What Constitutes a Conspiracy?
The root word in conspiracy is conspire and for the purposes of this piece, I intend for conspiracy to refer to the action of secretly plotting unlawful acts as well as the act of conspiring among conspirators.
On February 22, 2008, the Star-Telegram reported that on February 20, 2008, Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Dallas Police Department's Homeland Security and Special Operations divisions, said to be acting on orders thought to have originated from the United States Secret Service, halted the security procedures that had been in use that included using metal wands and searching purses and laptop bags, as people waited in line to be seated to hear Senator Obama.
It was said that the procedures were halted to expedite the movement of some 17,000 people waiting to be seated at the rally in Dallas, Texas.
From the Star-Telegram article:
“ Sure, " said Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a 'friendly crowd.' ”
I pondered the possible motivations for these actions that might have jeopardized Senator Obama's life and decided there are two ways to characterize an order of that nature, an order whose origins seem to have been issued as a whisper on the wind.
Dallas Homeland Security says the order was “ apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service”, which indicates Dallas Homeland Security didn't know or isn't saying where the stand down order originated. When viewed in the broadest terms, the actions are lax and negligent. When viewed with a more sinister eye, it is an action to be studied within the framework of a conspiratorial canvas.
Because of Senator Hillary Clinton's status as former First Lady while her husband, William Jefferson Clinton, was in office as President of the United States, protection for the Senator would already be provided for her by the Secret Service.
I watched the news all weekend for any word of this action, that is, the stand down order being issued. With the exception of the two Star-Telegram articles, no news network provided any coverage regarding this incident, with no mention of the incident occurring, that is to my knowledge, during this period.
As of March 5, 2008, it has been two weeks since the events unfolded in Dallas, Texas that resulted in security measures being used by the Secret Service detail to be halted, allowing approximately half of a crowd of 17,000 to enter the venue for Senator Obama without being checked by security.
As of February 21, I have heard no mention of any story, other than the original stand down story provided by Star-Telegram, nor has any news agency, again, that I am aware of, picked up the second story provided by the Star-Telegram, which features the Secret Service standing by it's decision to stand down.
Surely discontinuing search procedures and removing security from the first African American hailed by most pundits to truly have a real chance at getting his party's nomination for president, merits more air time and is more news worthy than allegations of professional swooners being hired at Obama rallies or, that other story, whipping many into a frenzy, that being Senator Obama's non credit of the source of words he uttered during the delivery of a speech. And, please, let's not forget the latest furor over a photo of the Senator wearing a turban!
Add to the growing list of nonsensical observations, pursuits and minutia engaged in by the media regarding Senator Obama, the need for the senator to clarify, ad nauseum, that he was not sworn into the Senate, as he placed his hand on a Quran. Senator Obama says he used his family's Bible. And yes, the Senator does say the pledge of allegiance to the flag, often leading the pledge.
No, he is not and has never been a Muslim, stating nor does he embrace Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. He says that he and Minister Farrakhan are both located in Chicago, Illinois so, they would both know of each other, being in the same city.
Because Minister Farrakhan praised the senator's efforts and campaign, praise completely unsolicited by Barack Obama, the senator has spent hours rearticulating previously dealt with subject matter, with all of these subjects circulating at hourly intervals.
Meanwhile, no major news source media has provided any news or story about security measures being relaxed for Barack Obama's rallies. Since this report first appeared late evening on February 21, 2008 at Star-Telegram, there have been at least two additional alleged reports of a similar nature said to have occurred in Boston, Massachusetts and Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Secret Service's removal of their protection, in Dallas, Texas, was reported by Star-Telegram late on February 21. The follow up article entitled, Secret Service Defends Security Strategy at Rally in Reunion Arena was posted on February 23, 2008, reads in part:
The U.S. Secret Service on Friday (February 22) defended its handling of security during a massive rally in downtown Dallas for Barack Obama, saying there was no “lapse” in its “comprehensive and layered security plan”, which called for some people to be checked for weapons, while others were not.
Whether we, as United States citizens or world citizens, are comfortable with the reality or not, there do exist individuals and possibly groups of individuals that do not relish the idea of an African American appearing to be gaining substantial ground toward becoming the Democratic Party's presidential nominee.
NowPublic's Politisite reported in January 2008 that he'd spoken with the Secret Service regarding death threats made against the Senator's life, with the Secret Service responding the threats had been investigated and that they represented no credible threat.
That Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the daughter of America's most beloved president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, along with her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy and other members of the Kennedy family, bestowed accolades upon Senator Barack Obama's run for the presidential nomination, with Mrs. Schlossberg proclaiming him to be inspiring hope in so many individuals during this time, like the feelings of hope that have been recounted to her, through the years, by so many who spoke fondly of her late father, is phenomenal.
I shudder when I hear Barack Obama anointed to be a man like John F. Kennedy, being an unlikely heir apparent to the carefully crafted legacy of the 1,065 day period christened Camelot by the keepers of the Kennedy legacy, a tale of a magical 'kingdom' ruled by a youthful 'king' who was struck down in his prime on November 22, 1963 by an assassin's bullet.
On February 25, 2008, a story evidently filed from Dallas, Texas during the period I have been discussing in this article, there appeared online an article at Nytimes.com. The title, In Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama.
The article, which reveals Senator Barack Obama's code name given him by the Secret Service to be Renegade, offers musings regarding worries for the Senator's safety, among those, a woman who'd persuaded her mother to vote for the Senator despite her mother's fear that if Senator Obama were to win, his winning may put him in danger.
The article rounds off by mentioning how several conversations arose with people among the crowd of 17,000, noting the rally site to be around the corner from the John F. Kennedy Memorial, which honors the slain president.
Senator Obama's motorcade drove pass Dealey Plaza and the Texas Book Depository, where it has been said the fatal shot originated that hit President Kennedy.
Yet, in this article, still no mention of the news regarding orders that apparently came from the Secret Service that ordered Dallas Homeland Security to discontinue its security procedures, allowing possibly thousands into the rally unchecked.
The fact that an order was received in Dallas, Texas, reported as "apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service", with the Secret Service detail having been requested by Senator Obama, reported by FOXNews.com on May 3, 2007, it would seem unless the Senator himself asked the detail to stand down, these sets of events make this story too eerie to ponder what might have been and at some point, why these circumstances occurred must be fully addressed.