After 9/11, America geared up to seriously fight terrorism.
We declared Global War on it. We beefed up airport security and started taking our shoes off to fight terrorism. We got some fancy color coded graphics, so we could know how alert we should be. We gave Kansas and South Dakota a bunch of money to spend to protect themselves against an Al Qaeda attack. We tried to sell our port security to an Arab country. We militarized our police forces and cut money from firefighters. We bought flags and magnetic stickers for our SUVS. We sent our National Guard over to some places we invaded. We spied on Mosques. We didn’t release precious military forces inside the US to help with a huge hurricane just in case. We had a Commission to see what happened and make recommendations on how we should prepare for terrorism, carefully making sure that no one who incompetently allowed the attacks to happen was blamed or held accountable, so that we didn’t lose their vital insight and incompetence for the coming fight….and then ignored the recommendations of the commission.
We invaded a country that had nothing to do with terrorism against us. And then hung the bad guy, just like in the Old West!
We tortured people.
We stripped ourselves of the Rights they hated us for.
We refocused the entire effort of the FBI to fighting terrorism.
We established the absolutely biggest, greatest data mining and domestic spying surveillance program in the history of the world!
And right after 9/11, we even rounded up a whole bunch of Arab looking people and held them while doing background checks and occasionally, perhaps, beating the crap out of “the worst” of them.
Sure it was illegal, but you know….terrorist might invade the US at any moment. Sacrifices had to be made by ….others. Though of course it was illegal, by the old rules, pre 9/11, when everything changed, we started using our refocused FBI to spy on Mosques. We even used the census to target Arabs We tapped phones, froze some bank accounts just in case. And argued over racial profiling…..cause we KNEW that all terrorists looked a certain way. .
It got so bad a Junior Senator from Illinois felt he had to speak out.
“If there is an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney, it threatens my civil liberties. It is that fundamental belief, I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, it is that fundamental belief that makes this country work.”
– Senator Barack Obama
Fortunately, God had provided us with a Crusader as President….and briefed him constantly, according to the President.
But now, we have that weak Junior Senator, who might even be an Arab himself (No Birth Certificate, funny and suspicious name, Brown, etc) in charge.
Just as a whole new bunch of people are inciting, fomenting, and even carrying out violent acts of terrorism on American soil.
Will he “keep us safe?” Will he “do whatever is necessary” to protect us from a new wave of terrorists? Is he willing to “go to the dark side” like Cheney did and “get his hands dirty?”
Sure, there have only been a few sporadic attacks that can be directly attributed to this new batch of terrorists and their radical ideology.
Can we really afford to wait? Can we afford complacency in the face of terrorism? Can we wait for our now formidable State Anti-terrorism Juggernaut that we have paid for and sacrificed our Rights for and rearranged our lives for and take our shoes off for to work??? I have not seen any reports of folks who fit the profile of these terrorists being rounded up, have you? Are we spying on their Mosques? Have we frozen the bank accounts of their charities? What are we waiting for?
Do we really want to wait for the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud?
This is a war dammit, a Global War….and we are on that Globe! We must do all we can to fight this new wave of terrorism, to stop it in its tracks. No matter who we have to spy on, round up, beat and torture. We simply cannot, in light of this new wave of attacks, afford to be Soft On Terror.
I say we invade Kansas.
Or maybe, taking a page out of George Bush’s Anti-terror Playbook…..Rhode Island.