If ever an extra edition was needed, it’s now

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By Robert E. Beckner

Some of you will remember, in earlier times, when something exciting or important occurred, the newspapers would put out an “extra” edition and paper boys would stand on the corner and holler “extra, extra, read all about it.”

If there was ever an extra edition needed, it is now. This news is so startling; the world of America needs to know it! The news comes from a 2,090-minute meeting in the Cabinet room of the White House, when our president told human rights advocates that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system here in America, for the purpose of incarcerating “terrorism suspects” who are deemed a threat to national security, but cannot be tried for lack of proof, they are only chosen suspects – Americans with the wrong bumper sticker. This meeting was on May 20, and in attendance, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and other top administration officials.

This was a private session according to the two participants who describe themselves as outsiders. The reason for the discussion was due to human rights advocates growing deeply uneasy with the president’s stance on the issues of his recent move to block release of photographs showing alleged abuse of detainees and his announcement that he is now willing to try terrorism suspects in military commissions, a concept he criticized bitterly as a presidential candidate.

This meeting comes on the day prior to his much anticipated speech he gave that covered a number of thorny national security matters, including his promise to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The two outsider participants said the president raised the issue of “preventive detention” himself, but did make it clear that he had not made a decision on it. Also, they felt he was not thinking about “preventive detention” for terrorism suspects now held in Cuba, but rather for those captured in the future.

Several senior White House officials did not respond to requests for comment on the outsiders’ accounts. The president said to the attendees he was thinking about “the long game,” how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents.

What is remarkable – it was published in the very liberal New York Times newspaper on May 21. I was told it was buried on page 18A. They were probably hoping no one would read it. What makes this information so remarkable is that it so closely follows the “leaked” report by Secretary Janet Napolitano, of the Department of Homeland Security, that was sent to police departments all across America.

The report sets out in detail what the police should look for in describing Americans that she feels are a danger to America – such as returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who may become terrorists or “lone wolf extremists.” This shows prejudice against our military and our veterans. Those who focus on conservative public policies such as guns, or oppose abortion are definitely suspicious of being radical individuals who are threats to our security.

A line buried in the president’s report mentions, “this has been on the horizon for many years.” I can tell you what he’s talking about. During the Vietnam War and just after, when the public was really acting up in demonstrating against the president and the war, it came out that detention centers were in existence, in very isolated areas, just waiting for dissenters. The camps were former vacant military installations, with the usual fences and barbed wire, lights and tight security. One paper whose name escapes me, published in Washington, D.C., showed photos of two or three centers and told that guards were present but no sign of any prisoners. Apparently the government was ready and waiting for them, but they apparently never came. Who ordered the camps was not stated but President Johnson probably did since it was on his watch. It’s odd how the paper just up and ceased to exist. The story given to subscribers was they were sued, lost a large judgment they couldn’t pay and so went out of business.

This report from the president may just be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.” There are so many pieces to the puzzle slowly getting life as to what happened under President Bush, how all the rights our citizens lost during his eight years, such as habeas corpus and now with the current president’s radical agenda in so many ways and actions to change our country’s course, to that of a socialist France or Germany, that if you put them all together it is so clear what is being done – such as we lose our sovereignty, our laws and court system as it should be, judges who will not follow the law and are activists and make new laws.

The school system will not be recognized as history is being changed daily by the liberals, our health care system, the best in the world, would come under the thumb of the government, all medical coverage would be rationed by politicians, don’t forget they also want to change Social Security when there is no need to do so, the big lies that money is running out is not true, it’s only paper amounts on IOU’s the government is holding, having already spent the Social Security money and now realizing it’s coming close to time to pay up – they don’t want to. They prefer to give it out in foreign aid or more “illegal” bailouts or to questionable social programs. There is no constitutional authority for any of what this administration has already done! Yet no one speaks up!

We’ll list most of the things that have been discovered to lead us to this distasteful place we are now in and even what we can look forward to. The big puzzle will become much clearer with all the pieces in place showing you what things must be stopped in the name of humanity. So be sure and look for next Friday’s issue.

Robert E. Beckner lives in Majestic Oaks with his wife, Sarah. He is a retired private investigator and insurance adjuster. He has also been a photographer and served with the Military Police in the Marine Corps.