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Monday, June 24, 2013

The White House Beatings to Continue

Until Moral Improves

You can always count on the White House to react strongly to “internal” threats.
Yes, the folks who could care less who is blowing up whom in Syria, Libya or Boston, takes people who snitch on them very seriously.
Their newest weapon is a program called “Inside Threat,” which, according to McClatchy, is designed not to just to clamp down on classified leaks, but rather to make sure ANY unauthorized disclosure of ANY information that make them look bad will leave a mark on the miscreant leaker.
Given the proclivities of the administration to impale themselves on the sharp edge of many of their policies, it’s no wonder they have no time for the economy, jobs, the war in Afghanistan, the immigration reform, budgets, national security briefings and all the other effluvia of governing.
What with vacations and stopping the whistle blowers, time is short.
“President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program,” writes, “is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of ‘insider threat’ give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.”
It’s received scant attention because the media, which makes money to report this type of abuse of power, is hoping still that Bo loves them, even though they have had some tiffs of late.
Just like the wife who excuses the abusive husband, they’ve deluded themselves that really, come on, he means well.
Remember that business with the email address to report on citizens?
That was tyranny sure; but it was well-meant tyranny. They had it coming.
Just like the Tea Party people had it coming with the IRS, and General Carter Ham had it coming and General Petraeus had it coming, and Admiral Gaoulette and…. 
And don’t forget: we have Obamacare, and that’s well… that’s working out… someday.  Maybe.
But of course we’ll now never know how Obamacare is working because the message is clear: Mess with this administration and the beatings will continue until your moral improves.
This just in from Foreign Policy online:

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