Will Obama Set Up a US Gestapo?

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is concerned that Obama will establish a gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship similar to Stalin's KGB or Germany's SS. During the election, Obama proposed in a July Speech in Colorado to set up a National security force equal in strength to our military that would answer directly to the President. So that's the kind of change we can expect. What have the brain-dead American people voted into office?

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Submitted by jem777 on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 5:20am.

I don't see how anyone can consider the US the 'empire of evil', at least given some of its counterparts, like China or Russia.
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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 2:33pm.

The good news for us is that the Repub's have learned nothing about slinging mud and continuing to concoct wingnut conspiracy theories...and because y'all haven't learned a dang thang, you continue to listen to crazies like Broun, WorldNutDaily, Limbaugh, Rush, Hannity, Malkin, Coulter, et al.

Wow, if this is the kind of stuff you all are squealing about, the Dem's may be in control of the White House and Congress for a long, long time.

Submitted by The Shadow on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 6:17pm.

See AJC Page A-8 Nov. 11, 2008. After all, Obama’s prior associations were with extreme left-wing radicals. No one paid any attention to many years of warnings about a monetary collapse and now we have it. The depression we’re in will cause a lot of public unrest, which in turn will probably require a harsh governmental police force. A Gestapo type reaction is not out of the question. Obama is not the savior many people think he is, nor was McCain . Long hard times lie ahead.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 7:17pm.

Shadow, Obama doesn't want to create an army of "Brown Shirts" like the wingnuts are implying. Here's a coherent explanation of the term "civilian national security force" used by Obama in context, during his campaign. I still don't see why Repub's are having such a paranoid, hissy fit over this:

...the phrase "civilian national security force" was Obama's way of referring to those outside of the military who nonetheless further our national security goals around the world. Here's Obama speaking to the Military Times newspaper:

Obama: "That also means, by the way, that we’re going to have to, I believe, reconfigure our civilian national security force. In a way that just hasn’t been done.

I mean, we still have a national security apparatus on the civilian side in the way the State Department is structured and [Agency for International Development] and all these various agencies. That hearkens back to the Cold War. And we need that wing of our national security apparatus to carry its weight."

Even in that original Colorado speech, Obama makes clear from his context that he's not talking about domestic enforcement of his agenda:

Obama: "And we'll also grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered, and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy. 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."

In context, there is little doubt that Obama intends to beef up the non-military (i.e., civilian) aspects of our presence abroad so as to secure our national security objectives. Anyone who wants to twist the phrase "civilian national security force" into meaning something like the SS or the SIM or the Stasi or Big Brother is deliberately twisting Obama's words and ignoring the clear context of his remarks.


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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 6:37pm.

Obama's proposal ignores important US History and would violated the federal doctrine of Posse Comitatus.

His suggestion rivals George Bush's own expressions of ignorance on the same subject after Hurrican Katrina.

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