President Obama, via the Justice Department, finally filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court in support of the repeal of California’s Proposition 8. Tony Perkins would like you to believe that this makes President Obama a Tyrant – he’s the leader of a free nation, who is exercising his power to overturn a measure literally voted into law by the people of a state.
To the 7,001,084 Californians who exercised their constitutional right to protect marriage, the President’s decision is a deep betrayal of the democratic process and America’s identity of political diversity.
- Tony Perkins, president of The Family Research Council.
Well, here’s the reality: 7,001,084 Californians perverted the democratic process in their state by using it to insert their personal and religious beliefs into the state constitution, therein disenfranchising a minority of their hard-won fundamental rights. They did this even though there was no rational basis for the law; the law was solely an implementation of legal discrimination based on religious beliefs.
President Obama is (finally) exercising his authority as President of the United State to defend and protect The Constitution of the United States, and the rights granted therein. If President Obama is a tyrant for filing a brief, The Emancipation Proclamation must have made President Lincoln the worst tyrant in the history of the world. By executive order, President Lincoln freed every slave in the South, against the express beliefs of half of the nation.
a youthful roman face
arms sculpted for strength
birds titter brightly
the summer morning dawn
commuters speed by
summer moon rises
Night Hawks wheel and dart
my bus is coming.
yellow caution strip
silver-banded brown and gray
a piercing whistle
rush of cool air
the musty cavern awakened
two are trains leaving
a dry, scorching wind
leaves ripped from parched trees
the urban canyon
sitting side by side
reading, writing, sleeping
not a word is spoken
When the Stuxnet worm was identified in June of 2010, the payload and complexity of the worm astonished the security community. Some went so far as to suggest that the malware may have been crafted by a superior extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, in the past few weeks, we’ve gotten confirmation that plain old earthlings were the culprits – specifically, agents of the United States government targeting Iranian nuclear facilities.
Via books and articles and informants, we’re beginning to learn that former President Bush started this program. It was then taken over and accelerated by President Obama. With assistance from the Israelis, the worm was planted into the control systems of centrifuges at the Iranian Natanz nuclear facility. The level of planning, the work and sheer genius that went into the Stuxnet worm are astounding. The execution, the coupling of HUMINT and ELINT was done with such skill that no one doubts the involvement of both the CIA and Mossad.
This NYT article details the effort, determination and skill of the hackers that created Stuxnet, along with the incredible level of cooperation between countries and industries. I can only think of one historical comparison: the Manhattan Project. Logically, that makes the deployment of Stuxnet at Natanz the cyber warfare version of Hiroshima. The U.S. retained its status as the sole nuclear superpower for only 3 years after Hiroshima; I assure you, in the information age, we don’t have that much time.
The Stuxnet attack on Natanz represented an incredible escalation in a global cyber war. Unfortunately, this war has no clear battlegrounds. Like the war on terror, its targets will often be the innocent, and victory is far from assured.
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