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On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy pledged: "Ich bin ein Berliner." In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 

Obama's speech was delivered to a relatively small, specially selected audience of invitees. Even so, Obama spoke from behind bullet proof glass.

Obama's speech will go down in history as the most hypocritical of all time. Little wonder that the audience was there by invitation only. A real audience would have hooted Obama out of Berlin.

Perhaps the most hypocritical of all of Obama's statements was his proposal that the US and Russia reduce their nuclear weapons by one-third. The entire world, and certainly the Russians, saw through this ploy. The US is currently surrounding Russia with anti-ballistic missiles on Russia's borders and hopes to leverage this advantage by talking Russia into reducing its weapons, thereby making it easier for Washington to target them. Obama's proposal is clearly intended to weaken Russia's nuclear deterrent and ability to resist US hegemony.

Obama spoke lofty words of peace, while beating the drums of war in Syria and Iran. Witness Obama's aggressive policies of surrounding Russia with missile bases and establishing new military bases in the Pacific Ocean with which to confront China.  

This is the same Obama who promised to close the Guantanamo Torture Prison, but did not; the same Obama who promised to tell us the purpose for Washington's decade-long war in Afghanistan, but did not;  the same Obama who promised to end the wars, but started new ones; the same Obama who said he stood for the US Constitution, but shredded it; the same Obama who refused to hold the Bush regime accountable for its crimes against law and humanity; the same Obama who unleashed drones against civilian populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen; the same Obama who claimed and exercised power to murder US citizens without due process and who continues the Bush regime's unconstitutional practice of violating habeas corpus and detaining US citizens indefinitely; the same Obama who promised transparency but runs the most secretive government in US history.

The tyrant's speech of spectacular hypocrisy elicited from the invited audience applause on 36 occasions. Like so many others, Germans proved themselves willing to be used for Washington's propaganda purposes.

Here was Obama, who consistently lies, speaking of "eternal truth."  

Here was Obama, who enabled Wall Street to rob the American and European peoples and who destroyed Americans' civil liberties and the lives of vast numbers of Iraqis, Afghans, Yemenis, Libyans, Pakistanis, Syrians, and others, speaking of "the yearnings of justice." Obama equates demands for justice with "terrorism."

Here was Obama, who has constructed an international spy network and a domestic police state, speaking of "the yearnings for freedom."

Here was Obama, president of a country that has initiated wars or military action against six countries since 2001 and has three more Muslim countries -- Syria, Lebanon, and Iran -- in its crosshairs and perhaps several more in Africa, speaking of "the yearnings of peace that burns in the human heart," but clearly not in Obama's heart.

Obama has turned America into a surveillance state that has far more in common with Stasi East Germany than with the America of the Kennedy and Reagan eras. Strange, isn't it, that freedom was gained in East Germany and lost in America.

At the Brandenburg Gate, Obama invoked the pledge of nations to "a Universal Declaration of Human Rights," but Obama continues to violate human rights both at home and abroad.

Obama has taken hypocrisy to new heights. He has destroyed US civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. In place of a government accountable to law, he has turned law into a weapon in the hands of the government. He has intimidated a free press and prosecutes whistleblowers who reveal his government's crimes. He makes no objection when American police brutalize peacefully protesting citizens. His government intercepts and stores in National Security Agency computers every communication of every American and also the private communications of Europeans and Canadians, including the communications of the members of the governments, the better to blackmail those with secrets.  

Obama sends in drones or assassins to murder people in countries with which the US is not at war, and his victims on most occasions turn out to be women, children, farmers, and village elders. Obama kept Bradley Manning in solitary confinement for nearly a year, assaulting his human dignity in an effort to break him and obtain a false confession. In defiance of the US Constitution, Obama denied Manning a trial for three years. On Obama's instructions, London denies Julian Assange free passage to his political asylum in Ecuador. Assange has become a modern-day Cardinal Mindszenty. [Jozsef Mindszenty was the leader of the Hungarian Catholic Church who sought refuge from Soviet oppression in the US Embassy in Budapest. Denied free passage by the Soviets, the Cardinal lived in the US Embassy for 15 years as a symbol of Soviet oppression.]

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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One wouldn't have thought we could have a worse pr... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:25:13 PM
Though he came to power decrying the secret action... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:29:18 AM
...on the part of The Great Pretender.Thanks, Dr R... by Stan Stanfield on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:29:57 PM
Many of the organizations investigated by the IRS ... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:24:27 PM
Here was Obama, president of a country that has in... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 6:29:24 AM
I am sure the editor would not  had &nbs... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:43:09 AM
But had to share this article for Obama probably i... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 9:46:27 AM
I find the photo more appropriate than the Stasi c... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:36:34 PM
of the admitted evil force for political posturing... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:53:04 PM
For the survivors of the many killed by Obama, it ... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 4:29:24 PM
seems to have been accomplished here with the adop... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:50:51 AM
So what is new?  It has always been so.... by Lester Shepherd on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 9:20:04 AM
Obama in a Totenkopfverbande SS uniform, huh? Once... by Eddie Garcia on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 10:22:08 AM
Please check the programs under Bush-Cheney. Most ... by Walter Brasch on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:37:45 AM
When the federal government violates the Constitut... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:28:08 PM
but once it is duly passed by the Congress and sig... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 4:03:15 PM
Brandenburg Germany; what an apt site.  Tnis ... by Dianne Shatin on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 1:05:02 PM