+++ 28. Juni 2012 +++
Panic in the White House Hits Democrats,
Jimmy Carter Denounces Obama's Human Rights Record
Panic is fast gaining ground in the White House and among the President's hand-picked leaders in the Democratic Party. It is not just a response to polls, which are now beginning to turn against Obama, nor is it just that some Democrats, including Senators Manchin of West Virginia and McCaskill of Missouri, have explicitly turned away from the President.
The panic stems from a deepening sense that the Administration has lost its "cool," and is making political blunders, as that Obama's policies are failing, disastrously. Many are concluding that, with Obama at the top of the ticket in the 2012 election, he will lose, and pull many Democrats down with him.
The bungled handling of the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal is a prime example of this. The decision by Attorney General Holder to defy Congress, by refusing to provide the documents requested for review, and the subsequent decision by Obama to declare that those documents are protected under "Executive Privilege," raises the legitimate suspicion that there is a cover-up underway, and not just by Holder. Indeed, executive privilege is supposed to be used only to protect the information going through the President's office, which implies that Obama and the White House are covering up for themselves.
By making the President himself the issue, even Republican leaders, such as House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who were previously reluctant to pursue this case, have now given their approval to move ahead with a vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress, with a vote expected on June 28.
The intensification of the Fast and Furious scandal is occurring simultaneously with the so-called "Leak-gate" investigation, which is looking into security leaks by the White House, which have compromised major intelligence operations. The demand for a full investigation came from both parties, as Senator Diane Feinstein, a California Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, joined her Republican colleagues in insisting that these leaks have grave implications for U.S. national security.
The impetus behind the leaks -- which are widely known to have come from the White House -- was political, to make the President appear strong on national security and counter-terrorism, at a moment when his standing on the economy is plummetting.
Now, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter President has joined the many voices, both inside and outside the United States, who denounce Obama's blatant disregard of constitutional and international law. In an op-ed in the June 24 New York Times, headlined, "A Cruel and Unusual Record," Carter writes that the national counterterrorism policy is in violation of at least 10 of the 30 articles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the prohibition against "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Though he never mentions President Obama by name, all of the policies he refers to - indefinite detention provisions of the national defense authorization bill (National Defense Authorization Act: Obama's Rush into Totalitarianism), warrantless surveillance of American citizens, the killer drone policy, the continued operation of the Guantanamo prison, etc. - though begun by the G.W. Bush administration, are the policies of the Obama Administration.
Then there was a scandal on the economy, which was exposed last week by LaRouchePAC, involving the deployment of former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to pressure Congressmen to drop support for the bill which would restore Glass Steagall banking regulations (Paul Volcker Sabotages Glass-Steagall Re-enactment on Behalf of the White House and Wall Street).
At a moment when a rapidly expanding number of Americans believe that there should be some punishment meted out to the bankers whose speculative actions have wrecked the U.S. economy, and when there is building anger about a President who continues to bail out the bankers, while withholding credit to struggling manufacturers, contractors, businesses, and state and local governments, Volcker's deployment is producing a significant backlash.
Lyndon LaRouche has stressed that the Democrats should use this momentum to get rid of Obama now, so that a viable candidate can be presented against Mitt Romney, who is a disaster in his own right.
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