Not an article about the internet but a certifiable scary way that it may soon be used. When I read about this, I was quite disturbed. As I reflected a bit, I could not imagine why civil libertarians, the ACLU and all those who abhor government intrusion were not shouting from the rooftops in protest. This action, if it comes about even close to how it is described is far worse than the FBI or CIA or NSA maybe peeking at your email or cell phone conversation.
So, what is it? Well, how would you like to get your medication via a computer chip implant with dosages regulated by a physician online? Sounds just wonderful and impossibly far-fetched, right? Not so far-fetched at all, I am afraid.
This from Cybercast News Service, linked to by Rush. Just last week the Senate Committee on Aging, chaired by Herb Kohl, D, Wi , previewed the government’s role in future health care. Nicknamed e-Health or e-Care, the effort marries internet technology with health-care technology.
This next is one such feature. It is known as the automatic drug dispenser. Among its (it is an electronic chip attached to the skin) features are the monitoring and adjusting of drugs wirelessly with no need to visit one’s physician or pharmacist. The doctor can vary the doses, wirelessly, based on the feedback received from the device. Sen Ron Wyden, D, OR displayed the innocent little device at the Senate hearing.
This very ominous quote from Rush, ” They want to set up a device connected to your skin where your doctor via the Internet can regulate the dosages of whatever medications they have you on. Can you say, death panels, anybody?”
I don’t particular care to be an alarmist but this concept frankly scares the “dickens” out of me. Can you imagine the enormous potential for controlling behaviour or worse?
Seems that a former senior CIA agent, Michael Scheuer, thinks we have some misplaced allegiances in the Middle East. Mr Scheuer was on a C-Span call-in show last Monday which degenerated into an anti-Semitic gab fest.
Scheuer, with a number of callers agreed, thinks Israel is of no strategic importance to the United States. He also said that American soldiers are dying in Iraq for the sake of Israel. He had this telling quote, ” Their association with us is a negative for the United States. Now that’s a fact. What you want about that fact is entirely different.” One more tidbit from Mr Scheuer. We should somehow ”persuade” Islamic terrorists who threaten us to” focus their anger” on Israel (as if they already do not) and oppressive Middle Eastern regimes.
Wonder who he thinks is our most staunch ally in the Middle East, as well as the only thing country even close to having a freely elected government. Uh, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. None seem to ring a bell. As for the part about our troops dying for Israel, may we return briefly to Desert Storm in 1991. If memory serves, we fought that war to liberate Kuwait and by extension keep Hussein away from Saudi Arabia. Israel suffered the indignity of repeated scud missile attacks without provocation. I also seem to remember our asking them to hold off on retaliation ( defend themselves) which they did. Not sure of Mr Scheuer’s thoughts on that matter.
Add the above to this next Obama administration maneuver. Middle East envoy George Mitchell is heading over to do some tough talking to the Israelis( must have been reading from the playbook of the Palestinian from Plains) about restarting peace negotiations. He threatened a freeze in U S aid to Israel if satisfactory progress is not made. No wonder that polls indicate a large majority of Israelis are nervous about the state of relations with us.
Wonder if the letters Mitchell is bringing with him bring instructions about the division of Jerusalem as well as the two-state solution. Methinks Israel is right to be ill at ease. For greater discussion of the issues and insight as to why we should have a strong relationship with Israel, visit Joel Rosenberg’s blog .It gives one a good perspective on Israel in particular as well as the Middle East as a whole.
The President continues to bob and weave as regards the Nigerian bomber. Doubtless, the more said, the better. He is now invoking words that hark back to the plain-spoken one, President Harry S Truman. Obama says that failures regarding the bomber should be laid on his desk, saying ” the buck stops with me” as concerns intelligence failures.
But, not so fast. Apparently top anti-terror official John Brennan thinks there is blame enough to share. He said that he let the president down and told him that he would do better. This is the same guy who said there was no smoking gun as regarded intelligence failures over the bombing attempt. Mark Steyn has a great line regarding that statement. It is probably a poor choice of words said Steyn to say smoking gun regarding an attempted suicide bombing. Besides if the metaphorical gun were smoking that would have been bad news.
One last aside. Apparently Obama didn’t really mean that line about the stopping buck since he blamed U S spies for not “aggressively” chasing down the Al-Qaeda guys that planned and funded the attack. Is that a sound of resumes being sent out from Langley? Maybe so.
The above acronym is often used by Joel Rosenberg in his political/religious thrillers which have been quite successful and eerily prophetic. The letters described a division of the CIA known as North Africa, the Middle East and the stan countries; Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. Fictional or not, the phrase almost epitomizes tough neighborhood in a geopolitical sense.
Look at a map of the area some time and then look at major news headlines from any source of your choosing. While not always the top story, the are seems to carry a weight far beyond its size. This weekend was a real case in point. There were some major suicide bombings in what was considered a relatively secure part of Iraq. Baghdad was the site of two bombings whose death toll approaches 200 with many more injured. And it may have damaged Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki even more.
Travel a relatively short distance to the west to Jerusalem and what do you discover? Israeli police with stun grenades. Palestinian protesters throwing rocks and who knows what else outside the holiest site in all of Israel, the Temple Mount in the center of Jerusalem. What sparked the clash? Probably no one knows. David Cohen, Israel’s national police chief laid blame on Muslim extremists. Muslim leaders claimed there were plots to damage the sites. Israel has controlled the site since 1967 but in a situation that only makes sense in the Middle East allows a Muslim clerical body, the Waqf, to handle day-to-day administration. Tourists and Israelis can only visit at certain times.
And we have Iran, who virtually lives on the front page. Nukes or not, selling enriched uranium to Russia or not ? Will there be talks? What part will Russia play? That is another Big factor when one looks at Russia’s position geographically versus the Middle East.
One more factor is of course Afghanistan. It was the site for deadly helicopter crashes just a few days ago, killing a number of American troops. Will Obama send troops, how many and when? Whose advice is better, Sen Kerry or Gen. McChrystal? Remember that during the campaign,the Afghan war was the one we should be fighting.
It seems that the are is a dominant feature of every president’s foreign policy, from probably Truman through Obama and rightfully so. One thing that is quite easy for us to overlook, given our Western tendency to take a short term view, is that the problems that are there far predate our involvement; by a long time. No, make that a very long time.
My woeful lack of knowledge and historical perspective point up once again my need for te historical study of a region whose importance can hardly be overstated. Try these phrases from your long ago study of history: Mesopotamia, Tigris-Euphrates, pyramids; there are many more and there is much history from which to learn.
I have no doubt that it would take a lot of books to contain what I did not learn in school( public school as well as college) and it actually does , I guess. But being a big history buff, what I recently learned in a novel just astounded me. I will admit that my real fondness for history kinda hit in college, although it was beginning to develop sooner.
I had some really good professors in that process. I remember Dr Ross in Latin American history and Dr Tien Mien Wu (hope I spelled that right) in Asian history. Alas, the other names have been withdrawn from the memory bank. In those days, there was a lot of note taking as well as a lot of reading and essay writing; all of which seemed tailor-made for me. I don’t seem to remember a course in American history. Since my course selection was up to me, perhaps I thought that was one area I did not need to study. Duh! Was I and have I been wrong.
I have recently rediscovered an author named Vince Flynn whose works have been described as high concept political intrigue. Rush highly endorses him, but even if you are not a Rush fan, Flynn might still be worth a read.
I have just finished “Memorial Day”, written in 2004 and am anticipating his latest, “Pursuit of Honor” as soon as the library calls. Most, but not all, of his books feature a CIA operative named Mitch Rapp, a quite results oriented guy. He is the kind of guy that Ioften hope we actually have in the service of our country.
My big time history lesson comes from the latter stages of Memorial Day and I quote.
“The fathers of America had designed their city to form a crucifix.The Washington Monument marked the center, with the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial forming te longer center line while the Jefferson Memorial and the White House formed the shorter horizontal line.”
I have never visited the capital, so I had to resort to a map from the lonelyplanet to check Flynn out. Sure enough, it works. I think what really intrigued me about the above description is that I probably never heard it in school and I seriously doubt one would hear about it today.
thanks, Mr Flynn, keep writing about Mitch and we will keep reading!
(I minored in history at Appalachian State and given my grades in history versus my major, perhaps the roles should have been reversed. )
Just announced this week, Attorney General Eric ( pardon Marc Rich) Holder will be conducting an investigation of the CIA. This comes after the President had said he wanted to move forward and not dwell on these things. However, in language eerily similar to that used by Bill Clinton in the Janet Reno days, Obama said that the investigation is Holder’s alone, not his deal at all. But in 2007, then Senator Obama came out for these same types of investigations. A bit of hypocrisy, it doth seem.
Anyway, no telling what these investigations might reveal, I have no doubt that Holder’s Justice Department contains people who would dearly love to turn this into something akin to a witch hunt. That, I think, will not happen. Methinks that the investigation, just as the leaks have done to this point will do enough to infuriate conservatives but but so little as to infuriate liberals.
So, I have a solution. Just abolish the CIA. We in a civilized society don’t need these rogues out terrorizing people in the name of information. They are always making mistakes and never have the right info anyway. What we can very easily do is to contract out our intelligence gathering program. It happens all the the time in business and government, why not intelligence. This is sort of how I envision it. Contract the job out by regions of the world. Have Mossad handle the task in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In Europe, we might even have a choice. There is MI5 and the French DGSE or General Directorate for External Security. That leaves most of Africa as well as Latin America and South America. I don’t know, Brazil maybe or Mexico could help. And just think of all the money we would save. Don’t know the CIA budget, they probably don’t either. But I am sure that the savings would help pay for part of the health care reform. Gotta run, must fax this to the Vineyard for Obama’s approval.
Never heard of her? Neither had I until a day or two ago. Rest assured that the Israeli government has heard of her and they are probably not her biggest fans. Ms Brooks has just been appointed as an adviser to Michelle Flournoy, undersecretary of Defense for Policy(wonder what that means) , a position that heavily impacts U S policy in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Sounds a little like the NAMESTAN desk at the CIA, doesn’t it?
Now, when you learn a bit about Ms Brooks, you might wonder why the Defense Department at all. But of course, she is quite anti George Bush as many of her L A Times articles will attest. She thinks little of Al-Qaida(aren’t they glad) as a force, saying in 2007 that we turned them into an international threat. Seems like there were issues with these guys as far back as 1998, but I digress. She was a law professor at Georgetown and among other things , a special counsel at George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Now,, if you were not concerned about any of this, may I offer one more item. Her final column at the L A Times argues for more” direct government support for public media” and government licensing of the news. Think about that last phrase and compare it to the first amendment to the Constitution. Oh yes, she also says that Obama will not be likely to ” blindlessly and mindlessly” support Israel. Welcome to the Pentagon, Ms Brooks.
The above title refers to the newest link on my blogroll. For the as yet unenlightened, TOTUS stands for teleprompter of the united states as potus refers to President of the United States. It is doubtless one of the funniest political blogs I have seen and is just a treat to read. I heartily commend its creator and his skill at using humor to comment on the political process. You are encouraged to visit the site and enjoy. But, just a taste of what you will discover.
The blog intros itself as” reflections from the hard drive of the machine that enables the voice of the Leader of the free world” . Modesty is in short supply as you will see. Obama is referred to as Big Guy or Big O and his wife as Michelle or Lady M. Other various and sundry White House characters come and go.
On e of today’s posts referred to Obama’s visit to CIA headquarters where he and CIA Director Leon Panetta did a little motivating. TOTUS referred to Panetta as a hobbitt, referencing his stature versus Obama. So, the humor is out there for certain.
Stay the course TOTUS but beware the Blackberry! Perhaps we can all be FOTs or friends of totus.
Just when you think things are going to settle down with that wackiest of political animals, known as the Democrat Party,they seem to top even themselves. Gov Blago, defying Democrats from Springfield to Washington and beyond, has picked a replacement for Obama and interestingly enough an african-american. Roland Burris is apparently as qualified if not more so than anyone else that could have been picked . but the Dingy one, Majority Leader Reid,has said that Mr Burris will not be seated ( wanna bet on that one ) allegedly because he is tainted by being appointed by Gov. Let’s Sell A Senate Seat .
This is so cool to watch these folks go at each other and it’s hard to narrow down my delight with it all. In 1968, these Democrats tried to not seat one of their own, Adam Clayton Powell, and had their hand slapped by the Supreme Court. So, here they go again.And, by the way, if Mr Burris is tainted by association would that not mean that Obama could be considered tainted by a few of his associations ? Nahh . And is this the same Sen Reid who has the gall to anoint Bush as our worst president ever?
And, lest we forget, the New York soap opera rolls or roils on with an appointed governor about to appoint a senator. Another one for the books and the new administration and new Congress have yet to officially begin.Can you say,CIA Director Leon Panetta ? Looks like a bumpy road ahead for Team Democrat.
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