Don't ever forget: Obama and his administration repeatedly have played down the actual threat of terrorism by Islamic jihadists. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama promised to close down Gitmo in the first year of his presidency because, he said, it was an affront to American values and justice. He also promised to end the "warrantless wiretaps" of George W. Bush. In March 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano proclaimed there is no terrorism -- only "man-caused disasters." In the same month, the Obama administration also proclaimed that there are "no enemy combatants" and "no war on terror" -- only "overseas contingency operations." And in May 2010, Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, added, "Nor we do describe our enemy as 'jihadists.'"
Therefore, we are left to wonder: To the Obama administration, what exactly qualifies as radical extremism and terrorism, and who is on its "shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing"? Consider even now who might fall into this category of non-Islamic, non-jihadist, stateside, homegrown terrorists. Do I need to make a list?
That's another thing that really chaps my hide. While Obama ratchets up the power and pursuit of homegrown U.S. terrorists, why in God's name is he loosening his grip over Muslim extremists who are planning, recruiting and seeking to carry out harm against the very U.S. citizens he has sworn to protect?
Am I missing something?
Has the White House not completely strayed when the president of the United States minimizes the role of Islamic jihadists, reserves the right to assassinate U.S. citizens regarded as terrorists without due process or a trial, increases the powers of law enforcement agencies (such as Interpol) that are not bound to search and seizure laws, sues the state of Arizona for enforcing illegal immigration and border control, and does nothing to prohibit an Islamic victory mega-mosque on the edge of ground zero?
I guess the Obama administration forgot to read the Dec. 4, 1981, Executive Order 12333, signed by then-President Ronald Reagan: "No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination. ... No agency of the Intelligence Community shall participate in or request any person to undertake activities forbidden by this Order."
Tragically, the administration also is abandoning the fundamental principles of due process, habeas corpus and our Constitution, which states in the Sixth Amendment: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence."
God, help us. God, protect U.S. citizens. God, save our courts. God, save our land. God, restore our republic.
(Check out other reasons I oppose the Obama administration in my new patriot service announcement at http://www.BlackBeltPatriotism.com.)
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