Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. 2019 From A Fourth Turning Perspective - James_Quinn
2.Beware the Young Stocks Bear Market! - Zeal_LLC
3.Safe Havens are Surging. What this Means for Stocks 2019 - Troy_Bombardia
4.Most Popular Financial Markets Analysis of 2018 - Trump and BrExit Chaos Dominate - Nadeem_Walayat
5.January 2019 Financial Markets Analysis and Forecasts - Nadeem_Walayat
6.Silver Price Trend Analysis 2019 - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Why 90% of Traders Lose - Nadeem_Walayat
8.What to do With Your Money in a Stocks Bear Market - Stephen_McBride
9.Stock Market What to Expect in the First 3~5 Months of 2019 - Chris_Vermeulen
10.China, Global Economy has Tipped over: The Surging Dollar and the Rallying Yen - FXCOT
Last 7 days
20 Days Left to Find Buying Opportunities In Gold - 25th Mar 19
Will the Historic Imbalance in Gold Stocks to Gold Price Resolve ? - 25th Mar 19
EasySMX Wireless Games Controllers Review - 25th Mar 19
Stock Market Short-term Top - 25th Mar 19
UK Population Growth - Latest ONS Immigration Statistics and Consequences - 24th Mar 19
The Fed Follows Trump's Tweets, And Does The Right Thing - 24th Mar 19
Yield Curves, 2yr Yield, SPX Stocks and a Crack Up Boom? - 24th Mar 19
Risk/Reward in Silver Favors Buying Now, Not Waiting for Big Moves - 23rd Mar 19
Similarities Between Stock Market Today and Previous Bull Market Tops - 23rd Mar 19
Stock Market DOW Seasonal Trend Analysis - 23rd Mar 19
US Dollar Breakdown on Fed Was Much Worse Than It Looks - 23rd Mar 19
Gold Mid-Tier GDXJ Stocks Fundamentals - 23rd Mar 19
Which Currency Pairs Stand to Benefit from Prevailing Risk Aversion? - 23rd Mar 19
If You Get These 3 Things Right, You’ll Never Have to Worry About Money - 22nd Mar 19
March 2019 Cryptocurrency Technical Analysis - 22nd Mar 19
Turkey Tourist Fakes Market Bargains Haggling Top Tips - 22nd Mar 19
Next Recession: Finding A 48% Yield Amid The Ruins - 22nd Mar 19
Your Future Stock Returns Might Unpleasantly Surprise You - 22nd Mar 19
Fed Acknowledges “Recession Risks”. Run for the Hills! - 22nd Mar 19
Will Bridging Loans Grow in Demand and Usage in 2019? - 22nd Mar 19
Does Fed Know Something Gold Investors Do Not Know? - 21st Mar 19
Gold …Some Confirmations to Watch For - 21st Mar 19
UKIP No Longer About BrExit, Becomes BNP 2.0, Muslim Hate Party - 21st Mar 19
A Message to the Gold Bulls: Relying on the CoT Gives You A False Sense of Security - 20th Mar 19
The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal - 20th Mar 19
Vietnam, Part I: Colonialism and National Liberation - 20th Mar 19
Will the Fed Cut its Interest Rate Forecast, Pushing Gold Higher? - 20th Mar 19
Dow Jones Stock Market Topping Pattern - 20th Mar 19
Gold Stocks Outperform Gold but Not Stocks - 20th Mar 19
Here’s What You’re Not Hearing About the US - China Trade War - 20th Mar 19
US Overdosing on Debt - 19th Mar 19
Looking at the Economic Winter Season Ahead - 19th Mar 19
Will the Stock Market Crash Like 1937? - 19th Mar 19
Stock Market VIX Volaility Analysis - 19th Mar 19
FREE Access to Stock and Finanacial Markets Trading Analysis Worth $1229! - 19th Mar 19
US Stock Markets Price Anomaly Setup Continues - 19th Mar 19
Gold Price Confirmation of the Warning - 18th Mar 19
Split Stock Market Warning - 18th Mar 19
Stock Market Trend Analysis 2019 - Video - 18th Mar 19
Best Precious Metals Investment and Trades for 2019 - 18th Mar 19
Hurdles for Gold Stocks - 18th Mar 19
Pento: Coming QE & Low Rates Will Be ‘Rocket Fuel for Gold’ - 18th Mar 19
"This is for Tommy Robinson" Shouts Knife Wielding White Supremacist Terrorist in London - 18th Mar 19
This Is How You Create the Biggest Credit Bubble in History - 17th Mar 19
Crude Oil Bulls - For Whom the Bell Tolls - 17th Mar 19
Gold Mining Stocks Fundamentals - 17th Mar 19
Why Buy a Land Rover - Range Rover vs Huge Tree Branch Falling on its Roof - 17th Mar 19
UKIP Urged to Change Name to BNP 2.0 So BrExit Party Can Fight a 2nd EU Referendum - 17th Mar 19

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Stock Market Trend Forecast March to September 2019

Totalitarianism is the New Normal

Politics / US Politics Mar 27, 2013 - 04:53 PM GMT

By: Jeff_Berwick

Politics

Wendy McElroy writes: First it was a secret “kill list” on which Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama names those he wishes to be assassinated. The names included American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who died in a drone strike in Yemen on September 30th, 2011. Neither was indicted or charged with a crime. They were killed as 'terrorists' at the discretion of one man whose signature now constitutes due process.


Then, on March 20th, the Obama administration put a $5 million bounty on each of two American citizens: Abu Mansur Al-Amriki (alias Omar Hammami) and Jehad Serwan Mostafa. They are accused of being fighters for the Islamic militant group al Shabaab which is based in Somalia. Hammami is a particularly interesting choice. The respected website Intelwire.com, run by J.M. Berger, analyzes terror risks. Berger noted that Hammami has made no threats against America; he "hasn't taken direct violent action against the U.S. or worked with al-Qaida proper in any meaningful capacity." Moreover, Hammami has broken with the militant al Shabaab, which he now bitterly attacks. And, yet, his photo will be circulated on posters and matchbooks in Somalia in order to encourage his capture.

The posters do not say “dead or alive” but they might as well. Hammami has vowed to never be taken alive. If he were, he would almost certainly be renditioned to a third world torture chamber or, perhaps, to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Obama plans to pour $150 million into an overhaul of Gitmo to expand the facility.

What has Hammami done to deserve a death sentence? He became a Twitter and YouTube star through his provocative tweets and political rapping. He is embarrassing Obama at whom he directs a stream of taunts and insults. For example, in response to the $5 million bounty, Hammami tweeted "As I'm a bit low on cash, how much is my left leg going for?” The $5 million is intended to silence him.

But the most remarkable thing about the “kill list” and the bounties on American heads is how little protest they have occasioned. A President signs secret death warrants on Americans who are charged with no crime; he puts a bounty on the head of an ex-pat American who has not threatened the US. And the media covers his golf game with Tiger Woods. Obama is no longer a president; he is a full-fledged dictator with a cult following. Totalitarianism is America's new normal, with half of the people cheering as their freedoms disappear.

The despotism is about to get worse, and quickly so, because nothing facilitates a slide into statism like a fresh war. Obama's massive expansion of control has been justified by a so-called “war exemption” that supposedly frees him from Constitutional constraints. The fact that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights contains such an exemption and that war has not been declared seems to pose no problem. Obama understands: war is good business for dictators.

In his February State of the Union address, Obama stated, “America will complete its mission in Afghanistan” from which coalition combat forces are scheduled to depart by the end of 2014. Those applauding the demilitarization should pay attention to Africa instead.

In the same speech, Obama pledged to continue the war against militant groups (not merely Al Qaeda) by using new strategies. "We don't need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations,” he explained. “Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.”

In January, America agreed to 'assist' French troops against Islamic militants in the West African nation of Mali. According to the War Powers Resolution of 1973, dispatching the American military abroad requires either the consent of Congress or the presence of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” Instead, Obama merely notified the House and the Senator of his actions in a terse six-sentence letter. It made vague reference to the need to “facilitate intelligence sharing” with the French.

How much clearer can it be? Obama is now a dictator with no real restraint. And his gaze has shifted to Africa.

Late last year, the left-leaning news source Democracy Now reported, “US Army teams will be deploying to as many as 35 African countries early next year for training programs and other operations as part of an increased Pentagon role in Africa. The move would see small teams of US troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. The teams are from a US brigade that has the capability to use drones for military operations in Africa if granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future US military intervention in Africa.” Al-Qaeda is cited as the proximate cause for American intervention but many of the nations being 'trained' have scant al-Qaeda presence. Instead, they are vulnerable to Chinese influence that could be hostile to some American interests.

Specifically, the 2nd Brigade (the Dagger Brigade) of the US 1st Infantry is being deployed in what the Global Research site calls an attempt to make “all of Africa a theater of U.S. military operations.” The 2nd Brigade is a combat unit. Although its deployment in Africa seems to be in a training and advisory role, it should be remembered that the 2nd Brigade was the first infantry to arrive in Vietnam in 1965. And, then, Vietnam exploded. What are the odds of campaigns in Africa going better?

The backlash from 9/11 and the war in Iraq has created an outright dictator. The coming wars in Africa will cement his absolute authority. It is an authority so vast that American citizens can be killed at Obama's command, they can be hunted down at his discretion, and troops deployed at his whim. I weep for the death of America.

Editor's Note: Now would be a good time to trade in that American slave card for membership on a kinder, gentler tax somewhere in the Caribbean or Latin America. Time to get out and get safe is running short.]

Wendy McElroy is a frequent Dollar Vigilante contributor and renowned individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist in 1982, and is the author/editor of twelve books, the latest of which is "The Art of Being Free". Follow her work at http://www.wendymcelroy.com.

Anarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media.

© 2013 Copyright Jeff Berwick - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

Jeff Berwick Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules