The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 23, 2013

Marilyn Beasley, guest columnist: Claiming responsibility for abuse of power

By Marilyn Beasley
Special to The Globe

NEOSHO, Mo. — Over the past few months we’ve witnessed the abuse of power by President Barack Obama and his administration.

Let’s start with Benghazi. Federal employees have stepped up to set the record straight about what happened on Sept. 11 in Benghazi.

They said it was known from the start it was an orchestrated attack on our embassy; not some reaction to a video. They’ve stated how help was requested, but our military was told to stand down.

They told of early warnings from the Libyan government; and how those warnings went unheeded.

And, with tears, Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, told about the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

We also learned that Hicks was never contacted before Susan Rice went on numerous Sunday morning programs and told the American people it was all because of a video.

Recently, we were made aware of the IRS targeting certain groups filing for nonprofit status. Some of those targeted were tea party groups; any group with the word “patriot” in its name; any group that taught the “constitution”; any group supporting the Second Amendment; any group protesting government spending or debt; and any group critical of the government.

We’ve even learned that private information obtained by the IRS was given to a liberal website, which is against the law.

As if this wasn’t enough, we find out that the Justice Department had been wiretapping the phones of Associated Press reporters.

According to The Associated Press, “the records listed journalists’ incoming and outgoing calls, as well as the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery. In all, the government seized records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and journalists in April and May of 2012.”

In all of these instances, we have Barack Obama and those in his administration claiming they knew nothing about these events.

In the case of Benghazi, we’re told they didn’t know this was an orchestrated attack, even though they received word that very night that it indeed was a terrorist attack. For weeks we heard there was no request for additional security when in fact there had been. For weeks, we had Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Jay Carney lying to the American people.

In the case of the IRS, we find out that senior White House officials knew about the efforts to target certain conservative groups, but did nothing about it.

We’ve found out that three times last year Steve Miller, acting IRS commissioner in Washington, lied to Congress when he said those groups weren’t being targeted.

It must have been a coincidence that this took place before the 2012 elections.

In the case of the AP; we have Attorney General Eric Holder saying he had no direct role in the wiretapping, and Barack Obama saying he was unaware of this.

After reading and hearing about these events, I have to question whether Barack Obama is just incompetent when it comes to leading our nation or whether he has encouraged this kind of behavior.

Harry Truman made the statement: “The buck stops here.”

Barack Obama bears the responsibility for this abuse of power.

Marilyn Beasley lives in Joplin.