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Obama Sends out “Truth Squads” to Silence Free Speech

September 29, 2008

 Cross posted on Grizzly Groundswell

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President Obama

Barack Obama is now asking law enforcement in Missouri to target and harass anybody who they feel is running a misleading ad. His campaign is sending out these “truth squads” to threaten and blackmail those who do not agree with Barack Obama’s message, and he has actually recruited law enforcement officials to go along with him.

Barack Obama is now using local law enforcement officials to carry out his campaign of legal intimidation by assembling a group of high-ranking Missouri police officials and prosecutors – including St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough and City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce – to identify and target anyone the campaign determines is producing “misleading” political advertisements.

 These police state, Big Brother antics are not well received by everybody:

This is an outrageous and shocking attempt by the Obama campaign to again employ Stalinist, police state tactics against those who dare to disagree with Barack Obama,” said Ed Martin, American Issues Projects president.   “I am frankly stunned to see public officials like McCullough and Joyce abusing their official prosecutorial positions to serve as attack dogs for a national political campaign.  I am quite certain Missourians elected these individuals to enforce the laws and arrest criminals, not to throw people in jail for daring to practicing free speech.

“The Obama campaign continues to provide a chilling preview of what would happen to political freedom in an Obama administration.”

 If he has the audacity to carry out this type of activity before he becomes president what the hell will he try to do as president? We know that he doesn’t support the second amendment. We know that he will reinstate the fairness doctrine to finish the job of silencing the opposition.

 In case you think I may be overreacting here is the official statement released by the governor of Missouri, Matt Blunt:

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouricampaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

 “What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

 “This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights.  The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

 “Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family.  Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility.  When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.”

  These are truly scary tactics by someone who feels as though nobody should ever disagree with him. This is double un-good.

 Here is a video of the original news report.

 You can also read more at Smart Girl Politics.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2008 12:16 am

    Yeah, and I’m proud of my Governor for exposing this and trying to take action against them.

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  2. October 2, 2008 4:59 am

    I love the statement by your governor. “Barack Obama needs to grow up” His whole statement was great.

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  3. Kuni permalink
    October 18, 2008 4:00 pm

    The definition of a Free Market requires that the government regulate against Fraud.

    And that is all those on the Right engage in; fraudulently misrepresenting the facts. It’s about time someone supported Free Market principles.

    If I can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded theatre to get a better seat; why should the Right be allowed to yell the political equivalent of “Fire”.

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  4. Smilesrgolden permalink
    October 18, 2008 4:49 pm

    Do these people, these so educated people NOT know that CHARACTER MATTERS?

    WOW…They should be looked into!

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  5. Nancy permalink
    October 18, 2008 11:16 pm

    So typical of the Socialist/marxist party of Obama’s I guess this is what the Obama supporters want. Obama=no character references, no resume, criminals, terrrorist, many muslim contacts and Arabs that paid his way, education and otherwise. Our New President, I only pray not.

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  6. Nancy permalink
    October 18, 2008 11:20 pm

    Obama learned the teachings of Saul “red”Alinsky well:”An organizers job is to rub raw the sores of discontent and mount a socialist revolution” mentor to B.H.Obama. Obama’s own words: “I will stand with the muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”, Obama’s book “audacity of hope”. Rev. WRight is quoted in this book. read “Black theology” this was taught in Wright’s Church, Barak never heard a word for over 20 years….amazining.

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  7. Kyle permalink
    October 18, 2008 11:41 pm

    It’s funny because last I checked it is wrong if not a sin to lie and you all are accepting lies as a good thing when it is against someone you dislike or hope to lose. Truth is if the ad actually speaks truth then its not a lie so what is wrong with stopping lying ads. Would you want someone running lying ads about you or your canidate?

    Freedom of speech is fine but misleading people to the truth is a border line fraud.

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  8. Not a PUMA permalink
    October 29, 2008 12:16 pm

    Your article is the stupidest thing I have heard from the right wing in a while, and that’s saying something. McSame’s ads are not “misleading” (note the quotes, which imply the criticism of the ads is unfair) — they are actually misleading (the criticisms of the misleading ads is valid). Any candidate has the right to use any and all legal resources to combat the character assassination, slander, libel, and outright lies which the pathetic Republican Dirty Tricks Machine is spewing like so much sewage.

    Will you uninformed chatterboxes please learn the definition of Socialism and stop using words you don’t understand? Obama is a Capitalist — the presidential nominee of the Socialist Party in America (there actually is one, in case you forgot) says so.

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