Trending on twitter, hashtag #AttackWatch and for reasons of ridicule, which is just, right and deserved. Because the site is “by Obama for America” for purposes of soliciting the public to report gossip, smears, attacks…’. The only decent response to that site — and motives that created such — is to ridicule both.
Read more, unfortunately, about this dreadful, hideous, rotten thing (the latest one) from Barack Obama and the Democrats:
Obama launches another snitch police squad
– by Michelle Malkin, September 13, 2011
and, earlier from that site:
Health care czar’s office calls for Internet snitch brigade
– by Michelle Malkin, August 4, 2009
The video above has taken off like wildfire in popularity. Which is a good thing because it means a lot of people find the Obama-site (“AttackWatch.com”) to be absurd, revolting, insulting or just plain creepy (I go with all of those options).
Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of conservatives
– by Elizabeth Flock, The Washington Post, September 14, 2011
On a more serious note, classicist Victor Davis Hanson explains just why this snitch-building effort is offensive as well as ridiculous:
Yet go onto the new (“Paid for by Obama for America”) AttackWatch.com website. It reads and looks like some sort of Stasi file (“file” is their vocabulary, not mine). It asks readers to inform them of criticism of Obama. The format is, I guess by intent, supposed to resemble a government intelligence dossier (“Attack files”), with its blaring black and red headers: “Attack” /”Attackers” (followed by names and pictures of the supposed bad guys)/”Attack Type” /(“public statements”) followed by check off boxes like “Have your seen or heard this attack?” “Yes/No”. It reminds me of of living in 1973 dictatorial Greece, when we all kept silent about the Colonels upon entering the apartment building, lest the government-paid concierge write something down not nice in her black book.
Apparently no one in the administration learned from the spooky tone of the now defunct Journolist. That obtuseness begs the question, what is it with these extra-journalistic efforts to intimidate critics, as if the 2012 campaign will be based around deterrence: e.g., as if: “Beware: if you criticize Barack Obama, your name and picture will appear on our “Attack File”. We are watching you, so you watch out!”
So creepier still is the request to snoop around and collect evidence for what the Roman emperors and French monarchs used to call maiestas/Lèse-majesté—supposed crimes against the head of state, by circulating criticism of his authority that might lessen his proper sense of majesty. Indeed, on AttackWatch.com there is a special pop-up window that is reminiscent of Crimestoppers.com that supposedly will help form some sort of a clearing house: “Your email”/”content of attack or link”/”Attack type”, “Attach” with a link “Report” that pops up yet another window.
The Romans and French emperors aren’t the only precursors, either. John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts during his single term in office, which also criminalized criticism of the US government. This is obviously not attempting to make dissent illegal, but it definitely has that Stasi vibe to it — and in general paints dissent as some sort of conspiracy while ironically attempting to create an underground movement of sorts to combat it. When done in service to a serving President, that’s more than just a little creepy, and so tone-deaf as to be laughable.
Reference for the UPDATE portion just quoted above:
Video: The must-see Attack Watch “ad”
– by Ed Morrissey, September 14, 2011
Obama’s New Maiestas
– by Victor Davis Hanson, September 14, 2011
Friday, September 15, 2011
“The Attack Watch Dead Pool”
Dead pool: How long before Obama’s campaign flushes Attack Watch down the toilet?
– by Allahphundit, Hot Air, September 14, 2011
AttackWatch: HR2911 Thugs The Title ‘American Jobs Act’
– by Smitty, The Other McCain, September 15, 2011
From 2008, Obama’s “Fight the Smears” offensive, begging U.S. citizens to love him, need him, report for him…
LOOKIN’ FER SMEARS IN ALL THE WRONG FACES
– from this site, June 14, 2008