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When Does Liberty Stop and Security Begin? In Hindsight, We Knew He Was Bad … But …

While the Orlando shooter did nothing illegal, before this last weekend, when he killed 50 people and wounded 53 more at Gay nightclub, “Pulse” … he had obviously been a loose cannon long before that event.

The stories are emerging about his repugnant behavior in high school, just after 9/11.  He was investigated by the FBI because of reports from his co-workers.  And, when the investigation led to nothing definitive, the investigation was closed.

The thing is that in America … liberty seems to trump (intentional pun) security. What he did was repugnant … but America says he has a right to his opinion and his freedom of expression.

How is his actions IN SCHOOL (not this weekend) … any more repulsive than the actions of Bill Ayers (leader in the Weather Underground, responsible for blowing up buildings and killing several people) or Angela Davis (1970 armed take-over of a Marin County, California, courtroom, in which four persons were killed)?  These two people are not only allowed to walk freely about … they are … or have … taught in universities.

His co-workers were offended and deeply concerned about his verbal threats and radical behavior, but still … it was all verbal.   The F.B.I. had spoken with him, and apparently had him on a watch list for a while … but … it was his words that were concerning.  He had done nothing criminal.

And, with no criminal record … he was free to purchase an AR -15 rifle.

So, at what point do words and forms of “expression” supersede liberty for security?

At what point should we put someone on a watch list and when should that person be taken off?

And, when someone what is put on a watch list … how much latitude should the F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies be given?

And, in the case of the Orlando shooter … when should he have been … legally… taken off the streets, before the shooting … and for what … other than his repugnant and repulsive words, disrespect for the victims of 9/11, and the threats to his co-workers?

My question really is … we know now … that the Orlando shooter hated LGBT …was repugnant in school, disrespectful of 9/11, and leaned toward radical Islam … but when … seriously when … does security supersede liberty?

Instead of all the talk about gun control … perhaps the question of liberty vs security is the bigger issue.


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 Debbie Barth: 6/13/2016 at 4:45 pm EST
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President Obama was all smiles, today, as he addressed the Cuban people with the same “hope and change” rhetoric that he used on unsuspecting Americans, eight years ago.  It’s the “hope and change” of a better Cuba, due to a renewed relationship with America.

Of course, we all know how well Obama’s “hope and change” has worked out here, in America.

It’s the “hope and change” of prosperity through commerce and increasing the amount of money that can be sent to Cuba.

But what he failed to mention was that the money would go directly to the Dictatorship, as American money, and that the Cubans will still be paid in pesos.  The average income will stay at about $20.00 per month.

Obama said that he believes in the free flow of information and he has authorized increased telecommunications connections between the United States and Cuba.

I am still laughing at the “free flow of information” … and, wondering if Obama has bought stock in CNN or AT&T.  Perhaps, he will have his own internet talk radio show, once he leaves office.

Obama said that businesses will be able to sell goods that enable Cubans to communicate with the United States and other countries.

So, does mean that Chinese/Korea developed and manufactured computers will be sold in Cuba?   That helps China, but … oh, well.  As far as America goes … perhaps the IT guys that built the Obama-care websites could offer computer support.

Obama welcomed Cuba’s decision to release a substantial number of prisoners whose cases were directly raised with the Cuban government by his team.  He did not give names of these “prisoners to be released”, or their nationality.

What I really find disturbing about this … was that Obama never mentioned the four domestic terrorists responsible for the deaths of 17 police officers, five American civilians and two U.S. servicemen and 159 bombings that have found refuge, for decades, in Cuba.  Apparently there was no talk of the extradition of these criminals back to America, so that justice could be served, and the families of the victims could find some kind of closure.

While Cuba can include a map of their homes as one of the “many attractions” during your “Cuban holiday” … the downside is … these fugitives are living freely in Cuba, and hate Americans, so … like any wild animal, you need to keep a fair distance, and do not try to feed them.

On a more serious note, I can imagine the hurt, pain and outrage felt by the son of the New Jersey State Trooper (Werner Foerster) that was killed by Joanne Chesimard … who has been living in Cuba since the mid 1980’s.

I think that Mr. Foerster (the younger) is not interested in Obama’s legacy, or the fact that the Cuban dictatorship will be receiving more American money … which will not go to the people, or that Cuba may have a better telecommunications center and upgraded computers, in order to communicate with their long-distance family members.  (Mr. forester will never be able to talk with his father … never.)

And so, Obama smiled as he promised, once again … “hope and change” … and once again, no one will gain from this, but Obama and a Terrorist, Dictatorial regime.  And, once again, over time, people will be disappointed and that disappointment will turn into quiet rage and resentment.  Obama will have his legacy … and the Cuban people will still have the same Dictatorship and suffer the same oppression.

But … hey …because of Obama … Americans can travel to a city, still lost in the sixties and sit outside on a dusty patio and drink Cuba Libres.

The only hope is for a double-shot of Rum and the only change received is left for the tip.

And that is the crux of Obama’s Cuban “Hope and Change” speech, today.

There should be a drink named after Obama’s Speech today, called “Cuba Oppression.”  No matter how little you drink of that “Kool-aid” … you are guaranteed one heck of a long-lasting hangover.

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 Debbie Barth: 3/21/2016 at 6:09 pm EST
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