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  • Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut: Preparing for the Obama Era, Bush Officials and President-Elect Working Together
  • Ceci Connolly and R. Jeffrey Smith: Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions
  • AP: Russian President Calls Obama; Kremlin Describes Upbeat Talk
  • Sandhya Somashekhar and Anita Kumar: Election Puts Another Plank Across Va.'s 'Unbridgeable Gulf'
  • Michael Ruane, Nikita Stewart and Joe Heim: Mad Dash to Snag Swearing-In Tickets, Rooms Begins
  • Avis Thomas-Lester and Lori Aratani: Residents Field Calls From Friends, Family Trying to Claim a Corner for Jan. 20
  • GOGblog: The Inauguration: How to Get Tickets, See the Parade and Go to a Ball
  • Marc Fisher: D.C. Restaurateurs Claim President-Elect for Kenya
  • Outlook Section on What Obama Means For... Black America, King's Legacy and America's Image

  • By Web Politics Editor  |  November 9, 2008; 11:31 AM ET
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    What if those "directed energy weapons" are targeting Obama? Does a tin foil hat help with that?

    Posted by: JakeD | November 10, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse


    • Retain Gates and Mukasey along with Mueller

    • Lay plans to put "homeland" agencies under the wing of Defense, Justice and Treasury

    Contrary to mainstream media convention wisdom, Barack Obama's most pressing task at hand is not dealing with the economic crisis.

    He must first move to consolidate his power and disarm potential rogue elements within the bowels of the apparachik that may be tempted to subvert his leadership.

    Major elements of the security complex no longer fall under the purview of the Department of Defense or the Justice Department. Their independence, and lack of meaningful oversight, make these entities a potential breeding ground for resistance to his ascension to the presidency.

    The situation is compounded by the fact that some of these entities are privy to virtually all channels of communications and surveillance.

    President-elect Obama would be wise to co-opt any potential resistance by retaining the services of Defense Secretary Gates, and, at least for the short term, Attorney General Mukasey. FBI Director Mueller's term isn't up until 2010; the retention of Gates and Mukasay, along with the continued service of Mueller, would act as a powerful deterrent to potential rogue actors who do not fall under the command of those three key security officials.

    The President-elect should immediately announce the retention of these Bush administration appointees. Then he should lay plans for a Congressionally-mandated reorganization that would once again bring the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security under the direct purview and authority of existing cabinet departments -- notably, Defense, Justice and Treasury.

    Such a reorganization would establish greater accountability on the part of the Homeland Security agencies, and would better facilitate meaningful Congressional oversight.

    This reorganization would retire the title "Homeland Security," which is linguistically reminiscent of the rhetoric of Nazi Germany.

    Gates and Mukasey, it could be argued, already have demonstrated their capability for independent decision-making that puts the good of the nation above partisan politics. By giving them a vote of confidence now, President-elect Obama would demonstrate bi-partisanship while deterring potential rogue resistance to his leadership.


    Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:




    Posted by: scrivener50 | November 10, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

    P.S. it is not a "threat" to predict that Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

    Posted by: JakeD | November 9, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

    LOL! The Secret Service is not "blaming" Gov. Palin.

    Posted by: JakeD | November 9, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

    What the WaPo won't write about is how they aided and abetted in the slanderous campaign against Obama.

    The WaPo, which beat the drum loudly for Bush's Iraq War, is the sneakiest paper around. They pretend to be liberal, but are doing the deepest darkest bidding for people who are doing all the dirtiest stuff. So what if they wrote a thousand little stories partly favorable to Obama; they blew up the (non-)stories about Ayres and Chicago and spiked the stories about McCain's Arizona network.

    If anything happens to Obama, the mainstream press, with the slight exception of the NYT (thanks to Frank Rich), will have been complicit by being a channel through which the seeds of hatred were sown.

    You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    Posted by: jrob822 | November 9, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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