The latest revelation concerning the spying on Associated Press is in my view a scandal too far. Of all the scandals, this one is the most chilling of the lot because it involves one of the most fundamental freedoms that all of us should enjoy – the right to free speech and the freedom of the Press.
We need to recap the “how” of this scandal, and to do that we need to be reminded about yet another terrorist threat that was thwarted. Thank God it was thwarted. The plot itself was one devised by Anwar al-Awlaki and the AQ in Yemen. It started when a young woman was asked to post some packages. Those packages contained toner cartridges that had been turned into bombs. The packages got as far as the UK before they were discovered on board a flight that was bound for the USA.
The issue is not the plot itself but the fact that the plot was revealed by Associated Press. Did you get that? The issue did not involve any plotters, that is anyone involved in the USA who might have also had a hand in the intended attack, but it was solely due to the AP learning of the plot and revealing such to the population at large.
It seems that the White House was steamed over the information about this plot being disseminated widely, and so Eric Holder authorised the gathering of information from phones used by certain individuals who belong to Associated Press.
This is very chilling. It is chilling because it seems that the White House wanted to cover up the terrorist plot – well you know AQ was supposed to be in demise after the death of Osama Bin Laden and there they are plotting these terrorist attacks, and attempting to blow up cargo planes… now we cannot allow that kind of information to become available in an election year – can we?
The release of this information was on top of another developing scandal involving the IRS and their harassment of TEA movement groups. In fact they targeted not just the TEA groups, but any Patriot group, plus any group that wanted to teach people about the Constitution. Again, the impact of this scandal is chilling.
Both of these scandals together are an attack on the right to freedom of speech. Both of them are scandals that shows an Administration that has gone too far. In the developing IRS scandal all of the people involved are not lower end minions within the civil service, they are in fact near the top of the tree…. and that means they were taking direction from someone higher up. Now that someone has been caught out and he is claiming that he is shocked… Well I call B.S. on all of his statements about this matter. It is B.S. because he actually bragged about doing something like that as far back as 2009.
It should be pointed out that when the articles of impeachment were being drawn up for Richard Nixon, one of them related to harassment via the IRS. It should also be pointed out that Bill Clinton used the same harassment technique against his enemies, such as Gennifer Flowers and other women he had either raped or had affairs with in full view of the public. It was meant to shut these women down so that they would stop speaking out…..
Such tactics used by any White House Administration are an abuse of power. As such, these tactics should not only be condemned but those responsible should be tossed into jail. If it can be proved that orders for such behaviour came from the Oval Office then that person needs to be impeached.
By the way, I cannot see how Rush Limbaugh is in any way to blame for any of these scandals. To blame Rush is in my view a sign of real panic and delusion.