Michelle Malkin on the White House Drop-a-Dime Program:
This week, President Obama’s health care overlord launched a taxpayer-funded initiative to recruit an Internet Snitch Brigade that will combat “disinformation about health insurance reform.” As the White House explained in a special online bulletin:
“These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag[-at]whitehouse[-dot-]gov.”
What will health care czar Nancy DeParle do with this information? Where will it be stored? Who has oversight of the czar’s powers, budget, and personnel? Concerned citizens, alas, will have a hard time tracking down the “Office of Health Care Reform” created by executive order in April. There is no central website for the office, no direct channel for transparency, and no congressional accountability.
At least one member of Congress has started asking questions. Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he disband the Internet Snitch Brigade immediately: “By requesting citizens send ‘fishy’ emails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, email, addresses, IP addresses and private speech of U.S.citizens will be reported to the White House,” Sen. Cornyn wrote. “You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.”
By take the authoritarian action of asking others to rat out their friends and acquaintances and enemies merely for having a different opinion than he does, President Obama has put himself in a bind. Stemming from the debacle that was Watergate, it is illegal for any agency of the federal government to maintain personal data on persons who are merely exercising their God-given (not government-given) rights.
(e) Agency Requirements.— Each agency that maintains a system of records shall—…
(7) maintain no record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained or unless pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity;
However, since Drop-a-Dime was implemented days ago, the White House has likely been gathering countless bits of data on countless citizens and guess what? It is also illegal for the White House to dispose of correspondence data.
Well. Now that I think it through a bit more, the White House isn’t in such a bind after all. See, it should be obvious by now that this Administration can, has and will override law and protocol without having to brave the protest of the institutions designated to constrain it, Senator Cornyn notwithstanding.
Because our leaders have failed us or have been rendered nearly powerless, it has been up to the People to push back against the Great Burglary of the U.S. economy, its latest incarnation being Healthcare Reform or Health Insurance Reform or whatever it’s being called today. But like any other thief, these Thieves get angry when you don’t just allow them to mug you or snatch your purse. They will try to beat you down.
Kenneth [Gladney] was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting in
Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to
Krav Maga here I come. The Israelis always make good stuff.
A physical attack by Union thugs may seem vastly different from the collection and holding of data about peaceful dissenters by the highest government official in the land but the difference lies only in scope. The two concepts spring from the exact same ideological origin: the origin of entitlement. The Obama Administration is entitled to all the power that it can gather and wield, the will of the People be damned and the law of land be damned. Oh and God-bestowed rights? Well "god-d*mn them" too.
Is it clear to all what we’re dealing with here? No, I don’t think that it is. But one day, sooner than anyone can imagine, no one will be able to deny what’s been right in front of their eyes all along.
(Thanks to Bill Wilson)
UPDATE: "I don’t want the folks who created the mess [sic] to do a lot of talking" --President Barack Obama
With all due respect, Mr. President, when it comes to the redress of grievances by American citizens to their government, what you want is irrelevant. These questions remain, however: what will you do and how far will you go to get what you want--in this and all other matters of gaining and holding onto power?
(Thanks to Hot Air)