Angler Fish

By John Feeny
America’s Right

“It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth.”
Ayn Rand, Anthem

On the afternoon of my son’s “graduation” from kindergarten (I’ve placed the word in quotations, because I often hearken back to the scene from The Incredibles in which the father, Mr. Incredible, says: “it’s not a graduation — it’s a celebration of mediocrity!”), my wife and I took the little guy to see Finding Nemo, another excellent Pixar film. As a result of the last eight months of political Armageddon, there’s one scene from that movie that I simply can never shake from my head, and I have television and radio host Glenn Beck to thank for it.

Clearly, Beck has done an amazing job in raising the alarm bells. One of the most important things that he has done along the way, though, is to point out that this is an administration which operates on the insidious principle of diversion and crisis. The image that he seems to have permanently burned into my mind is of himself, illustrating for his audience through his never-ending assortment of wild gesticulations, that the people currently running our government are, in one way or another, forever holding a little “jingling bell” of sorts off to the side, trying desperately to get the people of our country to pay attention to the nice, shiny bell with the jingly sound rather than allowing them to pay attention to the real “work” that is being done to them.

The one scene in particular from Finding Nemo which stands out as relevant is one in which the two protagonist fish, who are on a ‘life journey’ of sorts while they desperately search for the little hero, learn that if they pay attention to the intoxicating, shiny light instead of the danger behind them, they’ll be devoured. So it is with us.

It is this concept of “diversion” that fascinates me. Or, more accurately, genuinely frightens me. And either way, it is so fascinating and frightening because, based on the picture that I see beginning to develop–and, as with anyone else voicing a political opinion, I could most certainly be wrong–I think that the diversionary tactics that are being utilized by this administration are actually of a much grander scope and are intended to completely obfuscate the core of the larger plan. Assuming for a minute that I could be correct and if this didn’t cause me so much concern, I’d be the first to shake the hands of the people who are behind this, because in its own twisted way, the entire operation is actually quite intelligent.

Here’s my point: I believe that one of the single, most important issues–if not the most important issue–is what is beginning to happen to the CIA. Over the course of summer, this administration was suddenly and forcefully reminded that the American people are still very much aware of the principles embedded in their Constitution and that this is a government run by the people. We may have been lulled to sleep over the course of the past three decades (or, what might even be more accurate is that we have allowed ourselves to be lulled to sleep), but for the most part we are now fully awake or at least getting there.

The far-left, Marxist wing of this administration, most likely sensing its one opportunity to drive the stake through freedom’s heart once and for all and crossing their fingers that the American public had been sufficiently dumbed down and would never notice (they probably had every right to feel that way after looking at the election results), suddenly found itself honorably confronted by the people on the two big issues of the summer: cap & trade and health care. Despite the administration’s best efforts to have us look at the bright shiny lights rather than the monster behind us, quivering with anticipation while waiting impatiently to devour us, the people seem to be standing firm, and keeping focused. Case in point: does anyone even recall what took place on the day of the cap-and-trade vote in the House of Representatives? No? Well, if Michael Jackson’s death is not going to deter us or impede our focus, then there probably are very few things that will.

Since the end of the summer, however, while there’s been some intermittent references to the progress of the healthcare and cap-and-trade bills, the subject certainly seems to have cooled down. Sure, those who are intently following these issues have gone to the places that they know they can find the most up-to-date information on the Baucus bill and other provision, but overall the debate is not nearly as heated as it was six weeks ago. At least not outwardly, manifested in crowded town hall meetings. Much more recently, the conventional discourse has been focused on the vital decisions that need to be made regarding Afghanistan and the manner in which we need to handle Iran. In fact, I’d even venture to say that the president came across as looking stronger than expected in the case of the latter, which is saying something.

On the whole, however, I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that the people in Washington are operating in the hope that “this too shall pass” with regard to healthcare, and I’d even be willing to bet that much of the substance of the discussions on Afghanistan and Iran, while necessary, may be well-placed and timely diversions for the ongoing debate over health care and cap-and-trade. Let’s face it – if either one or both of those legislative nightmares are allowed to pass, the overall makeup of this country will be altered forever.

My primary argument here, however, is that all of this may in fact be diversions for what is, in my opinion, slowly happening to the CIA. Of course, I may be completely off base, and in all honesty I truly hope and pray that I am. The admittedly circumstantial pieces (supported by something more interesting) are intriguing, nonetheless.

Allow me to provide some even further context. First, I obviously have little to zero knowledge of the internal workings of the CIA. I’m just making some passing judgments based on what I can observe. Second, I think anyone would be hard-pressed to argue the point that nearly everything that this administration tries to accomplish is done by stealth. And, third and finally, one could argue that the possible dismantling of the CIA goes back as far as 2006, when a significant shake-up occurred after George Bush appointed General Michael Hayden to take over the CIA from Porter Goss, quite surprising at the time. Of course, this might suggest that something was going on during the Bush administration with regard to our intelligence networks, but for now more focus is needed on what is clearly happening in the present.

Most, if not all of America’s Right readers are quite aware of this statement made by Barack Obama on the campaign trail:

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded, to achieve the national security objective we’ve set.

It still amazes me. It still comes off as incredibly powerful and just as costly. When I first heard that statement, I felt chills – I kid you not. It was right then and there that I realized that something had to be done. Further, wouldn’t something of that ilk be, at the very least, rather redundant? By my last check, we already have state national guards, state police, and local police infrastructures, in addition to Homeland Security and the FBI. What purpose, exactly, would something like a civilian national security force serve? Beyond these considerations, when was the last time federal forces were utilized to suppress anything resembling a rebellion on our own soil? As John Jay says at his blog, Summer Patriot, Winter Soldier:

I can think of only three incidents of federal troops being used directly against civilians, and that would be: 1.) Ben Butler’s occupation of New Orleans after the Civil War, 2.)Eisenhower’s nationalization of the Arkansas National Guard after they were called into duty by Arkansas’s governor, and 3.)Douglas Mcarthur’s and Dwight Eisenhower’s routing of the WW I veterans in the tent city outside of Washington, D.C.

In short, it would appear that it is Barack Obama’s intention to turn our military force within, but it could obviously never be done with our own standard troops. He does not have the time he needs in order to transform the collective mindset of our military to the point at which that they would have no hesitation in firing on their own citizens. Completely unrealistic.

Which, in an admittedly round-about way, brings me back to a consideration of the CIA. Consider a conversation I had during the Labor Day weekend last month. At the time is was certainly interesting, but in hindsight I now look upon it as slightly more than serendipitous.

One of my wife’s best friends had a large cookout for family and friends on the Sunday of that weekend. It was memorable to me for two reasons: First, the Patriots traded Richard Seymour, a move which, while shocking, seemed to make sense to me the more that I considered it, and second, because of the conversation that I had with a man from Kazakhstan. Okay, so how does an everyday, ordinary Joe–or John–meet up with a Kazakhstani national at a backyard cookout in Anytown, USA? I have no idea. I think he was a friend of my wife’s best friends’s fiancé–or a third cousin, twice removed on the mother’s side . . . whatever–but he was there. Anyway, my wife got to talking with him a bit, and she eventually came over and informed me that I might want to have a chat with him myself.

Believe it or not, I never even got his name, but what he had to tell me immediately made me think about Eric Holder’s approach to the CIA. This man with whom I spoke for about half an hour immigrated here (legally) about 15 years ago and served a significant part of his life in the Russian military. This is a man who quite literally lived the life. He began talking at length about President Obama and said that while the people of this country are beginning to wake up it still may not be enough, that the tactics that Obama is beginning to use are eerily reminiscent of Stalin’s, and that if we’re not careful, this process will begin to move even more quickly. Further, he emphasized that the only reason that this administration has not moved even more quickly–believe it or not–is that Obama does not have control over the military to the degree that he would like. He said that the key to controlling the military arm of any country is its secret service apparatus – once the secret service falls, the military follows closely behind.

I’ll be honest — that kinda scared me. Even more foreboding? When I then mentioned Holder’s work, he just looked at me and smiled that eerie type of smile.

My larger point, therefore, is that I truly believe that we have yet to see the real game behind the game. Crisis and diversion are being utilized on the more obvious and some of the smaller issues, to be sure, but I’m not taking my eye off Eric Holder and his ball. Not for a second. He and Barack Obama will no doubt continue to play “good cop, bad cop” with regard to the measures that were taken by the honorable men who were risking their lives to protect us, but in the end I have to wonder if this isn’t all an attempt to break down the CIA and to either re-build it in Obama’s image or to replace it with his “Civilian Security Force.”

I think there’s more behind that toothy grin than we all realize. Hey, at the very least, I’ve got my guard up, and I’m a survivor.

Oh, and one other thing about angler fish – they live and operate in the complete darkness of the ocean’s depths. In this day and age of little or no transparency or sunshine in government, take that as you will.

John Feeny is the author of the recently published book, Congress Shall Make No Law…Abridging Freedom of Speech and works in secondary education at a Catholic high school in the Northeast. He and his wife, Sheila–who works in higher education–have been married for 14 years and have become increasingly alarmed with the direction of the young people in our society and what that means for the future of our society. They’ve been blessed with one son, who at 11 years old is in the process of giving John a run for his money. John has been an America’s Right contributor since September 2009.

Congress Shall Make No Law…Abridging Freedom of Speech can be purchased at and is currently being sold alongside the books of Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Michele Malkin at Patriots Heart Network. John can also be followed at Twitter (JJFeen).



  1. Dee says:

    Thanks, John. A very thought provoking article. I also heard that statement and wondered what he had planned. As you, I was scared and worried. Everything he wants to do has to be done in a hurry or we will not survive. Everything that is happening is a crisis. I've never seen so many crises. He has many diversions and while the population focuses on those, something bigger and badder goes on behind the scenes.

  2. California Mom says:

    Very good article! It opened my eyes to the possible "real agenda" of this administration. Scary to think about how this country could end up in just a few short years. I'm so afraid for my daughter’s future…

  3. suek says:

    This is relevant… You probably won't want to view it at the moment, but save it somewhere.

    Bezmenov interview

    In any case, it's a reference you won't find just anywhere…tuck it away for future reference!

  4. Courtney says:

    Excellent article! You've written exactly what I've been afraid of. His national security force comment was one of his scariest by far – and was ignored by so many.

  5. Rix says:

    Quite a colorful article here, but it leaves one important thing unsaid. To be deceived by an angler, one must be as stupid as a – well, you guessed right – fish. We can fight Obama and his minions in the Congress all you want but new obamas will keep crawling up, winning every time by a larger margin of votes cast by people who don't know squat and don't want to. To ensure that people DO know better, we MUST seize control over the education system – or rather, wrest it from the teachers' union and liberal "educators" in the universities.

    Frankly, I do not care if it takes a President's decree, a law passed by Congress or an act of sheer tyranny, but the school system must be privatized and it must happen very soon. Every year, a full generation of thoroughly brainwashed, dumbed-down young people joins the voting rolls, and we are even paying for the process!

    The situation is even worse in the universities where rabid, unabridged liberalism thrives under the guise of "scientific freedom of thought". Public universities must be cleansed of the affliction, and those in the private – are there any truly-private colleges, by the way? – sector should be forced to curb their liberal bias or face fines, all the way up to license revocation.

    Without these measures, there will be virtually no one in 30 years to even remember what a "conservative" means – at least outside the barbed wire fence.

  6. John Feeny says:

    Rix -
    I agree. As an administrator and teacher at one of the most prestigious catholic schools in the Northeast, I can attest firsthand to the beneficial effects of a tuition-driven, union-free staff of dedicated educators. All employees work on one-year contracts and have a vested interest not only in their own performance but in the fiancial health and well-being of the school. If you were ever to walk into our school and witness the disposition of our student body, you'd be amazed – in a pleased sort of way, which many of our teachers take for granted. They've no idea what's truly going on out there. To see young men walking around in suits and ties and replying 'yes,sir' to various requests – without being asked or required to, I might add – is well worth the slightly less I make than my counterparts in the pulic

  7. Revolvr says:

    "He said that the key to controlling the military arm of any country is its secret service apparatus – once the secret service falls, the military follows closely behind."

    I don't necessarily doubt this truism, but what evidence from history shows this to be true?

    Obama and those behind him do seem to want to take down the CIA. But what if the CIA doesn't want to be taken down? Would they be smart enough to fight back? Dig into Obama's past a bit perhaps…

  8. Anonymous says:

    John, thank you again and I too have this "gut feeling" about Obama's civilian force. This administration is not going to slow down pushing their agendas on us and the sad part is too many Americans are in La La Land when it comes to politics. I am a Christian and I have so much opposition to many of the policies our government has, is and will continue to force upon us. I have been doing a lot of research, lots of praying and studying my Bible even more so in the last few years. I wish I had been more involved years ago. As a Christian, I also believe God instituted Government and His Word gives us guidelines to follow.
    Here is a good website for anyone that is interested in Government from a Biblical perspective.


  9. Gail B says:

    Makes sense to me! You, too, Rix.

    The Civilian Military he mentioned in his campaign made the hair stand up on my neck. It now just turns my stomach.

    Rix, Obama/Soetoro is talking about keeping kids in school for days and hours longer than they are now.

    Kinda like the Big Bad Wolf–"What big teeth you have."
    "All the better to eat you with, my dear."
    "What long school years we have."
    "All the better to brainwash you, my dears."

    Thanks, guys! I'd been wondering what the deal was with the CIA and why it was so important to him! Now we know. My congressmen will soon know, too.

  10. carder says:

    "Obama does not have control over the military to the degree that he would like."

    Can I tell you how utterly frightening that statement is?

    One thing that does keep me optimistic is the fact that we are an armed citizenry. Hopelessly optimistic, actually.

  11. Gail B says:

    Jeff, do you know anyone with the CIA who would shed some light on this for us?

  12. Gail B says:

    Wikipedia says:

    The CIA's primary function is to collect information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and to advise public policymakers. The agency conducts covert operations and paramilitary actions, and exerts foreign political influence through its Special Activities Division. The CIA and its responsibilities changed markedly in 2004. Before December 2004, the CIA was the main intelligence organization of the US government; it coordinated and oversaw not only its own activities but also the activities of the US Intelligence Community (IC) as a whole. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 created the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), which took over some of the government and IC-wide functions. The DNI manages the IC and therefore the intelligence cycle. The functions that moved to the DNI included the preparation of estimates of the consolidated opinion of the 16 IC agencies, and the preparation of briefings for the President of the United States.

    Today, the CIA still has a number of functions in common with other countries' intelligence agencies; see Relationships with foreign intelligence agencies. The CIA's headquarters is in Langley in Fairfax County, Virginia, a few miles west of Washington, DC along the Potomac River.

    –That didn't tell me why Obama/Soetoro wants to take them down, though, unless it's about the first sentence.

  13. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    No, Gail, I don't. I have heard from a local USSS agent that a lot of their more peripheral duties–counterfeiting, etc.–are being transferred to the FBI.

    I don't know what that means. Neither does he. It could be something so innocuous as a shift in force role among gov't agencies, but given this admin, I wouldn't be surprised if it were something more sinister.

    Obviously, I don't know enough to post anything, and I still am hesitant to base anything on one person's perceptions.

  14. Gail B says:

    I've been clicking on the links in the Wiki- article. The CIA has been up to some pretty shady (illegal) stuff! Having said that, I can't understand why Obama/Soetoro wouldn't even EMBRACE them! I mean, isn't that right down his alley?

    Thanks, Jeff. I know you'll keep your eyes and ears open. That's the reason we're pure addicted to this site!
    John Feeny, a neighbor is now reading your book.

  15. RC says:

    Kent State was another use of the military against civilians.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Alan Grayson's recent attack, saying "The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick", was no accident. Just another planned distraction, while the Senate Finance Committee worked feverishly to stuff dozens of final amendments into the health care bill.

    Obama's trip to Copenhagen was no accident, nor were the results a big surprise. Just another smokescreen to distract from what's happening in D.C. –

    "This president and this administration does nothing by accident, and rarely if ever has anybody's well-being in mind other than itself." – Jeff Schreiber

  17. Randy Wills says:

    Excellent article, John. You have a thoroughly engaging style of making your point, which in this case is certainly well taken.

    No matter how one twists and turns and rotates the puzzle presented by the Obama adminstration, it always comes out the same; the only rational conclusion is that something big is in the works and it isn't going to be good for any who would resist it on the basis of preserving our Constitutional form of government.

    Whatever "The Plan" is, I believe that the players are already in place and will move with one accord at the signal from the top -whatever or whoever that may be. This cast of players wasn't assembled by Obama, and he doesn't call the shots. He may be the quarterback on the field, but the plays are sent in from the sidelines.

    There are connections to every type of "collective" that you can think of; organized labor, financial power brokers, educators at every level, community organizers, the media, and even innocent-appearing non-profit groups (such as the NEA). And have you noticed that Obama moves and acts with the demeanor of someone who knows that the "fix is in"?

    I believe that it is these co-conspirators who will constitute the "civilian force" when called upon to suppress any organized resistance to "The Plan". The military will be so preoccupied by on-going wars in the mid-East and the inevitable nuclear arms race launched by Iran and aided and abetted by North Korea that they will be of no help on the home front when civil unrest, on a massive scale, is provoked by some staged event. And as you point out, the intelligence agencies will likely have been rendered impotent at best and complicit at worst.

    Your piece reinforces my determination to be as well prepared as possible for such a scenario to unfold. I believe that the timing is simply a function of how much public support the Obama adminstration can maintain through normal political means. If that starts to wane to the extent that it threatens the ability to execute "The Plan", the mask – and the gloves – will come off.


  18. Anonymous says:

    michelle obama has chosen to grow food. a good thing but by far not a great thing…. how about someone whispering in her ear to use her visibility to do something more meaningful…. food is close to the last thing americans need direction on.

    MS. OBAMA – - how about curtailing the CRIME IN CHICAGO?

    MS. OBAMA – - how about turning lives around from gangs to fruitful citizens, hmmmmm?????

  19. Gail B says:

    Simply put, it is a comfort to know where to find really smart people who are watching our backs!

    Thank you, REALLY SMART PEOPLE, for being here at AR for us!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Dear John and Americas Right;
    No the military isn't on board. Suprised? No! So they should all do the honorable thing and resign as one National Security adviser did recently right? This is a suggestion one sees when reading between the lines of the MSM reports. So then what happens? Obama puts his people in the military (or CIA) in the command structure! Obvious if you think about it. The key is to make these thoughts known somehow to the current command structure and intelligence agencies. We the people need them more than ever. Quitting isn't an option.


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