Emanuel one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street money in Congress
November 7, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama's choice for White House chief of staff is one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street money in Congress, according to a Washington, D.C.-based "money-in-politics" watchdog group.
The Center for Responsive Politics has issued a report highlighting millions of dollars in campaign contributions that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has raised from individuals working in the hedge fund industry, private equity firms, and large investment firms.
Emanuel has raised more money from individuals and political action committees in securities and investment businesses than from any other industry.
This comes after a presidential campaign that saw Obama frequently criticize Wall Street and blamed lack of government regulations for the economic crisis that hit the country in mid-September.
Emanuel, a former Clinton White House aide, is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and received much of the credit for the Democrats winning a majority in the House of Representatives in 2006 - the first time in 12 years.
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Rahm Emanuel and Obama's Civilian Security Force
November 6, 2008
As Paul Joseph Watson notes this morning, Obama's apparent pick for chief of staff, Illinois Democrat Rahm Emanuel, is disturbing in light of the fact he is a staunch supporter of reactionary forces in Israel and his father was an Irgun terrorist.
"The son of a man who helped carry out this slaughter [the Deir Yassin massacre of Palestinians] has now been selected by Obama to be his chief-of-staff. Cries of 'sins of the father' lose their gusto when one considers the fact that, after the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton, Rahm Emanuel 'Was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name.' Sounds like a nice guy," writes Watson.
Emanuel's emotional response to Clinton's enemies reveals how he will likely deal with new perceived enemies as Obama's right-hand man. In his book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, published in 2006, Emanuel sketches out his ideas on how to "fight against the spread of evil and totalitarianism." In addition to fortifying "the military's 'thin green line' around the world by adding to the U.S. Special Forces and the Marines, and by expanding the U.S. army by 100,000 more troops," Emanuel suggests "we must protect our homeland and civil liberties by creating a new domestic counterterrorism force like Britain's MI5."
*"A new domestic spying operation is an obvious threat to our civil liberties," notes John Walsh in response to Emanuel's suggestion. "MI5 holds secret files on one in 160 adults in Britain along with files on 53,000 organizations." It should be noted that MI5 also specialized in the infiltration of British unions and was responsible for directing many of the IRA's atrocities.
Rahm Emanuel's ideas on defeating the alleged specter of "domestic counterterrorism" dovetail with frightening precision with Obama's declaration that once elected he will create a Civilian Security Force "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the U.S. military. "People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve."
The U.S. Army alone has nearly 500,000 troops, not counting the National Guard. "Is Obama serious about creating some kind of domestic security force bigger and more expensive than that?" muses Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily. "If not, why did he say it? What did he mean?"
It should be obvious what he meant, although we cannot expect the corporate media to fill in the blanks. If Obama's soon-to-be chief of staff stabs a knife into a table as a form of punctuation while denouncing the enemies of his former boss, Bill Clinton, it does not take a lot of imagination to predict how Obama's Civilian Security Force will be used.
Is it possible the acorn does not fall far from the tree? Emanuel's father belonged to a terrorist organization that killed the opposition, including women and children. Is it possible this psychopathic mindset was passed on to his son and will now manifest itself in Obama's Civilian Security Force?