Obama and the ‘Official Truth’


Obama 2012Originally published in the Jerusalem Post. 

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole. As many reporters have noted, the parole violation in question would not generally lead to anything more than a court hearing.

But in Nakoula’s case, it led to a year in a federal penitentiary. Because he wasn’t really arrested for violating the terms of his parole.

Nakoula was arrested for producing an anti-Islam film that the Obama administration was falsely blaming for the al Qaeda assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the brutal murder of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. Obama and his associates falsely blamed Nakoula’s film – and scapegoated Nakoula — for inciting the al Qaeda attack in Benghazi because they needed a fall guy to pin their cover-up of the actual circumstances of the premeditated, eminently foreseeable attack, which took place at the height of the presidential election campaign.

With the flood of scandals now inundating the White House many are wondering if there is a connection between the cover-up of Benghazi, the IRS’s prejudicial treatment of non-leftist non-profit organizations and political donors, the Environmental Protection Agency’s prejudicial treatment of non-liberal organizations, and the Justice Department’s subpoenaing of phone records of up to a hundred reporters and editors from the Associated Press.

On the surface, they seem like unrelated events. But they are not. They expose the modus operandi of the Obama administration: To establish an “official truth” about all issues and events, and use the powers of the federal government to punish all those who question or expose the fraudulence of that “official truth.”

From the outset of Obama’s tenure in office, his signature foreign policy has been his strategy of appeasing jihadist groups and regimes like the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran at the expense of US allies, including Israel, the Egyptian military, and long-time leaders like Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen.

The administration defended its strategy in various ways. It presented the assassination of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs as the denouement of the US war on terror. By killing the al Qaeda chief, the administration claimed it had effectively ended the problem of jihad, which it reduced to al Qaeda generally and its founder specifically.

Just as importantly, it has tried to hide the very existence of the jihadist threat. To this end, the administration purged all terms relevant to the discussion of jihadist Islam from the federal lexicon and fired officials who defied the language and subject ban.

It has hidden the jihadist motive of terrorists and information relating to known jihadists from relevant governmental bodies. The Benghazi cover-up is the most blatant example of this policy of obfuscating and denying the truth. But it is far from a unique occurrence.

For instance, the administration has stubbornly denied that Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan’s massacre of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood was a jihadist attack. And in the months preceding the Tsarnaev brother’s bombing of the Boston Marathon, and in its immediate aftermath the FBI did not share its long-held information about the older brother’s jihadist activities with local law enforcement agencies.

To advance its “official truth,” the administration leaked information to the media about top secret operations that advanced its official narrative. For instance, top administration officials leaked the story of the Stuxnet computer virus that compromised Iranian computers used by Iran’s nuclear weapons program. These stories compromised ongoing US and Israeli intelligence operations. But they advanced the administration’s foreign policy narrative.

Conversely, as the AP scandal shows, the administration went on fishing expeditions to root out those who leaked stories that harmed the administration’s narrative that al Qaeda is a spent force. In May 2012, AP reported that the CIA had scuttled an al Qaeda plot in Yemen to bomb a US airliner. The story damaged both the credibility of Obama’s claim that al Qaeda was defeated, and challenged the wisdom of Obama’s support for the al Qaeda aligned anti-regime protesters in Yemen that ousted President Saleh in November 2011.

Finally, the administration has promoted its policy by demonizing as extremists and bigoted every significant voice that called that policy into question. For example, in his satirical speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner last month, Obama snidely – and libelously — accused Rep. Michele Bachmann of “book burning.” Bachmann is an outspoken critic of Obama’s policy of appeasing Islamists at the expense of America’s allies.

Bachmann is also the chair of the House of Representative’s Tea Party caucus. And demonizing her is just one instance of what has emerged as the administration’s tool of choice in its bid to marginalize its opponents. This practice arguably began during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign when then-senator Obama referred to his opponents as “bitter” souls who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to those who aren’t like them.”

In the lead up to the 2010 midterm elections, Obama and his supportive media characterized the grassroots Tea Party movement for limited government as racist, selfish, extremist and uncaring. And now we have learned that beginning in March 2010, the Internal Revenue Service instituted what can only be considered a systemic policy of discriminating against non-profit groups dedicated to fighting Obama’s domestic agenda. The IRS demanded information about the groups’ donors, world views, reading materials, social networking accounts, and personal information about its membership and leaders that it had no right to receive. And according to USA Today, it held up approval of non-profit status for 27 months for all groups related to the Tea Party movement. Some 500 organizations were victimized by this abuse of power.

We also learned this week that the IRS leaked information about donors to at least one non-profit group that opposes homosexual marriage to a group that supports homosexual marriage. The latter group was led by one of Obama’s reelection campaign’s co-chairman. We learned that the IRS audited a university professor who wrote newspaper articles critical of fake Catholic groups that supported Obama’s pro-abortion policies.

All of this aligns seamlessly with the Obama administration’s demonization of conservative donors like the Koch brothers, and other stories of persecution of conservative donors that have come out over the past several years. Last July the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel reported that after the Obama campaign besmirched as “less-thank reputable” eight businessmen who supported political action committees associated with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, one of the donors, Frank VanderSloot found himself subjected to an IRS audit and a Labor Department investigation.

Finally there is the administration’s discriminatory treatment of pro-Israel organizations.

A day after Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS department overseeing non-profit groups, admitted the IRS had been discriminating against groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement, we were reminded of the appalling treatment that Z Street, a new pro-Israel organization that opposes Obama’s policy towards Israel, received at the hands of the IRS.

Z Street was founded in 2009 and applied for non-profit status in December 2009. In 2010 Z Street filed a lawsuit in federal court against the IRS. According to court documents, the suit was filed after Z Street was informed by an IRS spokesperson that consideration of its application was being delayed, and could be denied because the IRS has a special policy for dealing with non-profit applications submitted by groups related to Israel.

According to Z Street’s court filings, the IRS official said that all Israel-related organizations are assigned to “a special unit in the DC office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

Around the same time Z Street’s application for non-profit status hit a brick wall of discriminatory treatment, Commentary Magazine, also a non-profit organization, received a letter from the IRS threatening to revoke its non-profit status because in 2008 the publication posted the transcript of a speech then Sen. Joseph Lieberman gave at a Commentary dinner in which he endorsed Sen. John McCain for president.

As John Podhoretz, Commentary’s editor wrote last week, to disprove a false charge, the magazine had to spend tens of thousands of dollars and waste “dozens upon dozens” of work hours copying two million pages of articles posted on the magazine’s website in 2008 to prove that Lieberman’s speech was a tiny fraction of the magazine’s overall output.

Then too, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a non-profit where I work as the Director of the Israel Security Project, was recently subjected to an IRS audit – which it also passed in flying colors. The Freedom Center’s work spans the spectrum from domestic policy to foreign policy, and like Z Street and Commentary, is generally critical of the Obama administration’s policy towards Israel.

Finally, there is the administration’s obsessive targeting of billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson. During the 2012 presidential election, Obama’s top political advisor David Axelrod wrote a letter to Antonio Miguel, a Socialist member of the Spanish parliament attacking Adelson as “greedy.” Miguel leaked the letter to the media while Adelson was in Spain promoting his Las Vegas Sands casino corporation’s plans to build Eurovegas, a casino in Madrid. Axelrod later sent his letter to Obama supporters in an email from the Obama presidential campaign.

Adelson is best known for his support for the US-Israel alliance, and his friendship with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. By calling Adelson “greedy,” Axelrod was channeling age-old anti-Semitic imagery, and by inference engaging in it, in his assault against Adelson. In the letter in question, Adelson was the subject of this ad hominem assault due to his support for Romney in the 2012 elections.

The Tea Party movement has to date limited its scope to domestic policy – challenging the growth of the federal government on a host of issues. For its part, still smarting from the unpopularity of former president George W. Bush’s campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Republican Party has yet to enunciate a clear foreign policy.

The closest thing to a systematic rebuke of the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy of courting Islamist movements and regimes and treating US allies in the region with hostility are organizations like the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Z Street, and Commentary and wealthy donors like Adelson. Their stalwart and articulate support for a strong US alliance with Israel, and a strong and vibrant Israel are the only coherent challenge to Obama’s pro-Islamist foreign policy.

By targeting them, the Obama administration completes the circle of an overall modus operandi of punishing those who oppose and expose the failures of his policies – domestic and foreign. The underlying theme that connects Benghazi to the Tea Party, to the subpoenaing of AP phone records, to Z Street, to Nakoula is that they all have challenged the administration’s “official truth.”

One can only hope that Obama’s thuggish creation and corrupt defense of his “official truth” will anger, disgust – and frighten – all Americans.

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  • Chezwick

    Arrogance. He actually believed that a compliant and complicit media would cover for him on anything and everything. It shows he doesn't understand human nature at all. It's self-preservation that is compelling the MSM to even reluctantly report on these scandals. They are just too salacious to possibly ignore.

    But let's keep one thing in mind….without "ëvil" Fox News and its relentless pursuit of these stories, they never would have seen the light of day.

    • truebearing

      If evil is "ego unbridled" it makes perfect sense that the Left has a history hoisting itself on its own malevolent petard. They are unbelievably arrogant and, needless to say, evil. The problem is that before they fall, they manage to destroy so many lives..

      Their reliance on lies is an inevitable weak point. Eventually it destroys all trust. Now Obama faces an ignominious end because his lies are unmanageble. Will he now get desperate and choose a full-blown coup? He can't continue to operate the way he has — the media has broken ranks — but his ego is so pathologically huge, he can't endure diminishment. He threatened to "go Bulworth," suggesting he will become brutally honest, LOL, but it's more likely he'll go Bolshevik.

      • Chezwick

        No "full blown coup", my friend, because that takes an army and nobody will go to the wall for this wounded and discredited spectacle of a man except the most die-hard ideologues. He'll just double-down into survival mode….and he WILL probably survive. But he will remain on the defensive and his ability to shape the national narrative has all but ended. Let'a all keep in mind, these scandals, particularly the IRS, will just get worse and worse. Presumably, they'll have a very long shelf-life.

        • Maxie

          The only way Obysmal will go down is if the MarxstreamMedia turns on him which, at this point, is not likely — they (the NYT) have too much invested in him. Hillary is the key. That same Media will have to begin pushing her expected presidential campaign now. If that happens it will mean they've very quietly abandoned Obysmal and he will be a lame duck. I'm hoping the Hildabeaste and Obysmal turn on each other and have at it.

  • truebearing

    Truth is always subjective with the Left, and mutable, according to the political need. They don't believe in objective truth, unless it is an evil principle like, "the ends justifies the means." Any evil can be justified that way, and the Left has been justifying evil from day one.

  • Michael Copeland

    Excellent exposure, thank you. It shows how important the internet is.
    The “Official Truth”, yes, like “Pravda”, which is the Russian for “truth”.

    • mitkanadam

      The "official" truth depends on the day of the week and sometimes the time of the day.

  • Michael Copeland

    A small plea about the low-quality video: it is not “anti-Islam”: it accurately depicts the source texts. Every incident shown about Mohammed can be found there. (Revealing the Truth Behind the Mohammed Movie Part 1 – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lclYpsz0Iwo). It is the low quality that is offensive and insulting.

    Cecil B. de Mille’s famous high-quality film “The Ten Commandments” is not “anti-Jewish” or “anti-Judaism”. It depicts incidents as recorded in the source texts.
    Could the media-imposed label “anti-Islam” be dropped?

    • Judenlieber

      I think you're missing the point Michael. It's the truth about Islam that they want covered up. When they use the word "offensive" they are actually saying that they don't want the truth to be told.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The domestic and foreign policy disasters under Obama Inc. are more than enough to make third world dictators envious. They are chumps next to Obama & surrogates' attendant fires.

    That being said, it is always necessary to create straw men to avert attention from their crimes. As such, ANY entity which is pro American, pro Israel, or in league with western values must be silenced. And how this is done is of no consequence.

    As such, if anything, Benghazigate has exposed how deep their lies and covers up are, even to the point of hiding witnesses and causing an Admiral to "go missing" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/14/benghazigate-

    Impeachment, for high crimes and misdemeanors, can't come soon enough!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • john in cheshire

    It appears to me that Mr obama has learned his lessons well and it is no coincidence he is using the same methods that our Mr blair and his gang of thugs and liars used during their 13 years of socialist tyranny and destruction.

  • Mietopol

    Obama and the truth these two words just don’t go along. And the guy with fake Birth Certificate don’t have any credibility.

  • Bamaguje

    Now that the Benghazi consulate attack has been unequivocally shown to be Al-Qaeda linked Jihad terrorism that had nothing with the Mohammed sex video, will the political prisoner Nakoula Basseley now be released?

  • pierce

    Outstanding is all I can say for this article. It truly shows the position and disposition of this President.
    Should we put our trust in him? I think the answer is a resounding NO.
    Will the prisoner now be released, unless this scenario becomes public knowledge, probably not.
    It is shocking what this President has done to cover his ass, and lay the blame for his own ineptness on some one else.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Throughout his life, Barack Obama has selected his mentors from the ranks of those who despise the United States. His administration, unelected czars, and particularly AG Eric Hold-himself, is cast from his same philosophical Anti-American post-modernist mold.

    Obama's ever-growing catalogue of prevarications — calculated to deceive and misdirect, seem to flow so effortlessly from his and Holder's being, that one wonders if either Barack Obama, OR, Eric Holder knows the difference between truth and the craven falsehood: without which it could be said that they bare the marks of a personality disorder.

    It is stunning to watch Eric Holder look into the camera under oath and be so wantonly mendacious.

    Unfortunately, it is the fiber of a Constitutional Republic that is being dis-ordered and destroyed by two Cloward–Piven strategists and their cadre of plunderers. – -

    Q: – IS IT coincidental that both Alinsky and Piven received their PhDs from the U. of Chicago?

    Oh! And BTW, Where was Barack Obama during those seven Benghazi hours?

    • Maxie

      ". . . one wonders if either Barack Obama, OR, Eric Holder knows the difference between truth and the craven falsehood: without which it could be said that they bare the marks of a personality disorder. '
      This may be of interest: http://maxentropy.squarespace.com/blog/2013/5/17/

  • κατεργάζομαι

    The Official Truth, – - Folks, America's Sleeper Cell is Barack Hussein Obama!

    Ali Ba-Rack and his band of 40 Czars.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Are we posters being "checked out"as well?

    • κατεργάζομαι

      ……count on it.

  • Ron

    Unfortunately, a spirit of Anti-Christ has controlled America and most of it's citizens for many years. We live in an inverted society where good is evil and evil is good. Obama is the inevitable result of an inverted, evil society.

  • MikeWood

    As I have thought many times, Obama is like Robert Mugabe.

    • Defcon 4

      I haven't seen the zero hobnobbing w/Robert Mugabe much, islamofascist P.M. Erdogan OTOH, seems to be his best buddy.

  • RogerDane

    Another excellent article "but" really, how many read anymore? How many comprehend beyond sound bites and Facebook? We've entered a period much like the beginning of medicine when those arguing for the 'germ theory' were ignored or, worse, run out of town… we have a gigantic population of under-educated nincompoops who simply do not comprehend or will not comprehend these radically destructive changes to America under this Administration. How will we take back our schools? How will we reprogram our youth and younger adults to 'view' in clarity the scenario unfolding and its socialist outcome if left unopposed? The movement sought to deny the Judeo-Christian faith, undermine or deconstruct the educational system and cheapen life with the pro-abortion movement. They have succeeded. Does anyone see a 'positive' outcome?

    • Lady_Dr

      I understand there are nearly 2 million children being homeschooled these days. I also see that a lot of museums now have programs for homeschoolers.

      Why in the age of the internet are communities still building bricks and mortar schools? What a waste of money. People need to get their children out of the public schools ASAP, and the charters may be better but they are still funded by education dollars and run under the school systems.

      We need to follow the Constitution – note especially the 10th Amendment – education is the right of the individual states or the individuals. NOT the federal government.

  • Albert Himoe

    Finally, a comment on Obama's nasty "joke" on Michele Bachmann's "book burning". This boorish behavior should have been immediately denounced by the press, but of course it wasn't.

  • BLJ

    This is am important person in the Obama circle that needs to be mentioned. Valerie Jarrett. She is just as evil as he is.

    • Maxie

      He is a freak-out NPD narci$$i$t. Such people can, and do, go ballistic at the slightest provocation. Jarrett is his 'minder' ready with soothing words of highest praise for his imagined greatness.

  • GavinsDad

    I don't believe anyone has gotten this "right", yet. All these "scandals" are really being exposed by BO and his minions to let everyone know that they can and will silence you or ruin your livelihood no matter who you are or associated with; CIA/NSA/ Seals, Press, any organization opposed to them, including any opposed citizens. The scandals will "go away" with no consequences to his high level operatives, nor himself. Some low level pandering sycohphants will be sacrificed, BUT the underlying message will have been clearly communicated! All will understand and live in fear, as intended.

  • WVBORN56

    I love Michelle Bachmann and Caroline Glick. Where are the men with their backbone and character? If we had real leaders at the top of the republican party much of this garbage would not go unchecked. Yes the spirit of the anti-christ is paving the way for the coming of the real AC. Time to get your spiritual house in order. Time is slipping away for the church age. Jesus was very clear on the signs that would proceed his return.

    • Defcon 4

      There's Robert Spencer, there's Walid Shoebat, there's Daniel Greenfield, there's David Horowitz, there's Dr. Bill Warner, there's Raymond Ibrahim, there's Mr. Fawstin, there's Allen West, there's Newt Gingrich (his presidential candidacy speech about Israel and the Paleswine was particularly brave and honest).

  • onecornpone

    I find odd that we have #Freejihad, #Freejahar, #FreeMumia…

    but no #FreeNakoula???

    WHY is that? Because whether warranted or not, constitutionalist still believe in patiently waiting for the scales of justice to balance.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    The Obama administration is the logical culmination of the "multicultural" policies put in place as early as 1939 by the "moderate men." See http://clarespark.com/2010/07/04/pacifica-radio-a…. "Pacifica radio and the progressive movement." I especially recommend my personal memoir of Pacifica Radio before and during my tenure as Program Director of radio station KPFK. But don't miss the shenanigans of such as Robert M. Hutchins and Harold Lasswell in their plans for postwar American sociology and political science.The "cultural historians" who followed their lead simply destroyed the Constitution and the Enlightenment that informed its vanguard formulation.

  • Brujo Blanco

    If GWB had done any of.these things he would have been taken down hard. MSM has been complicit regarding Obama's misconduct. Obama has yet to be called on any of his in your face lies.

  • fanlad

    Would love to hear and get the unedited digital recordings of the dozens of conversations between Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan and BO. This would answer what was truly going on in benghazi and Syria.

  • Mickey mouse

    Barack obamada's lies are boiling up to the surface for removal and exposing. Hence ,his creme du crape is being exposed for all the world to see. ;)

  • see-with-your-own-eyes

    An essential part of the “official truth” strategy is something I call “anecdotalization.” Any honest knowledge system values anecdotes (individual events) as data. After all, without data, no greater truths can be discerned! But our current cultural Marxism regime despises anecdotes above all else. Anecdotes might lead citizens to different conclusions than those which the cultural Marxist elites wish to promote. And so the elites now condemn as “anecdotal” any facts which contradict their chosen false narratives.

  • Ellman

    "One can only hope that Obama’s thuggish creation and corrupt defense of his “official truth” will anger, disgust – and frighten – all Americans."

    And if they don't, then what? Perhaps it's time we moved beyond speculation, anticipation and hope to planning an active resistance?

  • Naive Visitor

    My first impulse is to give everyone "the benefit of the doubt." Then when I come across comments in abundance like I've read here, I can't help but feel naive…Washington never ceases to amaze me…

    • Defcon 4

      Maybe you prefer the lies of the current presidential regime?

  • Lynn

    Watch Him, He will attack Iran to cover for all of this.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Ever what Obama does it will be dishonest and circumvent moral strength, disable truth
    and disgust every person who values open and transparent government. Remember the
    movie "Killer Clowns From Outer Space" , if so it may answer why you question if Obama
    came from another planet, he being head clown in a troup being exposed for thier sinister
    conduct…………………………………..William

  • Marvin Fox

    I believe all of the Obama scandals are related. I don't believe the investigation must result in direct contact between Obama and the central figures in the different scandals. I believe the mindset that has grown in our government has been percolating for decades. Obama, himself, is a product of this slow buildup of political cultural corruption.
    If the political culture had not been corrupted enough, Obama could not have become president. He isn't the tip of that iceberg; I believe he is more the bottom of its barrel.
    The political corruption of our Republic is being dealt with in Congress but It is difficult to say if that will be enough. congress doesn't have a good reputation for problem solving. I hope they get better quick.
    Marvin Fox

  • Defcon 4

    “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to those who aren’t like them.” Gee, sounds a lot like a certain religious group the zero wholeheartedly embraces and has never rebuked.

  • Steve Fraser

    "Reality is what the Inner Party says it is, nothing more, nothing less", O'Brien.

  • aspacia

    He is the only president who has really frightened me.

  • Frank Livingston

    I suggest you take time to read this article!
    Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemies – A War That Dare Not Speak Its Name
    The fundamental principles of intelligence, as they are for war, have been understood since the beginning of time. The ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught his army to “know your enemy” before going into battle. For if you “know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” But…“If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”
    Intelligence and military officers know this, and it is common sense. But something has changed. When the enemy, in this modern era, cleverly uses the cloak of religion, we are reluctant to name the threat, and we are urged not to judge, nor recognize, or name, the followers of that religion as terrorists, or silent co-conspirators. But it is precisely their silence—and our denial of who they really are—that worries me. S. Eugene Poteat, President, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, article from AFIO's The Intelligencer Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, Volume 18 • Number 1 • Fall/Winter 2010, http://www.afio.com/publications/poteat_col_fallw