In 1971 Woody Allen directed and starred in the comedy Bananas. The plot entailed the takeover of San Marcos, a fictional Latin American country, by military revolutionaries. The beloved leader of the revolution, once in power, implements decrees of mounting irrationality. The escalation of his paranoia becomes impossible to miss with decree that citizens must change their underwear every hour and that it must be worn on the outside so he can check.
Substitute the beloved, military revolutionary for the beloved community organizer; swap tiny San Marcos for the last, remaining superpower, and we are just about there.
In his excessive attempts to suppress any will but his own, President Obama is widening his spying net. McClatchy reports:
“President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues… Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors — like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel — of co-workers.”
Marital activity and personal associations are also on the list of mandated scrutiny by Federal employees. All of this is supposed to predict and prevent future leaks of “sensitive government information.”
This regime stifles free speech and is attempting to strip Second Amendment rights from Americans. America, in the name of political correctness, is not permitted to pay attention to certain protected groups even though terrorist activity has almost exclusively been initiated by identifiable types.
Profiling is a no-no, but the regime can freely label American policy dissenters “domestic terrorists” without evidence. The government collects every scrap of information about our lives that may be gleaned from email, social sites, telephone calls, and credit card records, all obtained by secret warrant and applied nationwide, not individually.
The Washington Post has just discovered that the NSA is also tapping the transatlantic cable. Presidential paranoia goes international. The regime can deploy drones capable of spying through the walls of private homes.
Citizens can be thrown in prison indefinitely and denied the right to counsel at presidential whim. All that is required is that the president apply the label “terrorist” to anyone he doesn’t fancy. In 2012 Obama issued an Executive Order authorizing the takeover of every form of communication, public and private, including the internet, in case of “crisis or national emergency.”
There are no guidelines for how or when such a takeover should end.
These actions are supposed to protect America’s “safety.” But do they?
This regime can’t or won’t find terrorists even when tipped off about them by foreign governments (e.g. the Tsaernev brothers). It protects terrorists after they kill Americans on foreign soil and at home. Even with all the surveillance they can’t seem to locate millions of illegal invaders.
We are told that invasive government action has proven invaluable in America’s protection. Yet not a single example has been provided that this claim is true.
Such actions are not presidential. They are those of a tin-pot dictator. Someone is being “protected.” It just isn’t us.
Ten years ago Hillary Clinton shrieked that “we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.” That was then; this is now.
Make certain your underwear fits on the outside of your clothes. It won’t be long now.