Two former high-ranking officials at the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a federal bureaucracy that collects data and intelligence on foreign communications for national security
purposes, have come forward with allegations that the NSA actively monitors Americans as well. According to testimonies from both Thomas Drake, a former NSA senior official, and Kirk Wiebe, a former NSA senior analyst, the agency actively monitors and collects intelligence on every single American as part of a massive spying operation.
RT.com first broke the story after Drake and Wiebe, on two recent but separate occasions, disclosed inside information about the NSA’s spying activities to reporters.
I have been warning for some time about the intolerance that we are likely to face from the forces of “tolerance” who backed the bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” here in New York.
He was speaking to a group of “gay rights” advocates about the process that led to the passage of the so-called “Marriage Equality Act”. He was remarkably candid about that process, including interesting remarks about the power of money in buying votes, and the behind-the-scenes negotiations for votes. (By the way, this account of the event comes from the “Gay City News” — I refuse to link to such a source, so you’ll have to take my word for it).
When asked if he found persuasive any arguments offered by the opposition to re-defining marriage, this is what the Governor of all New Yorkers said:
“There is no answer from the opposition. There really isn’t. Ultimately, it’s, ‘I want to discriminate.’ And that’s anti-New York. It’s anti-American.”
Savor that quotation for a moment, and drink in the depth of its arrogance, contempt, and hostility.
No answer by defenders of marriage?
*Not the thorough and comprehensive philosophical arguments rooted in natural law, offered by Sherif Girgis, Robert George and their colleagues?
*Not the repeated statements of the United States Bishops and the New York State Bishops?
*Not the arguments offered by the public in the 41 states that have rejected the re-definition of marriage?
*Not the arguments offered by Mr. Cuomo’s predecessor as state Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, that were found persuasive by our Court of Appeals in the case upholding the real definition of marriage?
*Not the arguments we were giving legislators in the hallways of the State Capitol and their home offices, for weeks prior to the vote?
In reality, Mr. Cuomo doesn’t just disagree with our arguments, he denies their existence. He clearly believes that they are pernicious, beyond the pale of proper discourse, and motivated only by hatred.
That is why he has now declared that we are “anti-American” — that is to say, enemies of our nation.
Those of us who have memories of American history are deeply angered and disturbed by such rhetoric. We recall a time when Catholics (and the Irish in particular) were deemed to be a threat to America, and were openly persecuted. We thought that we were past those days, but obviously they are returning.
And remember, the Governor’s thuggish remarks don’t just target the Catholic Church, but also the Orthodox Jewish community, the Evangelical Christian community, many mainline Protestant Churches and Muslims, and others of no religious faith who all believe in the authentic, traditional meaning of marriage.
It is a chilling moment when the top elected official of our state — a man who took an oath to uphold the Constitutions of our state and nation — has declared that so many people are political pariahs. When he calls us enemies of the state.
This is legitimately frightening. We all know what the power of the state can do to its enemies.
Obama Calls “Post American World” Author & TV Host Frequently For Advice (Fareed Zakaria)
GatewayPundit ^ | May 13, 2011 | Jim Hoft
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 7:35:09 PM by SanFranDan
Barack Obama regularly seeks advice from Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host and author of Post American World.
The Blaze reported:
How would you feel if you knew the president regularly sought the advice of a magazine editor/columnist ad TV host? It’s true. According to CNN, Obama has made a habit of seeking “wisdom and advice” from host Fareed Zakaria.