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Government Threatens Use of Force in Texas

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, a politician seeking to persuade conservatives that he wants to ban abortion after losing to conservative leader Ted Cruz, tells Michelle Malkin’s Web site that in the aftermath of the state senate gallery disruption that helped stop the recent abortion ban, he thinks journalists may have acted to incite what he calls a “riot”.

By what standard do we measure whether gallery expressions of free speech, which I think are part of the proper purpose of a legislative gallery in a free republic, constitute a riot?

Dewhurst goes further, however, in pledging to review senate security videotape to identify such individuals and that, on those grounds, he pledges to “take action against them.” So, in other words, he’s saying he’s going to arrest journalists for inciting a “riot” in the state senate. Promising Malkin’s Web site that he will bring a ban on abortion to the senate again, he also threatens to clear “the gallery with our state police.” (I wrote about an American heroine in the Texas anti-abortion craze when I posted about Wendy Davis).

If this Texas moderate, who reminds me of another lowly, no-good Texas politician who moderated his political position to snuggle up to conservatives for political gain – George H.W. Bush – cracks down on the press (are members of the media prohibited from expressing themselves when they accept a government pass?) we may have to dub the Lone Star state the Red Star state.

Syria as a Flashpoint

Iran-Flag-635x357Here comes the Islamic proxy war that Professor John David Lewis warned about during my 2011 interview, though he identified the sides as Saudi Arabia and Egypt versus Iran and Syria – which is in civil war – before Syria itself became destabilized. But I think he was remarkably close in his forecast and he is right that, as he told me, “if Iran gets nuclear weapons—and then the Saudis do, too—that would be very bad for the rest of the world.”

Syria is fast becoming a battleground for warring factions of religious fanatics. The dictatorship has been allied with Islamic totalitarian Iran, which opposes Islamic totalitarian Saudi Arabia (both are barbaric regimes demonstrably hellbent on destroying the United States of America and the West), and the Syrian rebels are allied with Saudi Arabia. With Saudi-backed, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt recently terminating relations with Syria, and with the Saudis reportedly ready to arm Syria’s rebels with missiles while Iran is reportedly sending 4,000 troops to the other side to fortify the dictatorship, Israel is in serious danger, the West is threatened and the world is heading toward or on the brink of what could become another world war. I agree with those urging that the U.S. stay out of the conflict – Obama supposedly supports the Saudi side – but as Dr. Lewis warned, military proliferation in the Middle East is trouble for the West.

salargeBoth Iran (now ruled by a mystic devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini named Hassan Rohani) and Saudi Arabia are evil regimes that the U.S. has supported, aided and abetted or appeased for decades, despite overwhelming evidence that both Moslem dictatorships seek to annihilate the West, from Iran‘s long Islamic war against us to the fact that Saudi Arabia is linked to the worst attack in U.S. history. The world is getting darker and darker, with the evil forces of religion thrusting their swords against one another for now, which looms ominously large for the few still fighting for enlightenment and reason in the West. The summer of 2013 could be one of the bloodiest we have ever seen. We should all expect nothing from the Nothing leader and we must keep a close, vigilant watch.

An American in Hong Kong

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive government monitoring of U.S. communications under the Bush administration’s Patriot Act, warns his fellow Americans that the state is erecting what he calls an “architecture of oppression” which will lead to turnkey operations serving a government based on tyranny. Based on what I’ve seen in this video interview and based on what is known, and despite the parts of his statements and viewpoints with which I disagree or find troubling, I trust Edward Snowden more than I trust the United States government.

As I wrote a few weeks ago in a post titled “New Left America,” the state, mired in corruption amid several recently disclosed scandals, is a vast, left-wing conspiracy that’s taking the country toward dictatorship. I must add, however, that the left-wing distinction is rapidly becoming a point of particular origin, as conservatives are rushing to defend the Obama administration’s mass surveillance of U.S. communications. Charles Krauthammer approves of indiscriminate government monitoring. So does Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Lindsey Graham and others who also support other Bush-made, Obama-enforced government programs, such as the TSA, Homeland Security and selfless military missions of mercy in Iraq and Afghanistan, none of which should exist and all of which ought to be immediately abolished. The fascist state, and that is what America is becoming, is rising based on the false premise – supported by those on the left and right alike – that we must have government control of individual rights in order to protect lives and defend the republic – or, worse in the case of the leftists, to serve the collective and, worst of all, in the case of conservatives, to serve God, tradition and family.

Mixed, leftist or conservative, they’re all wrong. Liberty is not contingent upon security – a proper national defense neither requires nor necessitates surrendering liberty – and individual rights are inalienable, as America’s founders knew and wrote when they created the United States of America. Today, we face a crucial, urgent battle between liberty and slavery. Whatever flaws in his position and in his philosophy, Edward Snowden speaks softly and strongly and righteously about what he says he knows and he is an articulate, brave spokesman for truth in this context and we have every reason to take him at his word and no reason to take the U.S. government’s word. That makes Mr. Snowden, who by all appearances is young, honest, intelligent, independent, principled and outspoken, more American than the American state.

imagesAs he put it in his interview with The Guardian of Britain – a country which once ruled Americans until we broke away, declared our independence and waged an American revolution, fighting and winning a war, and creating a free republic: “I don’t see myself as a hero because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.” Mr. Snowden is wrong that selfishness is not compatible with heroism – selfishness is, as Ayn Rand wrote, the highest virtue – but he’s right to blow the whistle on America’s emerging totalitarianism and he deserves every true American’s 100 percent support. Knowing that truth is the recognition of reality, as Rand wrote in Atlas Shrugged, he’s earned mine.

New Left America

Years ago, Hillary Clinton, speaking as the president’s wife, went on NBC’s Today Show and complained of what she called a “vast right-wing conspiracy” without citing evidence. She said there was a conspiracy to discredit her husband over the scandal of his having an affair with an intern. It turned out that there was a conspiracy by the president and White House staff to cover-up his affair.

In the past several days, several newly disclosed facts provide evidence that our government, led by New Left intellectuals and activists such as Mrs. Clinton and chiefly Barack Obama, conspired against Americans’ individual rights and against defense of the United States during an attack on September 11 by Moslems at Benghazi. The scandals are still breaking, and the evidence mounts by the hours, but it’s been known by top government officials that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted specific groups of individuals based on their political views, violating their rights to free speech and association. That these organizations, which include Tea Party groups, Jewish groups supporting Israel and right-wing organizations with the word patriots in the name, were seeking compliance with the tax code is a crucial point. The left’s incessant criticism of the Tea Party is that it is anti-government, an assertion which is on its face not true. But the fact that Tea Party affiliates were targeted by the state while they were attempting to comply with the laws of the United States government is essential to understanding why this administration is more anti-government in the fundamental sense than the worst conservatives and libertarians.

New disclosures also show that the U.S. government issued orders to monitor two months of phone records on 20 lines used by 100 reporters and editors for the Associated Press, apparently in order to identify the source of an AP report about the CIA stopping an Islamic terrorist plot to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the U.S., a leak which CIA Director John Brennan, who may have converted to Islam, described as an “unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.” This is a particularly chilling disclosure. Given what we know about how the U.S. government concealed the truth about the Islamic attack at Benghazi, and concealed the truth about the Islamic attack at Boston, the notion that our possibly Islamic director of intelligence regards a press report as “dangerous” and that our government is spying on the press has ominous implications. In fact, the upshot is clear that our government conceals and lies about Islamic terrorism against America and instead targets the press and those describing themselves as patriots.

The word for that is conspiracy, not scandal. The Obama administration is a vast left-wing conspiracy against the United States and that is an assertion based strictly on what we know.

Nothing to Celebrate in Boston

tamerlanjihadThere is nothing to celebrate in Boston, despite that city’s spirited efforts at recovery since last week’s deadly jihadist terrorist attack.

What we now know, starting with the fact that the Boston bombings are, as I suspected, motivated by Islamic terrorism, a term which is arguably redundant, is that the government – on every level, local, state and federal – failed in its most fundamental responsibility to protect Boston’s citizens. At every point and in every sense, despite billions of wasted dollars expropriated from Americans to violate individual rights in the name of “homeland security”, such as the fascist TSA, police, intelligence and military did not succeed in doing their jobs. The best among them are impaired or disarmed and the Moslem terrorist attack, which killed three adults and one child, demonstrates that U.S. policy toward national defense is a disaster.

Consider that:

  • At least one bomber, who has been caught (though killed by his comrade before he could be interrogated), was previously identified by the FBI as a potential Islamic terrorist – and he was released and deemed safe for society. This despite a recent, extended trip to a global center for jihadist training and subsequent video postings for Islamic propaganda (pictured here and since removed from Google-owned YouTube).
  • Neither bomber was under surveillance despite clear signs of jihad.
  • Neither bomber was apparently monitored for increased risk of acquiring military weapons such as guns, bombs and grenades all of which they possessed.
  • The Boston Marathon was vulnerable to attack with no warnings, alerts or  lockdowns.
  • All the government programs and agencies which violate individual rights – and all the government agencies that do not violate individual rights – failed to detect, identify and prevent the attack, including the jihadists’ illegal activities, such as bombmaking.
  • Once it was clear that an attack was under way, the government failed to warn the public that Islamic terrorists were at large and, for precious hours, sought to dispel and appease the notion of Islamic terrorism, downplaying the threat of jihadist attack in spite of evidence to the contrary. All subsequent warnings to the public sought to minimize and trivialize any attempt to accurately assess and ascertain the real threat to the public by the terrorists and their collaborators and sponsors.
  • The attack continued unabated as the unidentified jihadists, still named and pictured as common criminals, murdered a college campus policeman execution-style.
  • The attack continued as the Moslem terrorists threatened the residents of metropolitan Boston with more bombs, military weapons and plots for mass murder, as police continued to refuse to assess and communicate the nature of the threat against the city, state and region.
  • One of the attackers was allowed to be killed by his own comrade as police failed to prevent his death before interrogation, crucially foreclosing the ability to interrogate and, if necessary, torture the mass murderer to ascertain the identities and whereabouts of sponsors and collaborators.
  • Another attacker was allowed to escape, despite being surrounded by police, further endangering the city of Boston. He was not successfully pursued and he took refuge on private property, unbeknownst to clueless police and the entire government of the United States. He was discovered by a lone individual only after the government restriction on travel and movement was lifted.
  • The apprehended jihadist was apparently allowed to attempt to kill himself – as he had killed his comrade before he could be interrogated – possibly injuring himself in the throat without being subdued or sedated.
  • Boston and much of New England was under government control for several days, with residents and businesses alike forced by the state into a defenseless state of siege. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented in a major American city that businesses and residents are ordered by the government to remain in hiding without declaration of martial law.

Despite numerous media reports, including CNN’s report that the dead Moslem terrorist is being investigated by the U.S. government for being the recipient of operation plans from an Islamic terrorist group, which CNN reports is linked to the dead jihadist, the government is engaged in a concerted campaign – as it was during the jihadist attack on the U.S. at Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were assassinated – to divert public attention from the nature of what motivates the attack and minimize, deny or evade any connection to Islamic terrorism.

But even U.S. government broadcasting, National Public Radio, observed a connection, with NPR reporting on the dead jihadist: “Three women who knew [the dead terrorist] have told NPR that they saw changes in the young man around 2008 and 2009, when they say he became a more devout Muslim. As NPR’s Zwerdling reports, the women say [the dead terrorist] sought to control his girlfriend, ordering her to cover herself and convert to Islam.”

Islam is what motivates those who seek to destroy the United States and the West but you’ll never know that from government propaganda and most media reports and, as good a job as police did in catching those who murdered Martin, Lu, Krystle and Sean and maiming and wounding over 250 others, celebrating marginal success or superficial, feel-good unity to the exclusion of facts including the fact of failure to protect by the local, state and federal government is a grave error that denigrates the magnitude of evil in this act of war – whether waged by lone wolves acting on an explicit or implicit command for jihad or a couple of faith-based soldiers in a jihadist terror cell – and, by showing ignorance and projecting weakness, the “celebrating” harms and endangers the community, commonwealth and country. The reason our eyes well up at post-attack sports events pledging unity and patriotism is because we know what happened is wrong, bad and evil, which causes decent people to feel sad and shed tears.

But grief and sadness are not an excuse for evading facts and the motive for the bombing. What happened last Monday was an act of war by Islamic terrorists, lone, in tandem or sponsored. What should have been an overwhelming military offense against states that sponsor terrorism after 9/11 has been pointed inward, against ourselves, forcing us to sacrifice individual liberty for a false sense of security. We must stop celebrating when we are attacked and instead resolve to annihilate the enemy wherever they plan and fester, not breed them by letting suicide bombers shut down the eastern seaboard for days on end.

We have inverted everything meaningful in America. High-fiving “first responders” – instead of scrutinizing front liners and demanding answers and results in the war against the jihad – after an undetected act of premeditated mass murder by our enemies is the opposite of being strong; it is merely another way of accepting our impending doom.