Editor's note: This is the second part of a letter submitted by Belleville resident Don Wright expressing his opinion regarding President Barack Obama's use of executive powers. Part one of this letter appeared on Thursday's Opinion page.
To the editor:
As terrible as this unfolding humanitarian crisis is (illegal immigrants in the U.S.), a far greater threat looms. With our Border Patrol agents off post, criminals, drug dealers and most ominously agent provocateurs from Middle Eastern countries are easily traversing our now porous borders. We witnessed a horrific attack on 9/11 at the hands of Muslim extremists with nearly 3,000 Americans murdered. The radicals that may very well be crossing our borders at this instant may be bringing with them biological, chemical and advanced weapons of war.
It is now widely believed that the CIA annex in Benghazi was a front for distributing war fighting equipment to the Syrian rebels. Those weapons most likely included surface to air missiles such as "stingers." Those shoulder fired weapons are capable of downing civilian commercial aircraft. The radical Islamic army, ISIS, has acquired these weapons and has stated: "We will see you in New York."
The Benghazi cover up probably had a lot to do with what was being shipped illegally to the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime. That they now have control of much of Syria and have effectively partitioned Iraq should be cause for great worry. They are terrorists of the worst sort who have declared a new "Caliphate" and have even seized young women to be used as sexual "objects" for the men of their new ISIS army. They recently declared that all Christians remaining in areas they control must either convert, pay a tax or be beheaded. What has been the president's response to this? His silence speaks volumes.
A month before the Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian civilian jetliner, Ukrainian government officials begged for help to secure U.S. radar jamming equipment to protect their airspace. They had intelligence that showed that these advanced mobile Russian surface to air batteries were being positioned in areas under the control of the separatists. In fact, a Ukrainian fighter jet had been shot down just days before. The Russian separatists under direction of the Russian military are now acknowledged as the guilty party. The President of the United States again failed to act wisely.
Recently, the administration has given the terrorist state of Iran another six-month free pass in their mad dash to acquire nuclear weapons. Not only did he allow them to bypass the inspection deadline but he allowed them to negotiate for the release of billions of dollars of their banking assets that had been seized. One can only wonder what Iran can do with the extra billions and an additional six months.
I would make the case that these acts on the part of the President of the United States constitutes treason and at the very least begs for further investigation.
Bribery: Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.
"Most" of us are familiar with Obamacare. Many parts of this law have come under scrutiny and most recently the courts have indicated that subsidies the government has been providing on its official website are illegal and must cease. What many of us are not aware of is that the "moderate" Democrats in the House were cajoled and bribed by this administration in order to get them to vote for the law in the first place. Not one Republican voted for Obamacare, and Obama and his administration were forced to resort to bribes and threats to secure the extra votes needed.
When the bill came to the Supreme Court for review it was widely believed that it would be struck down by the conservative majority led by Chief Justice Roberts. The night before this decisive vote was cast "something" happened to make Justice Roberts change his mind. The following day, Roberts sided with the liberal minority and declared the bill to be a "tax" and therefore legal. What was discovered later (was) Justice Robert's children were adopted and had the adoption process completed outside of accepted legal standards of the United States. Could it be that Obama and his supporters discovered this and threatened the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with blackmail? The other conservative justices on the court were shocked by Justice Roberts' vote (See editor's note 1).
Editor's note 1: A number of President Obama's opponents believe that bribery and/or threats were used with members of Congress and Chief Justice Roberts to get the Affordable Care Act passed. There are numerous blogs and websites that feature frequent discussion on this accusation, but thus far the supporting evidence has all been speculative.