Couple strolls into Whitehouse dinner....
without invitation....without security check....
without arrest.... Noooooooo Problem!
By Chuck Baldwin
December 1, 2009
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By now, most readers are familiar with the story of how a Virginia couple,
Michaele and Tareq Salahi, crashed the White House State Dinner last Tuesday evening. President and Mrs. Obama were entertaining Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the first official State Dinner of the new administration. The Salahis were not on the invited guest list, but were still allowed to walk right into the White House. They even had face-to-face conversations with both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Photographs of the Salahis with the President and Vice President have been published in numerous newspapers and on hundreds of web sites.
I wonder if the American people are thinking this episode through?
Think of it: in the post-9/11 world, a world that has invented the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),
body scanners, retina readers, the Patriot Act, hundreds of laws and
regulations restricting the freedoms and liberties of the American people,
thousands of cameras photographing our public movements, and satellite spy
devices, a couple can walk right into the White House and meet the President
and Vice President without being invited!
Is there something wrong with this picture, or what?
I well remember what I had to go through when I was an invited guest of
then-Vice President George H. W. Bush at the White House. My wife and I
joined several others for a luncheon with Vice President Bush and his wife,
Barbara. Later that day, we were in a crowd of several hundred who got to
meet President Ronald Reagan. Needless to say, security was tight.
Upon arriving, we had to show the proper credentials to White House
security, along with a photo ID and the personal invitation that had been
sent to us ahead of time. I remember how some of the folks who had actually
received invitations were denied entrance due to bureaucratic mix-ups or
unintentional lapses in proper protocols. And these were people who really
did have an invitation to be there. I can tell you this: there was
absolutely no way that an uninvited person could have gained access to the
White House that day. And remember: that was nearly two decades BEFORE 9/11!
That an uninvited couple could be granted access to the President and Vice President in this day and time is more than a "fluke." It betrays something much deeper.
For the last 8 years, the American people have been told they must sacrifice certain liberties in order that the federal government might protect them.
And for the most part, the American people have been happy to accommodate
this incessant intrusion into their personal liberties. They know the feds
are monitoring their emails, personal phone conversations, and even their
personal letters when received from overseas. They have sat silently as
their banking institutions have monitored and reported virtually any and all
financial transactions to the federal government. In today's super-security
world, one cannot even cash a check without showing the bank teller his or
her driver's license, which is recorded and made available to the feds.
Sometimes, we are even required to provide our thumbprints. Beyond that,
even certain service personnel that must come into our homes to provide
in-home repair services, home inspections, or general services are often
required to report what they see to various law enforcement authorities. All
of this is done in the name of "national security."
All the while, America's federal buildings today more resemble castles of
ancient Europe than they do buildings that house the people's servants.
Concrete barriers along with super-reinforced, "bomb proof" structures
remind one of castles of old, with their guard towers and crocodile-filled
moats. Today, people must walk through metal-detectors and surrender their
pocketknives to even visit their local supervisor of elections office (or
just about any other public office, for that matter). Again, this is all
done under the rubric of "homeland security."
In the name of "national security," veterans who have been accused of some
kind of domestic disturbance or who have affirmatively answered an ambiguous
question on a VA form regarding whether they have feelings of "anger" or
"depression" are having their right to keep and bear arms stripped away.
That's right, in the name of "homeland security," some of the very men who
were entrusted with lethal weapons to fight America's wars are now being
told they are not fit to purchase or possess their own firearms.
Yet, in spite of all of the above, an uninvited couple is allowed to calmly
walk right past Secret Service personnel and have personal audiences with the President and Vice President of the United States in what is ostensibly the most heavily-guarded, tightly secured building in the country: the White House.
Furthermore, this story comes on the heels of the mass shooting on what one
would think would be a rather secure location: the US Army base at Fort
Hood, Texas. And, have we forgotten the fellow who brought a gun into the
Capitol Building (the home of the US Congress) in Washington, D.C., a few
years ago and killed two police officers?
Dear Reader, ask yourself this question, Do you really think those schmucks in Washington, D.C., actually believe that protecting you and me is more important than protecting American soldiers, US congressmen, and especially the President of the United States? "Are you serious?" (To quote Nancy Pelosi.) The truth is, to the elites in DC, you and I are expendable
commodities. In fact, to some of the soulless creatures running things, you
and I are worth more dead than alive (but that's a topic better discussed at
a later date).
The point is, all this talk about "national security" is simply a ruse for
Big Government elitists to steal our liberties and make slaves out of us.
They don't care about security; all they care about is POWER.
So, the next time you are required to be strip-searched by an airport
screener, or to surrender your pocketknife at your local county
commissioner's office, or to show your driver's license to your bank teller,
or to submit to a random police checkpoint; the next time you make a phone
call that you know is monitored by a federal agent (and they all are), or
drive under a video camera, or visit these castle-esque federal buildings,
remember Michaele and Tareq Salahi.
And, if you are old enough, remember the time in America when we really were the "land of the free." And also remember that it's not security they seek--it's the abolition of our liberty.
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