The major theme of this column is about giving up rights in order to be secure. Four years later, my views may have changed a tad bit. The reason my views changed? When I wrote this, I felt that the Bush administration would not have a reason to use our communications against us if we weren't actual terrorists. Well, now, I am not so confident that is the case with the Obama administration. It's all different now.
Just about two years ago, on April 12, 2009, we had this story:
A newly unclassified Department of Homeland Security report warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed "right-wing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats.And it doesn't stop there. Now we have organizations tied to George Soros trying to put a stop to Glenn Beck and Fox News. And it gets even better. Social networks like Facebook and youtube and digg.com have been ominously shutting down Conservative users that have somehow violated obscure "terms of service" (a subject that I plan to write about in the near future, with information that will support that claim).
With that being said, please keep in mind how a shift in focus from Islamic terrorism to domestic terrorism makes what I wrote almost five years ago now have an even more ominous meaning.
Make sure that you see the PREVIOUS STORIES:
Setting the Stage - The Prologue
Setting the Stage - Part 1: Illegal Immigration: Can We Do the Right Thing?
Setting the Stage - Part 2: The UN-Solution
Setting the Stage - Part 3: Your ID, Please
Setting the Stage - Part 4: The Evil Axis
Setting the Stage - Part 5: God's Chosen People
Setting the Stage - Part 6:
Could the Eagle Crash and Burn?
By John Kubicek
Originally posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:18 pm
I love America. That is why this installment has been the most difficult to write. Because what I see happening to this country scares me, and I firmly believe that it could drastically change the way life is as we know it! Just about a week ago, on Aug. 15, 2006, while watching Fox News, I heard President Bush say, "The enemy has got an advantage when it comes to attacking our homeland - they've got to be right one time, and we've got to be right a hundred percent of the time to protect the American people." [President Bush Meets with Counterterrorism Team, August 15, 2006 (link no longer available)] It had a familiar ring to it. I had a feeling I've heard it before. Sure enough, I found another event that he had said this. But I had no idea how long ago it had been:
"You know, we have to be right 100 percent of the time. And the enemy only has to be right once to hurt us." [President Bush, September 30, 2004 in the First Bush-Kerry Presidential Debate with John Kerry, Presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2004: (Link no longer available)]President Bush was right when he said it in 2004, and he is still right now. And what is so amazing is that in these five years since September 11, 2001, so far, we have been right 100 percent of the time. So far. It has either been a miracle that America hasn't been attacked since 9/11, or, the next attack is still in the preparation phase.
Unfortunately, it is more likely the latter possibility, that another attack on America is yet to come. Since that horrible day in September 2001, I've continued to have a dark cloud hanging over me, wondering when the other shoe would fall. Frankly, I've been surprised that there had not yet been another attack. But in these five years, my personal analysis of that has developed from a greater understanding of the current situation. (Which of course, this is the purpose of writing this topic, "Setting the Stage"!)
One of the first things I learned was that al-Qaida takes it's time to plan an attack. They are very patient. From the first time the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993, it was another eight years before another attack on the WTC took place, which unfortunately succeeded on the second attempt to knock down the towers. Our enemy has an advantage because of their patience. It seems that the American population has a tendency to let our guard down. This is why America needs to maintain total vigilance in the effort to prevent the next attack.
But this is where I start getting very nervous. It all seems to do with politics. I felt strongly about that during the Bill Clinton era. But even with my preferred party in control of the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, there is still reason for great concern.
One of the big debates that comes to mind is the ability to balance our civil liberties with winning the war on terrorism. Keep in mind the fact that we are fighting this war on terror for the reason that we want to keep our civil liberties, and for that matter, to stay alive. On the other hand, the freedom of the press allowed the New York Times to disclose major intelligence operations that the United States had been using to fight the war on terror.
Though I still want my civil liberties kept intact, I understand what would happen to our freedoms if we lost the War On Terror. And I firmly believe now that it will take all that we have to win, but it could take just one terrorist attack that succeeds could easily result in a total victory for our adversary, the terrorists. For the U.S. to defend the country, our forces need to know what the bad guys are planning. It is difficult to get people inside the al-Qaida organization far enough to spy on them to find out what the leadership is planning on doing. It may be easy to infiltrate a terrorist cell, but getting much further beyond that would be extremely difficult. So, let me ask you, how would you be able to find out what they are planning if the U.S. intelligence agencies didn't somehow monitor telephone, cell phone, and internet communications?
And yes, we want our press to be free. There would be no Fox News if some far left liberals had the ability to suppress the media. A far Right regime with the power to totally control the press would be just as dangerous. However, I believe that the American media should use their freedoms wisely, and not disclose information that hinders our efforts in the War On Terror. Hey, I know that those big stories about the government monitoring phone calls we have with Mom sell papers, even though that really isn't what our intelligence agencies were actually doing. Now, think about it, is our government going to worry about how great Grandma's tomato crop was this year? Or, are they gong to worry about calls to Pakistan or Afghanistan, which I would hope would be the case. That would be nice.
As I titled this segment of "Setting the Stage", Part 6 - Could the Eagle Crash and Burn?, I wanted to bring it to your attention how that line, "The enemy has got an advantage when it comes to attacking our homeland - they've got to be right one time, and we've got to be right a hundred percent of the time to protect the American people." That ONE time that the enemy is right could spell the end of this country as we now know it.
Okay, it would obviously take more than ONE 9/11 to completely destroy America. But it has been so long since another attack that drastic that America was able to come back, hopefully stronger than ever. The United States was hit hard, but not hard enough to devastate our economy. It was tough for awhile, but American perseverance got us out of that funk in a hurry. The U.S. may have bent, but we didn't break.
What we went through 5 years ago was difficult. That was ONE where the terrorists were right (they accomplished their objective). But, what if the next attack is by far worse? Could it happen? You decide. Let me explain what COULD be done that would basically lead to a tragic end to our way of life. But, before I do that, please let me explain my objective isn't to scare you. I only want you to be aware of just why we may have to make some sacrifices in order NOT to be WRONG that ONE time! I need to warn you, if you were to think about these things I'll tell you that could happen right before you go to bed, you may not get to sleep right away. You may not be able to sleep at all! So do not read the rest of this post just before you go to bed today.
Think about this scenario: A few terrorists sneak across the border with Mexico, in trucks cleared to go through the border with little or no inspection (thanks to NAFTA), and they have nuclear weapon components on board. Everything goes as planned, and seven major U.S. cities are vaporized with nuclear weapons. New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Kansas City, all on the same day. Our major infrastructure centers of government, defense, commerce and finance, technology, communications and transportation would all have suffered crucial blows. Seeing how long it will be to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, I'll let you figure out how long it would take to rebuild the vital centers of infrastructure.
But wait, I've just begun. While you may be thinking that would be a long shot for the terrorists to accomplish (which you could be totally wrong to believe), there are other things that would really make our lives a big mess. The previous scenario would be a VERY big win for terrorists, but it would take a great amount of planning and coordination to accomplish. And I am not sure if our enemy is incapable of such an attack. But let's look at one other scenario that would take much less of an accomplishment and still have devastating results for this country. Have you ever heard of the EMP weapon? EMP stands for Electro-Magnetic Pulse. ONE nuclear bomb somewhere over this country, a few miles up, will fry most of the computer processors and circuits in a very wide area. The nuclear weapon sends out a huge amount of radioactive, electromagnetic doses of energy. There was a Congressional study that confirms the massive damage that would be done to our infrastructure should such a thing happen. ONE submarine off the East or West coast, ONE missle capable of reaching the Midwest...
While you may think it just isn't possible for a hit such as those I've mentioned above, you may want to think again. Remember The Evil Axis that I wrote about earlier in this topic. It only takes one rogue country to sell a nuclear weapon or two to a terrorist organization. Iran bought high-tech subs from France. There are stories of rogue ex-nuclear scientists from the Soviet Union days that would sell weapons to terrorists. There is A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist that has supplied rogue countries at the top of the President's "Axis of Evil" list with instructions and materials to build nuclear weapons. You decide.
And while you are making decisions, please consider if all your rights to complete privacy would be sacrificed or not if it meant keeping the evil terrorists from being right that ONE time. At the very least, consider which of your rights you would be willing to sacrifice if it meant that the United States was ALWAYS right.
I know, it does make me think. How much of our civil liberties would we be willing to give up if that is what it takes to win the War On Terror? But once again, an even scarier thought came across my mind. Yes, I know this will probably come off sounding like a sci-fi flick about a one-world ruler controlling our every move and thought like we were robots... Or possibly in another reality, in a parallel universe.... Do you get the drift? If that "evil entity" that wants to rule the world were to come up with a plot where our civil liberties were eroded, little by little, so as to someday make it impossible for us to be able to revolt, we would be led to believe that our security was at risk. We would allow that erosion of freedom in the name of securing our great land. Little by little...
I still believe in this country. I believe in what I grew up to know that the United States of America stands for. I was lucky to grow up in a time that my teachers in school instilled the love of Freedom that I have. There wasn't the revision of history as our children now get out of school. Believe me, I could write volumes of books about what I see happening to the United States that could lead to the demise of this wonderful country, as many of us still remember.
So, here is what I want to get across to my readers. What I write isn't meant to instill fear in you. It is meant to inform you. I firmly believe that the information that I discuss in this topic will help you make the right decisions. I know how relative my credibility is to how serious you will regard what I write in this topic. I've been doing my best to establish the foundation to some of the revelations I have had, so that you WILL at least consider some of things I write about with not fear, but hope. I am mentioning this now because the next installment of this topic will be going into various areas that touch on the "fringes" of our collective rationality. Don't worry, baby, you'll see what I mean when that post is written... Coming soon, as they say.
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