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« Reply #100 on: April 28, 2012, 08:28:06 AM »
Microsoft does about face on CISPA

Published: 28 April, 2012, 19:36
source: http://rt.com/news/microsoft-cispa-cyber-security-232/


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CISPA has just lost a powerful backer, with Microsoft withdrawing its support for the controversial cyber security bill saying any law must allow them “to honor privacy promises” they make to their customers.

Microsoft’s change of heart regarding the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) follows the United States House of Representatives decision to pass the bill by an overwhelming margin of 248 to 168 on Thursday.

Responding to queries from CNET on Friday, Microsoft said any law must allow "us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers."
The tech giant further added it hopes to "ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy."

The company had previously lauded the bill as an important “first step towards addressing significant problems in cyber security" when it was first proposed last November.

Microsoft’s new position on CISPA mirrors that of US President Barrack Obama, who threatened to veto the bill. The White House seeks measures that would require companies to minimize the quantity of personally identifiable information before sharing it with the government and each other. The Obama administration also fears “HR3523 (CISPA) effectively treats domestic cyber security as an intelligence roll” by virtually deputizing the National Security Agency to handle such matters.

As SOPA and PIPA were halted in their tracks in January by a ground swell of public opposition, CISPA had already sailed through the House Intelligence Committee the previous month with a vote of 17-1.

CISPA is supposed to amend the National Security Act of 1947 to further facilitate the sharing of “cyber security intelligence” between the government and the private sector, as well as between private companies. In the bill, “Cyber threat intelligence” has been loosely defined as efforts to “degrade, disrupt or destroy” networks or systems owned by both the US government and US corporations. The bill further seeks to counter the theft or misuse of private or government information, including intellectual property. CISPA further does away with legal liability for the private companies who collect and share information. Critics fear the bill will create what the Electronic Frontier Foundation described as a “backdoor wiretap into our daily communications.”

By both militarizing the administration of cyber security, creating a broadly based notion of what information can be shared, and allowing the government to use that information in any capacity once it has been obtained, US Representative Ron Paul describing CISPA as "Big Brother writ large."

A mere two steps away from becoming law, Software freedom activist Richard Stallman told RT CISPA  undermines the Constitution by nearly abolishing “people’s right not to be unreasonably searched.”

“If you store any data in a US company, that company – with few exceptions – is legally required to hand that data over to US government without even a search warrant, so I think both individuals and governments should take precautions to make sure that their citizens’ data is not being handed over to US companies or their foreign subsidiaries, which are also subject to that same hypocritically named Patriot Act," he warned.
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« Reply #101 on: April 28, 2012, 07:48:00 PM »

CISPA has just lost a powerful backer, with Microsoft withdrawing its support for the controversial cyber security bill saying any law must allow them “to honor privacy promises” they make to their customers.

1st sign of hope. Lots of folk on the net are foaming at the mouth. Leaderless Resistance at work. ;)
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« Reply #102 on: May 02, 2012, 10:09:50 AM »
Firefox creators Mozilla attack Congress; denounce CISPA

Published: 02 May, 2012, 20:02
source: http://rt.com/usa/news/mozilla-cispa-bill-statement-428/


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Silicon Valley’s Mozilla Corporation has tasked themselves with extinguishing a fire, and no, it’s not what you have in mind.

Mozilla, the Mountain View, California-based developers responsible for creating the hugely successful Firefox Web browser, has issued a statement publically condemning the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. In a memo sent to Forbes’ data security department on late Tuesday, Mozilla’s privacy and public policy official explains that its newly-publicized stance is not one that encourages online cyber attacks, but merely establishes that the company is in favor of protecting the rights of its users.

“While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security,” reads the statement. “The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse. We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation.”

Mozilla’s issues with CISPA mirror opposition that was voiced last week on Capitol Hill during debates over the legislation. Rep Jan Schakowsky (D Illinois) said the cybersecurity bill “still fails to adequately safeguard the privacy of Americans” and that the government needs to be able to “combat the serious threat of cyber attacks and still insure that we are protecting our computer systems and the civil liberties of Americans.”

Jared Polis, a Democratic rep for Colorado, issued similar concerns, stating, “CISPA represents a massive government overreach in the name of security” and that “Any America that values his or her privacy should be concerned.”

At this point, however, the US Senate is now the only Washington entity that stands between CISPA and the desk of President Barack Obama. In a hurried vote last Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the bill in its current form much to the chagrin of lawmakers like Schakowsky and Polis, essentially leaving approval from the other side of Congress the only thing that the bill needs to be brought to the White House.

Advisers for President Obama have issued a statement on their own part insisting that the administration will recommend that the commander-in-chief vetoes the bill if it is brought to the Oval Office, although critics have already come out to call the move another example of election year pandering. The White House issued a similar statement last year regarding the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or the NDAA. Originally the Obama administration said that the president had issues over the bill’s provisions regarding the indefinite detention of American citizens, although Obama eventually inked his name to the paper on New Year’s Eve.

This time around, condemnation is indeed present in regards to CISPA’s future, but Mozilla’s just-released memorandum could be a catalyst in bringing more critics out of the woodwork. Although opponents of CISPA have certainly come out against the bill for weeks now, Mozilla’s statement is among one of the first released by a major Internet entity. Other Silicon Valley giants such as IBM, Facebook and Microsoft still stand in favor of the bill. In recent days, it was reported that Microsoft switched stances and would formally oppose CISPA. This week, however, Digital Journal reports that a spokesperson for the company now confirms that the official Microsoft stance on CISPA is “unchanged,” returning Bill Gates’ billion-dollar corporation to the supportive side of CISPA.

That isn’t to say, of course, that widespread opposition of CISPA is far from rampant. In the recent days since CISPA’s passing, critics have continued to speak up against the act. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, presidential hopeful Ron Paul and the American Civil Liberties Union have all taken an anti-CISPA stance, as well as the popular web forum Reddit.
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« Reply #103 on: May 12, 2012, 03:37:24 PM »
Secret US-corporate negotiations creating SOPA on steroids?

Published: 12 May, 2012, 20:43
source: http://rt.com/news/sopa-supporters-pressure-obama-110/


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Pro-SOPA industry giants urged the White House in secretive international trade talks to adopt stronger intellectual property protections. Critics say the negotiations could usher in “draconian” provisions capable of strangling Internet freedom.

Scores of SOPA supporters wrote President Obama this past Tuesday urging that “the United States redouble its efforts to ensure that the final TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement is comprehensive and commercially meaningful and incorporates high standards for the protection and enforcement of IP rights across all industries.”

The letter was signed by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) – all of whom have been accused of clamping down on Internet freedom.

The United States is meeting with representatives of eight other countries in Dallas, Texas, this week for the 12th round of talks on the TPP agreement. Parties to the negotiations seek the further economic liberalization of economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Critics have called TPPS a NAFTA for the Asia-Pacific region. But really, its reach extends far beyond trade and investment.

The non-profit digital rights advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns that the secret TPP meetings could “create over-reaching new rules and standards that will choke off the online speech of individuals, websites, and platforms accused of copyright infringement.”

The letter to Obama attempted to counter these criticisms by saying the IP desired IP protections aren’t “a threat to the development and expansion of the Internet or rights of freedom of speech.” Rather, they are “a much-needed response” to sophisticated worldwide threats to IP protection.

However, the popular tech blog techdirt notes that “these groups don't even hide the fact that they know what IP protections are being proposed by the US government in the TPP negotiations… because they're heavily involved in the process.”

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) also sought to squash online trafficking in intellectual property and pirated goods. But as a bill that was introduced in the US House, its content was open to public oversight and debate.

In contrast, the general public has been forbidden from viewing TPP provisions. However, a leaked version of a February 2011 TPP draft showed that the US is pushing for copyright measures which the EFF says are far more restrictive than even the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The draft proposed “treating temporary reproductions of copyrighted works without copyright holders’ authorization as copyright infringement.” It would also criminalize fair use by introducing “criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without a commercial motivation.”

Legal incentives would also force Internet service providers to work with copyright holders in halting the unauthorized storage and transmission of copyrighted materials.

All signatories will be forced to modify their domestic laws to match the agreement’s provisions, completely circumventing the legislative process by cutting the countries' lawmakers out of the equation.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) further canceled a full-day stakeholder presentation at the Dallas negotiations, increasing criticisms that the process is not transparent.

The USTR asked stakeholders to register their interest by “sponsoring a table” in the off chance that negotiators happened to stroll by, the EFF notes.

The current rounds of negotiations are scheduled to run until May 18th. The United States hopes to finalize the agreement by July.
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« Reply #104 on: June 09, 2012, 08:19:38 AM »
SOPA, Canada style?

Published: 09 June, 2012, 04:52
Edited: 09 June, 2012, 08:15

source: http://www.rt.com/news/canada-intellectual-property-policies-438/


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A number of SOPA-style anti-piracy amendments to Canadian laws have been introduced by the Canadian Intellectual Property lobby in its report to policymakers. If implemented, the proposals could reshape Canada’s IP policy altogether.


­Inspired by US anti-piracy efforts, the Canadian Intellectual Property Council has issued a report that outlines anti-piracy legislative priorities for the coming years. The 32-page document calls for the introduction of SOPA-style policies and the implementation of ACTA in Canada.

In the view of CIPC, blocking orders, domain seizure, and contributory liability are very “useful tools to encourage the cooperation of intermediaries who do not wish to be involved in the illicit activity.”

The proposed changes target thousands of intermediaries between content providers and consumers. CIPC calls for an introduction of amendments to ensure “the ability to obtain injunctions against third-party intermediaries.”

Another part of the report suggests significant changes to Canadian law in order to “keep up with international best practices” outlined in the notorious ACTA agreement.

The CIPC wants to increase powers for border officials to “to detain, seize and destroy counterfeit products” without requiring the rights holder to obtain a court order, effectively legalizing border searches without court oversight.

­The Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) is a coalition of business groups working together under the banner of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. CIPC says its goal is to improve Canada’s economic competitiveness by “ensuring the adoption of world-class intellectual property protection.” The Canadian Chamber of Commerce positions itself as a vital connection between business and the federal government, working to shape public policy and decision-making “to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada.”


It also calls for the introduction of criminal liability for importing counterfeit goods, which, due to the broadness of the proposals, could potentially hit any individual traveller who does it unintentionally.

The report recommends the creation of several new agencies and enforcement teams in order to “effectively face the challenges presented by counterfeiting in the digital age.” The “interagency intellectual property council” and "specialized IP crime task force" should be “sufficiently” funded, which according to Canadian copyright scholar Michael Geist would require hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

The report, entitled Counterfeiting in the Canadian Market: How Do We Stop It?, is the most extreme IP policy document ever released in Canada, Geist wrote in his analysis of the proposals. It was lobbied by major software groups, pharmaceutical companies, content providers, the Canadian Recording Industry Association and the Motion Picture Association. Over the past several years, the group lobbied two similar reports: “A Roadmap for Change” by the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network in 2007 and “A Time for Change” by CIPC in 2009.

Meanwhile, the controversial ACTA treaty, which is on the brink of being rejected by European Parliament, is facing another day of global protests. On June 9, more than 120 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement actions are planned to take place around the world, including protests in Canada, the US, Japan, and many cities in Europe.
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« Reply #105 on: July 04, 2012, 06:40:37 AM »
ACTA killed: MEPs destroy treaty in final vote

Published: 04 July, 2012, 15:00
source: http://www.rt.com/news/acta-eu-parliament-vote-400/


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"Hello democracy goodbye ACTA" as they take part in a vote on
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the European
Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 04, 2012.
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The European Parliament has rejected ACTA, a controversial trade agreement, which was widely criticized over its likely assault on internet freedoms.

Supporters of the treaty suggested postponing the crucial voting at the Parliament plenary on Wednesday, but members of the parliament decided not to delay the decision any further.

MEPs voted overwhelmingly against ACTA, with 478 votes against and only 39 in favor of it. There were 146 abstentions.

Many members of parliament held anti-ACTA banners or wore anti-ACTA T-shirts during the session.

Earlier all five parliament committees reviewing ACTA voted in favor of rejecting the international treaty.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is aimed at protecting copyright over a wide range of industries. The main focus of criticism was targeting the impact it would cause to internet freedom.

ACTA would require signatory states to impose draconian restrictions on online privacy in the drive to eradicate content piracy and the sale of counterfeit branded goods through the internet.

ACTA was developed with the participation of a number of countries, including the US, Japan, European counties, Australia, South Korea and others since 2007. When the ramifications of the agreement came to wider public knowledge this year, a wave of protests hit several countries. The EU suspended the ratification of ACTA in February to reconsider it.
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« Reply #106 on: July 04, 2012, 07:24:36 PM »
The European Parliament has rejected ACTA, a controversial trade agreement, which was widely criticized over its likely assault on internet freedoms.

A little good news but I guess Euroviets are saving their ammo for more bankster bailouts & austerity.

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« Reply #107 on: July 05, 2012, 07:21:15 AM »
A little good news but I guess Euroviets are saving their ammo for more bankster bailouts & austerity.

I'm sure they'll find another path to the same goal.
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« Reply #108 on: January 25, 2013, 09:41:25 AM »
Homeland Security's Napolitano invokes 9/11 to push for CISPA 2.0

Published: 25 January, 2013, 21:33
source: http://rt.com/usa/news/napolitano-us-cyber-attack-761/


U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)

In an attempt to scare the public with a looming cyber attack on US infrastructure, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is once again pushing Congress to pass legislation allowing the government to have greater control over the Internet.

Napolitano issued the warnings Thursday, claiming that inaction could result in a “cyber 9/11” attack that could knock out water, electricity and gas, causing destruction similar to that left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

Napolitano said that in order to prevent such an attack, Congress must pass legislation that gives the US government greater access to the Internet and cybersecurity information from the private sector. Such a bill, known as CISPA or  Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was already introduced last year, but failed to pass in Congress due to concerns expressed by businesses and privacy advocates.

“We shouldn’t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of the damage,” Napolitano said in a speech at the Wilson Center, a Washington, DC think tank.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has also been a strong advocate for increased governmental grip on the web and in October warned that the US is facing a possible “cyber-Pearl Harbor” by foreign hackers.

“A cyber attack perpetuated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11,” he said during a speech. “Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.”

Last September, Napolitano reiterated disappointment with Congress for failing to pass the cybersecurity legislation in August.

“Attacks are coming all the time,” she said in a speech at the Social Good Summit. “They are coming from different sources, they take different forms. But they are increasing in seriousness and sophistication.”

Despite Homeland Security’s constant warnings that hackers could shut down critical US infrastructure, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was shot down by the Senate in August, even though the Obama administration had pushed for the bill in numerous hearings and briefings.

Privacy advocates had expressed concern that the US government would be able to read Americans’ personal e-mails, online chat conversations, and other personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to. The head of the National Security Agency promised it wouldn’t abuse its power, but critics have remained skeptical.

A coalition of Democrats this year pledged to make this legislation a priority.

“Given all that relies on a safe and secure Internet, it is vital that we do what’s necessary to protect ourselves from hackers, cyber thieves, and terrorists,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

The White House is also working on an executive order that would encourage companies to meet government cybersecurity standards.
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« Reply #109 on: February 09, 2013, 06:49:24 PM »
CISPA’s back: Hacking, online espionage resurrect cybersecurity bill

Published: 09 February, 2013, 21:29
source: http://rt.com/usa/news/cispa-congress-reintroduce-act-825/


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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws.

The House Intelligence Committee’s Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will attempt to breathe new life into CISPA on Wednesday.

The bill will be identical to the version of CISPA that passed the House last spring, but was defeated on the Senate floor in August mainly because the upper house was hammering out its own cyber security bill.

CISPA would allow for the voluntary sharing of Internet traffic between private companies and the government. The bill is purportedly intended to help the US government, especially the intelligence community, to investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyber attack, especially those emanating from countries like China and Iran.

The bill would also allow the federal government to provide classified cyber threat information to private firms, and protect them from legal action in the course of sharing private information.

Opponents of the bill say it would allow companies to hand over a user’s private browsing information to the government, allowing authorities to spy on American citizens rather than simply track down cyber threats.

Fight for the Future, a non-profit group “working to extend the Internet’s power for good,” has already kicked off an online petition asking voters to call their representatives on the House Intelligence Committee and express their opposition to the bill.

Rogers claimed a recent series of cyber attacks against US banks and newspapers galvanized Congress to once again pass the information sharing bill.

“American businesses are under siege," the Beltway tech blog The Hill cites Rogers as saying.

"We need to provide American companies the information they need to better protect their networks from these dangerous cyber threats.  It is time to stop admiring this problem and deal with it immediately,” he continued.

Several leading US papers, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington post have all recently fallen victim to cyber spying. Following attacks on the Federal Reserve’s website as well as on several US banks, The head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned in January that a "cyber 9/11", which could cripple critical infrastructure like water, electricity and gas, may happen "imminently".

"We shouldn't wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of damage," she warned before urging Congress to pass cyber security legislation.

During his first major policy speech on cyber security in October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took a similar rhetorical route, warning the United States faced the prospect of “a cyber-Pearl Harbor.

“An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger trains, or trains loaded with lethal chemicals," Panetta said. "They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."

Panetta claimed that CISPA fell "victim to legislative and political gridlock, " urged that the bill should be passed “to safeguard our national security.”

The White House threatened to veto CISPA last year, saying the bill would not protect the nation’s critical infrastructure or guarantee the privacy of consumer information that could be shared by companies.

Despite reticence about CISPA, President Obama is expected to issue an executive order aimed at strengthening US cyber security next week.

The order, which is expected to be released after Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, will purportedly set up a voluntary program of cyber security standards for firms operating critical US infrastructure, two former officials briefed on the plan told Bloomberg.

In October, Obama signed a separate directive authorizing the National Security Agency and other military units to take more aggressive action to defeat attacks on the country’s web of government and private computer networks.

RW - It's unfortunate for Napolitano and Panetta that most people who use the net are all aware that Pearl Harbor was a false flag operation. net denizons have learned to research and read, unlike these two monkeys. They would do better to quit trying to instill fear by drawing on faux history. The worst that could happen to the net is not the hacking of agencies, but the pulling of the power plug by those agencies. But of course that is a two edged sword... they would blind themselves. What they are basically looking for is a way to add truth seekers to the chief monkey's kill list.

“An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger trains, or trains loaded with lethal chemicals," Panetta said. "They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."

This fellow is humorously hysterical or hysterically funny. It's kind of hard to tell one way or the other.
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« Reply #110 on: February 11, 2013, 04:18:40 PM »
Obama to 'bypass Congress' on CISPA with cybersecurity executive order

Published: 11 February, 2013, 23:57
source: http://rt.com/usa/news/congress-executive-actions-president-958/


U.S. President Barack Obama. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

Unable to reach a deal with Congress, President Obama plans to use his power to exert executive actions against the will of lawmakers. The president will issue orders addressing controversial topics including cybersecurity.

Although President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any president in over 100 years, he is making extensive plans to change that, Washington Post reports quoting people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. Due to conflicts with a Congress that too often disagrees on proposed legislation, Obama plans to act alone and is likely "to rely heavily" on his executive powers in future, according to the newspaper.

Obama’s first executive order is expected to be issued this week when the president calls for the creation of new standards on what private-sector companies must do to protect their computer systems from a cybersecurity breach.

The order is a direct response to Congress’ refusal to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) last year, which the administration deemed crucial to prevent crippling attacks on the nation’s infrastructure. But members of Congress who opposed the legislation cited serious privacy concerns with giving the government greater access to Americans’ personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to.

Despite opposition from lawmakers, the president will use his executive powers to issue an order addressing cybersecurity initiatives.

“It is a very dangerous road he’s going down contrary to the spirit of the Constitution,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Washington Post. “Just because Congress doesn’t act doesn’t mean the president has a right to act.”

But the president has increasingly been issuing executive orders, including 23 actions addressing gun violence after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 23 orders angered lawmakers who are opposed to tighter gun legislation. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused the president of demonstrating a “king complex” by exerting so many orders.

Major executive actions implemented by the president also include orders delaying deportations of young illegal immigrants and orders to lower student loan payments.

The president plans to have a greater impact during his second term by increasing his number of executive actions. He is currently considering extending anti-discrimination protections for homosexuals employed by the government and working with the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions. He is also planning to allow nearly 11 million struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages at low interest rates.

The White House has made it clear that if Congress continues to disagree on issues that Obama considers important, the president will go ahead and use his power to pass new laws on his own.

And even though the president has passed executive orders at a lower rate than most of his predecessors – including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, doing so has not come without criticism.

"Obama's increasing reliance on executive orders to push policy and skirt congressional deliberation is worrisome," tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

The president is expected to reference some of his imminent executive actions in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

RW - What is more worrisome to me is the belief by all concerned that this Bolshevik has such power. Americans seem to be hell bent in maintaining their ignorance while looking to embrace a central dictatorship.
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« Reply #111 on: February 11, 2013, 04:47:00 PM »
Chris Hedges on the NDAA  3-8-13 –

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« Reply #112 on: February 11, 2013, 05:20:23 PM »
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Closing remarks are spot on.
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« Reply #113 on: February 11, 2013, 07:02:40 PM »
Obama shows great potential — as a Marxist dictator!

Earlier, I had used the term "Communist dictator" in this spot, but upon further consideration, it is probably more accurate to substitute the word "Marxist."  The distinction is somewhat obscure.  Either way, my point is that President Obama has many disturbing personality traits, disreputable friends and associates (past and present), and millions of poorly educated minions on his side.  His political views are way out on the very edges of left-wing extremism.  The ingredients are in place for a dangerous transformation of our country into something we will all quickly regret.  Whatever he does in this regard must be done before the 2010 elections, when there will surely be a voter backlash and a return to more balanced power in Washington.

I do not use the term Communist lightly.  As a young man, Barack Obama spent a lot of time learning from a man named Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist.  As an adult, he has surrounded himself with others who share many of the same goals and ideals as Mr. Davis.  As the candy coating wears off in the next few years, my hope is that more people will begin to see how dangerous this man really is.  Barack Hussein Obama, in my opinion, is the most dangerous and one of the most thoroughly dishonest presidents this country has ever had.

Please note that the governors and the legislatures in several states are reacting negatively to President Obama's hunger for centralized power, and many are in the process of passing bills declaring their states' sovereignty under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution.  More information about such opposition can be found here.

The most disturbing theme, especially since Obama's re-election, is the encouragement Obama gets from his rabid supporters:  The more he uses draconian Executive Orders to bypass the legislature and the Constitution, the happier they are.  The activists on the political left, including a number of elected officials, are pushing the President to single-highhandedly enact totalitarian gun control, severe environmentalist restrictions on energy production, blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants, reparations for slavery, an unlimited debt ceiling, and so on.  Some even want Obama to be permitted to serve three (or more) terms.  The Constitution means nothing to left-wing activists, because the public schools hardly mention it any more, but Senators and Congressmen should know better than to suggest bypassing the Constitution.

Waters: We Have 'Database That Has 'Everything On Everyone'.  "The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life," Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday.  "That's going to be very, very powerful," Waters said.  "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. [..."]

DHS Insider: Obama's cyber warriors & preparing for collapse.  [Scroll down]  ["]Now I only had the binder for a minute, and could not take it from the room I was in, so this is strictly from memory.  It was tabbed, and one section with the word "targets" had a list of religious web sites, web sites I recognized as Christian.  Another section was a listing of conservative Internet sites.  There was another tab with the label "problem sites" that seemed quite extensive.  I looked at that section, and it was broken down further into "birther" sites, "pro-gun" sites, "anti-abortion" sites, just to name a few.["]

The Tyranny Before Us.  Adolph Hitler was not always a tyrant.  As he rose to political power his vision for a better Germany lifted his nation from the depths of a severe depression and the humiliation of defeat.  But more importantly, he gave his countrymen hope for better future while he returned to them their pride in their homeland, the pride they so passionately desired.  Tyrants are not uniformly evil.  They are capable of great good and small kindnesses.  They smile, they laugh and they love their children.  But eventually they embrace the evil which defines their tyranny, and then those who gave them their power begin to pay a terrible price.  First a tyrant tells you he cares for you, then he presumes to think for you, then he simply tells you what to do.  This is the essence of tyranny.

Democratic Senator: 'Much of Progressive Agenda is Going to Be Driven' by Obama Using Executive Power.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says that he believes President Obama in his second term will drive the progressive agenda forward with a more aggressive use of executive power.  "We're going to see a president of the United States use his executive powers as much as he's allowed to under federal law and under the Constitution, in a more aggressive way than last time," Brown said in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Obama's Escalating War on the Separation of Powers.  The judges rebuked Obama both because the Senate was actually in session when he made the appointments, and because two of the three positions in question became open months (in one case, more than a year) before the president implied an urgent need to fill them during a "recess."  The NLRB, however, is now ignoring the court's decision — thereby suggesting its members don't think they need to heed the legally binding judgments of the federal courts any more than the president who appointed them thinks he needs to seek the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.

Do Not Comply.  From the Revolution on down we have fought wars against the same people:  tyrants.  We have sent our young men into butcher mills in Europe to protect the British, to free the French, to conquer Hitler.  For what?  To merely roll over when our own despot arises on a popular platform with propagandists singing hymns to collectivism?

Obama's Act of Constitutional Disobedience.  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down the crazy idea that the president has the power to make recess appointments while the Senate is not in recess. [...] The decision means the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which lacks a quorum to function without the improperly appointed members, should shut down until legitimate board members are confirmed by the Senate.  But it won't.

White House working around Capitol Hill as it pushes far-reaching gun measures.  The White House has decided to circumvent Capitol Hill as it concentrates its gun-control efforts on speeches and other public appearances by President Obama and Vice President Biden outside of Washington, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.

Obama's Tyranny Takes Well-Deserved, Long-Overdue, Hit from Courts!  Spread the word near and far: Barack Obama is NOT a king nor is he above the law.  He must be challenged at every turn because it is painfully obvious that this man has far more concern for his own power and ego than he does for the Constitution and the American people!

Oh, How They Despise the Constitution: And they're not even trying to hide it any more.  White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer expressed the current mood in the West Wing this way to the Washington Post on Inauguration Day:  "There's a moment of opportunity now that's important. ... What's frustrating is that we don't have a political system or an opposition party worthy of the opportunity."  So neither the checks and balances of U.S. democracy nor the Republican Party that controls one branch of Congress is worthy of President Obama's grand aspirations.

Obama Flirting With Impeachment.  Obama and his cadre of legal eagles must know that anything he does administratively that even appears as if it is infringing upon the 2nd Amendment will draw fire and a possible move toward his impeachment.

Did someone mention impeachment?

No Need For Guns In America.  Tyranny is coming in America, despite the fact that more than half of her citizens are too deluded, arrogant, or stupid to see it.  If Obama's policy processes continue unchecked, America will experience cataclysmic civil unrest; again, unfathomable to most Americans, this is precisely what Obama intends.  The words of this President are so rife with fraud and deceit that good people simply cannot believe anyone appearing so benevolent could possibly be so bad.

President Obama's gun law diversion.  Television's History channel is running an outstanding series about each and every one of our presidents.  Nowhere in that has there been evidence of a Chief Executive with less character, lower standards, fewer morals, greater incompetence, a more dangerous socio-political agenda, and yet with increasingly arrogant, personal ambition and ego than those of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

Where Fascism Lives: Food, Fascism, and Obama Rules.  John Mackey, the feisty CEO of Whole Foods, says Obamacare is "fascist economics" and he regrets having said it, even though he insists — correctly — that it's a textbook case of Mussolini-style corporate statism.  Private property continues to exist, but the state controls all business.  That's why the fascists called their totalitarian system a "third way" between unbridled capitalism and Soviet-style Communism.

Is it really that far fetched that Obama would read Ayers' Prairie Fire Manifesto as an operator's manual?
Military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'.  Every time the organized left sneers openly at our paranoid conspiracy fantasies, it is nothing more than an attempt to shame us into silence.  For months here, troll after troll scoffed at the idea that Obama wanted to take away our guns, up to and even past the time when he and his administration made it clear that these attempted bans on magazine capacity and weapon types, coupled to vague notions of "mental health" and AG determined "dangerous" traits, is exactly the piecemeal plan to disarm us.  That is, to take away our only real protection of individual liberty.

Litmus Test for Top Officers: Willingness to Fire on Americans?  [Jim] Garrow is a respected activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work rescuing baby girls from one-child China.  His source is "one of America's foremost military heroes."  This certainly gives the urgent drive to disarm law-abiding citizens some perspective.  It could also help us make sense of massive ammunition purchases by the increasingly frightening Department of Homeland Security.

Shock Claim: New Obama Litmus Test For Military Leaders: They Must Be Willing to Fire On US Citizens.  Keep in mind that there are now two military "studies" being discussed in military circles that demonize the right.  The respected "Small Wars Journal" issued a report entitled "Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A Vision of the Future; [...] And this week a West Point think tank issued a paper warning America about "far right" groups such as the "anti-federalist" movement, which supports "civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government."

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This appears to be hear-say with only one source, but given Obama's past associations and recent actions, it is entirely believable.

President Obama's gun law diversion.  Television's History channel is running an outstanding series about each and every one of our presidents.  Nowhere in that has there been evidence of a Chief Executive with less character, lower standards, fewer morals, greater incompetence, a more dangerous socio-political agenda, and yet with increasingly arrogant, personal ambition and ego than those of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

GOP Rep: 'The Only Constitution That Barack Obama Upholds Is The Soviet Constitution'.  President Obama has "no concept" of the U.S. Constitution, despite his previously being a constitutional law professor, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Rather, he said, the president upholds the constitution of our old Cold War foe. [...] "I don't know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it's not this one," he added.  "I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one.  He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer."

The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 3: Demonizing Human Nature.  [Scroll down]  The government effort to demonize our individual thoughts, impulses, and human nature itself can only result in the eventual dehumanization of our society, turning independent American citizens into mindless statistical units, spiritless cogs in the machine, and powerless subjects of the state, ripe for abuse by any sociopathic government official with dictatorial tendencies.  The Game can only exist in symbiosis with big government.

Obama to Create Mass Organization Devoted to Obama.  President Obama will remake his presidential campaign into a massive new movement devoted to supporting his agenda, an unprecedented move that creates a brand new political organization devoted not to a Party, not to an idea — but to one charismatic leader.  The group, to be called Organizing for Action, opens for business Sunday [1/20/2013], the day Obama is officially inaugurated.  If this type of organization has existed before in American politics on any similar scale, I'm not aware of it.

Moments After Inaugural Address, Obama Launches Battle Machine.  Shortly after delivering one of the most divisive inaugural addresses in American history, President Barack Obama doubled down on his ram-it-through strategy by sending out an email on behalf of his newly-converted permanent campaign instrument, Organizing for Action.

Dangerous Times.  [President] Obama is stunningly arrogant and ignorant, a radical ideologue in the mold of Malcolm X, but the US media pretend he is a normal US president.  He is not.  He is the most rad-leftist president in US history.

Cruz: Obama 'High on His Own Power'.  "He is feeling right now high on his own power, and he is pushing on every front, on guns," Cruz said.  "And I think it's really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his own extreme, anti-gun agenda.  I think what the president is proposing and the gun control proposals that are coming from Democrats in the Senate are, number one, unconstitutional, and number two, they don't work.  They're bad policy."

Chris Rock: President Obama 'our boss,' 'dad of the country'.  Actor and comedian Chris Rock called President Obama the "dad of the country" as he rallied on Capitol Hill to support his father figure's call for new gun controls.  "I am just here to support the president of the United States," said Mr. Rock, [...] "The President of the United States is, you know, our boss.  But also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country.  And when your dad says something, you listen.

Liberals are comparing Obama to Jesus.  Glory be, it's Obama's inauguration day!  And for some of his followers, it's nothing less than a religious event.  Fox News (who else?) reports that mega Obamaphiles are handing out posters in the streets of DC that claim Obama's coming was predicted by the Bible.

See All this adulation is a bit much.

Hannity Recites Litany of Obama Power Grabs.  It's the first time I've ever seen a conservative commenter run through even an abbreviated list of Obama's amazing but unconstitutional power grabs — something people should be reminded about over and over again.

Obama's Long-Term Goal Is The Destruction Of The Republican Party.  President Obama has had a complicated history working with congressional Republicans, but is part of his agenda the ultimate failure of his political opposition?  That was what both Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthammer contended tonight, with O'Reilly attributing it more to a cultural shift in the United States, while Krauthammer argued Obama's advantage is more a consequence of winning an election.

CBS News' Political Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' Republican Party.  The author of this outrageous left-wing fever dream is John Dickerson, whom Slate describes as "Slate's chief political correspondent".  What Slate leaves out of its little bio, though, is that Dickerson is also the political director at CBS News.  Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and there's no doubt he speaks for legions upon legions of those in the media today.

Obama 2.0: Destroy the GOP as National Party.  Since winning reelection, President Obama has been aggressive, combative and supremely confident in his public appearances.  Like many reelected Presidents, he enters his second term believing he has a personal mandate from the voters.  Unlike many others in their second term, however, he seems focused not on achieving specific policy results, but in reshaping the American political landscape.  He is set to use the next four years to make the Republican Party a toxic brand in many parts of the country.

CBS News Joins Obama's War on the Republican Party, Civil Rights.  [John] Dickerson calls on President Obama to use his Second Inaugural address to do what he has already been doing since his re-election, namely, to declare war on the GOP.  Dickerson uses such eliminationist rhetoric as "go for the throat" to get Obama's blood up and get going on "transforming" the country.  Obama has spent just about every minute since his re-election trying to destroy the GOP.

Obama's Target is Not Just Republicans, but the Constitution Itself.  President Barack Obama's second inaugural address has been described as one of the most partisan ever given, heralding a sweeping left-wing agenda and demonizing his opponents.  But President Obama's target is not simply the Republican Party:  it is the Constitution itself, and the values of liberty that it enshrines.

One party system: A legacy of misery and death.  A number of progressive pundits have been urging Obama and the Democrats to sweep aside all opposition to their ultra-leftist agenda by destroying the Republican Party.  Leading the pack of yapping hyenas is John Dickerson, who in an op-ed piece for Slate Magazine urged Obama to "go for the throat" and "destroy the GOP" in order to achieve his transformational goals.

CBS News Political Director Dickerson Doubles Down On Obama Destroying GOP.  As NewsBusters reported Saturday, CBS News political director John Dickerson advised the current White House resident to destroy the Republican Party.  On Tuesday, Dickerson doubled down in a Slate piece titled "They Hate Me, They Really Hate Me: Conservatives despise my analysis of Obama's second-term options.  But it was analysis — not advice."

Rand Paul vs. King Barack I.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he rather strongly denounced President Obama's threats to impose gun control through executive orders.  "I'm against having a king," said the Senator.  "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over, and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that's someone who wants to act like a king or monarch."

Rand Paul: Obama acting 'like a king' on guns, vows to fight exec. orders.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday [1/15/2013] that President Obama was acting "like a king or a monarch" as the White House considers enforcing new gun laws through executive orders.  "I'm against having a king," Paul said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.  "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that's someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch."

Rubio: Obama 'doesn't have the guts to admit' that he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment.  Last night [1/16/2013] on FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor, Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla. criticized President Obama's call for Congress to pass stricter gun control laws.  "I'll let you in on secret, I mean, the President is a liberal." Rubio said wryly, "And this is part of the liberals' long time dreams for our country and he sees this as a opportunity to get some of these things done.  Rubio asserted that Obama obviously believes that banning guns was a good solution and has wanted to ban guns during "his entire political career."

Gun edicts put personal liberty under fire.  We have a president who has radically reshaped the landscape of American government so that it is more of a behemoth than at any time in history and more involved in every aspect of our lives.  It is also more unanswerable than ever before.  Now this president is issuing 23 new edicts aimed at curbing individuals' gun rights.  At the same time, his federal agencies are stockpiling more and more weapons and ammunition. [...] What does the Department of "Homeland Security" suddenly need 1.4 billion more rounds of ammunition at the very point the same government is making it harder for citizens to arm themselves?

Mark Levin Goes Off On 'Tyranny' Under Obama's 'Imperial Presidency' To Fox's Megyn Kelly.  "He keeps telling us he won re-election," Levin said of the president.  "Congratulations!  But guess what, the Constitution wasn't up for election, it wasn't for a referendum," he continued, before rattling off the list of ways he believes the president has expanded his office into an "imperial presidency," including "unilateral action" on immigration, the tax implications of ObamaCare, "attacks on religious liberty," and the potential use of executive order on gun control.

Bloomberg: Obama Should 'Go Around Congress' to Appoint ATF Director.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday [1/14/2013] urged President Barack Obama to make a recess appointment for the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as one of several steps that Obama can take to on gun control "without congressional approval at any time he chooses with just the stroke of a pen."

Will Obama Exceed His Authority — Again?  Charged by President Obama with forming a task force to examine possible solutions to senseless shootings as we saw at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last month, Vice President Joe Biden mentioned one tool available to the president is the Executive Order (EO).  It is a viable tool for a president to specify how established constitutional precedent or statutes will be enforced, but it cannot be used to create law.  If the president uses the EO to limit the Second Amendment, or to raise the debt limit, as has also been suggested, he would clearly be acting unlawfully.

Obama's Panicked Gun Control Won't Solve Gun Violence.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an interview last week, very tellingly said regarding new gun-control laws, "the safety of our country cannot go as slow as the slowest ship in the House of Representatives or even the United States Senate."  Translation:  Democrats are determined to bypass the normal, orderly process of congressional hearings and votes by the elected representatives of the American people.  And how coincidental that the House of Representatives has a Republican majority.

NYT Report: Obama To Ram Through Immigration Legislation To Grant Amnesty To 11 Million Illegal Immigrants.  I can't be the only one with zero confidence in the GOP leadership to stop this.

Top Democrats tell Obama to ignore Congress on debt limit.  Senate Democrats on Friday urged President Obama to do an end-run around Congress and claim the power to borrow more money on the credit of the U.S.  The move, should Mr. Obama follow their advice, would likely force another constitutional battle between the executive branch and congressional Republicans.  But the Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Mr. Obama should turn to the strategy as a way of circumventing the GOP on the debt limit.

Obama Provoking a Constitutional Crisis.  An armed citizenry has always checked tyranny and the dictator's lust for authority.  Conversely, tyranny always hungers to disarm its citizens as soon as it assumes unbridled power.  These are the immutable laws of empires and tyrants.  If America begins to walk the path of further gun control, history teaches us in exquisite detail that we will not survive as a constitutional republic.  As this constitutional crisis unfolds, millions of citizens are made slack-jawed by the Obama's Administrations rabid attacks on the 2nd and 5th Amendments and Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution.

It's about more than guns.  Today, we find ourselves at the precipice of a tyrannical takeover and the complete destruction of our Republic, best illustrated by the talk of disarming the American populace.  The assertion is that the it's for the children when, in fact, the children are being used as political capital to advance the political agenda of American disarmament, loss of liberty, sovereignty, and the rights bestowed on our Republic by God as enumerated by our Constitution.  Notice how there is a war not only against gun owners, but a parallel war against the very Judeo-Christian principles on which this country was founded.

Under the Green Hammer.  President Obama's reelection has the climate cult chomping at the bit to get a long wish list of policies put in place, from energy taxes to cap-and-trade to a possible blockade on coal and natural-gas exports.  And most of these activists are in no mood to let that messy little obstacle called the democratic process slow the juggernaut.  Some, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, are encouraging the president to bypass Congress and shutter more coal-fired power plants through executive action.

Biden: Obama Will Bypass Congress for Gun Control.  Vice President Joe Biden, who has been charged by President Obama with running the task force to prevent situations like the Sandy Hook massacre, announced that he wouldn't be raising legislative solutions at all.  Instead, he said that President Obama might simply declare his preferred gun policy the law of the nation.

Journalists react in shock to Drudge Report header featuring Hitler and Stalin.  Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report's controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.  The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order.

Obama Power Grabs on the Horizon.  Almost a dozen new gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the new congressional session.  Joe Biden's task force continues its frenzied pace of activity, even as it broadens its scope far beyond the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, moving into such arenas as universal background checks for gun buyers, a national database tracking the movement and sale of weapons and measures that Obama could enact by executive order.  Yet such an imperious manner of governance will not be limited to gun control.

Fact-Checking the Gun Grabbers.  After observing and opposing and reporting on Barack Obama's actions for going on six years now, it's evident that majority opinions and facts have no effect on him.  If it was a fact, for instance, that the Bush era deficits were unpatriotic as Obama said they were, what are the larger Obama deficits? [...] If it was a fact that raising the debt ceiling was bad enough that it prompted Senator Obama to vote against it, why is he now arguing for unilateral power to raise the debt ceiling without any congressional input?  This president rejects the law and the very concept of a national budget at all.  He has said on more than one occasion that he wishes he could just do whatever he wants, without our elected representatives' input.

Trying to nudge the Constitution out of place.  Will 2013 come to be known as the year of presidential decree?  The year the president ignored Congress, changed the rules of government, and put into place whatever policies he saw fit? [...] During his first term, President Obama issued executive orders in lieu of laws passed by Congress, signed executive agreements with foreign countries in lieu of treaties ratified by the Senate, and formulated burdensome regulations with little legislative justification.

Biden: Obama May Use 'Executive Orders' to Crack Down on Guns.  Earlier today [1/9/2013], Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing discussion and debate surrounding gun control.  Rather than relying strictly upon the legislative process, he said that Obama "is going to act" — and potentially without Congress' blessing.  Before meeting with gun safety and victims' groups, the vice president told reporters that "executive orders" may be an avenue that the administration will use to take swift action on firearms.

Let it begin here.  Word has come down in recent days that the President of the United States may attempt to gut the Second Amendment via an executive order, reclassifying popular self-loading firearms as Title II weapons the same as hand grenades, rocket launchers, and crew-served machine guns.  In doing so, he would force you to register your firearms with the Federal government, pay a draconian tax for merely keeping what you already own, and shred your right to privacy, allowing the federal government into your home unannounced to "check up" on or confiscate your guns at any moment they see fit.

Fight for your life today.  Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent.  Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty.  History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.  Unless you, and me, and millions of Americans voice clear, strong and constant objections to Congress, starting today, two centuries of American liberty will end under this president.

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« Reply #114 on: February 11, 2013, 07:34:33 PM »
Notice the Hitler/tyrant references....
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« Reply #115 on: February 11, 2013, 07:50:09 PM »
Notice the Hitler/tyrant references....

Standard fare for those who never study that era.

"Adolph Hitler was not always a tyrant.  As he rose to political power his vision for a better Germany lifted his nation from the depths of a severe depression and the humiliation of defeat.  But more importantly, he gave his countrymen hope for better future while he returned to them their pride in their homeland, the pride they so passionately desired.  Tyrants are not uniformly evil.  They are capable of great good and small kindnesses.  They smile, they laugh and they love their children.  But eventually they embrace the evil which defines their tyranny, and then those who gave them their power begin to pay a terrible price.  First a tyrant tells you he cares for you, then he presumes to think for you, then he simply tells you what to do.  This is the essence of tyranny."

So any of you who have watched as Hitler strolled amongst the people smiling, laughing and hugging children without benefit of being surrounded by 20 men in dark shades with bulges in their suit jackets should not be deceived that he was anything but a tyrant...
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« Reply #116 on: February 11, 2013, 07:55:46 PM »
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
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« Reply #117 on: February 11, 2013, 07:59:37 PM »
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
— Thomas Jefferson         

We seem to be lacking people of good conscience. Which can only mean that tyranny wins.
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« Reply #118 on: February 11, 2013, 08:05:07 PM »
Standard fare for those who never study that era.

"Adolph Hitler was not always a tyrant.  As he rose to political power his vision for a better Germany lifted his nation from the depths of a severe depression and the humiliation of defeat.  But more importantly, he gave his countrymen hope for better future while he returned to them their pride in their homeland, the pride they so passionately desired.  Tyrants are not uniformly evil.  They are capable of great good and small kindnesses.  They smile, they laugh and they love their children.  But eventually they embrace the evil which defines their tyranny, and then those who gave them their power begin to pay a terrible price.  First a tyrant tells you he cares for you, then he presumes to think for you, then he simply tells you what to do.  This is the essence of tyranny."

So any of you who have watched as Hitler strolled amongst the people smiling, laughing and hugging children without benefit of being surrounded by 20 men in dark shades with bulges in their suit jackets should not be deceived that he was anything but a tyrant...

All true. Note how he walked freely among the people. And no Pope mobile.
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« Reply #119 on: February 11, 2013, 08:07:43 PM »
We seem to be lacking people of good conscience. Which can only mean that tyranny wins.

Sad but true.
"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done".
...Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with.