The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


February 19, 2014

Letter: Secretive administration with an agenda

In a recent interview with Al-Jazeera America, Jill Abramson of The New York Times described the Obama administration as "the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering" and said it's inconceivable to think President Obama himself isn't directly responsible for the cloak-and-dagger policies that have made it difficult for even publications like The Times to get a straight answer.

There has been scandal after scandal. I've heard that there have been seven criminal leak investigations during this administration. Couple that with the hidden agenda this administration has, and it's not surprising this is an exceptionally secretive administration. That said, leadership starts at the top, and for one not to think that President Obama is personally involved with much of this seems be totally naive.

Part of this administration's agenda has been the National Defense Authorization Act. The indefinite-detention provisions need to be challenged. This law, in effect, establishes the legal framework for the establishment of a police state and the subjugation of the American citizenry through the threat of indefinite military arrest and detention, without the right to counsel, the right to confront one's accusers, or the right to trial.

The National Defense Authorization Act is not moral, nor constitutional, in my opinion. It's an assault on the freedoms of American citizens and this law should be rescinded. It leaves American citizens vulnerable to arrest and detention, without the protection of the Bill of Rights.

Someone in Congress, please stand up for the American people!

Michael Imhof


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