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  3. 3. 10 vol. 26, No.1 January 4, 2010 Cover Story Politics 10 American czars Design by Joseph W. Kelly by Jack Kenny — As the United States proudly foists American- style “democracy” on much of the world, presidentially appointed “czars” control large swaths of the U.S. economy, without oversight. FeatureS 17 climAte 17 climate “ eacup tempest”? t by William F. Jasper — When the released e-mails of some of the world’s most respected climate alarmists showed that they were AP Images manipulating data, environmentalists tried to downplay the deceit. coNstitUtioN coRNeR 22 the second Amendment, 22 the states, and the People by Edwin Vieira, Jr. — As the case McDonald v. City of Chicago, which will determine if States are allowed to have gun control, wends its way to the Supreme Court, the issues are examined. Book Review 29 “Rogue” or Ruse? by Jack Kenny — Sarah Palin’s new book Going Rogue reveals little about her aspirations, hard-and-fast stances, or allegiances, so conservatives are left wondering about a possible Palin presidency. HistoRy — PAst ANd PeRsPective 34 Forgotten influences on the Founders 29 by Joe Wolverton II, J.D. — The Founding Fathers’ success at designing a Republic with safeguards to prevent citizens’ loss of liberty and to prevent federal despotism was the result of others’ insights. tHe lAst woRd AP Images 44 Fed Backers seek Power more than wealth by John F. McManus 34 DepartmentS 5 letters to the editor 33 the Goodness of America 7 inside track 41 exercising the Right 9 QuickQuotes 42 correction, Please! coveR Design by Joseph W. Kelly
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  5. 5. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus President Pierce’s America, a 1605 voyage to the Massachu- Editor setts mainland brought some captured In- Gary Benoit Constitutional Sense dians back to England. One of them was In regard to Jack Kenny’s recent article named Tisquantum, a Wampanoag from Senior Editor “Constitutional Healthcare” (November 23 the tribal village at what is now Pawtuxet, William F. Jasper issue), while well researched and right on Massachusetts. During his years in Eng- Associate Editor target, he missed one of the greatest quotes land, he learned the English language and Kurt Williamsen from our forefathers that could be used way of life. In 1619, after various adven- with this issue, issued by President Frank- tures, Tisquantum was able to return to his Contributors lin Pierce. village. He was set ashore, only to find that Dennis J. Behreandt Writing in an 1854 veto statement of a his people were all dead from a disease — Steven J. DuBord bill to authorize the giving away of federal possibly bubonic plague — caught from Selwyn Duke lands for the erection of State-funded mental European fishermen. Tisquantum then set- Gregory A. Hession, J.D. hospitals, Pierce penned a timeless warning tled into the remaining Wampanoag tribe Ed Hiserodt against the unconstitutionality of federal in- living in the area. William P. Hoar volvement in healthcare: When the Pilgrims arrived, they were R. Cort Kirkwood astonished to find an Indian who spoke Patrick Krey I readily and, I trust, feelingly acknowl- fluent English. Without his assistance that Warren Mass edge the duty incumbent on us all as first terrible year in the wilderness, the Alex Newman men and citizens, and as among the Pilgrims would likely have perished alto- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. highest and holiest of our duties, to pro- gether. Squanto, as they called Tisquantum, Ann Shibler vide for those who, in the mysterious showed them how to plant corn and fertil- Liana Stanley order of Providence, are subject to want ize the kernels with a fish, and otherwise Joe Wolverton II, J.D. and to disease of body of mind; but I increase their food production. Art Director can not find any authority in the Consti- Less known is the fact that, acting for Joseph W. Kelly tution for making the Federal Govern- Massasoit, he provided food, advice, in- ment the great almoner of public char- terpreter service, and guidance through Research ity throughout the United States. To do the territory to locations where they could Bonnie M. Gillis so would, in my judgment, be contrary obtain commodities and seafood, and to the letter and spirit of the Constitu- showed them how to build warm houses. Marketing tion and subversive of the whole theory He also provided hope in the face of ter- Larry Greenley upon which the Union of these States rible adversity. Public Relations is founded. The Pilgrims considered Squanto “a spe- Bill Hahn cial instrument of God for their good beyond Born in the Founding era, Pierce was edu- their expectation,” as Governor Bradford Advertising/Circulation cated on the wisdom of the Founders and wrote in his History of Plymouth Plantation, Julie DuFrane spent nine years in Congress before serving 1620-1647. Squanto died of an illness during as President. the second winter of the colony. Bradford John Weldon noted that he died “desiring the Governor to Playa Del Rey, California pray for him that he might go to the English- men’s God in heaven.” John White Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 God’s Helping Hand Cheshire, Connecticut P.O. Box 8040 • Appleton, WI 54912 920-749-3784 • 920-749-3785 (fax) An event unreported by Joe Wolverton in www.thenewamerican.com “Faith in the Face of Skepticism” (No- Send your letters to: the neW AmericAn, P.O. editorial@thenewamerican.com vember 23) indicates “the hand of God” Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912. Or e-mail: Rates are $39 per year (Hawaii and Canada, helping the Pilgrims to establish their editorial@thenewamerican.com. Due to vol- add $9; foreign, add $27) or $22 for six months (Hawaii and Canada, add $4.50; foreign, add society. According to A. L. Rouse in The ume received, not all letters can be answered. $13.50). Copyright ©2009 by American Opin- Elizabethans and Letters may be edited for space and clarity. ion Publishing, Inc. Periodicals postage paid at Appleton, WI and additional mailing offices. Post- master: Send any address changes to The New AmericAN, P.O. Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912. EXTRA COPIES AVAILABLE The New AmericAN is pub- lished biweekly by Ameri- ➧ Additional copies of this issue of the neW AmericAn are can Opinion Publishing available at quantity-discount prices. To place your order, visit Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The John Birch Society. www.shopjbs.org or see the card between pages 34-35. call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 5
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  7. 7. Inside Track Obama Ordered Troop Surge Despite Only 100 al-Qaeda in Afghanistan President Barack Obama’s December 1 speech at West Point was wich” them between Pakistan and Afghanistan, preventing them meant to justify sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan from re-gaining a foothold in Afghanistan. at a cost of $30 billion per year, but he neglected to mention one “So the real question is will Pakistan do enough,” said former small detail: U.S. intelligence officials estimate there are as few White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC as 100 al-Qaeda operatives in all of Afghanistan. News consultant. “What if they take all the money we given them President Obama called the al-Qaeda presence there a “can- but don’t really follow through? What [is] the strategy then?” cer,” but ABC News reported on December 2 that a senior U.S. The December 2 ABC News article clearly spelled out the intelligence official told them that “the approximate estimate of hefty price tag for 100 al Qaeda members left in Afghanistan reflects the conclusion dealing with so few of American intelligence agencies and the Defense Department.” terrorists: “With Obama was made aware of this so he could factor it into his deci- 100,000 troops in sion on whether or not to send in more troops. Afghanistan at an Obama did not focus on the size of al-Qaeda’s presence in estimated yearly Afghanistan when he spoke, but rather said merely that “al Qaeda cost of $30 billion, it has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same number as before means that for every 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border.” U.S. one al Qaeda fighter, intelligence officials believe there are several hundred al-Qaeda the U.S. will com- fighters just across the Pakistani border, and an Obama adminis- mit 1,000 troops and tration official said the additional troops were needed to “sand- $300 million a year.” There’s No Deadline forces. The appear- for U.S. Exit From Afghanistan ances of Obama’s senior staff mem- Members of the Obama administration officials on December 6 made it perfectly bers seemed geared South Carolina AP Images clear that American military forces will remain in Afghanistan for toward easing the national guard a long time, playing down President Barack Obama’s December concerns of not only in Afghanistan 1 statement that “after 18 months [in July 2011], our troops will some U.S. officials begin to come home.” but also officials in Afghanistan and Pakistan that the United Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary States could be withdrawing too abruptly. Rodham Clinton, and other top officials appeared in a coordi- “There isn’t a deadline,” Gates said on CBS’s Face the Nation. nated series of television interviews. A key message was that any “What we have is a specific date on which we will begin trans- reduction starting in July 2011 would be slow, and this would ferring responsibility for security district by district, province by only be the beginning of the transfer of responsibility to Afghan province in Afghanistan, to the Afghans.” Obama’s Peace Prize When President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfec- Norway, on December 10, he addressed the incongruity of receiv- tions of man and the limits of reason.” ing a prize for peace just after he escalated the war in Afghani- But what circumstances necessitate placing American sol- stan: “Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt diers into harm’s way? And when such circumstances arise, who of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of the should make the decision? military of a nation in the midst of two wars.... I come here with The Nobel Peace Prize is an honor bestowed by what is es- an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict — filled with diffi- sentially an arm of the Norwegian government, accompanied cult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and by a significant monetary award. When the President accepted our effort to replace one with the other.” the prize without seeking or receiving congressional approval, Obama devoted much of his speech to a philosophical discus- he violated Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, which sion of a “just war” and a “just peace.” Regarding the almost states: “No person holding any office of profit or trust under inevitable need to use force when circumstances warrant it, he them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any said: “Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not any king, prince or foreign state.” www.theNewAmerican.com 7
  8. 8. Inside Track On the Scene in Copenhagen William F. Jasper, senior editor for The New AmericAN, and Alex Newman, contributor to The New AmericAN, attended the sec- ond week of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which was still in progress when this magazine was sent to the printer. The conference opened in the wake of the fallout over “Cli- mategate,” the appearance on the Web of incriminating e-mails written by and to global-warming alarmists connected with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For Jasper’s report on Climategate, see page 17. The cover story articles in the next (January 18) issue of TNA, written by Jasper and Newman, will be devoted to the Copen- hagen story. In addition, we have already published, and will William Alex continue to publish, many online exclusives on global warming F. Jasper Newman and Copenhagen at thenewamerican.com. EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially de- of clean-energy reform,” Jackson declared in a statement. The clared that carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases Obama administration had indicated earlier in the year that it are dangerous to public health and welfare, paving the way for would make this controversial decision, but the timing of the an- much stricter emissions standards. nouncement was meant to coincide with the opening of the global EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the “endangerment climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. finding” on December 7. This ruling was needed to allow new emis- Global-warming alarmists argue that the release of carbon sions regulations for automobiles to move forward, and it sets the dioxide into the atmosphere by man is causing runaway global stage for large-scale emitters of these gases such as factories, power warming, despite the fact that most of the warming that has taken plants, and refineries to be hit with limitations on their output. place since the late 1800s occurred before most of the increase in “These long overdue findings cement 2009’s place in history atmospheric carbon dioxide. Moreover, viewing carbon dioxide as the year when the U.S. government began addressing the chal- as a dangerous gas overlooks the fact that it is essential for plant lenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity life, which absorbs it through photosynthesis. Ron Paul Calls for Competition in Money A monopoly accomplishes for its creator the opportunity to gouge for his advocacy of sound money and his opposition to the Federal the public, a consequence generally well known, and generally Reserve. In addition to his bill calling for auditing the Fed (see despised. There is, however, one commodity existing as a mo- page 44), he has now introduced the “Free Competition in Cur- nopoly that the public does not loathe, the creation of money. This rency Act of 2009” (H.R. 4248). He notes that, to be useful and monopoly seems to most Americans to be the only way to pro- honest, currency has to be durable, portable, divisible, uniform, ceed. They are unaware that our nation once had competing cur- stable, reproducible, and scarce. And he notes that mankind’s his- rencies and this competition led to honesty in the field of money. tory demonstrates that gold and silver, not paper bills, have been Several Spanish coins made of precious metal were circulating the choices arrived at for money throughout the millennia. during colonial days, even after the Declaration of Independence. The Congressman’s new measure calls for three steps: Repeal In 1792, the U.S. Mint began its constitutionally authorized oper- legal tender laws that give paper bills issued by the Fed the mo- ations, and the people brought their gold and silver to be stamped nopoly always sought by thieves and tyrants; eliminate laws that into coinage of a fixed size, weight, and purity. Also, there were prohibit private mints from creating coinage to be used as cur- private mints issuing precious metal coinage; the government did rency; and eliminate capital gains and sales taxes on gold and sil- not have a monopoly in the field of coining money. But, today, the ver coins. Regarding the latter, the Congressman provides a clear only legal money is fiat money issued by the Federal Reserve that explanation of the absurdity and injustice of taxing the purchase is deemed money by law. Its value continues to decrease because of gold and silver coins by noting how stupid and unjust it would there is virtually no limit on how much of it can be issued. be if a sales tax were charged every time a person exchanged a Congressman Ron Paul has become well known and admired 10-dollar bill for a roll of quarters. n 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • JANuARy 4, 2010
  9. 9. QuickQuotes What About the U.S. Constitution? “For the first time in its history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked Article 5.... And the United Na- tions Security Council endorsed the use of all necessary steps to respond to the 9/11 attacks.” In his December 1 speech, President Barack Obama avoided mentioning the document he has sworn to abide by and pointed instead to NATO (a UN regional arrange- AP Images Barack ment) and the UN itself for authorization of the war in Obama Afghanistan. His Huge Election Expenditure May Have Hurt the Political Process “He has done long-term damage to the system.” After New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $102 million of his own money ($174 per vote received) to squeak out a reelection win, Public Interest Research Group’s Gene Russianoff contended that the city’s electoral process had been severely harmed. European Union’s New Leader Another Globalist “The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of the planet.” Prior to taking office on December 1 as the initial President of the European Union (under the Lisbon Treaty), Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy let the world know that he is an ardent globalist and an enemy of national sovereignty. Herman Van The Border Between the United States and Canada Rompuy Is a Bigger Concern Than in the Past AP Images “We can’t take the chance that the footprints we see are somebody coming here to live the American dream or somebody coming here to destroy the American dream.” As the official in charge of the U.S. Border Patrol’s station in northern Vermont, Fernando Beltran has seen the number of agents in his office tripled to more than 300 since 9/11. You Can Buy Mao Memorabilia in the Town Where He Was Born “Business is better than ever.” Mao Juxiang, a sales clerk in Shaoshan, China, will happily sell anyone items depicting the late dicta- tor’s image in a bronze bust for $85, a snow globe for $7, or a key chain for $4.25. Army Family Members Skeptical About Afghanistan War Ending “We have a friend who’s been in the military seven years and has been deployed five of those years. I don’t think anyone in the military believes this is going to end soon.” The wife of an Army medic who faces another tour in a few months, Jessica Suckarieh, laments that her one-year-old son has seen his father for only two months. A Sober Warning for Senior Citizens Muntadhar “I have a message for you. You’re going to die sooner.” al-Zeidi Pointing to President Obama’s healthcare proposals, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a medical doctor, claimed that planned cuts in Medicare would result in dire consequences for older Americans. He Tossed a Shoe at President Bush and Now Has One Aimed at Him “He stole my technique.” The famous Iraqi shoe-tosser, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, issued his com- ment after he ducked to avoid being hit by a shoe thrown at him AP Images during a news conference in Paris. n — compiled by John F. mcmAnus call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 9
  10. 10. Politics As the United States proudly foists American-style “democracy” on much of the world, presidentially appointed “czars” control large swaths of the U.S. economy, without oversight. by Jack Kenny Czar, a Car Czar, and even a Czars Czar. jealous of their political turf, have been It didn’t start with President Barack grumbling about the number of new of- I t may be considered a strange case of Obama, but the tendency to appoint un- fices that the President has created without “Back to the Future,” halfway around elected officials, in many cases uncon- Senate approval. Congress, of course, has the world. Twenty years after the firmed by any legislative process, to control over appropriations, and running tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the high-level positions of authority over the all of these new offices costs something — apparent demise of Soviet communism, political and economic life of the nation though many czars have been appointed the United States appears to be emulating has greatly accelerated in the past year, with salaries undisclosed. Those who re- pre-Bolshevik Russia. Without knowing owing in part to the fact that the United member our Republic’s founding docu- exactly how or why, America has become States has taken over corporations in the ments, those parchments preserved under the land of the “czars,” men and women financial and automotive sector that had glass in our nation’s capital, may recall one appointed by some undefined process, previously been governed primarily by a of the charges leveled against the British often of dubious legality, literally to rule private-sector free market. Thus we have King in our Declaration of Independence: over various segments and activities of our an Automotive Recovery Czar, a Compen- “He has erected a Multitude of new Offices political, social, and economic life. Amer- sation Czar, and others. and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass ica has a Science Czar, a School Safety Some members of Congress, belatedly our People and eat out their Substance.” 10 tHE NEW AMErIcAN • JANuAry 4, 2010
  11. 11. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow pa- triots might not have imagined that the new Republic they had midwifed would Auto Recovery Czar: be the land of the (more or less) free and ed Montgomery (right) the home of the czars. But America in the age of Obama has made czar production a Car Czar: Ron Bloom (left) growth industry. House Minority Leader John Boehner has accused the President of circumventing and subverting the Consti- tution by appointing more than 30 “czars” to oversee government operations, most of them not subject to Senate confirmation. Many of the positions and responsibilities duplicate those of cabinet-level officials and their departments, he said. “He clearly is circumventing the Con- stitution, in my view, and I think the heat continues to build on the administration to deal with this,” Boehner said last fall in AP Images an interview with Newsmax TV. “It’s one thing to have domestic policy advisors or international policy advisors, but to have this many people at the White House who have really more control than the Cabinet secretaries, I think is a subversion of the Constitution.” Of course, the unconstitutionality en- tails not just the appointing of czars with- out Senate approval, but also includes much of what the czars are actually doing, from telling businesses how much they can compensate employees to regulating schools. We have, alas, reached a point AIdS Czar: in our history where subverting the Con- Jeffrey Crowley stitution is almost “as American as apple pie.” Indeed, though the Republicans may view it as an Obama phenomenon, czarist America goes back at least to the days of the New Deal and has been perpetuated by both Republican and Democratic adminis- trations ever since. Any list of so-called czars is to some extent subjective, since the word “czar” Newscom is not in any official title and which posi- tions qualify for the designation may be debatable. According to Wikipedia, the current use of the term, once reserved for the rulers of pre-revolution Russia, start- according to the Wikipedia list. The 30-plus appointed by Obama is remarkable for ed during the administration of Franklin an administration barely a year old. Roosevelt, who had 12 such appointees. The offices created by executive order of George W. Bush included the Chairman The number dropped to six under Truman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, or the Bioethics Czar, and the Advisor to the and one in Eisenhower’s White House. President for Public Health Emergency Awareness, dubbed the Bird Flu Czar. The Reagan had only one, the Director of the special counselors to the President included a Communications Czar. Bush created White House Drug Abuse Policy, and the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, headed by the Faith-Based Czar, George H.W. Bush had two. The number and even gave the nation a Birth Control Czar, formally the Deputy Assistant Secre- increased to seven under Clinton, then tary of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. Former ballooned to 31 under George W. Bush, Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams was the Deputy National Security Advisor www.theNewAmerican.com 11
  12. 12. Politics Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Russ Feingold of Wiscon- sin, also have expressed misgivings. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) wrote Obama a letter warning: “The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitution- al system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken di- rection and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Sen- economic Czar: ate confirmed officials.” Paul Volcker Just who are these czars? Some are newcomers to the national political scene. Only a couple even come close to hav- ing what might be considered household names. They include, as I have mentioned, special envoys, and there have probably AP Images been special envoys in every administra- tion, starting with George Washington’s. Obama has appointed diplomats to deal with particular areas, such as Holbrooke as the administration’s specialist in Af- Schools is the Safe Schools Czar. There for Global Affairs, known incongruously ghanistan. As Boehner indicated, this kind as the Democracy Czar. is even a Regulatory Czar, confirmed by of appointment has the potential for caus- the Senate, to regulate the regulators. The Obama’s additions include an Advisor ing confusion both at home and abroad. Director of the Office of Information and to the President and the Vice President on Is it possible, for example, that Hol- Regulatory Affairs is based within the Of- Domestic Violence and Assault Issues, or brooke, the Afghan/Pakistan Czar, might, the Domestic Violence Czar. The Green fice of Management and Budget. intentionally or otherwise, undercut the On the international scene, there is the Jobs Czar is the Special Advisor for Green authority and influence of Secretary of Guantanamo Base Closure Czar, who is a Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation. There is State Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan and special envoy of the Department of State. a Health Czar who is the Director of the potentially elsewhere? Wars, as Secretary The United States has former UN Ambas- White House Office of Health Reform and of Defense Robert Gates said recently, sador Richard Holbrooke as the Special Counselor to the President. There is also are fraught with unintended consequenc- Representative for Afghanistan and Paki- a Car Czar for the auto industry, a Com- es. The same is true with political wars. pensation Czar for companies receivingstan, or the Afghanistan Czar. Former Sen- And it is not that long ago that Barack ate Majority Leader George Mitchell has “ordeal money” under the Troubled Asset Obama and Hillary Clinton were locked Relief Program, which has its own TARPan even broader role as the Special Envoy in serious political combat. For political for Middle East Peace, or Mid-East Peace Czar, the Assistant Secretary of the Trea- reasons, he could not leave her out of his Czar. The Sudan Czar is officially the Spe- sury for Financial Stability. The White administration altogether, and surely she cial Envoy to Sudan. House has both a Science Czar, the Assis- had the knowledge and experience to take Even in the comparatively czar-free tant to the President for Science and Tech- on the foreign policy issues the Secretary nology, and a Chief Technology OfficerClinton years, when there were only seven, of State must confront. It may be unlikely known as the Technology Czar. The Di- the President had an advisor to oversee the that Obama would use Holbrooke or any efforts of the other domestic policy advi- rector of the Office of Safe and Drug-free other “czar” to deliberately undermine sors. The chief domestic pol- Clinton’s efforts abroad. But he might no sane person is in favor of any icy advisor and Director of have in mind the possible advantage of the White House Domestic having people, answerable only to the disease, especially a deadly disease. Policy Council was called, President, in Afghanistan and elsewhere But politically speaking, AIdS is a simply, the “Czar Czar.” to keep an eye on Secretary Clinton to “I think this whole issue be sure she is not undermining Obama’s favored disease and has been favored has gotten way out of control efforts. He would not want her “going with its own czar. There is yet no publicly in terms of the number of rogue,” after all. czars that he has and advi- And if Holbrooke is answerable only announced czar for typhoid fever or other sors around him,” Boehner to the President, who makes sure that he communicable diseases. said about the reign of czars and Secretary Clinton are on the same under Obama. Some Senate page, so to speak, and not sending “mixed 12 tHE NEW AMErIcAN • JANuAry 4, 2010
  13. 13. messages”? And might his mission un- dermine the authority of the U.S. Ambas- sador and other embassy officials in both Afghanistan and Pakistan? Holbrooke is also authorized to work with Gen. David Petraeus, head of CENTCOM, to inte- grate civilian and military efforts in the region. Is there someone in Washington, below the office of the President, who is making sure all these efforts are in harmony with one another? Is there an opening for a Special Assistant for Coor- dinated Communications or a Synchro- nization Czar? Holbrooke is a veteran diplomat who was ambassador to the United Nations Border Czar: from 1999-2001. He has long been a fix- Alan Bersin ture in the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party, and like most, if not AP Images all, of the czars, he is a member in good standing of the Council on Foreign Rela- tions cabal. He was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific during the Carter administration (1976 to 1980). He began his work in Foreign Service under President John F. Kennedy in 1962 AP Images and remained employed therein through 1976. From 1972 through 1976, he was the editor of Foreign Policy magazine, the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations. Holbrooke was useful on many fronts to President Bill Clinton. Prior to his appointment as UN ambassador, Hol- brooke brokered the Dayton (Ohio) Peace Accords to end the fighting in Bosnia. Another veteran of international poli- tics and CFR member, George Mitch- ell, is also a veteran of the legislative chambers. The former U.S. Senator from Maine was Majority Leader from 1989- Climate Czar: 94 and was later Clinton’s Special Envoy Todd Stern to Northern Ireland, where he was instru- mental in bringing about an agreement to end the fratricide there. As Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Mitchell’s job is to maintain the very shaky cease-fire be- tween Israel and Hamas. He is no strang- er to the Middle East, having led a fact- Other Czars finding mission in the year 2000 to study AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. No sane violence in the region. His 2001 Mitchell person is in favor of any disease, especially a deadly disease. But politically speaking, report formed the basis for the so-called AIDS is a favored disease and has been favored with its own czar. There is yet no pub- road map for Middle East peace. licly announced czar for typhoid fever or other communicable diseases. A multi-talented investigator and dip- The AIDS Czar reports to the President as part of the Executive Office of the President’s lomat, Mitchell has also been the lead Domestic Policy Council. Crowley’s qualifications appear bomb proof. He has a Master of investigator into steroid use in Major Public Health Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public League Baseball, making him perhaps Health. His credentials include his work as Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown Uni- baseball’s first Juice Czar. versity’s Health Policy Institute and Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 13
  14. 14. Politics economic advisor. Montgomery also had the advantage of being a donor of $1,200 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is married to the granddaughter of a General Motors worker from Portland, Michigan. His task is to “leverage government resources” to support the workers, com- munities, and regions that rely on the American auto industry. To “leverage gov- Science Czar: John Holdren ernment resources” sounds so much better than to “fleece the American taxpayers.” If he needs a third job, Montgomery may be in line for Euphemisms Czar at the Minis- try of Truthless Consequences. Economic Czar: Paul Volcker, Chair- man of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. If the bad economic news AP Images becomes too much for the honchos from Harvard, former Federal Reserve Chair- man Volcker will attempt to bring the mar- kets back from the brink. Appointed Fed chairman by Jimmy Carter in 1979, Vol- cker helped wring the inflation out of the economy too late to help Carter, but just in time to help Reagan in the mid-1980s He has reportedly taken on at no pay the task of offering independent, nonpartisan information, analysis, and advice to the Stimulus President as he formulates and implements Accountability Czar: his plans for economic recovery. Perhaps earl devaney Larry Summers thought that is what he had been doing because in the “eat or be eaten” world of Washington politics, there have been reports that Volcker has been margin- alized by Summers. Of course, the advice from these two is essentially the same — spend more, create more money out of thin air, pile up more debt, etc. Border Czar: Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs. AP Images A double Ivy man, Bersin is a graduate of Harvard and earned his law degree at Yale. He was chairman of the San Diego Re- gional Airport Authority (2006 to 2009), Secretary of Education for California and Global Health Law, part of the Georgetown University Law Center. He was Deputy (2005 to 2006), and Superintendent of Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of People with AIDS. In his San Diego Public Schools (1998 to 2005). czarist role, Crowley coordinates HIV/AIDS policy not just domestically but also interna- He was U.S. Attorney for San Diego from tionally, since the United States provides billions of dollars in foreign aid to combat AIDS. 1993 to 1998, during which time he was Auto Recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery, Director of Recovery for Auto Communi- also Attorney General Janet Reno’s special ties and Workers. Montgomery was Deputy Secretary and Chief Economist at the Labor representative on border issues. Now he Department (1997 to 1998) and is Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences reports to Homeland Security chief Janet at the University of Maryland (2003 to present). He has a Ph.D. in economics from Har- Napolitano and is supposed to handle il- vard, which should help him explain what he’s doing to the man to whom he reports, legal immigration and drug violence along Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard who is now President Obama’s top the Mexican border. His view of illegal im- 14 tHE NEW AMErIcAN • JANuAry 4, 2010
  15. 15. migration, however, may be troublesome, since he said during his days as Clinton’s Border Czar that he wanted to focus on smugglers of both drugs and people and was not interested in prosecuting “eco- nomic migrants.” He did, however, insti- tute “Operation Gatekeeper,” which led to an increased presence of border guards to deter illegal border crossings. However, deposed when Bersin left the position in 1998, bor- green Jobs Czar: Van Jones der arrests were on pace for an 18-year low of just more than 200,000. Whatever the justification for the posi- tion — since the Department of Home- land Security has had from its beginning the mission of protecting our borders — Bersin appears eminently qualified for it. But the $50,000 he has given to political campaigns in the past 10 years, AP Images nearly all of it to Democrats, may have ensured that his qualifications would not be overlooked. And his membership in the establishment Council on Foreign Relations doesn’t hurt either. the Clinton presidency, but the pact was suggesting “some form of ecocatastrophe, Car Czar: Ron Bloom, Counselor to not submitted to the Senate for ratification if not thermonuclear war, seems almost the Secretary of the Treasury. Not to be after the Senate, by a 95-0 vote, passed a certain to overtake us before the end of confused with the Auto Recovery Czar, resolution making it clear that the treaty the century.” a natural mistake. Another Harvard man, would surely die there. He is responsible Conservative critics have quoted a state- Bloom earned his MBA there. Prior to for developing international approaches to ment in a book he co-authored in 1977, that he worked for the Service Employ- reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Ecoscience: Population, Resources and ees International Union. He was an in- He supports a national cap-and-trade sys- Environment. The controversial quotation vestment banker with Lazard Freres tem to limit carbon emissions and reduce says that “population-control laws, even Co. from 1985 to 1990. He co-founded our nation’s dependency on foreign oil. including laws requiring compulsory abor- the investment banking firm Keilin and He reports to Secretary of State Hillary tion, could be sustained under the existing Bloom. From 1996 to February 2009, he Clinton. Constitution.” (James Madison, call your was special assistant to the president of Science Czar: John Holdren, As- office!) United Steelworkers. He has negotiated sistant to the President for Science and More troublesome, because it’s more restructuring deals for more than 50 com- Technology, Director of the White House recent than a 32-year-old book, is Hol- panies, getting major concessions from Office of Science and Technology Policy, dren’s involvement in “Climategate,” the both unions and corporations. and Co-chair of the President’s Council deliberate manipulation of scientific data, Bloom is a leader of the White House of Advisors on Science and Technology. the stonewalling of Freedom of Informa- task force overseeing auto company bail- Holdren is the top advisor to Obama on tion requests, and the overall propaganda outs. He reports to Treasury Secretary science and technology issues. He has efforts of scientists charged with studying Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers, taught at both Harvard and Berkeley and the causes and effects of climate change. head of the National Economic Council. studied aerospace engineer- Climate Czar: Todd Stern, Special ing and plasma physics at Envoy for Climate Change. Another Har- the Massachusetts Institute In a book John Holdren co-authored vard Law School grad, Stern was most of Technology. He is an out- recently a Senior Fellow at the Center for spoken advocate of the need in 1977, Ecoscience: Population, American Progress, where he focused on to reduce greenhouse-gas Resources and Environment, it says that climate change and environmental issues. emissions. In a 2008 New A top aide to President Bill Clinton, Stern York Times op-ed, Holdren “population-control laws, even including was head of the Initiative on Global Cli- called climate-change skep- laws requiring compulsory abortion, mate Change (1997 to 1999) and Advi- tics “dangerous” members could be sustained under the existing sor to the Secretary of the Treasury from of a “denier fringe.” 1999 to 2001. He helped negotiate the In 1971, he co-authored a Constitution.” Kyoto Treaty on climate change during paper on “Global Ecology” www.theNewAmerican.com 15
  16. 16. Politics ary Movement, or STORM, a group with Marxist roots. As if that were not enough, Jones, who began his career as an advo- cate of prison reform, generated still more controversy by his pleas for clemency for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Safe Schools Czar: Kevin Jennings, Director of the Office of Safe and Drug- free Schools in the federal Department of Education. A former member of the ho- mosexual activist group ACT UP, famous for disrupting church services and throw- ing condoms at worshippers, Jennings Safe Schools Czar: is said to have funded a pornographic Kevin Jennings ACT UP exhibition at Harvard Univer- sity’s art museum. He is also founder and AP Images long-time leader of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that has condemned “heterosex- ism,” along with racism, sexism, and ho- mophobia, as “detrimental to a healthy All of that, long suspected by skeptics of and Color of Change, which includes Bay school climate.” Indeed, Jennings himself the climate crusade, was revealed and doc- Area PoliceWatch, a group devoted to has accused American schools of “pro- umented after a hacker tapped into the e- “protect[ing] the community from police moting heterosexuality” and “recruit- mails of the scientists working on the proj- misconduct.” ing children to be heterosexuals” by as- ect and made public their communications. His 2008 book, The Green Collar Econ- signing such literature as Shakespeare’s Those communications, said Rep. James omy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Romeo and Juliet. Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) at a committee Biggest Problems, made the New York Worse still, Jennings claimed in a year hearing, “show a pattern of suppression, Times bestseller list. 2000 speech that he encouraged a teenager manipulation and secrecy that was inspired His job was to promote environmen- who was in a homosexual relationship with by ideology, condescension and profit.” tally friendly employment within the ad- an adult male. If the child was underage, Sensenbrenner quoted Holdren from the e- ministration and boost support for the idea as Jennings said at the time, then today’s mails and scolded him for “name-calling” nationwide. He reported to Nancy Sutley, Safe Schools Czar may well have violated of global-warming skeptics. head of the Council on Environmental the law by not reporting the apparent statu- Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Quality, or the Eco Quality Czar. tory rape. Jennings later changed his story, Devaney, Chair of the Recovery Act But Jones may be the first of the de- saying the boy was past the legal age of Transparency and Accountability Board. posed czars; his “reign” lasting only six consent. A former director of criminal enforcement months. Hired in March, he apparently But beyond the moral decadence lies at the Environmental Protection Agency, was not adequately vetted by White House another threat to American freedom in the Devaney now leads the oversight board staff, another reason why critics of “czar- form of an overgrown government. Even that monitors money distributed under the ist” government say appointees should go the best of public servants — and the ros- stimulus act. He reports to Vice President through the Senate confirmation process. ter of czars contains a number that do not Joe Biden. By early September he was the center of fit that description — seek to expand their Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones, Special controversy and issued two apologies, power and to coerce and control those Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and one for signing a petition circulated by who do not conform to the ideological Innovation at the White House Council 911Truth.org that questioned whether blueprint. When Sen. Russ Feingold, (D- on Environmental Quality. Jones’s mete- Bush administration officials may have Wis.) objected to invasions of privacy and oric career rise has taken him from the allowed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to go other abuses of civil liberty in the Bush Oakland, California, grass-roots orga- forward, “perhaps as a pretext for war.” administration, he was told that his think- nizing scene to the leader of a national The other was for using a crude term to de- ing was “pre-9/11.” The administration’s, movement to spur the “green economy.” scribe Republicans in a speech he gave be- he replied, was “pre-1776.” He is the founder of Green for All, an or- fore joining the administration. Jones had Between foreign terrorists and domestic ganization focused on creating green jobs also been involved with a radical group in tyrants, the enemies without and the czars in impoverished areas, and co-founder of the San Francisco Bay area called Stand- within, American liberty remains under the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights ing Together to Organize a Revolution- siege in the Age of Obama. n 16 tHE NEW AMErIcAN • JANuAry 4, 2010
  17. 17. climate Climate “Teacup Tempest”? AP Images When the released e-mails of some of the world’s most respected climate alarmists showed that they were manipulating data, environmentalists tried to downplay the deceit. by William F. Jasper scene only three weeks before the Unit- smoking gun,” says Dr. Michaels, “this is ed Nations Climate Change Conference a mushroom cloud.” On the face of it, it “A s near as I can tell, Climate- (COP15) convened on December 7 in Co- would seem difficult to dispute Professor Gate is almost entirely a penhagen, Denmark. Michaels’ assessment. The Climategate tempest in a teacup,” wrote Michael Mann, James Hansen, Phil e-mails provide powerful confirmation Kevin Drum in a November 30 column Jones, Michael Oppenheimer, Stephen of charges by many scientists over the for the left-wing magazine Mother Jones. Schneider, and Kevin Trenberth — some years that the UN’s IPCC process is po- “There’s nothing questionable there,” he of the biggest names in global-warming litically — not scientifically — driven insisted. The tempest-in-a-teacup/no-big- alarmism — are unfavorably exposed in and that claims of scientific “consensus” deal trope has been regularly invoked by the documents that were posted on the In- to justify radical policies are a gross cor- the proponents of global-warming alarm- ternet on November 20 by unknown hack- ruption of science. In the past, scientists ism to dismiss the significance of what ers who penetrated the computer system who questioned the Jones-Mann-IPCC may be one of the biggest science scandals of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at “consensus” have been denounced as in history. Great Britain’s University of East Anglia. “deniers” — a vicious attempt to associ- The “Climategate” to which Drum Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and a ate them with Nazi holocaust denial — or refers is, of course, the still-developing top guru in the Intergovernmental Panel “shills” for the fossil-fuel industries … or scandal involving the release of thousands on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s both. Now, however, scientists who can- of e-mails and documents from a British climate brain trust, comes off especially not be classified as skeptics — indeed, climate research center. The leaked docu- poorly in the e-mails. After initially balk- some are prominent names in the alarmist ments expose some of the biggest scien- ing at calls to resign or step down, the camp — are challenging the IPCC and the tific names in the global-warming debate university announced on December 1 that Climategate defendants to come clean and to serious charges of fraud, unethical at- Jones would be taking temporary leave release the data on which they have been tacks on colleagues, censorship of oppos- while an independent inquiry is conduct- basing their dire predictions, but have been ing viewpoints, and possible criminal de- ed into the matter. withholding from the public and their sci- struction of, and withholding of, evidence. Climatologist Patrick Michaels, who entific peers. The timing of Climategate has been has long criticized the IPCC process, sees a major boon to skeptics of catastrophic the e-mail scandal far differently than “Tricks” and “Consensus” climate change and a monster headache Kevin Drum, and chooses a much differ- In one damaging e-mail that has been to alarmists, breaking onto the world ent metaphor to describe it. “This is not a widely publicized, Jones writes to col- call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 17
  18. 18. climate leagues that he has just used the case in a May 29, 2008 “Mike’s Nature trick” of e-mail message, in which adding other temperature Jones writes to Mann about data to “hide the decline” in deleting data for the IPCC recent global temperatures. Fourth Assessment Report They had to resort to such (AR4): trickery because the data conflicted with their claims Mike, Can you delete that anthropogenic (human- any e-mails you may caused) global warming, have had with Keith re or AGW, is heating up the AR4? Keith will do like- planet to unacceptable levels wise.... Can you also e- and must be curtailed before mail Gene and get him it leads to irreversible global to do the same?... Will catastrophe. be getting Caspar to do The Mike referred to in likewise. this message is Michael Mann, professor of me- In another e-mail that has teorology at Pennsylvania shocked and infuriated State University, whose many in the scientific com- influential “hockey stick” munity, Jones reveals the graph utilized statistical lengths to which he is will- Newscom manipulation to produce a ing to go to sabotage fellow curve that would support scientists in order to main- claims of recent human ac- Climate alarmist James Hansen of NASA poses by a gravestone symbolizing tain the myth of AGW “con- tivities causing the warmest casualties attributed to global warming. sensus.” In a July 8, 2004 period in the past millennia. e-mail, Jones assures Mann The now thoroughly discredited “hockey Mann-Jones thesis, arguing in the journal that he (Jones) and Kevin Trenberth will stick,” which was a big component of Al Climate Research that the evidence sup- censor opposing scientific views from the Gore’s Nobel Prize-winning documen- ported the existence of the Medieval Warm forthcoming IPCC report. Jones writes: tary, An Inconvenient Truth, attempted Period. Drs. Soon and Baliunas were soon to wipe the Medieval Warm Period, one subjected to a smear campaign and six I can’t see either of these papers of the most solidly established periods editors at Climate Research were forced being in the next IPCC report. Kevin of climate history, from the historical re- to resign for allowing the Soon-Baliunas and I will keep them out somehow — cord. article to be published. even if we have to redefine what the During the Medieval Warm Period Now the Climategate e-mails are show- peer-review literature is! (about A.D. 800-1300), temperatures were ing that the corruption of science in the higher than today; the Vikings colonized name of “saving the planet” from the sup- Similar e-mails paint a picture confirming then-balmy Greenland and roamed the posed scourge of climate change is far the charges of critics that Jones, Mann, ice-free waters of the North Atlantic. If more extensive and egregious than the and other IPCC activists constitute a “cli- allowed to stand, this inconvenient truth public or the scientific community real- mate mafia” or “climate cartel” that pun- would undercut the alarmists’ exaggerated ized. ishes dissenters and rewards those who toe claims that burning fossil fuels is causing In an e-mail of January 29, 2004 to Mi- the global-warming party line. The e-mails the warmest temperatures in 1,000 years. chael Mann, Phil Jones refers to the re- are shedding light on ugly episodes over In trying to make the Medieval Warm cent death of global-warming critic John the past decade or more in which the car- Period disappear, the Jones/Mann team L. Daly with this churlish comment: “In tel trashed the reputations of, and slammed went too far, and other scientists respond- an odd way this is cheering news!” In the doors on, distinguished scientists who ed with a robust “smack-down” of this at- same e-mail, Jones then suggests to Mann dared to dispute the politically ordained tempt to falsify the historical record. How- that he has obtained legal advice that he AGW orthodoxy. With this kind of con- ever, before Mann was forced to retract does not have to comply with Freedom of trol, claims of overwhelming consensus some of his most egregious statistical fal- Information (FOI) requests from other sci- become a self-fulfilling prophecy; con- sifications, he and his allies had managed entists to release data and codes underly- trary opinions are effectively barred from to vilify many reputable scientists and ing his research claims. publication in accepted “peer-reviewed” keep their sham going for several years. In Some of the e-mails seem to confirm literature. Besides Drs. Soon and Baliunas, 1998, astrophysicists Sallie Baliunas and concerns that Jones, Mann, et al., have other eminent scientists who are trashed or Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian destroyed data that could expose their referred to crudely in the CRU e-mails in- Center for Astrophysics challenged the fraudulent methods. That appears to be clude Richard Lindzen; Hans Von Storch; 18 tHE NEW AMErIcAN • JANuAry 4, 2010
  19. 19. Sonia Boehmer-Christianson; Patrick Mi- “transparency,” “openness,” chaels; Roger Pielke, Sr.; Robert Balling; and “overwhelming consen- Fred Singer; and Tim Ball. sus.” Inquiring scientists and The now thoroughly discredited “hockey Huge government grants, impressive the general public alike are stick,” which was a big component of Al computer models, and guaranteed head- told not to pay attention to gore’s nobel Prize-winning documentary, line stories from sympathetic activists in the mysterious process be- the media have transformed climate sci- hind the curtain where the An Inconvenient Truth, attempted to wipe entists into celebrities and power brokers. fantastic and frightening sce- the Medieval Warm Period, one of the However, even with their super computer narios of impending doom programs, political connections, and pres- are being created. most solidly established periods of climate tigious awards, they still haven’t learned However, two Canadian history, from the historical record. how to predict the weather, let alone con- “Totos” refused to stop tug- trol it. ging on the curtain, and, as An amusing admission against interest a result, have successfully exposed some validated by two independent academic is this comment in an October 12, 2009 of the trickery of the IPCC “wizards.” Re- panels, one of which was appointed by the Climategate e-mail from Dr. Kevin Tren- tired businessman and statistician Stephen National Academy of Sciences. berth. He is stunned that not only have McIntyre and economist Ross McKitrick McIntyre and McKitrick have continued temperatures not warmed as predicted, but have doggedly pursued the truth and have their independent investigations on their the temperatures have actually hit historic subjected the IPCC’s “climate science” to award-winning Internet website, Climate- lows in his area, contradicting the suppos- rigorous examination. Troubled by unex- Audit.com, which has won the respect of edly authoritative pronouncements of the plained statistical anomalies in Mann’s even many AGW proponents. However, it climate cartel. Trenberth comments: infamous “hockey stick” graph, they is clear that Mann, Jones, and the climate contacted Mann to request copies of his cartel regard the two dauntless sleuths Well I have my own article on where data sets. Mann balked and also refused as the enemy, and they are the subject of the heck is global warming? We are to divulge publicly the algorithm he had many Climategate e-mails, often referred asking that here in Boulder [Colo- used to concoct his “hockey stick” graph. to as “MM” or “the two MMs.” rado] where we have broken records McIntyre and McKitrick published sever- In an incriminating CRU e-mail of Feb- the past two days for the coldest days al articles challenging Mann’s work on a ruary 2, 2005, Jones writes to Mann: on record. number of key points. Their path-breaking research sparked a congressional hearing The two MMs have been after the Trenberth then goes on to admit: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the mo- ment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” Not only did Trenberth, Jones, Mann, et al., miss the current tem- perature downturn, but none of the IPCC’s highly praised computer models foresaw the global mean temperature decline of the past decade. However, their inability to explain away this enormous fact, which Trenberth admits is “trav- esty,” has neither diminished the cartel’s certitude nor dampened its zeal for implementing a planetary climate regime. “Ignore That Man Behind the Curtain” For years, the IPCC climate cartel has been using the “Wizard of Oz” defense every time some “Toto” pulls back the curtain to expose the IPCC’s secretive machinations and its sanctimonious claims of www.theNewAmerican.com 19

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