President-elect Barack Obama will take office in January to employ a weapon no president has ever had at his disposal: An online army of more than 10 million supporters who can now be put to use to help carry out a sweeping Marxist agenda.
70 years ago, Hitler did the very same thing by employing fanatical volunteers to the Schutzstaffel (SS) as an outgrowth of the Sicherheitsdienst to carry out his agenda for Germany and Europe.
The Soviet Union had a similar version under Stalin called the NKVD, or People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs that came from the Cheka – or people empowered state political directors to “protect the revolution”. As ABC notes: “In the six days since Election Day, Obama’s transition team has taken a series of initial steps intended to turn Obama’s online networks of supporters into governing tools.”
Make no mistake, this “Army” will most likely become Obama’s NKVD/Gestapo – digital komissars for an online brigade to report “subversive activities” and “falsehoods” about Obama’s agenda. Conservative forums, and blogs are already experiencing the first onslaughts of this Obama Jugen. In time, if history repeats, this “army” will easily be turned into a secret police arm of a new Sicherheitsdienst that Obama eluded to in his description of a Civilian Security Force “as powerful” as our current military.
Online Supporters Represent a Powerful Tool for Incoming President
President-elect Barack Obama will take office in January with a weapon no president has ever had at his disposal: An online army of more than 10 million supporters who can now be put to use to help carry out a sweeping agenda.
The vast lists of e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers compiled by the Obama campaign represent an opportunity for the incoming administration to establish a digital presidency that takes advantage of both new technologies and the wide enthusiasm that greeted Obama’s candidacy.
In the six days since Election Day, Obama’s transition team has taken a series of initial steps intended to turn Obama’s online networks of supporters into governing tools. Obama aides set up a new Web site, www.change.gov, to keep backers engaged through Inauguration Day and beyond, and have made contact with key local volunteers to keep them in the fold.
…”We’re in completely uncharted territory,” said Micah Sifry, a co-founder of Personal Democracy Forum, which tracks the uses of new technologies in politics. “You’ve got all these people connected. Maybe they go to the White House Web site not just to tour the China Room, but to be guided to where the pressure points are in politics. That’s huge.”
But any effort to turn a political operation into a governing one raises legal issues. Privacy concerns may limit the White House’s access to the lists built by the campaign, and overtly political communications will need to be kept separate from official administration activities.
Rush Limbaugh told his listeners shortly after the election that he fears that the Obama administration will use its lists to conduct a permanent campaign — with Obama trying to assert near-total control of Washington.
Limbaugh Warns of Internet Onslaught
“The Obama presidency will continue in campaign mode just as Clinton’s did,” Limbaugh said. “Here comes the Internet onslaught.”
With no real precedent from previous administrations, Obama aides and Democratic Party leaders are weighing several options for turning the voter contact information and social networking communities maintained by the campaign into vehicles for enhanced governance.
Among the possibilities being discussed, according to party officials: a new White House communications team focused on using new technologies; the creation of a new entity outside the White House to advocate the Obama agenda — a move that would answer concerns about using government resources for political gains; or having the Democratic National Committee — led by an Obama-selected team — administer the voter-contact lists and connectivity tools.
…”Barack Obama supporters will continue to use the tools to collaborate and interact. Our victory on Tuesday night has opened the door to change, but it’s up to all of us to seize this opportunity to bring it about.”
No other president has had an engaged online army participate in his campaign the way Obama has. His supporters — who communicated with the campaign via e-mail, text-messaging, and social networking sites such as Facebook — provided Obama with an enormous organizing boost, a way to donate money, register voters, set up rallies and run get-out-the-vote operations.
…Obama has to be careful about how he enlists his supporters, Sifry said. Push them too far, or in directions they don’t want to go, and the forces he’s harnessed could turn on him, he said.
“He has immense power right now. They’re ready to do whatever he asks,” Sifry said. “But only up to a point. At a certain point, what he asks has to be what they want. … Armies get commanded, but this is a network, you can’t command them. You can try. It won’t work for very long.”
…The 4.3 million-member MoveOn.org has committed its resources to helping advance Obama’s agenda, in efforts organizers said they hope will work in concert with an Obama political operation.
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