil with absolute authority, no oversight, and no recourse for anyone who is violated. I can’t think of a more treasonous declaration than this one. All that the U.S. stood for, in terms of individual freedom, human rights, and privacy, has been obliterated. This type of executive order is dictatorial — decided by Obama and the stroke of his pen — affecting every American man, woman, and child in the United States.
Goodbye America; it was a nice experiment while it lasted. Only a Second American Revolution can close the gates of tyranny that the Commander in Chief has decided to open.
1 : the betrayal of a trust : treachery
2 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family
1 : oppressive power <every form of tyranny over the mind of man — Thomas Jefferson>; especially : oppressive power exerted by government <the tyranny of a police state>
2 a : a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially : one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state b : the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
3 : a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force <living under the tyranny of the clock — Dixon Wecter>
4 : a tyrannical act <workers who had suffered tyrannies>