Esquire magazine is an out-in-the-open Liberal rag, something I’ve discovered on my iPad via Flipboard.
How wonderful, then, to read the Ben Collins piece on Barack Obama’s NSA scandal and his recent speech about so-called changes (link). I thought of the Collins article upon hearing of Senator Rand Paul’s lawsuit against Barack Hussein Obama for his NSA spying, filed yesterday.
WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Obama and the leaders of several intelligence agencies. The suit challenges as unconstitutional the National Security Agency’s once-secret program that is collecting bulk records about Americans’ phone calls. <source>
Collins rips Obama apart, piece by piece, and I want to share it.
First, he dismisses Obama’s attempt to justify phone wire-taps of 300 million Americans via frequent mentions of 9/11 and the following absurd utterance by Obama:
One of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar, made a phone call
Here is Collins’ response:
The 9/11 hijackers made a lot of phone calls. They bought 19 plane tickets with American money and boarded four planes without interrogation. They took flight training in Florida. There were memos about an impending attack from Osama bin Laden one month before it happened.
This is not about one phone call. This is not about 9/11.
Boom, and it is quickly followed up by a juicy reminder that Barack Obama has lost our trust completely and utterly after his big lie about health insurance and how if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.
Let’s enjoy the punch line of the following paragraph:
The president says “some of the worst excesses that emerged after 9/11 were curbed by the time I took office.” But how could we ever know that to be true? And why would we trust him now?
Quite right: there is no reason to trust this man. Of course, many of us knew this way back in 2007, but let’s move on.
Collins offers a powerful conclusion first by setting up another of Obama’s Orwellian bits of nonsense and knocking it down, and then by invoking the prescient words of Dwight Eisenhower, from his speech that warned Americans against the threat to freedom posed by the “military industrial complex”.
President Obama started his speech by spinning a yarn about the great, patriotic tradition that is government surveillance. Paul Revere did it, he said, by “patroll[ing] the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots.”
There is no parallel. Technology has advanced so exponentially that the comparison is useless.
And then to Eisenhower, whose words do indeed haunt the present moment, as they should:
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
And then Collins’ final indictment of the current White House occupier:
President Obama should listen to that man — not a man who would be taken aback and baffled by the wizardry and witchcraft at the concept of a telephone. He won’t receive any standing ovations for it from decorated men in suits with a lot of bravado and no use for reflection. But he will have done the right thing on privacy — an idea he has preached in speeches, but has betrayed in practice.
I love the mocking tone (“…baffled by the witchcraft and wizardry of a telephone…”).
I love the reference to the Manchurian’s craven need for “standing ovations” (is not his every act an intended glorification of his Marxist America-hating self?).
And I love the final words, in which Collins outs Obama as a man who has betrayed us all.