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You know that President Obama wants the power to switch off the Internet should he find it necessary to silence the American people. You know that President Obama wants his face before your children’s eyes, and yours, at every hour of the day. You know that President Obama is an arrogant, brittle, would-be totalitarian who cannot abide criticism and who believes he and his liberal ilk are better capable than you to run your life.
What you don’t know is that you’ve already lost.
With perhaps less press than was warranted by such a move, Obama’s federal government announced some time ago a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). It happened yesterday afternoon, at a time guaranteed to get your attention. A test of this type could easily occur in the very early morning, when few are likely to notice. This test, by contrast, was prominent and unmistakable. It was the first test of its kind ever conducted.
At 2 p.m. EST yesterday, an AM radio sitting next to a television equipped with satellite “cable” produced, in less than perfect synchronization, the EAS test on many (but not all) of the channels available. Some stations were not affected at all; others dutifully produced a test message. At least one channel appeared to carry the test for longer than the others. The effect, overall, was underwhelming.
“A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so that all levels of the system can better serve our communities and deliver critical information that will save lives and property,” explains FEMA’s website. “… EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness.”
Regardless of its felt effects, let us be clear regarding what such a test is meant to be. It is the shutting down of all (or most) television and radio broadcasts in the United States in favor of whatever transmission the EAS is sending. Judi McLeod, back in October, summed up why the timing and the nature of the test has raised eyebrows among Americans. She points out that there is no time limit for an EAS broadcast of this type, and speculates that the daytime test might pose a public danger:
Three minutes is not an eternity for those at home cut off from television and radio reception, but out on the highways and freeways, it can be problematic.
As [an online pundit notes], “What happens when millions of drivers all take their eyes off the road at the same time to reach down to check why their radio just went out?”
McLeod goes on to wonder if the date of the EAS test (9 November, 2011, or 9/11/11) or the fact that it is the anniversary of 1938’s Kristallnacht is symbolic. “Undoubtedly,” she concludes, “the FCC test of the EAS is happening at a time when people just don’t trust the government anymore.”
And that is the point.
Less surprising than the uproar over this demonstration of Obama’s technological might is the fact that an arguably useful test of an arguably useful public notification system has inspired the hue and cry that resulted. Consider that testing the function of the nation’s Emergency Alert System has great value should that system warn all citizens, efficiently and immediately, of an imminent terrorist threat or widespread national disaster. But we, as Americans, cannot simply take Obama and his functionaries at their word. We cannot afford to trust them. We are suspicious of them.
We’re suspicious of the EAS test because Obama appoints deranged communists and former hippies to positions of political power. We’re suspicious because he looks the other way while his fascist gun-confiscation bureau “walks” illegal firearms into Mexico. We’re suspicious because he smiles beatifically while his attorney general refuses to prosecute thugs because they share his skin color. We’re suspicious because those in Obama’s bureaucratic thrall have tried to redefine every one of his critics as a domestic terrorist in order to marginalize dissent and criminalize criticism.
Lest you have hope that there might yet be a way to fight Glorious Leader Obama’s machinations, to resist his demonstrations of dominance over our airwaves, to speak out against his reprehensible policies that embolden our enemies while alienating our allies, you need look no further than to our own “journalists.” Never has the fact that Americans have no chance of challenging Obama’s arrogance been more evident than it was last week. Never has it been more obvious that conservatives and libertarians have already lost that battle.
On an open microphone, Obama insulted Israel’s leader. This was not immediately reported. According to The Blaze, quoting Ynet, “there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.”
“That,” wrote Tiffany Gabbay, “explains why the world has not heard about the incident until now.” Obama’s “faux pas” occurred a week ago at the G-20 summit in Cannes. Media outlets in the United States did not begin reporting on it widely until this week.
Obama and his ilk already own the media. A few voices of dissent, from conservative talk radio to (on occasion) Fox News and the odd crybaby pundit’s streaming Internet broadcasts, aren’t enough to counter that dominance. If you think Obama and his government can’t already interfere with your Internet site, shut down your radio station, muscle over your favorite political magazine and silence individual voices of liberty at whim, you don’t know your government at all. Barack Hussein Obama has the power to shut you up and shut you down. He’s had it for a while. His willingness to misuse and abuse that power is not in question.
Where does this leave our nation? It leaves our necks under the heel of a Marxist dictator who has his thumbs on very powerful buttons. Those switches can disconnect our communications and entertainment infrastructures very nearly at his whim. This, understandably, leaves us suspicious.
It also leaves us powerless.