No Hope for the Obambi Nation, and the ‘Change’ is Bad News:
White House moves to restrict free speech and stifle dissent from Obama policies: “We are the Brain Police!”
Right now they’re talking about restricting free speech in connection with dissent from the stimulus bill. Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform (of all things), writes this: “Update on Recovery Act Lobbying Rules: New Limits on Special Interest Influence,” from theÂ Whitehouse.gov Blog, May 29Â “the people are now nothing but lobbyists”…
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Following OMB’s review,Â the Administration has decidedÂ to make a number of changes to the rules that we think make them even tougher on special interests and more focused on merits-based decision making.First,Â we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.
Second,Â we will focus the restriction on oral communications to target the scenario where concerns about merit-based decision-making are greatestÂ â€“after competitive grant applications are submitted and before awards are made. Once such applications are on file, the competition should be strictly on the merits. To that end, comments (unless initiated by an agency official) must be in writing and will be posted on the Internet for every American to see.
Third, we will continue to require immediate internet disclosure of all other communications with registered lobbyists. If registered lobbyists have conversations or meetings before an application is filed, a form must be completed and posted to each agency’s website documenting the contact.
OMB will be consulting with agencies, outside experts and others about these principlesÂ and will publish detailed guidance, but we wanted to update interested parties on the outcome of the initial review. We consulted very broadly both within and outside of government (including as reflected in previous posts on the White House blog) and we are grateful to all those who participated in the process.
In “White House moves to restrict criticism of stimulus projects” at theÂ Washington Examiner, May 30 (thanks again to James), Mark Tapscott explains the implications:
This is the Camel’s nose under the tent, being poked because of special circumstances.Â Let government restrict political expression – i.e. lobbying of government officials regarding policy – in one small, supposedly specialized area and not long after the specialized area starts expanding.Eventually, all political expression regarding all policy will become subject to government regulation.More on this as it develops. And trust me, it will develop.
With the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)Â making an all-out international effort to restrict free speech about Islam, including speech designed to alert non-Muslims to the motives and goals of the global jihad movement, andÂ Obama making conciliatory gestures toward the OIC, it is not at all difficult to look down the path and see the day coming when it will Sharia provisions restricting speech about Islam will be in place in the United States of America, and it will be illegal to speak about the Islamic supremacist agenda.
Most, of course, will dismiss such concerns the way they always dismiss them: with a wave of the hand and an invocation of the First Amendment — as if the First Amendment were some kind of inviolate shield that cannot itself ever in any way be impeached or impugned. Would that it were so. But the Obama Administration is already showing how little it cares for free speech and open dissent. And with an Obama-compliant Supreme Court judging cases that challenge their actions and interpreting the First Amendment for us, what’s to stop the Administration from playing ball with the OIC and building wonderful new bridges with the Islamic world in this way?
*Â Youssef Megahed update: “fireworks in the trunk” trial continues:
Anti-jihad efforts outrage Muslims in Miami and Seattle
See a pattern?
Feigning outrage and claiming discrimination — it’s a very effective tactic to deflect criticism and scrutiny.
“Florida Case Angers Muslim Groups,” by Joel Millman for theÂ Wall Street Journal, May 30 (thanks to Jihad Watch):
A federal immigration judge denied bail Friday to a 23-year-old engineering student from Tampa who has been charged by the U.S. government for engaging in terrorism.The defendant, Youssef Megahed, has already been acquitted by a federal jury of related charges. But now, he faces essentially the same charges again in an immigration court, where if he is found guilty he faces deportation back to his native Egypt.
The case has inflamed Muslim immigrant groups, and has become a cause cÃ©lÃ¨bre in Egypt, where President Barack Obama makes a much anticipated trip next week. The issue: Whether an immigrant defendant who is acquitted in one U.S. court can be detained and then retried in an immigration court, without invoking protection against double jeopardy, which forbids prosecutors from trying defendants more than once on the same evidence.
The undergraduate from the University of South Florida was arrested in 2007 in South Carolina with a companion, another USF student from Egypt named Ahmed Mohamed, driving a car that allegedly had explosives in the trunk. Mr. Megahed’s companion explained the lengths of PVC pipe and chemical compounds were simply home-made fireworks that Mr. Mohamed planned to detonate for fun during a vacation. Mr. Mohamed later agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of providing material support to terrorism — and submit to a 15-year sentence — while six charges of transporting explosives were dropped.
Mr. Megahed decided to fight those charges in court and was acquitted April 3 on four criminal counts stemming from the arrest. He had already served nine months in jail before making bail prior to the opening of his trial in March in Tampa.
But three days after the acquittal, Mr. Megahed was arrested a second time by federal agents at a local Wal-Mart store where he was shopping with his father. Mr. Megahed was charged under the Immigration and Naturalization Act as someone a U.S. official “knows, or has reason to believe, is engaged in or is likely to engage” in terrorist activity. He was also designated for deportation to Egypt, the country he emigrated from in 1998, when he was 12 years old….
A Seattle police training program has upset some Muslims because it comes from a Jewish group they accuse of spreading fear about Islam.The racial awareness program, “Perspectives on Profiling,” was produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles. It’s known for Holocaust education work and tracking down Nazi war criminals.
Muslim critics are unhappy about films on Islamic extremism the Wiesenthal Center has distributed.
Arsalan Bukhari, president of the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the group “has an anti-Muslim agenda.”…
* Nothing, of course, about CAIR’s unindicted co-conspirator status, etc.
Would You Buy a Car From This Man?
Gates of Vienna/by Dymphna
Obama’s first major scandal is brewing. Sorting out the rumors from the reality will take some time. Some folks believe that this is just one more “distraction” to keep Americans’ attention off Obama and onto manufactured outrage where others can be blamed when snafus occur. Whether real or manufactured, this particular situation will not turn out well for the administration.
FromÂ Fox News: