Monday, May 23, 2011

A moment to treasure in these dangerous times

USSR May Day poster from 1919
To honor the memory of the death of Osama bin Laden and America's sacrifices in the war on terror, the US should pressure the UN to declare May 1st a new kind of public holiday.  

Three weeks ago a remarkable scene unfolded outside DoF Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C..  A DoF staff member recorded a video (below) of young Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.   But such joyous occasions are likely to be few and far between.  We believe a new national holiday could serve to annually rekindle memories of those sweet tears of happiness that were shed on May 1, 2011, helping to sustain enthusiasm for the Global War on Terror through the decades.  

Such a holiday would do good in more ways than one.  Presently many people around the world hold inappropriate celebrations on May 1 or May Day.  Wikipedia notes that "in many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by communists, anarchists, socialists, unionists, and other activist groups."  May Day is a dangerous anachronism, a relic of another century.   The best way to consign the anti-capitalist spirit of May Day to history's dustbin is to displace it.

This September the president of the United States will stand before before the General Assembly of the United Nations and remind the world of the what America achieved on May 1, 2011.  The United States Department of Fear believes that President Obama should then ask the countries of the world to join with America in declaring May 1st "International Counter-Terrorism Day" or "Death to Terrorists Day."  The president should say that any countries that don't establish the new May 1st holiday are making a choice to stand against us. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Politico: Congress about to declare total worldwide war

Celebrating the death of bin Laden outside the White House.

National celebrations marking the death of bin Laden were not some kind of "grand finale." A better analogy is the half-time show at a football game.   We've still got a game to play.

Republicans, having huddled, have a bold new strategy for the second half.  Politico describes a muscular Republican-sponsored bill that would kick off the next the next phase of the War on Terror:
... critics say the Republican-sponsored measure amounts to the first full-scale declaration of war by the U.S. since World War II – at a moment when counter-terrorism efforts are succeeding, the U.S. is withdrawing from Iraq, and about to begin a withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, they say, it gives Obama and any successor carte blanche to attack any individual or any nation without further approval from Congress.

“The U.S. is trying to finish up and pull out of two wars right now [but] Congress is involved in declaring, for the first time in 70 years, worldwide war,” said Chris Anders, a legislative liaison for the American Civil Liberties Union.

In addition, Anders said, the legislation would result in “a huge transfer of authority from the Congressional Branch to the Executive Branch” that would give “ authority to this president and all future presidents to use military power, war power wherever a terrorism suspect resides.”
The half-time party was great fun, but it's time to get back on the field.  Call your Congressman and demand a declaration of "total worldwide war" before it's too late.

World Wide War Authorization (H.R. 1540, Sec. 1034)

Map of global terrorism.
The proposed "World Wide War Authorization" (H.R. 1540, Sec. 1034) marks a vast improvement over the dated 2001 version known as "Authorization for Use of Military Force" (P.L. 107‐40).  The former was more limited in scope. 

Following is the most important section of the new improved war authorization before Congress:

Congress affirms that—
(1) the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with
al‐Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens, both domestically and abroad;
(2) the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict with al‐Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note);
(3) the current armed conflict includes nations, organization, and persons who— (A) are part of, or are substantially supporting, al‐Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or (B) have engaged in hostilities or have directly supported hostilities in aid of a nation, organization, or person described in subparagraph (A); and
(4) the President’s authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority to detain belligerents, including persons described in paragraph (3), until the termination of hostilities.
If you like, you can compare the old version to the new one here.

Don't forget to call your Congressman.  Tell him you're scared shitless of Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula.  Tell him that that the death of bin Laden marks a rare opportunity for the president to expand the War on Terror and you want Congress to give Obama and his successors the power to do just that.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Obama orders mandatory mental health examinations

Got a lot of questions on your mind concerning the killing of OBL?  Contact us about arranging your mandatory mental health examination.  President's orders.

Last week a number of Americans questioned the way the Navy SEAL team dealt with Osama bin Laden.  On Sunday evening the president of the United States finally put his foot down, declaring his intention subject these troublemakers to mandatory mental health examinations.

President Obama announced the new public health policy during an interview on the popular CBS News program "60 Minutes."  CG reports: 
With many other aspects of the operation available in the full interview below, Obama closed out his "60 Minutes" interview by saying, “As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking Bin Laden out. Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn’t deserve what he got needs to have their head examined.”
Particularly in view of the widespread perception that the terrorists are likely to retaliate against the United States in the near future,  the president's proposal seems likely to garner near unanimous bipartisan support.   The American People are frightened.  They understand the need to examine the heads of those who question the government's narrative.  That's because at the back of every compliant citizen's mind is a nagging question: What if those dissenters from mainstream opinion really are "with the terrorists"?  

Mental Health Examinations
It is expected that the new mental health exam will only be mandatory for known civil libertarians and those who have "friended" such individuals in their online social networks.  The examination will likely be developed by the United States Department of Fear (DoF) in cooperation with the National Security Agency (NSA), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Political Re-Education Program (PREP)
Anyone who fails the mental health exam (and who's name is not on the president's list), may be required to attend a re-education camp. The Department of Fear is already soliciting bids from contractors who have expressed an interest in developing the infrastructure and curriculum for the Political Re-education Program (PREP).

Contacted by phone Sunday night, SecFear Malcolm P. Stag III told DoF blog, "Our partners for PREP may include the Corrections Corporation of America, a consortium of for-profit universities, News Corp., and the SERE Training School at Fort Bragg."

Concerning funding, SecFear said, "The budget is as yet unknown, but like any high-profile national security initiative, PREP promises to be wildly profitable for its partners in the private sector (PREPPIES)."

SecFear mentioned that he had "just got off the phone with the CEO of a leading pharmaceutical company."  SecFear was told that the company has "a new drug in the pipeline" that the CEO believes "could be re-branded to treat PREP participants."

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Press Release: It's time to recognize war on terror leaders

Pres. George W. Bush awarded the
Medal of Freedom to former
CIA director George Tenet
On May 1, 2011 Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden.  The United States Department of Fear urges Congress to establish a new medal of honor to mark this historic occasion, the Osama Bin Laden Medal of Honor (OBLMH).    On behalf of the American People, Congress should award this medal to Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, in recognition of their contributions toward developing and implementing policies that led to the death of the greatest terrorist of all time.  We hope that the OBLMH will serve as a reminder to the America People that the fight against terrorism is bipartisan, that no one party or political leader deserves all the credit for the greatest triumph to date in the war.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mystery man in famous situation room photo identified

"The tableau of the already iconic photo is powerful: the unfamiliar ... and the mystery arms and elbows of otherwise unseen men...."
- Washington Post, May 5, 2011

Just who were all the individuals watching the live raid on the Osama bin Laden compound? We've ID'd everyone in the room with President Barack Obama, you can match our country's national security leadership team to the numbers pictured.

He is the assistant commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command, which targets top suspects, according to news reports
The deputy national security advisor is among those who assist the president on national  security and foreign policy issues.
The secretary of state plays a lead role in developing and implementing the president's foreign policy, according to
The secretary of defense oversees the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the country.
7. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The chairman is the highest ranking officer of the Armed Forces and serves as the principal military adviser to the president.  
8. Tom Donilon, national security adviser
The national security adviser acts is the president's go-to person on all national security issues.
9. Bill Daley, chief of staff
The chief of staff is the highest-ranking member of the executive office.       
10. Tony Blinken, national security advisor to the vice president
The national security post is often described as the vice president's right-hand man on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  
11. Audrey Tomason, director for counterterrorism
This director advises the president on counterterrorism efforts.
12. John Brennan, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
As a member of the Homeland Security Council, this assistant advises the president alongside the heads of several other federal agencies.
13. James Clapper, director of National Intelligence
The national intelligence director serves as the top adviser to the president for intelligence matters relating to national security.
14. Malcolm P. Stag III, Secretary of Fear, United States Department of Fear.   
The secretary of fear advises the president on how to promote fear in the interest of national security.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Killing Osama bin Laden vindicates Cheney policies, Guantanamo

Osama Bin Laden killers.
Without the leadership and creative genius of the Cheney-Bush administration, without a president who is passionate about assassinating terror suspects, we wouldn't be celebrating today.  

A report in today's Washington Post testifies that the killing of Osama bin Laden was a direct result of intelligence obtained under the previous administration from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner.  This single fact is the ultimate vindication of various Cheney-Bush policies.  WaPo:
...members of the Bush administration — as well as Obama officials — said the prior administration deserved credit, too.

Without information from detainees [DoF: often obtained through enhanced  interrogation techniques] at the Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere [DoF: black sites, extraterritorial rendition program, etc.], U.S. officials would never have tracked the courier who led them to bin Laden’s compound, they said.  Much of the intelligence and logistical groundwork [DoF: "illegal" NSA wiretapping, etc] was also laid during the Bush era...
DoF comment:  This isn't reported in the Washington Post as mere speculation, or the assertion of one government official, but historical fact.  It's the truth.
The Obama administration took office strongly opposed to aspects of the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policy, vowing to prohibit torture during interrogation and to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But under public and political pressure [DoF: the public remained terrified], the Obama team has backed off from shuttering Guantanamo...

Still, there was some zing in the comments of Bush officials who had been heavily criticized for adopting harsh interrogation techniques and establishing the Guantanamo prison.

Paul D. Wolfowitz, the former deputy secretary of defense, said Monday that “most Republicans have been applauding what [Obama] did.” However, he added, the operation “also rested heavily on some of those controversial policies” instituted by Bush, such as setting up the Guantanamo camp. He spoke in a conference call organized by the American Enterprise Institute.

“All of this was made possible by the relentless, sustained pressure on al-Qaeda that the Bush administration initiated after 9/11 and that the Obama administration has wisely chosen to continue,” former Defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote on Facebook.
Condi Rice explains that the capture of OBL was the result of the bipartisan work of two administrations.   In fact, every top Cheney-Bush administration official interviewed or quoted by WaPo for the article appears to have come to the same conclusion: that the capture of Osama bin Laden vindicates the policies of Bush and Cheney (and by extension Guantanamo, the enhanced interrogation techniques, extradition, and the wiretapping program).  Moreover, the newspaper informs us that various anonymous Obama administration officials agree with this assessment.   Of course, the killing of OBL also vindicates the Obama administration's enthusiasm for extrajudicial assassination programs.

These new facts expose the treasonous nature of attacks against Bush and Cheney administration officials and President Obama for his defense of those policies and the targeted killing of terror suspects on an unprecedented scale.  Now there can be little doubt that those who have criticized US terror policies have helped the terrorists.  To what extent such assistance to the terrorists had been intentional is something the government will have to determine with regards to each outspoken citizen on a case by case basis (through NSA wiretapping, the monitoring of private email correspondence).