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Perhaps Mary Ann Marshall wouldn’t be quite so alarmed if she had followed her own advice.

Had she actually performed a Google search as she suggested in her Aug. 2 letter, instead of simply quoting from a junk e-mail that has been making the rounds for at least three years, she would have discovered that then-Senator Barack Obama did not appear on Meet the Press on Sept. 7, 2008. The guests that day were Joe Biden and Thomas Friedman. A complete transcript of their conversation with Tom Brokaw can be found at www.msnbc.msn.com.

For those who sense a cover-up in the making, www.tvguide.com provides a list of that show’s guests going back to Feb. 4, 2004, and that site also lists Biden and Friedman as the guests on that Sept. show.

Those still not convinced should check www.wikianswers.com. There they will find that the piece about the Obamas attending flag-burning ceremonies was written as satire in 2007, by John Semmens for his Arizona Conservative Blog.

I know – it’s hard to believe but once upon a time people could do that sort of thing, poke fun and make jokes, even bad ones, without having their words (quoting wiki) “wrapped in a lie and forward(ed)… as truth.”

As for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that Marshall asserted (straight from the NRA playbook, I’m guessing) would be “the basis for abolishing our Second Amendment rights to own and bear arms” - rest easy.

The United States caved on the treaty, claiming it needs more time to review the 11-page document which calls for signatory governments not to export weapons to countries that are under an arms embargo, not to export weapons that would aid in “the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes” or weapons that would facilitate “gender-based violence or violence against children.”

There is not a single word in that treaty that would have any impact whatsoever on domestic gun laws or on individual gun ownership rights.

Now, about the other “scary” document – the Executive Order “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” It is an extension of previous emergency communications policies of the executive branch of government dating back decades. The difference is this revision assigns specific responsibilities to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and it sets up a new committee called National Security and Emergency Preparedness.

I’ve read the thing – it’s available on the whitehouse.gov website- and part of the duties it outlines are “oversee development and testing of communications supporting continuity of emergency preparedness and response…critical infrastructure protection network… prioritization and restoration of non-military communications network…ensure the survivability of NS/EP communications under all circumstances, including conditions of crisis or emergency…”

It seems to me the goal here is to fine-tune disaster management and response in order to prevent future repetitions of the post-Katrina debacle when it seemed the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but if it means giving up my cell phone or Internet access while government workers take care of the things we’re always saying we want them to d.; Well hey, I can always read it in the newspaper where they actually fact- check things before “passing it on.”

Georgette Huff
Carrollton, OH

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