time he golfed with Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and the chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. Wolf had been an early supporter of Obama and had raised $250,000 for his campaign back in 2006. Moreover, according to ProPublica reporter Sharona Coutts and Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, their golf game took place only three days after UBS had reached an agreement with the IRS to give up the names of forty-five hundred American clients suspected of hiding billions in secret Swiss bank accounts. This was done in an effort to avoid criminal charges. UBS already had admitted to aiding the clients in tax evasion and agreed to pay a $780 million fine. In February 2009, Wolf was appointed to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, tasked with trying to fix America's new depression.
What is perhaps both ironic and tragic about the UBS situation is that the man who had been the whistle-blower on UBS's shady dealings was sentenced to a forty-month prison sentence. As a UBS banker involved with the Swiss accounts, Bradley Birkenfeld had initiated the investigation. It was Birkenfeld's disclosures and cooperation with authorities that provided inside information into the bank's conduct and allowed the government to gain $780 billion in fines and stop a massive tax-evasion scheme. Yet, for his trouble, Birkenfeld was given a harsher sentence by Fort Lauderdale federal judge William Zloch than was asked for by the case's prosecutors.
Stephen Kohn pointed out that while the government announced it would investigate the forty-five hundred names handed over by UBS, Birkenfeld had actually turned in fifty-two thousand account identifications. "But the whole case is puzzling," Kohn added, "because if the United States wants to crack tax fraud, if they want to crack money laundering or stop these practices in secret banks, why are they putting into prison for forty months the whistleblower? The billionaire to whom he was serving got probation. How are they ever going to get another banker to step forward and cooperate with an investigation?"
But it was not just Obama's corporate buddies that raised the ire of many citizens. His wife took flak as more outrage resulted from the news of First Lady Michelle Obama's well-paid staff.
"No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession," wrote Dr. Paul L. Williams in the Canada Free Press. "Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary."
Williams quoted Mrs. Obama's statement from the Democratic National Convention—"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. See, that's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service." Paul Williams then lamented, "If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public."
The listing of White House staffers assigned to the first lady and their salaries made ripples through the Internet. They included:
David S. Medina (Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady)—$90,000
Catherine M. Lelyveld (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)—$84,000
Frances M. Starkey (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)—$75,000
Trooper Sanders (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)—$70,000
Erinn J. Burnough (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)—$65,000
Joseph B. Reinstein (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)—$64,000
Jennifer R. Goodman (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator for the First Lady)—$62,000
Alan O. Fitts (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)—$60,000
Dana M. Lewis (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)—$57,500
Semonti M. Mustaphi (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady)—$52,500
Kristen E. Jarvis (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide to the First Lady)—$50,000
Tyler A. Lechtenberg (Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)—$45,000
Samantha Tubman (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)—$43,000
Joseph J. Boswell (Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff to the First Lady)—$40,000
Sally M. Armbruster (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)—$36,000
Natalie Bookey (Staff Assistant)—$35,000
Deilia A. Jackson (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)—$35,000
Williams noted this list did not include makeup artist
Ingrid Grimes-Miles, age forty-nine, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, thirty-one, both of whom traveled to Europe with the Obamas aboard Air Force One.
While to many the first lady's staff seems excessively large, "Michelle Obama's staff is not 'unprecedented,' but rather on a par with her predecessor's," according to the Internet fact-checking site, snopes.com. Though Michelle Obama has more than twenty staffers working for her, the 2008 White House staff list included sixteen names working for First Lady Laura Bush.
HELPING HAMAS TERRORISTS
Many believed Obamas policy of unrestrained illegal immigration would destroy the last vestiges of national cohesion, especially when he issued Presidential Determination No. 2009-15, entitled "Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Gaza." In early 2009, alternative news outlets reported that Obama actually was aiding immigration through organizations formerly linked to terrorism, such as the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
In Presidential Determination No. 2009-15, sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January 2009, Obama claimed authority under the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 to spend up to $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for assistance in relocating Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza to the United States. Though Obama's action received little notice in the corporate mass media, it nevertheless stirred up both the anti-Obama crowd as well as the pro-Israel lobby.
Such actions play into the hands of those who decry Obama as pro-Muslim. They remember the words of Libya's Mu'ammar Gadhafi, who, in 2008, said, "There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency."
OBAMA'S "CIVILIAN ARMY"
Any viable socialist system
has needed to indoctrinate its citizenry and use government snitches to gather intelligence. Under President Obama, the United States is no different. President Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, have tried to create a seven-million-person "civilian army" reportable to only the president. In July 2008, Obama stated, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well- funded."
In 2008, Obama's official campaign website, Change.gov, announced that President-elect Obama would expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in low-income schools. Additionally, Obama planned to create a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps for his civilian army.
Originally, Change.gov stated, "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America by developing a plan to require [emphasis added] 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year."
Following a barrage of criticism over drafting children into Obama's "national security force," the website's wording was softened to read, "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and be developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free."
Some critics, such as those writing for WorldNetDaily.com and Modern Conservative, found Obama's "civilian security force" reminiscent of Hitler's brownshirts, the Hitler Youth, and youth brigades in Russia and other Communist countries. Scarier words came from Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. In his 2006 bookThe Plan: Big Ideas for America, Emanuel wrote, "It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation, and community service."
Due to public resistance, such a plan for universal civilian service languished until passage of Obama's health-care plan, euphemistically called the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, on March 23, 2010. The Senate version, adopted by the House, included a provision for establishing both a National Health Service Corps as well as a Ready Reserve appointed by the president. The purpose of the Ready Reserve was to meet a perceived need for "additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service's reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions." Is this Obama's "civilian army"?
ACORN AND SEIU
Zombies like to flock together in packs or large crowds under the control of a master. In the horror movies, one rarely saw a zombie roaming about alone. Today, American zombies prefer to gather in large groups and they too are likely to follow some master, whether it be a gang boss, guru, or political chieftain.
Political leaders do not work alone. Rather, they are surrounded by staffs, mentors, guides, advisers, and other string pullers, and they have minions working for them in the form of nonprofit organizations. Liberals during the 2000 presidential election accused Bush's Republican supporters of Nazi-style Stormtrooper tactics when they surrounded and occupied a building conducting a recount vote in Palm Beach County, Florida.
But those who cause problems haven't always sat on the right side of the political fence. Another example of Stormtrooper tactics can be seen in an attack by a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member on Kenneth Gladney, a young black man who was trying to distribute small flags with a Revolutionary War motto on them at a St. Louis Tea Party meeting. According to Gladness attorney, David B. Brown, "Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out 'Don't Tread on Me' flags to other conservatives.. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, [and] then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman."
Also consider the recent activities of ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), SEIU, and the political action group MoveOn. In 2009, the Census Bureau enlisted ACORN to promote the 2010 census, already under criticism for marking individual homes with global positioning system (GPS) satellite coordinates. Census director Robert Groves, in a letter to ACORN president Maude Hurd, stated that the community organization had become a distraction. ACORN national deputy director, Brian Kettenring, said, "We will continue to do what we've said we'll do, which is encourage people in communities to participate fully in the census." On September 11, 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau discontinued its partnership with ACORN in the 2010 census after hidden-camera videos recorded four ACORN employees giving tax advice on running a brothel.
Furor arose after a young activist named James O'Keefe posed as an aspiring politician and told ACORN workers he planned to use his girl-friend's prostitution income to fund future campaigns. He claimed to want advice on how to obtain a loan for a house from which to conduct her profession. In the videos, ACORN workers gave instructions for creating a company in order to prove they had enough income for a house that could serve as a brothel and home for teenage prostitutes.
After secretly filming at the ACORN's Baltimore office, and later in Washington, D.C., the activists posted the videos on YouTube. ACORN officials said the four offending workers were fired. Yet despite the terminations and assurances from the president and the executive director of ACORN Housing that ACORN Housing staff members are expected to behave ethically and comply with the law, a growing number of Republican politicians began calling for congressional hearings and IRS audits of ACORN.
After the ACORN videos were released on YouTube, the Senate voted 83-7 to block the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) from giving grants to ACORN, which ended housing and community funding to the organization. This meant that ACORN would not receive grants for programs such as counseling low-income people on how to get mortgages and for fair housing education and outreach.
Only three days after the Senate stopped ACORN funds, the House followed suit, voting 345-75 (the "nays" being all Democrats) to deny the organization all federal funds. "ACORN has violated serious federal laws, and today the House voted to ensure that taxpayer dollars would no longer be used to fund this corrupt organization," remarked Republican representative Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Most caring Americans agree that although it is noble to try to help the poorer segments of our society, it is counterproductive, even outrageous, to support groups with taxpayer money who commit corrupt and unlawful acts as well as preach hatred of the United States, causing further division within the nation. This division plays right into the hands of the globalist fascists who, through their control of the mass media and party politics, placed Obama in office and were using his supporters to advance their socialist agenda.
TIPS AND OTHER SNOOPS
OBAMA'S CIVLIAN ARMY SCHEME is only the latest in attempts to recruit Americans to spy on their fellow Americans. In midsummer 2002, a program called TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) was launched by President George W. Bush. The program was part of a larger program called the "Citizen Corps," which was a program first created by President Bush to mobilize the nation's citizenry against national security threats. On its website, TIPS describes itself as "a national system for concerned workers to report suspicious activity." In published material, TIPS advocates said the program was to be administered by the Justice Department, coordinated by FEMA, and operated under the Homeland Security Department. It would involve "millions of American workers who, in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position to see potentially unusual or suspicious activity in public places." This, of course, referred to postal carriers, meter readers, repair personnel, or anyone who might have an ax to grind against their neighbors. The program was quickly dropped, however, following public outrage, and after the U.S. Postal Service stated that it would not participate in the snitch program.
The U.S. Postal Service stated it had "been approached by Homeland Security regarding Operation TIPS; however, it was decided that the Postal Service and its letter carriers would not be participating in the program at this time." Nothing was mentioned about whether or not individual carriers could join on their own or if "at this time" left open the possibility that the postal service may participate in TIPS in the future. Despite the postal service's public reticence, some researchers believe that postal service employees may still be reporting suspicious behavior. It is just not done officially.
Other critics immediately compared the TIPS plan to the Nazi Gestapo, the former East German secret police service, and to Fidel Castro's Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), an organization established by Castro on September 28, 1960. With the CDR, Cubans are encouraged to spy on and report any "counterrevolutionary" behavior by their neighbors. An estimated eight million Cubans belong to more than 121,000 committees in the CDR system.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other public watchdog organizations reacted negatively to Operation TIPS, saying it would create an atmosphere in which Americans would be spying on one another. "The administration apparently wants to implement a program that will turn local cable or gas or electrical technicians into government-sanctioned Peeping Toms," declared ACLU legislative counsel Rachel King. Of TIPS, Rutherford Institute executive director John Whitehead said, "This is George Orwell's '1984.' It is an absolutely horrible and very dangerous idea. It's making Americans into government snoops. President Bush wants the average American to do what the FBI should be doing. In the end, though, nothing is going to prevent terrorists from crashing airplanes into buildings."
Even former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge was forced to back-pedal over the TIPS organization, saying, "The last thing we want is Americans spying on Americans."
Although Ridge still vouched for the TIPS program, the Citizen Corps softened both its language and details about the program after it began to make a national stir.
In July 2002, the website stated Operation TIPS "will be a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity. Operation TIPS, a project of the U.S. Department of Justice, will begin as a pilot program in 10 cities.. Operation TIPS, involving 1 million workers in the pilot stage, will be a national reporting system that allows workers, whose routines make them well-positioned to recognize unusual events, to report suspicious activity.. Everywhere in America, a concerned worker can call a toll- free number and be connected directly to a hotline routing calls to the proper law enforcement agency or other responder organizations when appropriate."
In an Orwellian act of word changing, by early August 2002, the list of occupations that would participate in TIPS was dropped and the words "suspicious terrorist activity" and "unusual events.. .suspicious activity" were changed to "suspicious and potentially terrorist-related activity" and "Potentially unusual or suspicious activity in public places."
The TIPS program was merely an official way for Americans to snoop, and further what author Jim Redden called modern society's "snitch culture." From the schoolkid Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to professional finger pointers such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), more and more Americans were being encouraged to spy and report on one another. It's one thing to keep an eye out for strangers in the neighborhood and quite another to constantly snoop on the activities of neighbors.
Many people believe that neighborhood snooping went out with Bush-era fearmongering. However, these people should know that the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which includes police chiefs from sixty-three of the largest departments in the United States and Canada, endorsed a program called iWATCH during an annual conference in Denver on October 3, 2009. Los Angeles police chief William Bratton, whose department developed the iWATCH program, called it "the 21st century version of Neighborhood Watch." The program's watchword is "If you see something, say something."
As a policy counsel for the ACLU and a former FBI agent who worked terrorism cases, Mike German was unenthusiastic about iWATCH despite assurances that the program would not infringe on individual liberties. German told the Associated Press he suspects people will fall back on personal biases and stereotypes of what they think a terrorist should look like when deciding to report someone to the police. He said, "That just plays into the negative elements of society and doesn't really help the situation."
There have been many cases where innocent people have had their lives unsettled, ruined, or even lost due to egregious snitching. Although these stories are usually not played up in the corporate mass media, the purchase of "snitch" information continues to be a mainstay of federal law enforcement. In 1994, the DEA spent $31.7 million and Customs spent $16.5 million to pay thousands of informants.
Although accurate numbers are hard to come by, former Miami police supervisor and DEA special agent Dennis G. Fitzgerald's book Informants and Undercover Investigations reported that a 2005 inspector general's report revealed the DEA has about four thousand "confidential sources" at hand on any given day. They may be paid up to $100,000 a year for their information, although their paycheck must be approved by DEA headquarters.