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The US House of Representatives failed to pass a resolution, Robert Robb of The Arizona Republic called “remarkably pacifist,” requiring US military involvement in Libya to cease. The House however passed what Robb called “an irresponsible alternative to the Kucinich resolution.” This “irresponsible alternative” requests “the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, respectively, to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of any official document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication in the possession of each officer that was created on or after February 15, 2011″ relating to US military involvement in Libya.
The resolution also says that President Obama is to hand over records since March 19 detailing 21 specific issues, including; “The President’s justification for not seeking authorization by Congress for the use of military force in Libya… The anticipated scope and duration of continued United States military involvement in support of NATO activities regarding Libya… and The costs of United States military, political, and humanitarian efforts concerning Libya as of June 3, 2011.” Nothing in the resolution “requires” compliance from President Obama, Hilary Clinton, Robert Gates and/or Eric Holder. Though they resolution does state, “Congress has the constitutional prerogative to withhold funding for any unauthorized use of the United States Armed Forces, including for unauthorized activities regarding Libya.” 1
President Obama could theoretically ignore this resolution, just as he ignored the War Powers Act, and call John Boehner’s bluff. I do not believe for one second that John Boehner would vote to de-fund ANY military action. Doing so would make him and the GOP appear “weak” and would be used in the 2012 elections by a more “pro-war” candidate.
Instead of focusing solely on the presence of troops in Libya – Congress doesn’t even talk about the covert operations in Yemen or Mexico; the Congress should instruct Secretary Gates to withdraw troops from all foreign nations, excepting the 6 Marines stationed at US embassies.
The countries with the largest troop deployment (aside from Iraq and Afghanistan) are Germany (54,4314), Japan (35,329), Korea, Italy (9,779) and the United Kingdom (9,318). In all there are nearly 300,000 US military personnel around the world. 2
Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com writes, “the War Party lives in mortal fear of Ron Paul’s message of a peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.” Though, I prefer to think of Dr. Paul as the messenger, not the author of the message. The Republicans will not vote to bring troops home, because they fear they will be seen as weak and/or called “pacifists;” and the Democrats won’t vote to bring troops home for the same reasons.
Even more disturbing is the lack of respect for the rule of law by the federal government. Presidents and Congress routinely violate the Constitution and federal law, they even encourage federal agencies, such as the DEA, CIA and TSA to do the same. Passing more resolutions and/or laws will not change anything in DC. After all, when the elected officials have no respect for the rule of law, why should anyone else?
The White House has added a new government position tasked with dealing with unfavorable online media. I’m sure this is a wonderful job, as 90% of it would be spent trolling websites critical of the president and posting positive spin. Actually that sounds like a horrible job because, as TSA’s Blogger Bob has grown to learn: people will ultimately hate you personally for shilling online for those bad policies. And oh yeah, enjoy that spit in your coffee/food if they ever serve you in a restaurant.
Well Jesse Lee (photo) has gloriously attained this new position which supposedly transfers the responsibility of online apologist from the DNC headquarters to an even more insular place in the Obama administration, just a few feet from the oval office. Which is totally not a blatant violation of FEC campaign laws or anything, no way they’d do that (eye roll). I’m looking forward to prospect of this lackey having to recap all the online criticisms and then explain the strategy to respond to them “Sir, we should aggressively downvote karmanaut on reddit before people think maybe you really are naked and have a small penis.”
Anyways, the first volley has been fired, on twitter… and it’s dripping with creepy vibes:
Way to side with SkyNet there, Obama.
UPDATE: The news is getting thick with stories that the situation will quickly get complicated for the White House as many are suspecting that the Troll Czar (an affectionate pet name we think will stick) will. Be vigilant. If you are reading this, you are the resistance.
That’s what the TSA is honestly trying to say with their ridiculous groped by dopes policies, erecting a dichotomy of the illusion of security with the reality of a tyrannical security state. We’re starting to lose the plot in America of who’s protecting whom from what anymore… and it’s damn sickening.
I’ll fucking roundhouse kick a bitch in the face that gropes a kid. This is America you morons, start acting like it.
UPDATE: Even Canadians know what’s what, eh? NSFW language/rage in this video, so put on your headphones or something.
LATER UPDATE: On a morning television interview with ABC, the Drexels say they were threatened by the TSA before the groping, and is actually questioned on why oh why they would post the video (maybe are they trying to cash in and become famous? Innuendo, innuendo, innuendo). Hey genius, it’s called evidence… ABC’s journalists should know better than to ask such a pointless question.
With news that there are LAWSUITS LAWSUITS LAWSUITS flying at the TSA now, and the volume of the issue being driven to a hysteria (seriously, I am pleasantly surprised that I get to refer folks to Drudge Report as a courtesy for his excellent coverage of the whole thing)… there’s only one thing I want to convey to Hammer of Truth readers, and anyone else who values their rights and dignity:
Report all TSA employee violations of your rights to local law enforcement. TSA employees are not above the law, they are not exempt from the law, they can be arrested for improper contact (molestation, sexual assault or otherwise). Just “following TSA orders” or procedures (AKA the Nuremberg defense)* is not an excuse that will stand up in any sane court. Send the clear message that any illegal conduct is rejected in the strongest terms, by phoning REAL police.
Penn Jillette tried this and won VIP status, because he knows his rights. Now it’s time for the rest of us to step up, fight back and watch each others backs against Big Sis’s police state, and the numerous attempts to demoralize and degrade our rights. see more…