By John Feeny
– 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 Amazon.com 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).