White House: Snitch on People Who Oppose Pro-Abortion Health Care Bills
by Steven Ertelt
August 5, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The White House is not happy with the millions of Americans who oppose the pro-abortion government-run health care plan Congress is considering. In a new post on the White House web site, Obama administration officials ask people to become tattletales on groups and people who oppose the health care bill.
In a post titled "Facts Are Stubborn Things" that is quickly generating nationwide controversy, Obama’s staff are asking for people to turn in anyone who says anything "fishy" about the pro-abortion health plan.
With the abortion funding and insurance mandates for abortion that are in the bill, and the Obama’s administration and pro-abortion groups insisting that pro-abortion components are not present, that could wind up at the top of the list.
"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end-of-life care," the White House says. "These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversation."
"Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an e-mail or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to [email protected]," the Obama web site says.
Complaints have come quickly from pro-life advocates concerned that their opposition to the health care plan could be reported to Obama officials.
"They’re looking for tattletales; they’re looking for snitches; they’re looking for informants; they want their groupies to tattle on you if you happen to be telling the truth about what’s in the health care plan," conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh responded. "The White House has, as yet, offered no explanation of what it is they plan to do with the tips on policy opposition they hope to receive from citizen informers."
Jeff Emanuel, who runs the conservative web site RedState, is also upset.
"The term ‘disinformation’ is used by the Obama White House as a catchall to describe any opposition to the president’s push for single-payer, government-run health care," he says.
"The White House wants to be informed of any forwarded e-mails or blog posts or any ‘casual conversations’ could be taken as opposition to their health care overhaul plan," he says, wanting to know what the White House plans to do with the information.
The post is reminding some of an incident earlier this year, that saw the Department of Homeland Security produce a report saying "opponents of abortion" are likely to engage in extremism or terrorism.
In the new document, the Department of Homeland Security warned law officials about a supposed rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the poor economy and presence of a black president could spark problems.
A footnote attached to the nine-page report from the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis said the activities of pro-life advocates is included in "rightwing extremism in the United States.
"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning said.
The Obama administration sent the document to police and sheriff’s departments across the country on April 7 under the headline, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
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