Although I’ve made it a mission to point out many of the things Obama is doing that reek of Socialism and Facism, I’ve not ever actually called his administration out for acting like Nazis. However, this most recent “program” by Obama and his Whitehouse staff sounds like it’s straight out of Mein Kampf.
The Whitehouse has sent out a press release asking people to spy on and report on their friends and neighbors who disagree with Obama’s policies. I kid you not. This is straight out of the press release the Whitehouse put out called “Facts Are Stubborn Things.”
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does anyone else think this sounds like Hitler’s Germany where he had children spying on parents and people giving up the locations of Jews? I’ve long said that Obama is dangerous and I’ve pointed out multiple examples of his Socialist agenda but not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined he would go this far.
He actually wants people to tell on those of us who oppose the healthcare “reform.” He wants his supporters to send his people (his SS enforcers, I assume) information about who and where his policies are being resisted.
What exactly does he plan to do with this information? No one knows. Assuming he’s not going to send out death squads to squash the resistance, we must at least assume this information will be collected and stored in some manner – a database of enemies of the state, perhaps?
At least one politician isn’t sitting silently while the Constitution and our Republic is being trampled. I’ve had a lot of complaints recently about Texas Senator John Cornyn, but on this issue he and I are seeing eye to eye. Here is the full text of a letter Cornyn wrote and sent to Obama:
Dear President Obama,
I write to express my concern about a new White House program to monitor American citizens’ speech opposing your health care policies, and to seek your assurances that this program is being carried out in a manner consistent with the First Amendment and America’s tradition of free speech and public discourse.
Yesterday, in an official White House release entitled “Facts are Stubborn Things,” the White House Director of New Media, Macon Phillips, asserted that there was “a lot of disinformation out there,” and encouraged citizens to report “fishy” speech opposing your health care policies to the White House. Phillips specifically targeted private, unpublished, even casual speech, writing that “rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.” Phillips wrote “If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed “fishy” or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests.
By requesting that 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. You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights.
I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House. I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program-and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action.
So I urge you to cease this program immediately. At the very least, I request that you detail to Congress and the public the protocols that your White House is following to purge the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and identities of citizens who are reported to have engaged in “fishy” speech. And I respectfully request an answer to the following:
* How do you intend to use the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and identities of citizens who are reported to have engaged in “fishy” speech?
* How do you intend to notify citizens who have been reported for “fishy” speech?
* What action do you intend to take against citizens who have been reported for engaging in “fishy” speech?
* Do your own past statements qualify as “disinformation”? For example, is it “disinformation” to note that in 2003 you said:”I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan”?
I look forward to your prompt response.
United States Senator
Another hat tip to Flopping Aces