Free Radicals
By: Staff Thursday, May 20, 2010
In yet another example of the federal government spinning out of control, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, in a human rights discussion with the Chinese, brought up the new Arizona illegal alien law as an example of an example of American "discrimination." Posner saying he discussed the law "early and often" with Chinese officials, even though they didn't even initiate the conversation.

So let me get this straight. Hillary Clinton's State Department is trying to convince China to close its political concentration camps, to stop incarcerating dissidents, and to cease brutalizing the people of Tibet, and in the course of that discussion, Hillary's guy says, "Oh, yeah, we're pretty bad too—look at Arizona!"

Is this bizarro world or what?

The Arizona law will not even take effect until the end of July, but already the USA is violating human rights. The law simply says that authorities in Arizona can question people about their nationality if they are already involved in a police matter.

But if you listen to NBC News, you'd never know that. No, the liberal media is telling the world that Arizona law enforcement officers will be dragging Hispanics out of Kmart. Be careful walking your dog in Phoenix—you could wind up in handcuffs.

Now, I expect this kind of stuff from the dishonest, ideological press, but from an assistant secretary of state? That takes the issue to another level. So, what's really going on?

Well, it's ideology again. Michael Posner is a committed left-wing zealot who joined the State Department in September 2009. Before that, he founded an organization called "Human Rights First," which is generously funded by radical left-wing billionaire George Soros. HRF is a very lively group. In 2005 it joined with the ACLU in trying to sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torturing people. Posner's group opposes the PATRIOT Act, Rendition, all coerced interrogation, and Guantanamo Bay.

Also, in 2005, Posner made a speech comparing the treatment of American Muslims to Japanese-Americans rounded up during World War II. If this guy isn't a left wing loon, nobody is. So, what on earth is he doing in the State Department, negotiating with the Chinese?

We called Secretary Clinton and, surprise, received no response. But if you think about it, Posner's presence at State really isn't a surprise. You may remember that White House environmental advisor Van Jones was sacked after it was learned he was a member of a Marxist group in San Francisco and that he had accused the U.S. government of attacking itself on 9/11.

Another far-left person, former Georgetown professor Rosa Brooks, currently holds a position of responsibility in the Defense Department.

Critics of this column will cry McCarthyism, but there comes a point when a person's credentials should matter, especially when they are representing the United States in delicate matters like human rights. Michael Posner should be hosting a program on Air America, not speaking on behalf of the American people.