I have long thought that the government classification process was a two-edged sword. One one side, the classification process protected operating policy, methods, timing and personnel from any disclosure which would aid and abet our enemies. And on the other side, the classification process was inappropriately used by government agencies to hide waste, fraud, corruption and other embarrassing acts. Therefore, one needed to have some degree of faith in the classifying authority.
Of course, as we have seen over the past 50 years, damaging leaks did occur. From spies, from government employees seeking some form of advantage over others, from government officials seeking quid pro quo attention from the media and others who did not wish our country well for political reasons. Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers comes directly to mind as a prime example.
But what happens when the elected officials in power support an ideology that is counter to mainstream America and rabidly opposed to the previous administration. When elected officials and their cadre of employees openly admire other governments and are willing to parley with our sworn enemies and support those institutions and non-governmental organizations which, covertly or overtly, do not wish us well.
I personally believe that the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, born out of association and respect for the the Communist Party .
“One of the great myths of the 20th – and now 21st – century is the belief that the American Civil Liberties Union was an organization that had a noble beginning, but somehow strayed off course.”
“That myth is untrue. The ACLU set a course to destroy America – her freedom and her values – right from the start. “
“From its very beginning, the ACLU had strong socialist and communist ties. As early as 1931, the U.S. Congress was alarmed by the ACLU's devotion to communism. A report by the Special House Committee to Investigate Communist Activities stated
The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.”
“Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman founded the ACLU in 1920 along with three other organizations dedicated to the most leftist of causes. The histories of these two individuals belie their claims of patriotism and respect for the Constitution.”
“Baldwin openly sought the utter destruction of American society. Fifteen years after the founding of the ACLU, Baldwin wrote:
I am for Socialism, disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the State itself ... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
“Earl Browder, the general secretary of the Communist Party of the United States, admitted that the ACLU served as a ‘transmission belt’ for the party. Baldwin agreed, claiming, ‘I don't regret being a part of the communist tactic which increased the effectiveness of a good cause.’
“Baldwin was a devoted follower of the anarchist Emma Goldman (or "Red Emma" as she was called), who was eventually deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 for her communist activities. Goldman was a consistent promoter of anarchism, radical education, ‘free love’ and birth control. According to an online exhibit of Goldman's papers, her career ‘served as inspiration for Roger Baldwin, a future founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.’"
“Eastman was a zealous feminist, an anti-war activist, and a great admirer of the Soviet revolution. Of her many leftist friends and associates, Eastman held the highest regard for Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. According to Eastman, ‘We [feminists] must all be followers of Margaret Sanger.’"
“Of course, Sanger was a passionate advocate of eugenics – the attempt to improve the human race through selective breeding. Abortion was a primary means to this "improvement," leading Sanger to write, ‘The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’"
“Baldwin also was a great admirer of the Planned Parenthood founder. He heaped praise on Sanger: ‘She was a frail, beautiful, unassuming woman ... She always had a quiet insistence on the rightness of what she was doing.’"
“This adoration of Sanger set the tone for the tragic history of the ACLU concerning the issue of abortion. To this day, the group fights for the most extreme of pro-abortion positions, including support for partial-birth abortion and opposition to parental consent for minors.” <source>
Where does Barack Obama’s loyalties lie?
So how can I believe the motives of President Barack Obama and those in his Administration who are willingly complicit in providing materials to our enemies which not only divulge operational methods, but serve to embarrass the United States on the world stage as well as serve as recruiting materials for our enemies?
How far will Obama and his Administration go to destroy the reputation of the Bush Administration and cede power to his far left friends who do not wish the United States well? Was the nation so thoroughly disenchanted with President Bush that Obama’s associations with those like anti-American Reverend Wright, anti-Semitic Minister Farrakhan and the domestic terrorist William Ayers, who bombed the Pentagon, were overlooked? Not to mention the political crooks and cheats that surrounded him during his days in Chicago.
Or did the far-left infiltrated media falsely demonize President Bush to the extent of criminal culpability? One of my biggest complaints about the Yalie who was President is that he thought that it was somehow un-presidential to engage his enemies directly; that it was petty and mean-spirited. How I wished he would have spoken up and told the far-left where to step off.
It really doesn’t matter now. What matters is how we view our future; domestically, in dealing with the current government-made financial crisis, and in foreign policy, where we seem to be handing our enemies tools to make us look weak, corrupt – and worst of all, vulnerable to enemy attack.
Therefore, I am greatly dismayed when I see Political Punch reporting …
“Obama Administration to Release Detainee Abuse Photos; Former CIA Official Says Former Colleagues 'Don't Believe They Have Cover Anymore'”
“In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.”
“The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees -- the same battle that led, last week, to President Obama's decision to release memos from the Bush Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel providing legal justifications for harsh interrogation methods that human rights groups call torture.”
Are we out of our “effing” minds …
Are we dealing with an incompetent Administration that knows not what they do? Are we dealing with members of a complacent or corrupt Administration that are satisfying the wishes of their fellow travelers?
We are sending a message: Yes, you can use the American’s own laws to embarrass, harass, weaken and defeat them with their own laws. What you can’t get from spying, you can get openly at little or no expense through court proceedings, presided over by liberal judges who have bought the whole “left=equality=justice” mantra.
We are also sending a message to our loyal troops – it is better to kill the bastards on the battlefield than interrogate them for life-saving information. To our intelligence agencies – don’t bother connecting the dots, it can get you in hot water, destroy your career – let what will happen, happen on the politician’s watch. Let the Administration take the heat for their Agency’s actions.
Something changed …
“Courts had ruled against the Bush administration's attempts to keep the photographs from public view. ACLU attorney Amrit Singh tells ABC News that ‘the fact that the Obama administration opted not to seek further review is a sign that it is committed to more transparency.’"
In my view, traitorous transparency!
“Singh added that the photographs ‘only underscore the need for a criminal investigation and prosecution if warranted’ of U.S. officials responsible for the harsh treatment of detainees.”
Again, I ask: are we out of our “effing” mind? Torture? You mean like using power tools, hot pokers, knives to maim and kill captives? You mean like beheading kidnapped innocents on video; to be used as a sign of terror and as a recruiting tool?
Escalating the damage …
“But some experts say the move could have a chilling effect on the CIA even beyond President Obama's decision last week to release the so-called ‘torture memos.’"
Patriots: 0 Zealots: 1
“Calling the ACLU push to release the photographs ‘prurient’ and ‘reprehensible,’ Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, tells ABC News that the Obama administration should have taken the case all the way to the Supreme Court.”
" ‘They should have fought it all the way; if they lost, they lost,’ said Lowenthal, who retired from the Agency in 2005. ‘There's nothing to be gained from it. There's no substantive reason why those photos have to be released.’"
Our enemies have won this round …
Our enemies have won this round as the Obama Administration apparently gives in to its far left base to insure further contributions and votes. I guess patriotism and love of one’s country is simply a concept that should be exploited by reading a TelePrompTer’ed speech.
" ‘We ask these people to do extremely dangerous things, things they've been ordered to do by legal authorities, with the understanding that they will get top cover if something goes wrong,’ Lowenthal says. ‘They don't believe they have that cover anymore." Releasing the photographs ‘will make it much worse,’" he said.”
Bush had it right!
“The Bush administration argued that releasing these photographs would violate US obligations towards detainees and would prompt outrage and perhaps attacks against the U.S. On June 9 and June 21, 2006 judges directed the Bush administration to release 21 photographs depicting the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, and last September, the Second Circuit Court affirmed that decision.”
“The Bush administration had argued that an exemption from FOIA was needed here because of the exemption for law enforcement records that could reasonably be expected to endanger ‘any individual.’ The release of the disputed photographs, the Bush administration argued, will endanger United States troops, other Coalition forces, and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The conflict between military and criminal law is now reaching a crescendo …
“But the court found that the exemption was not intended ‘as an all-purpose damper on global controversy.’"
“The Bush administration had also argued that releasing the photographs would violated the Geneva Conventions, which protect prisoners of war and detained civilians ‘against insults and public curiosity.’ The court ruled that the Geneva Conventions ‘do not prohibit dissemination of images of detainees being abused when the images are redacted so as to protect the identities of the detainees, at least in situations where, as here, the purpose of the dissemination is not itself to humiliate the detainees.’"
“Moreover, the court found that releasing ‘the photographs is likely to further the purposes of the Geneva Conventions by deterring future abuse of prisoners.’"
Curiosity? Or something quite different?
" ‘There is a significant public interest in the disclosure of these photographs,’ the court ruled. "The defendants concede that these photographs yield evidence of governmental wrongdoing, but nonetheless argue that they add little additional value to the written summaries of the depicted events, which have already been made public. This contention disregards FOIA’s central purpose of furthering governmental accountability, and the special importance the law accords to information revealing official misconduct."
Again, we must note that the democrats, being the party of lawyers, sees everything through the prism of the criminal justice system – and makes few allowances for acts in wartime. If they want to play this game, perhaps we should visit each nation and note the true torture methods used by their military, and even civilian police, put them side-by-side and really show the world what the United States considers to be real torture.
And while we are at it, let’s demand that the media show the people leaping to their deaths from the twin towers rather than be roasted alive in a man-made holocaust sponsored by the very enemies who were are detaining and interrogating.
“A November 6, 2008, petition for a re-hearing was denied last month.”
“The Obama administration could have opted to go all the way to the Supreme Court to try to keep these photographs from public view, but yesterday Acting U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin wrote to District Judge Alvin Hellerstein and said the Pentagon was preparing to release 21 photos at issue in the appeal, in addition to 23 others ‘previously identified as responsive.’"
“The materials will be released to the ACLU no later than May 28, after which the ACLU says it will make them public. This release will come just days before President Obama travels to the volatile Middle East.”
I wonder if the President realizes that he is the symbol of America and is a target of the evildoers – who have just been given “proof” of their twisted “just” cause?
Anything to demonize those who keep us safe?
“Lowenthal said his former colleagues at the CIA were ‘put off’ by President Obama's trip to the CIA earlier this week. ‘I don't think the president's speech went down very well, particularly the part when he said they made mistakes. They don't think they made mistakes. They think they acted to execute policy. And those in the intelligence service don't make policy.’"
“Those in intelligence are ‘going to become increasingly wary about doing dangerous things,’ Lowenthal said. ‘They feel at the end of the day they won't be covered. It's not irreparable right now, but it's problematic.’"
Our enemies have won this skirmish … aided an abetted by an Administration and media with a blind hatred of the Bush Administration – their raison d'être for assuming power and righting the grievances of “the people.”
But we must carefully ask ourselves, Just which people might that be? Hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding American citizens or those on the far left who do not wish us well?
Let your elected officials know how you feel!
Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS