ELDER PATRIOT – With the help of an overwhelming number of Republican lawmakers President Obama was able to continue his assault on our civil liberties by signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 into law last Friday while Americans were busy making their last minute Christmas preparations.
The vote in the Senate on December 8th was 85-13 where its sponsor was John McCain. Only two Republicans voted against the final version before it was sent to President Obama to sign. It had passed the House a week earlier by a vote of 375-34 with no more than 5 Republicans voting against it. Paul Ryan wasn’t one of them.
Hidden in the new law – Section 1287 – are the funding and guidelines necessary to establish a Global Engagement Center. The wording is sufficiently vague enough for the GEC to become a Ministry of Truth.
Section 1287, (a) Establishment, (2) Purpose: The purpose of the Center shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.
Section 1287, (b) Functions, (2) Analyze relevant information, data, analysis, and analytics from United States Government agencies, United States allies and partner nations, think tanks, academic institutions, civil society groups, and other nongovernmental organizations.
Section 1287, (b) Functions, (5) Facilitate the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques by sharing expertise among Federal departments and agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and implementing best practices.
Would it be a lie to conclude that Republican fidelity to our Constitutional protections is a myth? What say you Ted Cruz who voted in favor of the bill?
Anyone who thinks this is intended to defend against foreign propaganda is naïve. The language in the bill is sufficiently vague so as to allow the government, or perhaps corrupt government officials, to silence their critics.
Why else would 460 of the 535 members of Congress pass a law that directly contravenes the First Amendment if they weren’t concerned about Donald Trump’s declaration that he intends to Drain the Swamp? What do they have to fear that they would so brazenly violate their oath of office?
This also goes a long way towards explaining why the entirety of the mainstream establishment media has been weaponized against Trump.
The government has no defense against charges that this law is an end run around the First Amendment that explicitly forbids Congress from even contemplating such an action.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
George Orwell correctly predicted the rise of an American Oligarchy in his book 1984. He noted that, “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” Orwell’s observation is becoming more evident with each passing day.
And now the corrupt Washington cabal has passed a law that will make legitimate criminal charges against them “fake” and their accusers subject to censure and maybe criminal penalties.