[by Scott Swain, updated 1/29/2014]
Disclaimer: This is not a partisan article. The author is not a Republican or a Democrat. Bush (and those before him) did their share and earned investigation and scorn from this author. I am now choosing to look at what has happened under Obama's reign. This chart is about the current President. Yes, Obama inherited some problems. Time to look at what he chose to do about them.
01/2009 - Obama extends Bush's Patriot Act.
01/2009 - Obama promises to close Guantanamo by no later than 01/2010. As of January 29, 2014 this has not happened.
01/2009 - Obama appoints Timothy Geithner (who engineered the AIG bailout) as Secretary of Treasury.
02/2009 - Obama appoints Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as member of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
02/2009 - Obama orders 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
04/2009 - Obama appoints 5 RIAA lawyers to Justice Department.
05/2009 - Obama appoints Gary Gensler (former partner @ Goldman Sachs) as Chairman of US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
07/2009 - Obama appoints Michael Taylor (former Monsanto VP) as Senior Advisor to Commissioner of FDA.
08/2009 - Obama nominates Ben Bernanke to Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
10/2009 - Obama appoints Adam Storch (former VP at Goldman Sachs) to CEO of SEC Enforcement Division.
01/2010 - Obama promotes Michael Taylor (former Monsanto VP) to be US Deputy Commissioner for Foods.
02/2010 - Obama orders 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
01/2011 - Obama appointed Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as chairman of Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
03/2011 - Obama orders attack on Libya w/o Congressional approval; unconstitutional. 85 Libyan civilians were killed.
05/2011 - Obama extends Patriot Act a second time.
09/2011 - Obama orders drone strike that kills 3 US Citizens (Awlaki, his 16-year old son, and one other).
10/2011 - Obama signs ACTA (multinational version of SOPA; developed by RIAA, MPAA, Big Pharma)
01/2012 - Obama signs NDAA - Indefinite Detention of US Citizens (in USA or abroad) without Right to Trial.
01/2012 - Obama uses Executive Privilege to keep "Fast & Furious" gun running scam documents away from Congressional Investigation.
03/2012 - Obama signs Executive Order NDRP - In the name of national defense, our government can take control of private sector resources without consent of the owner. This is a refresh of old Martial Law BUT NOW "in peacetime" and "in non-emergency", too.
03/2012 - Obama sends $1.5 billion to "Muslim Brotherhood" in Egypt.
04/2012 - Obama sends $147 million to Hamas-run Gaza.
05/2012 - Obama signs No Trespass Bill - HR 347 - Free speech/protest now a felony when & where Secret Service says so. President has control of the SS.
05/2012 - Obama signs ISP Snooping Bill - HR 1981.
07/2012 - Executive Order "Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions" - Grants the Executive Branch full control of all private communications in the country in the name of national security. Includes wired, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting, and provides the transport networks that support the Internet and other key information systems.
09/2012 - Benghazi Scandal that got US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staffers killed.
Yemen 2009 thru October 2013 - ~57 to 72 civilians have been killed from drone strikes.
Pakistan 2009 thru 2012 - 293 drone strikes killing ~1,536 to 2,684 people.
10/2001 - Patriot Act (Bush)
Allows the Federal government to secretly search records and conduct roving wiretaps & raids in pursuit of alleged terrorists or their supporters. DID YOU KNOW: Obama pushed for extension in 2009 and signed a new 4-year extension 5/2011.
2007/2008 - Obama campaigning: "The first thing I will do is I will bring our troops home..." hasn't happened yet.
1/2009 - Obama sworn in as President. He swore to uphold the Constitution.
1/2009 - Obama extends Bush's Patriot Act.
2/2009 - Obama orders 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
2/2010 - Obama orders 30,000 more troops to Afghanhistan. His promise was for "full withdrawal by July 2011." [more info]
1/2011 - Obama appoints Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as chairman of Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (created by Obama Executive Order). Immelt retained his position as CEO of G.E. [article
1/2011 - Food Safety & Modernization Act (HR 2751) - Obama signed into law. [more info] [effects:
3/2011 - Libya - Obama orders attack on Libya without Congressional approval (under the Constitution that Obama swore oath on, this is illegal). [more info]
9/30/2011 - Obama orders drone strike that kills 3 US Citizens; Awlaki, his 16-year old son, and one other. [more info
10/2011 - ACTA (multinational version of SOPA) - Internet Censorship. Obama signed in 10/2011, characterizing it as a "executive agreement" and thus bypassing Congressional approval. Some big players, including RIAA, MPAA, and Pharmaceutical Research and Mfgrs of America helped develop the treaty. [more info] UPDATE July 2012: European Parliament voted no to ACTA!
1/2012 - Obama signs NDAA - Indefinite Detention of US Citizens (in USA or abroad) without Right to Trial. He signed "with serious reservations" and promises to not use the powers conveyed. [more info|2]
1/2012 - Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) orders 2,717 Mine Resistant Vehicles. [more info]
- Obama uses Executive Privilege to keep "Fast & Furious" documents away from Congressional Investigation. [well researched short video
|Obama knew about this operation in 2009]
3/2012 - NDRP - Executive Order: National Defense Resources Preparedness. In the name of national defense, our government can take control of private sector resources without consent of the owner. Keep in mind this is a refresh of old Martial Law BUT now "in peacetime" and "in non-emergency" are part of the law. In other words, our President can now at any time assume the powers of Martial Law.
3/2012 - Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) orders 450 Million Hollow Point Bullets. [more info]
3/2012 - Obama sends $1.5 billion to Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. [more info]
4/2012 - Obama sends $147 million to Hamas-run Gaza. [more info]
Sword Rattling for War
(1) Sanctions (just like pre-Iraq) on Iran are ramping up the hate and fear of America and preparing the American people for war. Update: this has caused hyperinflation in Iran; the people who suffer most are the poor. Also, this contributes to rising oil prices, which harms the poor in America.
(2) Cyber Attacks. White House ordered creation and dissemination of computer viruses to attack Iranian nuclear research facilities. Stuxnet
is one example.
5/2012 - No Trespass Bill - HR 347
Free Speech / Protest Now a Felony - when Secret Service says so [more info|2|3]
5/2012 - ISP Snooping Bill - HR 1981
"Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers" (Started in 7/2011) [more info
- Executive Order "Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions" - Grants the Executive Branch full control of all private communications in the country in the name of national security. Quotes below are from the first link below: "infrastructure includes wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting, and provides the transport networks that support the Internet and other key information systems," suggesting that the president has indeed effectively just allowed himself to control the country's Internet access ... authorizes the DHS "the authority to seize private facilities when necessary, effectively shutting down or limiting civilian communications."
|the executive order
9/11/2012 - Benghazi Scandal that got US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staffers killed. 60 Minutes
did an expose on this and was later pressured to recant.
Right Now & Coming Soon
- NEW! Another Cybersecurity measure. [more
"Cybersecurity Act of 2012" S.2105 [pdf
Information of private sector firms funneled through DHS. [more info
] UPDATE: Congress voted for it in May 2012 and in August the Senate shot it down.
Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)
Re-introduced by Obama in 5/2012 - Subordinates U.S. naval and drilling operations beyond 200 miles of our coast to a newly established U.N. bureaucracy. If approved, it will grant a Kingston, Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority (ISA) the power to regulate deep-sea oil exploration, seabed mining, and fishing rights. As part of the deal, as much as 7% of U.S. government revenue that is collected from oil and gas companies operating off our coast will be paid to ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked countries. This apparently is in penance for America's audacity in perpetuating prosperity yielded by our Industrial Revolution. [more info]
NSA Spy Base in Utah being built now and to be completed September 2013. [more info]
United Nations "Small Arms Treaty" (gun ban)
(being pushed by Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Obama) which increases your dependence on government and reduces your ability to defend yourself or revolt against tyranny. [more info]
Guantanamo still open. Force feeding of prisoners.
Pre-emptive Strike against Iran and Syria - WAR(this will probably be without Congressional approval) [more info]
Still researching. Send me info.
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Goldman Sachs, Monsanto & Other Notable Corporate Crony Appointments
Although Obama claims to support the Occupy Wall St. movement, the truth is that he has raised more money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years. In early 2012, Obama held a fundraiser where Wall St. investment bankers and hedge fund managers each paid $35,800 to attend. In October 2011, Obama hired Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, to be his new senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil industry.
A few examples of his cronyism:
1/2009 - Obama swears in Timothy Geithner as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Tim Geithner was President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank 2003 to 2008. (1) Geithner engineered the AIG bailout, which cost more than it would take to buy everyone in the United States a $300,000 home.
(2) $185 billion was secretly paid to Goldman Sachs while Geithner was President of the NY Fed. It got out that Geithner told lawyers to hide that money ($185 billion) was being paid to Goldman Sachs. Geithner did not go to jail.
2/2009 - Obama appointed Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as member of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Immelt retained his position as CEO of G.E. GE paid no taxes in 2010.
4/2009 - Obama appoints 5 RIAA lawyers to the Justice Department.
5/2009 - Obama appoints Gary Gensler (former Partner and Co-head of Finance at Goldman Sachs) to be chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. [more info]
7/2009 - Obama appoints Michael Taylor (former Monsanto VP) as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA. Obama then promotes Michael Taylor to be "Deputy Commissioner for Foods" in January 2010. [more info]
8/2009 - Obama nominates Ben Bernanke (former CEO of Goldman Sachs) to continue as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke was appointed to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2006 by Bush and then a 4-year term as Chairman. [more info]
10/2009 - Obama appoints Adam Storch (formerly VP of Business Intelligence Group at Goldman Sachs) to be CEO of the SEC Enforcement Division. [more info]
Those are just a few of the Goldman Sachs people who now work for Obama. A list
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