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    EXPLOSIVE!! OBAMA SECRET DISSIDENT CITIZEN DATABASE

     

    Cornyn to Obama: Stop With the Enemies Lists

     

    The White House call for people to inform on anyone spreading "disinformation about health insurance reform" didn't sit well with a lot of people -- Obama isn't running a political campaign anymore, he's supposed to be running the country (and in the event even those who spread video clips of the president making statements on health care reform that are now impolitic have been targeted by the White House). Texas Senator John Cornyn has written a letter to the president politely asking if he could please put an end to the creepiness:

     

    “I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Sen. Cornyn wrote. “You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights.”

     

     

    Read the full letter.

     

     

    Dear President Obama,

     

     

    I write to express my concern about a new White House program to monitor American citizens’ speech opposing your health care policies, and to seek your assurances that this program is being carried out in a manner consistent with the First Amendment and America’s tradition of free speech and public discourse.

     

     

    Yesterday, in an official White House release entitled “Facts are Stubborn Things,” the White House Director of New Media, Macon Phillips, asserted that there was “a lot of disinformation out there,” and encouraged citizens to report “fishy” speech opposing your health care policies to the White House. Phillips specifically targeted private, unpublished, even casual speech, writing that “rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.” Phillips wrote “If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

     

     

    I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed “fishy” or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests.

     

     

    By requesting that citizens send “fishy” emails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House. You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights.

     

     

    I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House. I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program—and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action.

     

     

    So I urge you to cease this program immediately. At the very least, I request that you detail to Congress and the public the protocols that your White House is following to purge the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and identities of citizens who are reported to have engaged in “fishy” speech. And I respectfully request an answer to the following:

     

     

    · How do you intend to use the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and identities of citizens who are reported to have engaged in “fishy” speech?

     

    · How do you intend to notify citizens who have been reported for “fishy” speech?

     

    · What action do you intend to take against citizens who have been reported for engaging in “fishy” speech?

     

    · Do your own past statements qualify as “disinformation”? For example, is it “disinformation” to note that in 2003 you said: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan”?

     

     

    I look forward to your prompt response.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

     

    JOHN CORNYN

     

    United States Senator

     

     

    Here is the direct quote from Whitehouse.gov;

     

    "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

     

     

    In a few words:  violation of freedom of speech.

     

    Lasty, President Obama believes in conferring rights on those whom he believes deserving of them and denies rights to those whom he believes undeserving of them.

     

    In the following report the Washington Examiner dug deep and here it is, that is the answer Cornyn was looking for;

     

    "Obama's Dissident Database Could Be Secret-- and PERMANENT"

     

    Byron York

    THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

     

    The White House request that members of the public report anyone who is spreading "disinformation" about the proposed national health care makeover could lead to a White House database of political opponents that will be both secret and permanent, according to Republican lawyers on the Senate Judiciary Committee who are examining the plan's possible implementation.

     

    On Monday, White House director of new media Macon Phillips posted a note on the White House web site complaining of "disinformation about health insurance reform."  "These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation," Phillips wrote.  "Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help.  If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

     

    In a letter to Obama Tuesday, Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote that, given Phillips' request, "it is inevitable that the names, email address, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House."  Cornyn warned the president that "these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program."

     

    "I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House," Cornyn continued.  "I urge you to cease this program immediately."

     

    Senate Judiciary Committee lawyers studying the proposal say that although there is no absolutely settled law on the matter, the White House plan is likely not covered by the Privacy Act, which prohibits government agencies from keeping any records "describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained."  Therefore, it appears the White House can legally keep records of the emails and other communications it receives in response to Phillips' request.

     

    Those lawyers also point out that the White House is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, which means it would not have to release any information on the plan to members of the public who make a request.

     

    In addition, the lawyers say the collected emails likely will be covered by the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve and maintain its records for permanent storage in a government database.  Phillips' request suggests that whatever information the White House receives on health-care reform "disinformation" will be used to further the goal of passing a national health-care makeover, which is, of course, one of the president's main policy initiatives.  Such material, and whatever the White House does with it, would qualify as [secret]  presidential records. Only after more than a decade would such records be publicly available.

     

    "So the White House, whether by design or accident, has requested information from the public that will become 'records' under the Presidential Records Act, yet would be impermissible for any government to otherwise collect under the Privacy Act," writes one Judiciary Committee source.  "Where were the lawyers in all of this?  What is their legal basis for authorizing the collection of these records?"

     

    Linda Douglass, head of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform, says the White House is "not compiling lists or sources of information" on opponents of health care reform.  But if "fishy" information is indeed collected, as Phillips' request suggested, the laws involved mean that the information obtained by the White House could not only be secret but permanent. A dissident database, in whatever precise form it ultimately takes, could be around for a long time to come.

     

     

     

     

    There you have it; Obama's personal enemies list....

     

    ...and the left wing massive public outcry against NIXON'S personal enemies list notwithstanding....

     

    ...and he will use it to intimidate, strong arm, and silence any American citizen who speaks out against his personal interests, policies, or otherwise.

     

    But terrorists and illegal aliens receive special consideration and special rights while the White House targets any US citizen with whom it disagrees with, and with whom disagrees with its policies.

     

    Download HR 3200 Health Reform Bill here: http://is.gd/1W1Ey (PDF)

     

    Link to Library of Congress Titles, Sections, and Subsections HR 3200 details supplimentary here; copy and paste in new browser window:  thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3200

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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