Our World has Changed Forever and It’s Not Coming Back

On September 1, 2001 a gaggle of terrorists – at least one of whom spent his last night on Earth drinking demon run while ogling strippers – caught the early flight out of Portland , ME. The rest, as they say, is history.

When the dust settled George W. Bush grabbed a megaphone, climbed atop some rubble, threw his arm around a fireman, and gave a fiery speech about truth, justice, and the American way. The good ol’ boy fireman hug was a bit over-the-top, but otherwise it was the perfect thing to rally a country on edge and staring into a bottomless pit of C4.

It also marked the last time I agreed with just about anything he said and the last time there was any semblance of civility in the political process.

At the time, every pundit and politician talked about how the attacks were game-changers. The most oft-heard phrase was, “Our world has changed forever.”

That sure turned out a gross understatement.

Wobble-Kneed Don Knottses
Since the skeevy bastards drove the planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field, America became – not the Greatest Generation of heroes and fidelity to high-minded principles – but a country of wobble-kneed Don Knotts impersonators grasping at any straw, enhanced interrogation technique, or abridged law to feel “safe”.

When the most unterrifying terrorist imaginable set his lap on fire, we cried out for the protection afforded by 3 oz. shampoo bottles and forbidden nail clippers – “watch out, I’ll clip you to within an inch of your pinkie finger’s quick”. And for good measure, we meekly stripped naked and suddenly thought it was perfectly reasonable to allow government agents to stick rectal probes up our asses to verify those things in our throats were tonsils and not miniature thermonuclear bombs…no doubt built in Iraq.

Our latter day lunatic fringe is terrified at the tyranny of affordable health care, yet makes not a peep over unrestricted wiretaps, error-prone no-fly lists, and a host of other insults to the Constitution.

The small government champeens somehow see a conglomeration of 380 million individual decision makers as an effective form of government. But, what about the biggest government behemoth of them all – the Department of Homeland Insecurity? For some, it and the Department of Defense are the only two allowable functions of a tyranny-free government, except for the Bureau of Who You Can’t Marry and the Anti-Abortion Administration.

Our twin 30-day cum 10-year wars grind up bodies and trillions of dollars that we aren’t really losing because they’re financed off-budget. Plus anyone the President chooses can be outsourced to some incredibly evil off shored prison to be beaten and waterboarded with impunity. Actually, you’d think they’d be all for affordable health care after all that.

America: The North American Banana Republic
Our current government is as stable as a South American Banana Republic that can’t agree on which sash and medals the President can wear with his faux flight suit and codpiece.

And, your average American Chicken Little believes the President is a Communist Kenyan, the moon landings took place in a Houston TV studio, and Bush personally killed bin Laden with the pearl-handled six-shooters confiscated from Saddam … or the Pentagon attack was staged… or bin Laden’s whereabouts have been known for years and Obama just saved the killshot for political points… or, well, you get the point.

Whether you vehemently oppose abortion, protest every capital death sentence, believe in euthanasia, or think Obamacare consists entirely of a Death Panel and hypodermic needle, chances are you see bin Laden’s killing as a richly deserved punishment for a cowardly, suburban-dwelling bully dressed in funny clothes and unable to get more than 10 feet from a dialysis machine. And, you’d be right.

Resolved: the man was a worthless piece of shit who didn’t deserve to live. Now, America can chant “USA… USA… USA!”and unite around something again. It’s a good thing that a brave team of our best warriors killed the man in cold blood – there is no question. However, the unity started to fray as the chants fell quiet. People are already arguing over every scrap of information or cockamamie fantasy they harbor. Pundits are pontificating and politicians are preening. In short, the nation is quickly reclaiming its false bravado and Don Knotts tremor.

Those folks were right nearly 11 years ago. The world will never be the same again because we’ve handed the terrorists a victory of continuous self-induced terror, exactly what terrorists want.

And, killing Osama doesn’t change that a whit.

Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

Mossad Revealed as Agents of State-Sponsored Terror

The act of state-sponsored terror by Mossad against Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai shatters the common notion portrayed in the corporate media that terrorism is a tactic limited to Islamic jihadists. 

This was only one in a recent series of terrorist acts sponsored by Israel, including the bombing of a tourist bus in Damascus which allegedly carried members of Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The use of remotely controlled explosives also raises doubt to the knee-jerk explanation of such events as ‘suicide bombings’, which implies the guilt of Islamic fundamentalists and removes the impetus for criminal investigation.  

These events contrast the belief sworn to by neoconservatives that the war on terror simply pits a radical Middle Eastern group of ideologues against Western ‘freedom’. It also puts into question the role of Israel in the war on terror. It is a country that has a well-known distate for its Islamic neighbors. A closer examination reveals that Israeli security agents have been present and complicit for a number of other high-profile terror events.

For example ICTS, the Israeli security firm established by Shin Bet agents, was responsible for allowing the Nigerian crotch-bomber onto his flight in Amsterdam. It is the same firm which ran security at Logan, Newark, and Dulles airports on September 11, 2001.

In addition to having accomplices inside airport security, the 9/11 planners were able to obtain prior knowledge that simulated terror attacks would be staged by NORAD on that day, providing a crucial smokescreen for the operation. This information would only have been available to those who could tap into US intelligence networks. Israel had access through its communication company Verint, formerly Comverse Infosys, which is the biggest provider and servicer of wiretapping equipment to the US government.

An Israeli spy ring consisting of hundreds of agents posing as art students was uncovered in the US in 2001. Three weeks prior to 9/11, the New York Times reported that art students had illegally installed a balcony at the World Trade Center on the 91st floor, of which 8 photographs were taken showing ‘a lone figure dressed in a white jacket, standing in a lectern-size box’ on the eastern facade. In "Accounts From the North Tower", survivor Mike McQuaid said that immediately below the plane’s impact the 91st floor was only 25% occupied, because WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein was taking it over. He said that ‘some kind of artists’ had been placed in a ‘big open area’ on that floor. It would be the highest point from which the stairway remained accessible and provided for the perfect vantage point to confirm that the North Tower was hit.

Israel is the world’s leader in remote controlled aviation, producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the size of Boeing 737’s.

Mossad, the planet’s biggest perpetrator of passport fraud, had agents positioned near the location that the passport of hijacker Satam al Suqami was ‘discovered’.

An Army study published on Sept. 10, 2001 said that Mossad has the capability of targeting US forces, framing Arabs. 

Mossad Revealed as Agents of State-Sponsored Terror

The act of state-sponsored terror by Mossad against Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai shatters the common notion portrayed in the corporate media that terrorism is a tactic limited to Islamic jihadists. 

This was only one in a recent series of terrorist acts sponsored by Israel, including the bombing of a tourist bus in Damascus which allegedly carried members of Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The use of remotely controlled explosives also raises doubt to the knee-jerk explanation of such events as ‘suicide bombings’, which implies the guilt of Islamic fundamentalists and removes the impetus for criminal investigation.  

These events contrast the belief sworn to by neoconservatives that the war on terror simply pits a radical Middle Eastern group of ideologues against Western ‘freedom’. It also puts into question the role of Israel in the war on terror. It is a country that has a well-known distate for its Islamic neighbors. A closer examination reveals that Israeli security agents have been present and complicit for a number of other high-profile terror events.

For example ICTS, the Israeli security firm established by Shin Bet agents, was responsible for allowing the Nigerian crotch-bomber onto his flight in Amsterdam. It is the same firm which ran security at Logan, Newark, and Dulles airports on September 11, 2001.

In addition to having accomplices inside airport security, the 9/11 planners were able to obtain prior knowledge that simulated terror attacks would be staged by NORAD on that day, providing a crucial smokescreen for the operation. This information would only have been available to those who could tap into US intelligence networks. Israel had access through its communication company Verint, formerly Comverse Infosys, which is the biggest provider and servicer of wiretapping equipment to the US government.

An Israeli spy ring consisting of hundreds of agents posing as art students was uncovered in the US in 2001. Three weeks prior to 9/11, the New York Times reported that art students had illegally installed a balcony at the World Trade Center on the 91st floor, of which 8 photographs were taken showing ‘a lone figure dressed in a white jacket, standing in a lectern-size box’ on the eastern facade. In "Accounts From the North Tower", survivor Mike McQuaid said that immediately below the plane’s impact the 91st floor was only 25% occupied, because WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein was taking it over. He said that ‘some kind of artists’ had been placed in a ‘big open area’ on that floor. It would be the highest point from which the stairway remained accessible and provided for the perfect vantage point to confirm that the North Tower was hit.

Israel is the world’s leader in remote controlled aviation, producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the size of Boeing 737’s.

Mossad, the planet’s biggest perpetrator of passport fraud, had agents positioned near the location that the passport of hijacker Satam al Suqami was ‘discovered’.

An Army study published on Sept. 10, 2001 said that Mossad has the capability of targeting US forces, framing Arabs. 

Fear Itself...

When FDR said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” he could have been summing up what faces Americans today. The TV news networks are all pushing interviews with Senators and Congressmen (mostly Republicans) who tell us that the Christmas Eve flight bombing attempt, the shutting down of our Yemen Embassy (apparently not abandoned by cut off from any visitors), the killing of CIA people in Afghanistan and other events and rumors of events are reasons not to close Gitmo and to increase military presence in…gosh, how many countries?…Yemen and other spots.

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"War on Terror" Comment

Obama Scraps 'Global War on Terror' for 'Overseas Contingency Operation'
So, no more of President Bush's "war on terror". It was a stupid phrase, saying that we had a war against extreme fear. But it was effective, helping to bestow on Bush the status of a wartime president and leading him to claim extraordinary executive powers, such as engaging in illegal wiretapping. And the phrase persevered even as the Iraq invasion devolved into an occupation.

The proposed new phrase, "overseas contingency operation", is not a whole lot better. What contingency, a hurricane? Running out of fuel? A hooker strike in Amsterdam?

Admittedly, it is difficult to find the best words for our current course. If it's described as a war against extremism, or radical Islamists, we may offend the moslem world. And it is not wise to call it a war. We need a word such as the Cold War's "containment" Best I can come up with is "Operation Global Security". But not "securitization".

homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

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