Thursday, July 17, 2008

Obama Calls for 'Civilian National Security Force' to Rival US Military in Size

Senator Barack Obama recently gave a speech in which he called for building a "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the US military.

Oddly, the policy proposal is missing from the written text that the Obama campaign handed to journalists who covered the July 2 event, the speech transcript is absent from the campaign's website, and the video has been pulled down from YouTube.

In the speech, which unveiled many new government spending programs to fund his call to greater public service, Obama stated, "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Obama has been a stickler for demanding accountability for private military contractors like Blackwater. He made no comment about how one would hold accountable a new, US military-sized "citizen national security force."

This is much more than the right to keep and bear arms, or meeting defense needs through outsourcing to private companies. Obama appears to be hinting at a vision worthy of Hugo Chavez and his "Bolivarian Circle" citizen-enforcers.

WorldNetDaily's Joe Farah discovered the anomaly by comparing the press coverage and the official written text with a video of Obmama's speech that appears on YouTube. The comment appears at about the 16-minute mark. But we just tested the link and found that the speech has been pulled down from YouTube.

The Obama campaign did not comment on the proposal, the missing sentences from the prepared text, or the missing speech from the campaign website. Questions?

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