After the horrific events of 9/11, we were told that the cave-dwelling evil doers murdered over 3,000 of our fellow citizens because they hated our freedoms. America's culture and prosperity were to blame. President George W. Bush drew the line in the sand: you're either with us or against us. Logic and reason were replaced with sensationalized nationalism as we embarked on a war against an idea: a War on Terror.
Unfortunately, we looked to the government to protect us, when it was the failure of the government in the first place that invited those terrorists attacks. The mishandling of intelligence leading up to September 11, the failure of the FAA to disarm the box-cutter wielding freedom-haters, and the years of overseas interventionism for the benefit of the military industrial complex are just a few of the real explanations we didn't hear from the Bush regime. As 27 year ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern said, the most charitable explanation for 9/11 was "gross negligence."
Over 10 years later, we are still engaged in the "war on terror." Presidential reality show contestants Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been rather silent regarding Afghanistan. They continue to distract voters with the "My Plan vs. His Plan" routine while our soldiers continue to die for nothing, unless guarding poppy fields is worth a few dead soldiers. The two candidates don't seem too concerned for our "war on terror" veterans, who set a record for Army suicides in July.
In reality, the "war on terror" isn't a battle between America and some bearded Muslims in caves. Yes, there are terrorists who wish to do us harm as a result of our foreign policy. But, the real war on terror involves the American people and their opposition to the tyrannical actions of the United States federal government.
Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
Every Tuesday, when he's not at a fundraiser or campaign event, Obama reviews his secret "kill list." When questioned by the House on whether this executive killing power applies to U.S. citizens at home -- not just those abroad like American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Al Awlaki -- FBI Director Robert Mueller said he would "have to check" and deferred other questions to the Department of Justice. Obama also officially authorized support for the Syrian rebels, which includes Al-Qaeda. This action is analogous to our destabilization campaign in Libya, which allowed Al-Qaeda to gain a foothold in Gaddafi's former sovereign nation.
After inheriting and reauthorizing the Bush regime's despotic PATRIOT Act, Obama signed the NDAA, which authorizes indefinite detention of American citizens. Now, his attorney's are refusing to acknowledge whether or not these powers have been applied after an injunction by a federal judge. If so, the United States government could be held in contempt of court.
Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and military industrial complex all-stars Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have colluded to implement a massive surveillance network: Trapwire. All for our saftey, I'm sure.
When DHS head Janet Napolitano and other top female officials aren't asking their male counterparts "how long is it anyway?", they find the time to order well over a billion rounds of ammo in the last 6 months alone. When these orders of hollow tip ammunition caused a ruckus, DHS went back and redacted several sections of those orders. The Social Security Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also interested in purchasing large quantities of ammunition. All this police state activity, including the 20,000 drones and the "enhanced patdowns" from the TSA, is just to keep us safe, right?
Clearly the United States federal government is preparing for something. If these draconian measures are being implemented by our "homeland" security officials, then domestic terrorists must be the new enemy. DHS-funded START published a report citing Americans "everent of individual liberty" as extreme right-wing terrorists. DHS has also pointed out Ron Paul supporters as potential terrorists in the 2009 MIAC report. And if you believe that the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard, the FBI considers you an extremist. To be clear, the majority of Paul supporters adhere to the non-agression principle and non-violent civil disobedience.
Former Obama foreign policy advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski stated before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007 that Bush's war on terror was a "mythical and historcial narrative." This "mythical narrative" has been used to fulfill the Project for the New American Century's goal of promoting global American leadership. Section V of PNAC's Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force," includes the sentence: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor." I agree with Lupe Fiasco in his assertion that the "war on terror is a bunch of bullshit."
While major U.S. banks are being told to prepare for collapse, our beloved bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., have been making plans of their owns. Plans that, evidently, involve terrorizing the American people instead of protecting our borders from a Russian nuclear submarine.