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Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:00 pm

When do we call it treason?

This is what I see. Arizona is at war. Yet, our president refuses to secure our borders. In fact, he stands in harmony with the Mexican president who condemns Arizona for striving to keep its citizens safe and treasury intact. 

Under heavy pressure, President Obama finally agreed to meet Thursday with Gov. Jan Brewer, but he’s on the record as being against Arizona’s controversial immigration law. It’s “misguided,” he says. Oh I wish it were not so, but this meeting is nothing more than theater, on an international scale, a stall, while the flood continues across the border.

Treason: “Violation of allegiance toward one’s country – especially the betrayal – by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies” (

Leaving our borders open knowingly provides illegal entry into America. Terrorists know all about it. He knows they know.

Earlier this year (March 18, 2010), Homeland Security News reported this warning from the FBI director: “In February, Sheikh Abdullah al-Nasifi, a known al-Qaida recruiter, boasted on al Jazeera television that Mexico’s border with the United States was the ideal infiltration point for terrorists seeking to attack America.

“‘Four pounds of anthrax – in a suitcase this big – carried by a fighter through tunnels from Mexico into the U.S., are guaranteed to kill 330,000 Americans within a single hour if it is properly spread in population centers there,’ al-Nasifi said.”

Numerous alerts warn of terrorist access to the Southern border. Pathetically, embarrassingly, Obama offers 1,200 National Guard troops. “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche – Let them eat cake!”

The Constitution, article IV, section 4 demands that the president protect “every state in the union – against invasion.” The Constitution is the law of the land.

Since 9/11, we’ve been put on notice that more is coming. Yet, still the border sits wide open. Every citizen must ask: “When is the bridge to treason crossed?”

I don’t feel safe. My neighbors don’t feel safe. In neighborhood gatherings, the topic is “fear.” People are buying up extra food, stocking water.

When trust goes missing, citizens begin to fear for their civil rights: Guns, speech, liberty to move freely; basics within the American way. Trust is the greatest of all gifts the Oval Office receives from the citizenry. It’s a president’s to lose, to squander, to kiss off.

How is it that this president is so ineffective, so disconnected from his citizens and his troops? Really, do you want to blame this on politics?

Everywhere others are asking similar questions; the blogs, conservative cable and some of the mainstream media. This president is no longer seen as “hope.” They sense a chill in his demeanor; he appears to feign emotion. Still, his words come easily, but his actions don’t back them up, and the promised transparency is non-existent.

Some think his worst problem is oil washing up on the Louisiana shores. Clearly, the oil scum is symbolic of what’s really coming at us.

Heaven forbid should we come under attack, while he’s the commander in chief. I don’t know who he is, but his mind is not the mind of the American majority. Some think the November elections will neutralize him. No. Only he can put us at ease. Otherwise, as long he’s the one who receives that 3 a.m. phone call, this nation dares not sleep.

Linda Turley-Hansen is a syndicated columnist and former veteran Phoenix television news anchorwoman who lives in the East Valley. Her column appears monthly. She can be reached by e-mail at


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