Wednesday, December 25, 2013

erans Affairs REFUSE To Permeit Soldiers to Receive Christmas Cards That Say "Merry Christmas"

     Another sickening policy of the obama regime affects our service members. It seems the same bureaucratic marxists that populate the obama administration and who briefly outlawed Christian prayers at national cemeteries, have decreed that our service men and women are not permitted to receive Christmas cards, because they violate Veterans Affairs policy with Christian content.
     This outright violation of the US Constitution has become common place for the obama regime and comes to light as the regime further threatens constitutional protections in many other ways.
     Susan Chapman is a teacher at Grace Academy of North Texas and, at a parent’s suggestion, organized a project for students to take cards to wounded military veterans to thank them and cheer them up during the holidays. She attempted to deliver those cards to a VA hospital in Dallas on Dec. 22. However, VA staff reportedly stopped her when she entered the facility, telling her that gifts or messages with religious content were not permitted by VA policy.
     “It is so sad that the VA is sending a message to our children that after all the veterans have done to fight for freedom across the world, the children have no freedom to say Merry Christmas to these honorable men and women,” Chapman said.
     Texas-based Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to the VA, insisting they immediately drop this policy which allows a generic greeting but disallows references to Christmas, which is officially recognized as a national holiday under federal law.
     Liberty Institute’s Director of Litigation, Hiram Sasser, responded in a statement, “The VA is once again engaging in unlawful religious discrimination. It is shameful that the VA continues to censor religious speech in Christmas cards when the VA knows it is against the law to do so.”
     In saying “once again,” Sasser is referring to the VA being caught forbidding prayers or religious speech at VA funerals and cemeteries. Liberty Institute brought suit in that matter as well, where the VA settled the lawsuit and allowed the religious content to resume. In that Sept. 22, 2011 federal court settlement, the judge ordered the VA “not to ban religious speech or words, such as ‘God’ and ‘Jesus,’ in condolence cards or similar documents given by non-VAVS volunteer[s].”
     There is also a lawsuit pending involving Evangelical Christians who were allegedly expelled from being VA chaplains because of their traditional Christian beliefs.;postID=3137881594161065517
     The regime continues its naked assault on freedom of religion, unabated.

Monday, December 23, 2013

President Signs obamacare Extension - IN SECRET

     President Obama, whop proclaimed he woul dlead, "The most OPEN Administration in History," further destroys any shred of credibility he has left by SECRETLY signing another change to the failing and failed obamacre legislation, illegally, and without congressional approval, from his vacation dwelling in Hawaii.
     The clock to sign up for Obamacare coverage that begins January 1 was supposed to run out at midnight on Monday, but administration officials have extended it 24 hours, through Christmas eve, according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that they did so without any public announcement of the change: 
Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace’s computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
     Sources told the Post that the 24-hour extension has been built into the online system and is intended as a precaution in the event that the the problem-plagued website sees a surge of traffic from individuals looking to sign up at the last minute, and buckles under the weight.
The extension, said the sources, cannot be overridden by insurance companies if they object to it. It is the latest of several last-minute, ad hoc rule changes issued by the administration, including last week’s announcement that individuals whose insurance plans were canceled may receive an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

      As fiascoes go, this one keeps getting stranger and stranger. The scandal plagued adminstration has illegally altered the obamacare law fifteen times now, without supporting action of the Senate, or Congress, effectively repealing it by default.

     States now should simply announce the law is repealed by presidential fiat and order state departments to ignore it as if it does not exist.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sign Language Interpreter for Mandela Memorial Says He Was Hallucinating - and Other Signs of Obama's Demise

The Dog Days of December seem to have caught up to perennial denier, Barack Obama.
     A man being criticized by sign language experts for providing fake interpretations while standing close to President Obama and other heads of state at Nelson Mandela’s memorial says he becomes violent “a lot” and was hallucinating during the event.
     Many Americans can relate. Just having to listen to Obama can cause otherwise rational people to hallucinate.
     Call it the selfie seen 'round the world. Among the enduring images from Nelson Mandela's massive memorial service in Johannesburg Tuesday will be one of a jovial President Obama taking a cell phone pic with his seat-mates, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Britain's David Cameron.
     As the three of them smile for the camera, a stern-looking Michelle Obama can be seen staring straight ahead, hands clasped. As if to remind anyone who sees this photo years from now that it was, after all, a memorial service for one of the great human rights leaders.
     According to a new poll of 1,013 adults by Princeton Survey Research Associates, 38% say they would pay the mandate tax and forgo buying health insurance. That finding is higher than the 28% who are uninsured who recently told Gallup they’d pay the tax instead of buying coverage.
The results also found widespread confusion about the mandate tax. Overall, the findings have implications for health reform, as the White House is pressing people to sign up.
     The Health and Human Services Department has told contractors working on the problem-plagued ObamaCare website not to release documents to congressional investigators, a mandate slammed as “criminal obstruction” by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
     The Dec. 6 letter from CMS official Daniel Kane says that although the department understands Congress’ need for documents to continue its probe into the issues with, the agency is concerned about security risks from releasing testing information to third parties.
Therefore, the letter states, the agency has decided to not allow contractors to release any documents to any third party, telling the contractors to send congressional investigators to CMS, who will handle the request themselves.
     The letter was sent after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee contacted 11 of the top contractors on the ObamaCare website as part of its investigation into its problems.
In a press release Wednesday, Issa, R-Calif., said the HHS’s request amounts to criminal obstruction, and he has sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius demanding the agency have no further communication with the contractors about the probe.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Stand Across America is a grassroots movement to unite We The People across coast to coast interstates on April 26,2014 at noon, to stand in solidarity for our Republic's Constitution, and to make a profound presence known to DC.

Stand Across America represents those of us that are united in the fight to restore, rebuild and reunite our Republic for the common cause of standing for our Constitution. It is time to stand together in a manner that is Undeniable by the media and those that would prefer we patriots to not be heard. It's time to Make DC Listen!
In the mid 80's 6 MILLION people joined hands on interstates across the country to show solidarity in ending world hunger. Being now in the age of social media, and a desperate moment in our nations history, we should be able to greatly increase the number of participants and truly Make DC Listen!
Stand Across America will take place April 26, 2014 @ noon with patriots standing hand in hand on coast to coast interstates I-10, I-40, I-70, I-80 (or your closest connecting interstate). Traffic flow is Not to be hindered. Be smart, be safe, most of all be United!
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Stand Across America represents those of us that are united in the fight to restore, rebuild and reunite our Republic for the common cause of standing for our Constitution. It is time to stand together in a manner that is Undeniable by the media and those that would prefer we patriots to not be heard. It's time to Make DC Listen!
In the mid 80's 6 MILLION people joined hands on interstates across the country to show solidarity in ending world hunger. Being now in the age of social media, and a desperate moment in our nations history, we should be able to greatly increase the number of participants and truly Make DC Listen!
Stand Across America will take place April 26, 2014 @ noon with patriots standing hand in hand on coast to coast interstates I-10, I-40, I-70, I-80 (or your closest connecting interstate). Traffic flow is Not to be hindered. Be smart, be safe, most of all be United!
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In the mid 80's 6 MILLION people joined hands on interstates across the country to show solidarity in ending world hunger. Being now in the age of social media, and a desperate moment in our nations history, we should be able to greatly increase the number of participants and truly Make DC Listen!
Stand Across America will take place April 26, 2014 @ noon with patriots standing hand in hand on coast to coast interstates I-10, I-40, I-70, I-80 (or your closest connecting interstate). Traffic flow is Not to be hindered. Be smart, be safe, most of all be United!
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Stand Across America represents those of us that are united in the fight to restore, rebuild and reunite our Republic for the common cause of standing for our Constitution. It is time to stand together in a manner that is Undeniable by the media and those that would prefer we patriots to not be heard. It's time to Make DC Listen!
In the mid 80's 6 MILLION people joined hands on interstates across the country to show solidarity in ending world hunger. Being now in the age of social media, and a desperate moment in our nations history, we should be able to greatly increase the number of participants and truly Make DC Listen!
Stand Across America will take place April 26, 2014 @ noon with patriots standing hand in hand on coast to coast interstates I-10, I-40, I-70, I-80 (or your closest connecting interstate). Traffic flow is Not to be hindered. Be smart, be safe, most of all be United!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Iran Enrichment Expanded 400% on Obama's Watch

     The bane of president obama's existence has to be his ineptitude at choosing an effective Secretary of State and unwillingness to behave like a leader. As his press secretary says, the president often chooses to lead from behind, which is political speak for complete incompetence on foreign policy issues.
      The latest disaster as Secretary of State, John Kerry, fraudulently claims that because Iran's enrichment process ramped up unchecked George Bush, he had "no choice," but to cave in to a bad nuclear deal. That entire pretense is dishonest, cowardly and typical of the obama regime practice of refusing to accept responsibility for negative event but demanding all credit for any positive event.
      The current incompetent occupying the Secretary of State office, John Kerry is not even as pathetic as the former obama appointment and self described, next democrat presidential nominee, hilary clinton, who is famous for dismissing her department's rank neglect of our embassy in Benghazi, Libya and the unpunished assassination of our Ambassador. As you may remember, ms. clinton famously waved off responsibility by proclaiming, "What difference does it make, now?"

     One must not confuse deliberate incompetence with involuntary incompetence, because, as we've seen, once a citizen speaks out and receives media attention about the obama regime failings, the IRS and other government agencies, notably NSA, DOJ and TSA are on them in seconds, with the full anger of an incompetent embarrassed.
     At a time when China is threatening Japan on a daily basis, this administration of fools has taken a hard stance against columnists that write critical articles about their "dear leader." While Iran runs urnaium enrichment, unabated, the second coming of Neville Chamberlain proclaims his "deal" ensures peace and safety.
     Onew has to wonder how large are the bribes from muslim nationals, to DC insiders, that the white house would undermine national security to such an extent.
     So pro-muslim has the obama white house become, it is now willing to proclaim that criticizing  muslims on social media "may" be considered a felony, by the corrupt DOJ. The never ending tilt toward relegating America to second class status, under obama, is insane and illegal. Th enew attack on thje First Amendment is only one example.
     At no time has America been more weakened, less determined, more rudderless than under president obama and at no time have fewer Americans been able to say they respect our leaders than today.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Why Do Lliberal Democrats Always Embrace What Is Bad For America?

     When you look across the desert of the left you see a wasteland of programs, initiatives and offensives designed to install things that are detrimental to America. From the current concept of government dependency to common core, the left has chosen an intentional platform that abuses the constitution, steals liberty, destroys freedom and undermines our country.
     Many think of the national debt as a "problem." The left sees it as a bottomless basket of fruit that exists only to serve their agenda.
     Some consider Sharia Law to be the antithesis of tolerance, freedom to choose and freedom to decide who and what you will be. Liberals see Sharia Law as some kind of holy grail that should never be examined in the light, challenged, or held to the same standards they hold all other convictions.
     Economists, thinking clearly, know that education, hard work and adherence to good business principles translate into strong growth, robust currency and low unemployment. Liberal Democrats seem to think common core is preferable to common sense and strict adherence to their dogma will lead the youth of today into the socialist nirvana of tomorrow.
     To a liberal, freedom to choose, means you are free to choose whatever the left chooses for you and you are free to do so RIGHT NOW. To disagree is to be labeled a racist and trivialized which is right out of Saul Alinsky's, Rules For Radicals.
     The worst offense one can commit in the lefty universe is to fail to immediately embrace, consent to, conform with and claim to have always believed, whatever the masters of the left say, today. In the liberal universe, free thought is the enemy and to the left, the government MUST stamp out non-permitted thinking.
      Democrats have allowed their party to be overtaken by undisguised fascists, masquerading as Democrats. Book banning is celebrated, as long as the book endangers the liberal mantra and the bible is the best example. No where in the new leftist world, is adherence to fair play, decency, hard work, self reliance and honesty allowed. If you insist on such things, you must be a domestic terrorist and the government has uniformed thugs armed and ready to deal with you.
      Should you try and work trough the political system to address freedom, the hatred of the left is instantly unleashed to silence you. When elections are stolen right before our eyes, simply noticing it becomes a crime against liberalism. The very people who claim to be all for tolerance and diversity, hate you for daring to tolerate anything other than their agenda.
      The left has become the greatest source of institutional hypocrisy in history and is proud of it.
      It is truly time for a regime change, America.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

When the Inmates Run the Asylum

     America is beset with scandals emanating from the Oval Office. The headlines scream and the left wing spins almost as loud. The rules for journalistic integrity have been so shorn, as to be no longer existent, as traditional news outlets print everything EXCEPT the truth,
     Several years ago Congressman Joe Wilson shouted at Barack Obama, during the State of the Union Address, "You Lie!" The left wing and the democrat party shrieked their outrage, never considering the possibility that those damning words were the rare that night, as most, if not all, of the things said by the president were simply, not true.
     Now the record stands stark. Barack Obama has been outed for his never ending shell game of lies, tricks, deceit and dishonesty and obamacare collapses all around us. The government and much of the press kneel before the white house and feel the scorn of the president and his very thin skin, daily.
     Washington, D.C.’s insurance commissioner was fired the day after he questioned President Barack Obama’s “fix” for the millions of health insurance policies cancelled because of the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.
William P. White’s termination came Friday, when one of Democratic Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s senior deputies told him that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post.
The Post reported:
White said the mayoral deputy never said that he was being asked to leave because of his Thursday statement on health care. But he said the timing was hard to ignore. Roughly 24 hours later, White said, he was “basically being told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ”
White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched roll  out of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

TEA Party Identified as Strongest Political; Movement in America

Rasmussen Reports: 42% Identify with Obama Politically,                                       42% with the TEA Party


     With an announcement sure to result in immediate DOJ persecution, and IRS audit and potential loss of health insurance coverage, Scott Rasmussen has announced some startling new figures, showing that Americans who self-identify with the TEA PARTY equal, if not exceed those who identify with Obama policies.
With an administration that is mired in scandal, surrounded by ethics serious violations and beset with failure, citizens have determined to turn away in favor of intelligent management, appropriate taxation, honest interaction and intentional limits on government power.    
     Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.
      A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Obama Overseeing the Creation of a Post Freedom America

With the Stalinesque name, $50 billion budget and Third Reich style logo, the DHS has become a symbol of repression and invasion of privacy, delighting in ignoring the constitution and violating the promises of freedom.
In short, it's perfect for a socialist administration like the one our current president leads.
No wonder they need more tanks than were used at the battle of Kursk, the largest armored battle in history.!-!IKMFGM!-!zrzor45!-!GQRNJJFK-PSKR-HLDM-NJSE-EGQSPPFGMOMG!-!72y1nq/dhs-paranoid.jpg

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Debt Ceiling Deal Complete With Massive Kentucky Bribe for Mitch McConnell

 Obama - Chicago Style - Bribe at Work in Ending Government Shutdown
       A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.
     The Senate passed the McConnell-Reid deal by a 81-18 vote and it now heads to the House.
Among those who voted against the bill were Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who derided the legislation for overlooking the nation's debt.
     "Tonight, a deal was struck to re-open the government and avoid the debt ceiling deadline. That is a good thing," Paul said in a statement. "However, our country faces a problem bigger than any deadline: a $17 trillion debt. I am disappointed that Democrats would not compromise to avoid the looming debt debacle."
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Veterans Remove Barricades from Memorials - Deliver them to White House

     American Veterans, fed up with the emperor like behavior of President Obama, removed the "barry-cades" placed there to shut Veterans out from their privately funded, open air, WWII Memorial and delivered them and a strong message of dissent, to President Obama, hiding inside the White House.
     It is not unheard of for an American President to hide from Americans seeking redress, but it is unprecedented for a sitting American president to intentionally attack US Veterans by barricading them out of memorials honoring their fallen comrades. Obama clearly has zero understanding of the sacrifice made by our Veterans, and the lives that were lost to protect freedom and as a result, his actions are more in keeping with those of the leader of a cheap, sleazy, third world, junta.
       World War II veteran Mike Lauriente accepts thanks for his service from demonstrators at the World War II Memorial on Sunday. (WTOP/Jamie Forzato)
     If this is an attention ploy, hoping to gain in the polls, Obama is losing ground and picking up speed. Americans  who previously stayed on the sidelines of the brittle relationship between Obama and US Citizens, are turning away from his imperial style, out of control ego and destructive obsession with being the center of attention.
     True to form, Obama sent his goon squads, in riot gear, complete with tanks, to confront US American Veterans in the same place his goon squads welcomed illegal aliens and their demonstration just days ago.
     Sadly, no riot police bearing wire hand cuffs were deployed to deal with the illegals openly defying our laws, in the same place last week. Far too often Barack chooses those as his allies, turning his back and showing his contempt for us.

     Barack is playing a dangerous game of brinksmanship with the very people, whose undying love for country made it possible for a black man to be elected president. In doing so, he is behaving in ways best described as delusional, power mad and as petulant as an angry teenager..

Friday, October 11, 2013

If It Weren't So Close to the Truth it Would Be Funny

Petulant President Refuses To Bring Families of US KIA to Dover AFB to Recieve Remains

     In another "take them to their pain," moments, the president refused to bring families of American Military KIA to Dover AFB to receive the remains of their children, killed serving America.
     As various psychologists have suggested, Obama does these things because he suffers from a severe narcissistic disorder, that requires him to behave outrageously whenever he fails to get his way.
     The main stream media loves to refer to their darling, obama as "unprecedented" and 'historic." nation has witnessed unprecedented and historic levels of childishness, pettiness, adolescent angst and outright delusional behavior, as Obama has responded to congress telling him "no" over the debt ceiling. His vindictive and vicious behavior has some of the country's liberals turning their backs and tuning him out, as is appropriate.
     Fox News Correspondent, Greta VanSusteran, reports retired Colonel, Oliver North has begun to raise money to bring these grieving military families to meet their dead loved ones.
If you wish to participate, click here:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Revisiting Barack Obama's Promise to America... Seven TRILLION In New Debt Later...

 Obama Feb, 2009 I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

obamacare - Who Is Hurt?

     When one looks across the landscape of the idiotic obamacare roll out, it is apparent that the intent of this bill is, and always was, the end of the middle class and the permanent subjugation of all but the very rich.
     As people open their mail and discover the enormous increases of their monthly health insurance premiums for the coming year, the silence of the vicious left wing is appalling. When Nancy Pelosi said, "You HAVE TO pass the bill, to find out what's in it," she meant that literally because the 3,000 pages of law, followed by 400,000 pages of regulations is a map of how the government will hold you down, take your money, steal your liberty and force you into poverty, through trillions in wasteful spending, SWAT team enforcement and gun point intimidation.
     As reports show the first implementation efforts, which were funded at $1 billion, have serious financial accountability lapses, the money grab that accompanies this abortion of a law are becoming more and more obvious. The creation of scores of SWAT Teams specifically for the purpose of "enforcement" of obamacare, should infuriate and frighten people with enough sense to see the totalitarian police state forming around us.
     As Senate leader, Harry Reid and his partners in crime, John McCain and Nancy Pelosi shriek about Ted Cruz, voters increasingly turn their backs on the progressive left and find their voices ignored, attacked and threatened. obamacare has the potential to become the ultimate coups. Citizens must speak out, refuse to comply, make your representatives listen and never stop speaking, before it becomes illegal to criticize the obama regime.

Monday, September 23, 2013

As The Federal Government Seizes Personal Liberty, Federal Employees Incomes Rise Dramatically

     In a not so surprising discovery, we find out that personal income of those who work FOR the taxpayers have risen during the time that personal income of Americans that work in the proivate sector have dropped steadily.
     American incomes have tumbled over the last decade. But for many people in Washington, D.C., it’s been something of a party.
     The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America’s demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% — from $55,030 to $51,371. The state of Mississippi, which had one of the biggest declines, dropped 15% to $37,095: Nearly one in three people there have an income that is near the poverty line.
     How has Obama style socialism benefited you?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are These The Times That Try Obama's Soul?

     As the reality of an unhappy electorate, coming into a dangerous 2014, mid-term election, sober up the all out, all socialist democrat party, election minded liberals are showing a willingness to defy the Obama agenda of debt, spending, foreign weakness and media manipulation. Without blind obedience, the second term agenda will suffer.
     With a national media on their knees begging to obey him, Barack Obama won virtually every one of his pet projects, against the will of the voter. With 100% Senate democratic following, and just barely enough Congressional democrats falling in line, Obama force fed the disastrous obamacare bill thru without a single republican vote, proving that there was just enough vote fraud, at the senate level, to make sure there would be 60 votes on Christmas Eve, to saddle tax payers with the worst written, least thought out, most destructive bill ever passed.
      Now that the real truth about obamacare and its insidious tendrils are becoming impossible to cover up, people are standing up and speaking above the din of the knee pad wearing media and public support for obamacare and Obama are taking a dramatic hit.
      Throughout Obama's first term the media REFUSED to allow a single shred of truth to be printed that even hinted at dissatisfaction with their hero. Stories were routinely spiked, reporters reassigned, or relieved of their job for submitting anything that resembled non-compliance with the wishes of the regime. Those who failed to conform were singled out by everyone from msnbc to the IRS, for persecution. The first amendment has been routinely ignored as administration hacks attacked anyone who wouldn't walk the line drawn by the white house.
      In the fifth year of obama's reign too many people simply stopped tuning in, logging on, or listening to the government controlled voices of the media and profits were severely reduced. The regime countered by hiring 15 "friendly" journalists away from networks and installing them on the regime's staff, at enormous taxpayer expense, to influence the press even more. A regime that promised to be the most open and transparent in history, has all but disappeared behind locked doors, secret orders and outright lies, to avoid any hint of the truth, as long as possible.
      Socialist Senator recently summed it up. "If you read the papers, you almost think the Republicans are in control,” said Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and vigorously opposed Mr. Summers until he withdrew from consideration. “They’re constantly on the offensive. Democrats are on the defensive.”
The lack of strong leadership, he added, has created a vacuum. “I think you’re going to see more independents saying, ‘Mr. President, we look forward to working with you, but we’re not simply going to accept your leadership and your ideas,’ ” he said. “ ‘We’re not going to follow you. You’re going to have to work with us.’ ” 
      If the USA is to survive three more years of Obama's lack of decency, leadership, honesty and integrity, far more elected officials will have to find the encourage to tell the truth and ignore the empty headed criticism from the likes of John McCain, Diane Feinstein and Lindsey Graham. America needs more TEA and less Socialism.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Obama, thy name is HYPOCRITE
In a world where up is down and right is wrong, We the TEA Party of Florida are praying for all those hurt and hurting after today's shooting in Washington, D.C.

NY Times Accuses Conservative - TEA Party Members of Being TERRORISTS

A video (from the Daily Caller) reveals the Republican Party's real angst about the Tea Party.
David Brooks (the Gray Lady's idea of a housebroken conservative) laments, to PBS's Judy Woodruff that Republican legislators like Ted Cruz aren't "normal members. . . going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances and . . . pass a lot of legislation" while interesting themselves in "the perks . . . the leadership has to offer." Indeed, Brooks asserts, "They're not [real] legislators" at all -- just obstructionists "who want to stop things."!-!IKMFGM!-!zrzor45!-!GQRNJJFK-PSKR-HLDM-NJSE-EGQSPPFGMOMG!-!72y1nq/democrats_suck_mousepad-p144997874984242178z8xsj_400.jpg
All of which conversely implies Brooks believes real legislators are ones who go to Congress only because they can pass lots of legislation, create coalitions, make alliances, interest themselves in the perks the leadership has to offer, avoid obstructionism, and fail to stop anything.
"The Tea Party types," says Brooks, are "running against the Republican establishment[,] . . . having a very obstructive role, and making John Boehner's life even more difficult." Indeed, Brooks moans, they have no real policy goals at all and "Their [only] object is to take over the Republican Party."
Let's devoutly hope Brooks knows whereof he speaks. One could hardly ask for a better divination of what the Tea Party's real aspiration should be than Brooks' denunciation of Ted Cruz and what Mark Shields (Brooks' Democratic "sparring partner" in the video) disparages as "these people . . . the Tea Party people . . . the ruin or rule people -- mostly ruin because they're not really interested in ruling . . . " Let's hope so because the present establishment duopoly which is, in fact, very much interested in ruinously ruling constitutes, in reality, little more than a one-party state in which either party, if the other didn't exist, would have to invent it in order merely to preserve the illusion of a two-party state subject to substantive political opposition.
In political reality, there has in living memory been no conservative political party in the United States. There is none now; and, absent reforming the Republican Party or creating a third party, there will be none in the future.
The Republican Party isn't the Democratic Party's conservative opposition. Had it been, government spending at all levels wouldn't now equal almost 40% of the nation's gross domestic product (versus under 10% a century ago), over 40% of the citizenry wouldn't now be receiving some type of government assistance (versus virtually none a century ago), Federal regulations alone wouldn't now comprise more than 200 volumes occupying about 20 feet of shelf space (versus none a century ago), and the Federal debt alone wouldn't now equal almost 110% of the nation's gross domestic product (versus close to none a century ago).
Creating coalitions, making alliances, passing lots of legislation, and enjoying the leadership's perks (i.e., for Brooks the ideal behavior of normal Congressmen) have, in other words, been the rule which has already ruined the Republic and will soon enough complete its destruction unless the "Tea Party types" whom both Brooks and Shields so scorn can manage in time to create a substantive political opposition which, in fact, returns the Republic to something like at least a genuine two-party state. It's not only time to, in Brooks' words, "stop things." Indeed, it's time to reverse things. And who -- other than Brooks, Shields, and their ilk --would believe legislation reversing the unconstitutional governance which has created a collectivist state is neither legislation per se nor the prerogative of normal congressmen in a representative Republic?
Does "the rise of Ted Cruz-ism" (Brooks' phrase for "the Tea Party types") really mean "to take over the Republican Party" as Brooks bemoans? We'd better hope so if we aspire ever again to become anything like free men with free markets in a representative Republic constitutionally governed.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

2013 Conflict in Syria Blamed on Drought Caused by Global Warming??

Flashback 1933: ‘YO-YO BANNED IN SYRIA – Blamed For Drought By Moslems’

By: - Climate DepotSeptember 6, 2013 10:12 PM
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As international tensions heat up over Syria, many global warming activists are trying to capitalize on the situation by blaming man-made global warming for the conflict. Specifically climate change promoters are blaming recent droughts on global warming.
How Climate Change Warmed Syria Up for War — Drought allegedly caused by global warming helped create conflict – ‘So this is our mess too. We’re still cranking away at the carbon pump, and no nation is as culpable as the U.S.’ – William Polk, an ex-US State Department advisor, has written a meticulously detailed account of the genesis of the conflict over at The Atlantic..
Warmist Claim: ‘How Climate Change Primed Syria for War’ — ‘Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011′ – ’Climate change, however, is adding a new dynamic to the game. This is why the US military has identified climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’.
Drought Helped Spark Syria’s Civil War — Is it One of Many Climate Wars to Come? | Connecting the Dots, Q&A, What Matters Today |
Bill Moyers Tweeted: ‘Climate change in Syria helped spark the civil war there. Which country is next?’ – Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue mocked Moyers: ‘Fighting global warming on par with terrorism and nuclear proliferation. WMD isn’t Sarin gas, it’s carbon dioxide’ 
Seeking the cause of droughts is Syria in not without historical  precedent. In a January 23, 1933 news article,  Yo Yo’s were banned in Syria because they were also “blamed for drought.” See: Have we progressed?! 2013: Warmists blame Syrian drought on man-made global warming — Flashback 1933: ‘YO-YO BANNED IN SYRIA – Blamed For Drought By Moslems’ – Real Science reaction: ‘In 1933, Syrian experts blamed drought on the use of Yo-Yos. 
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So it seems that every malady under the Sun is now blamed on global warming, the modern  version  of the Yo Yo attribution. See: Climate Depot’s Morano on Fox News Mocking Gore’s ‘Climate Astrology’: ‘This is now akin to the predictions of Nostradamus or the Mayan calendar’ – Morano: ‘There is no way anyone can falsify the global warming theory now because any weather event that happens ‘proves’ their case…Man-made global warming has ceased to be a science, it is now the level of your daily horoscope’ (See also: Have we advanced? ‘Aztec priests encouraged people to sacrifice blood to the gods’ to end severe drought in 1450 – ‘Sacrificed thousands of people in a few weeks’)
The current science behind droughts and man-made global warming fails to provide a scientific  justification  for global warming activists. See: PROF. ROGER PIELKE JR: TESTIMONY ON THE CURRENT STATE OF WEATHER EXTREMES: ‘It is misleading, and just plain incorrect, to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally’ -
Drought has “for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U. S. over the last century.” Globally, “there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.”
1839 Shock News: Syria Has Been Having Droughts For Thousands Of Years
Even the readers of the New York Times refuse to accept the war/global warming assertions: see: ‘Climate change, our top global challenge, is on track to kill many millions this century, but not from wars’ – ’Is There a Link Between Weather and War?’ Published: September 6, 2012: To the Editor: Re “Weather and Violence” (Sunday Review, Sept. 1): Marshall Burke, Solomon Hsiang and Edward Miguel argue that climate change could increase violent group conflicts by 50 percent in the next 50 years. But I take strong issue with their starting point for this rise: “a planet already awash in conflict.” As Ross Douthat notes in his column on an adjacent page (“War, What Is It Good For?”), the world is actually “more at peace than at any point in human history … with fewer invasions, fewer war crimes, fewer massacres than in the past.” – Starting from today’s low levels, a 50 percent rise over 50 years hardly registers. After all, world total battle fatalities jumped 65 percent just in 2011 to 2012 because of Syria, but remain less than one-fifth of the average level of the 1980s. Climate change, our top global challenge, is on track to kill many millions this century, but not from wars. JOSHUA S. GOLDSTEIN - Amherst, Mass., Sept. 1, 2013  The writer, a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of “Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide.”
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How Climate Change Warmed Syria Up for War — Drought allegedly caused by global warming helped create conflict – ‘So this is our mess too. We’re still cranking away at the carbon pump, and no nation is as culpable as the U.S.’ – William Polk, an ex-US State Department advisor, has written a meticulously detailed account of the genesis of the conflict over at The Atlantic…”Syria has been convulsed by civil war since climate change came to Syria with a vengeance,” Polk writes. ”Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011. Rainfall in most of the country fell below eight inches (20 cm) a year, the absolute minimum needed to sustain un-irrigated farming. Desperate for water, farmers began to tap aquifers with tens of thousands of new well.  But, as they did, the water table quickly dropped to a level below which their pumps could lift it.”  – So this is our mess too. We’re still cranking away at the carbon pump, and no nation is as culpable as the United States—and as long as we do, we’ll be at least in some small part, responsible for the starving, rioting masses all the way across the globe. If we’re so dead set on intervention, maybe we should be focusing less on missiles and more on clean energy.
Warmist Claim: ‘How Climate Change Primed Syria for War’ — ‘Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011′ – ’Climate change, however, is adding a new dynamic to the game. This is why the US military has identified climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’. — ‘Climate change makes events such as the Russian Heat wave, Pakistan floods, the 2003 European heat wave, and 2011 Texas drought, and all their attendant ripple effects,  more likely.’
Not Syria-ous: Kerry takes break from war drums to push global warming at climate conference: ‘The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming’
A UN IPCC Scientist’s New Study! ‘Global Warming Sparks Fistfights & War, Researchers Say’: ‘Will systematically increase the risk of many types of conflict ranging from barroom brawls & rape to civil wars & international disputes’ — Climate Depot Responds
Climate Depot’s Round up Debunks Global Warming/War claimsFlashback: Study Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Cold spells were dark times in Eastern Europe: ‘Cooler periods coincided with conflicts and disease outbreaks’
Flashback: Debunked: the ‘climate change causes wars’ myth –Peer-reviewed paper ‘thoroughly eviscerates’ climate war claims — ‘The primary causes of civil war are political, not environmental’
Flashback: ‘A total takedown’ of myth by the Center for Strategic and International Studies — ‘Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars
More  debunking  here.
Rise In Violence Linked To Poor Statistics. Or Climate Change: ‘The most charitable way to describe the result is complete and utter nonsense’ – 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Facts Don't Align With the AGENDA of President Obama
     As everyone from Nancy Pelosi to Eric Cantor and John Boehner, beat the drum for more bombing, shooting and killing, at great expense to American taxpayers, those with a longer memory, than partisan agenda remember the inconvenient facts that belie the agenda of Barack Obama.
     Russia has called on Turkey to share its findings in the case of Syrian rebels who were seized on the Turkish-Syrian border with a 2kg cylinder full of nerve gas sarin.
     As recently as June 6, 2013, a scant three months ago, Russia requested details from Turskish officials of the capture of Syrian rebels with SARAN Nerve Gas, yet president Obama steadfastly refuses to examine the record, so desperate is he to make the middle east safer for muslim terrorists.
      During a meeting at the White House, the president assured Senator John McCain that after months of delay the US was meeting its commitment to back moderate elements of the opposition.
Mr Obama said that a 50-man cell, believed to have been trained by US special forces in Jordan, was making its way across the border into Syria, according to the New York Times.     So proud of his war making power, the president has briefed Congress that the FIRST unit of CIA trained rebels is on its way to Syria to undermine the current government. It strikes many as odd that the president never once mentioned any acts of aggression against Coptic Christians, when making his case for military strikes against Syria, only acts committed against muslims.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Black Journalist Writes About His Negative Opinion of Barack Obama

Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.

The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."
The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people.

The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama's arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same. I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.

He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House" - "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood...

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed."

Friday, August 30, 2013

When Is A Democratic Republic Neither?

    ....Apparently when the chief executive is Barack Obama.
       Americans are not thirsty for another war in the middle east. In fact, Americans are downright hostile to the idea in numbers so stark, that even the full time Obama apologist NBC admits the truth. With over 80% of people polled unwilling to support military action in Syria and our traditional allies turning their backs on Barack Obama, the president is so determined to support wasting the lives of our young men and women and billions of dollars much of it borrowed from China, to insure that our enemy, Al Qaeda flourishes in a new Islamic regime.;380;7;70;0.jpg
       Many see Obama's actions as inconsistent with the facts and forecast another war without a solid plan, defined objectives, or realistic exit strategy.
       Others concede Obama may be playing a dangerous game of one-ups-man ship with Vladimir Putin, which Obama with his deficient foreign policy skills, would lose dramatically.
       Georgy Mirsky is a professor at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow and writes in Financial Times;
Every now and then one of my English-speaking colleagues asks me what Russia will do if the western powers make good on their threats and strike at Syria. My answer is: nothing. Russia does not have to do anything, it can just sit quiet. The situation is advantageous to Moscow. Our leaders will be only too happy to see the US start a new war it cannot win.

Consider the options. A land invasion is out of the question. Sustained air bombardment risks the loss of pilots, and would therefore be unacceptable for the public in the west. The likeliest avenue is missile strikes; President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will undoubtedly suffer – but Russia and Iran will be able to make up for any losses. The allies will give Mr Assad a bloody nose and that is it. Punitive strikes cannot bring about a turning point in the hostilities. Any substantial change in the correlation of forces on the ground is not feasible.
         There appears to be no plan, no goal, no US interests at stake and no reason for this silliness, except for the rank ego of an inexperienced, undisciplined president's obsession with finding his name and photo on the front page.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

RINO's Assisting the Socialists Ruining America

Increased Contempt for the Law Highlights Obama's Second Term

    from FOX News:

The increasing lawlessness with which President Barack Obama has been acting in his second term is not going unnoticed.

In fact, in a strong rebuke last week to the unilateral actions being taken by the Obama administration, a federal appeals court came down hard on the administration’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission by ruling that delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste storage facility was in violation of federal law. In the majority opinion, the judges declared that the administration was “simply flouting the law,” and that President Obama “may not decline to follow a statute or prohibition simply because of policy objections.”

President Obama’s fall from grace as the candidate elected to rein in executive power in 2008 is more than tragic – it sets scary new precedents for the behavior of future presidents from either party.
Just take for example how President Obama has selectively enforced his own health care law:

In 2011, the Obama administration unilaterally ended the CLASS Act – a long-term care insurance plan included in ObamaCare that proved to be unworkable. Congress would later pass a repeal of this program, but it still signaled a disturbing beginning to the President’s pattern of selectively enforcing his law.

Last month, the President issued a one-year delay on the employer mandate contained in ObamaCare that would force large employers to insure their employees or pay a penalty. When my House Republican colleagues and I moved forward with 35 House Democrats to pass legislation that would codify the delay into law, the President responded by issuing a veto threat on a bill that would have made his actions legally binding.

The President has now unilaterally ignored legal statute and issued a delay on anti-fraud measures within the law. Taxpayers now are at significant risk for fraud and abuse as the President nefariously seeks to push as many people as possible onto ObamaCare subsidies whether they are eligible or not.
 And just last week it was reported that the President has delayed provisions of ObamaCare that would limit out-of-pocket health care costs on individuals and families. Just as the President caved to pressure from big business on the employer mandate delay, he has now caved to insurance companies over the best interests of American families.

The Obama administration has even gone so far as to circumvent a GOP amendment to the health care law that would have required members of Congress and their staffs to abide by the same exchange rules as Americans across the country. The Office of Personnel and Management issued a ruling giving Congress the unique ability to participate in the exchanges while still having employer-subsidized premiums.

The precedent these actions set for future administrations should scare all Americans.
At a press conference before the President left town on vacation, he was asked about his decision to pick and choose what parts of the law he enforced. His response was that, “in a normal political environment,” he would have contacted the Speaker of the House and asked for help to “tweak” the law. One must wonder what the President considers a “normal” political environment – is it one where his party controls the House and has a super majority in the Senate?

Again, the precedent these actions set for future administrations should scare all Americans. And they should worry the President as well. If President Obama can unilaterally decide which parts of the law he must enforce, what is to prevent the next president, regardless of party,  from unilaterally deciding to not enforce these and other laws passed by Congress? And how far is he willing to test Americans’ patience with his increasingly imperial presidency?

Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee's 6th congressional district and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years.

Friday, August 23, 2013

SWAT Team Raids Texas Organic Farm

     If it wasn't so transparently stupid and dangerous, it would be funny. Any city with this much money to waste, needs to be reducing budgets, firing useless personnel and shutting down departments.
     The City of Arlington decided to send a SAT Team to "enforce" several pathetically questionable Code Enforcement "violations", held citizens at machine gun point, for TEN HOURS while they destroyed their organic vegetables.
     Cities have become the new crack addicts, living for the next federal national security "grant" and unable to survive without a constant stream of hits. It has become so pathetic that cities regularly send out SWAT teams to enforce everything from flower beds, to wood piles not perfectly stacked. All this is to justify the never ending demand for higher budgets.
      The city of Arlington officials cannot justify these extravagant violations of public safety, honesty and decency, so they refuse to answer and hide behind mountains of lies, hidden in paperwork.
      The time has come to shut down the overuse of SWAT teams, pare down the cost of unnecessary law enforcement and force federal, state and local governments to learn to live within their means, before more people are murdered by over zealous, black masked, thugs wearing badges.

Monday, August 19, 2013

How Barack Obama's "Secret" Courts and Threats Killed a Secure E-mail Company


In mid-July, Tanya Lokshina, the deputy director for Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office, wrote on her Facebook wall that she had received an e-mail from It requested that she attend a press conference at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport to discuss the N.S.A. leaker’s “situation.” This was the wider public’s introduction to Lavabit, an e-mail service prized for its security. Lavabit promised, for instance, that messages stored on the service using asymmetric encryption, which encrypts incoming e-mails before they’re saved on Lavabit’s servers, could not even be read by Lavabit itself.
Yesterday, Lavabit went dark. In a cryptic statement posted on the Web site, the service’s owner and operator, Ladar Levison, wrote, “I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.” Those experiences led him to shut down the service rather than, as he put it, “become complicit in crimes against the American people.” Lavabit users reacted with consumer vitriol on the company’s Facebook page (“What about our emails?”), but the tide quickly turned toward government critique. By the end of the night, a similar service, Silent Circle, also shut down its encrypted e-mail product, calling the Lavabit affair the “writing [on] the wall.”
Which secret surveillance scheme is involved in the Lavabit case? The company may have received a national-security letter, which is a demand issued by a federal agency (typically the F.B.I.) that the recipient turn over data about other individuals. These letters often forbid recipients from discussing it with anyone. Another possibility is that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court may have issued a warrant ordering Lavabit to participate in ongoing e-mail surveillance. We can’t be completely sure: as Judge Reggie Walton, the presiding judge of the FISA court, explained to Senator Patrick Leahy in a letter dated July 29th, FISA proceedings, decisions, and legal rationales are typically secret. America’s surveillance programs are secret, as are the court proceedings that enable them and the legal rationales that justify them; informed dissents, like those by Levison or Senator Ron Wyden, must be kept secret. The reasons for all this secrecy are also secret. That some of the secrets are out has not deterred the Obama Administration from prosecuting leakers under the Espionage Act for disclosure of classified information. Call it meta-secrecy.
If Lavabit attempted to resist a FISA order, the first thing it would have done is petition the FISA court to review the order, arguing that it was flawed in some way. According to some legal commentators, such an argument, no matter how it is styled, would almost certainly fail; the FISA court so frequently approves surveillance orders that it is often criticized as a rubber stamp. If Lavabit’s petition failed, it could still drag its feet and force the government to petition the FISA court to issue an order compelling Lavabit to comply. This would give Lavabit another opportunity to press its case.
If Lavabit lost a petition to compel, and still refused to coöperate, it could seek review before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which has limited power to review FISA orders and is rarely adversarial. According to Judge Walton, only one company has had the chance to argue before the F.I.S.C.R. as a party objecting to an order—Yahoo, which initially refused to coöperate with the Prism surveillance dragnet.
If Lavabit lost its appeal to the F.I.S.C.R., and still refused to coöperate, it would run a serious risk of being found in contempt; that’s how most courts punish those who disobey its orders. The FISA court is no different. According to the court’s rules of procedure, a party may be held in contempt for defying its orders. The secret court may consider many punishments—secret fines for each day of noncompliance, or even secret jail time for executives. The idea behind civil contempt is that “you hold the key to your own cell.” If you comply, the punishment stops. But hold out long enough and your contempt may be criminal, and your compliance will not end the jail sentence or displace the fine.
With these powers, the FISA court could dismantle a stubborn e-mail service provider, or Facebook, piece by piece. An angry FISA court could demand increasingly severe fines, identify more and more officers for jail time, and make it impossible for Facebook to operate within the United States by issuing more (and more invasive) warrants. In this scenario, the FISA court would order Mark Zuckerberg, hoodie and all, to walk down the hallway to the FISA court’s reportedly unmarked door and explain whether he would coöperate. If he refused to comply, the court could jail him—and then pressure Sheryl Sandberg, and on down the line. Aside from the risk of the public finding out its surveillance methods, the court would only be limited by its willingness to violate the privacy of Facebook’s users, and inflict pain on shareholders, who would not have received the usual disclosures about the company’s books. (In an HSBC money-laundering case, for instance, afraid of harming the shareholders and destabilizing the financial system, the government ultimately blinked, and settled outside of criminal proceedings.)
Because FISA proceedings are secret, there are only a few examples of dissent. In 2004, the Internet service provider Calyx was served with a national-security letter. The letter came with a gag order, which Calyx’s owner, Nicholas Merrill, succeeded in getting partially lifted—after more than six years of litigation. In the meantime, Calyx shut down, with the goal of one day reopening as a nonprofit Internet service provider focussed on privacy. In 2007, a former Qwest Communications International executive (appealing his conviction for insider trading) alleged that the government revoked opportunities for hundreds of millions of dollars of government contracts when Qwest objected to participating in a warrantless surveillance program. The government refused to comment on the executive’s allegations. And, finally, Yahoo resisted FISA orders in 2007 and 2008, according to published reports and Judge Walton’s letter to Leahy. But Yahoo ultimately buckled under the threat of contempt. In each case, the resisting company wanted to inform the public, but was initially denied.
Any one company rightly fears the FISA court’s ability to punish contempt. But the N.S.A.’s surveillance programs are impossible without robust coöperation from America’s telecommunications and Internet companies. Silicon Valley and the telecoms can’t press this leverage because meta-secrecy keeps the companies trapped in a prisoner’s dilemma. Microsoft doesn’t know if Google is heroically resisting. Tim Cook doesn’t know if Mark Zuckerberg has endured a secret jail sentence for freedom’s cause. No company wants to be the only one to disclose its coöperation with Prism and other programs, lest it appear to be weak on privacy and set itself at a competitive disadvantage. That’s why Google and other companies are petitioning for the right to disclose their participation. And, of course, nobody wants to be the first public company taken apart in contempt proceedings.
If Silicon Valley can coördinate its dissent, they stand a chance of moving the policy needle. For the government, meta-secrecy has the added benefit of deflecting the legitimacy that big business would bring to critics of the surveillance state; the few known public dissenters are painted as a rogue’s gallery of hackers, leakers, spies, and traitors. Depending on what he does next, Levison, a businessman in Texas, could join those ranks.
Levison’s statement provides few clues about what he might do. His mention of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is a hint that he was ordered to do something—one of the only ways a case can go directly to a Court of Appeals is to challenge an agency order. A national-security letter is one such order, but there are at least two reasons to think Lavabit was ordered to participate in ongoing surveillance. First, the strategy of challenging national-security letters in the district courts has had some success—why deviate? Second, Levison described his decision as a choice between “becom[ing] complicit” and shutting down. One of the few publicly available national-security letters demands that a company not “disable, suspend, lock, cancel, or interrupt service” until the obligations of the letter are fulfilled. If Levison was ordered to give up Snowden’s encrypted data, refused, and then shut down the company, it’s unlikely he’d be going on the offensive in the Fourth Circuit. And while Lavabit’s encryption and privacy measures make brute force unattractive, the F.B.I. could have gotten a warrant to raid Lavabit and seize its hard drives or servers. Shutting down only mattered if Lavabit’s coöperation did.
There are already two theories as to what a FISA order against Lavabit may have looked like. First, FISA could have ordered Lavabit to insert spyware or build a back door for the N.S.A., as American and Canadian courts reportedly did to the encrypted e-mail service Hushmail, in 2007. Second, FISA could have ordered Lavabit to permit the N.S.A. to intercept users’ passwords. But the truth may never come out.
In a press conference on Friday, President Obama, in addition to pledging greater transparency surrounding the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which the government invokes to gather telephone records, promised to work with Congress to improve the FISA court. He proposed to make its deliberations more transparent and more adversarial, so that FISA judges hear from advocates for both “security” and “liberty.” Most important, he committed to establishing public trust in “the whole elephant” of America’s surveillance programs. That will require open debate—something this Administration has not guaranteed thus far.
Michael Phillips is an associate at a Wall Street litigation firm.

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