CHARLOTTE, NC, December 9, 2014 – Whoever coined the phrase “the information age” to designate the point in history in which we live must not have been thinking about the planet Earth. We are in the disinformation age.
Case in point, the Jonathan Gruber hearings vs the Diane Feinstein CIA report that is dominating the current news cycle. There is no doubt the timing of Feinstein’s release of the senate’s CIA documents was designed to override the Gruber hearings and soften any damage to Obamacare.
As a matter of fact, that is precisely what President Obama meant when he told us his administration would be “the most transparent in history.” The president’s transparency lies in the fact that everybody knows exactly how his strategy works.
Waterboarding and torture by the CIA are old news. More than a decade old, in fact. So why bring up the topic now under the guise of “urgency.”
There is no such thing as “urgency” in the Obama White House except when he wants to use the word for emphasis. “Urgency” is nothing more than another buzzphrase in the Obama dictionary, like “let me be perfectly clear” or “I assure you we will get to the bottom of this” or “nobody is more angry than I am.”
Whether or not waterboarding is torture is a debatable subject, but it has already been discussed ad nauseum in the past and there is absolutely nothing relevant to that subject in the present hearings that should bring about further controversy.
In other words Feinstein’s release is nothing more than a smokescreen to dominate the headlines by given a complicit media plenty of fuel for coverage.
Taking the bait however, if waterboarding is regarded as torture, then how do we classify public beheadings of Americans by ISIS on social media?
If you believe Americans are on top of things consider the words of Raymond Ibrahim who wrote, “A few years after the Islamic strikes of 9/11 – merely the latest in the centuries-long, continents-wide jihad on the West – Americans elected a man with a Muslim name and heritage for president, who openly empowers the same ideology that their ancestors lived in mortal fear of, even as they sit by and watch to their future detriment.”
It is an astonishing question. How could that happen in the United States of America? Ibrahim’s words are not only frightening, they are also prophetic.
Perhaps another quote will make the idea even clearer.
“In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab…with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an imposter, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE (Writer’s capital letters). While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.”
The author of those words was John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848), the sixth President of the United States.
Barack Obama believes he is the modern day incarnation of Muhammad. Every move he makes is calculated and political. What is maddening is that somehow we still fail to recognize Obama’s continual transformation of our country.
If nothing else, the “Feinstein maneuver” today should be a prominent example.
As Raymond Ibrahim appropriately opines, “histories written about our times will likely stress how our era, ironically called the “information age,” was not an age when people were so well informed, but rather an age when disinformation was so widespread and unquestioned that generations of people lived in bubbles of alternate realities.”
The American people spoke loudly in November. The time has come for their voices to be heard and to put a halt to the manipulative gamesmanship in Washington.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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