Very quietly on December 30, the President reauthorized ‘Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012′, which provides a five-year extension of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Big Brother will watch you. Worse yet, Obama has agreed to a provision preventing the construction of any new facility for transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. It will save lots of money and ensure that the 86 prisoners still rotting there without trial will remain there. By beautiful coincidence, Obama’s 2nd term will start on Martin Luther King’s birthday. You remember Marty, don’t you? He once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Obama has just made sure the arc is even longer than the Reverend King had imagined.
Dennis Kucinicg makes a couple of observation. “We’re entering into a brave new world, which involves not only the government apparatus being able to look in massive databases and extract information to try to profile people who might be considered threats to the prevailing status quo. But we also are looking at drones, which are increasingly miniaturized, that will give the governments, at every level, more of an ability to look into people’s private conduct. This is a nightmare.”
The bill that Obama so gladly signed hands him $633 billion to play the game “Commander-in-chief.” China will spend $228 billion, Russia $93.7 billion, the U.K. $57.5 billion, France $50.1 billion, Japan $44.7 billion and Germany $44.4 billion.
The U.S.O. [the U.S. of Obama] spends 4.7% of its GDP making sure we are safe from evil doers, which works out to about $2,141 per person. China spends only 2.1% of its GDP getting ready to kill us and that amounts to 74 bucks per person. Let’s hope China’s forces don’t ride on the backs of hungry soldiers. The Finns spend 1.5% on paranoia (about $702 per person), Sweden 1.2%, Denmark 1.4%, Norway 1.5%, Switzerland 0.8%.
Watch out for a vicious collaborative attack from these enemies of America.