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FishyGate: White House recruits informants against health care bill opponents August 10, 2009

Posted by Daniel Downs in Barak Obama, civil rights, Constitution, Democrats, disnformation, economy, freedom, health care, repression.

In a move reminiscent of the repressive policies imposed behind the Iron Curtain, Macon Phillips, the White House Director of New Media issued a call for people to report anyone that is distributing “disinformation” about health insurance reform.

On Wednesday, August 5th, Phillips posted a blog urging his readers to inform the White House about opponents of the health care reform plan. Phillips wrote: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

As public opposition to a government takeover of our health care system continues to mount, the Democrats and the Obama White House are changing tactics and apparently they are going to play hard ball against people who are opposed. If the latest polls are any indication, their target list will be a solid majority of Americas whose right to speak out is protected by the Constitution, at least on paper anyway.

This is tantamount to a White House domestic intelligence gathering operation on private citizens. The administration is using private citizens as operatives to turn in friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else that opposes government health care. It seems evident that the objective of the White House’s effort is to intimidate opponents into silence and deny people their civil liberties.

What will they do next? Call people in for questioning? Will they have a group of health care expert analysts reviewing every reported “fishy” statement to determine if it contained “disinformation” to decide who to gets a visit from a government official?

The Obama Administration and the Democrats claim that part of the disinformation campaign is to scare the elderly by misrepresenting the end-of-life counseling provisions in the bill. But opponents of the bill didn’t put those provisions in the bill, the Democrats did. And as liberal columnist Mickey Kaus has pointed out, if Obama and the Democrats did not want “…people to think that the subsidized, voluntary end-of-life counseling sessions are… an attempt to cut costs by limiting end of life care” they should not have put them in the bill with the stated purpose of cutting the cost of health care.

Maybe Kaus should check to see if his name is on the “fishy” list.

The White House is sending a clear message: “be careful what you say or write, you don’t know who might be listening or reading your emails and report you.” Given the liberal opposition to domestic surveillance of suspected terrorists, the hypocrisy is stunning. It will be interesting to see if the ACLU or any other liberal civil liberties groups file a lawsuit demanding the operation be terminated immediately.

In addition to the White House’s domestic surveillance operation, liberal Democrats have also launched a smear campaign against people that have been protesting at town hall meetings of Democrat members of Congress. The Democratic National Committee has launched an ad entitled “Enough of the Mob” calling opponents of their plan for government-run health care “extremists” and “an angry mob.”

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and political commentator pointed out the irony of the Obama Administration denouncing ordinary Americans rallying together to protest a government program they oppose. The president himself began his political career as a “community organizer” to help people speak out against government policies they opposed. Yet when ordinary Americans organize themselves against what they view is a socialist agenda that threatens their freedom, their livelihoods and their property, the White House and Democrat Party call them “an angry mob” and set up a domestic snitch operation to compile an enemies list.

People should rightly be concerned and they should continue to ask questions and voice their opinions. In addition to the questions they have about the scope of the health care bill, they might want to ask… if the health care bill passes, will there be a list of people opposed to the government takeover of health care that will be put at the back of the line when rationing starts?

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has asked the White House to cease this effort immediately and asked the Obama Administration to inform Congress what it is doing to ensure that no names or information about the people voicing opposition will be collected. As of this writing, the White House has not responded.

By Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer is president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of free markets, limited government and strong families, which are indispensable to a prosperous society.



1. reformislam - August 10, 2009

Trailer Trash Bill Warner Has Enlisted in the White House Internet Snitch Brigade

Ever since the White House announced the creation of its Internet Snitch Brigade (flag@whitehouse.gov), Americans were waiting for Insane P.I. Bill Warner to join it. And today it finally happened! In “ASSASSINATE BARACK OBAMA PLOTS INCREASE TO 10 RACIST RIGHT WING BLOGGERS FUEL WHITE SUPREMISTS (sic.) SECRET SERVICE SHUT EM DOWN by Bill Warner investigator,” Warner writes:

“The US Secret Service so needs to investigate “Muslims Against Sharia by Khalim Massoud and Pamela Geller for her Anti-American racist activities on her website, which she operates out of her Manhattan NY apartment, and her incitement to hate by others and the possible murder of President Barack Obama.

Contact flag@whitehouse.gov and provide information for websites that promote hate and or attacks against the President of the United States Barack Obama.U.S.
Secret Service
New York City Office
335 Adams Street
32nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (718) 840-1000″

After pretending to file various lawsuits and complaints with the FBI, USSS, County Court, etc., Insane P.I. Bill Warner decided to employ another tactic. He wants the Internet Snitch Brigade to do his dirty work, to defame people who dare to disagree with Warner’s demented rants. Could this trailer trash be more of a Nazi?


We offer our sincere apologies to trailer trash for comparing them with Bill Warner.

2. Paul - August 10, 2009

It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people. And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a lynch mob advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

Daniel Downs - August 11, 2009

Paul, you respond like a true believer. I can understand your sentiment. Disruptive politics doesn’t exactly square with deliberative democracy. Big insurance companies and big government will further destroy what they have been working on for several decades. Medicine wasn’t always a mass production line, pushing big corporate-made drugs, and other fine accomplishments of of the great American health care system. The problem is many people look down their noses at those they disapprove while helping to enrage people with paternalistic piety. All the rage might have something to do with the Congressional Democrats cutting off most of the discussion while lying to the public through their front-man Obama, or should I say the Party’s head PR guy. After all, he took an oath of loyalty to the Party’s agenda–it seem Party trumps all including the limits of Constitutional law.

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