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The Post-9/11 American Nightmare
Carefully-Orchestrated Rights Grab Leaves Us More Vulnerable Than Ever
The USA PATRIOT Act
Vastly infringing on privacy and free speech
The events of 9-11 were horrifying, to say the least. Americans across the nation were in shock. I remember dropping my daughter off at day care, and getting a call telling me what had happened. I made it back to the house in time to see the second plane hit.
While we may have heard the words Islam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Taliban, and terrorism before, there was still so much we didn't know. So, many Americans set about finding out more. They did this in a number of ways, one of which was to visit their local libraries.
While we were learning more about those who attacked us, the government set about formulating new legislation that would "protect" us from future acts of terrorism. The result was "The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act," also known as the USA PATRIOT Act.
This legislation has vastly curtailed our right to privacy and free expression. The
130-page document was passed just six weeks after the events of 9-11. It contains over 150 sections and amends more than 15 federal statutes. These would include laws governing criminal procedure, immigration, computer fraud, foreign intel-
ligence, and wiretapping.
Personally, I've never see any legislature act this quickly on any bill. I have no idea how it could possibly have been written and ready for signing within six weeks. I believe that the USA PATRIOT Act was written months before the events of 9-11,
and was part of the grand master plan to take our rights away as we move toward total fascism.
How the USA PATRIOT Act has affected our freedom
There are four provisions that are particulary concerning to privacy and freedom of expression advocates.
Section 206 permits the use of "roving wiretaps" and secret court orders to monitor electronic communications to investigate terrorists.
Sections 214 and 216 extend telephone monitoring authority to include routing and addressing informaton for Internet traffic relevant to any criminal investigation.
Section 215 grants unprecedented authority to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants for business, medical, library, educational and bookstore records. All they have to do to obtain such warrants is to claim that the records may be related to an ongoing terrorism investigationi or intelligence activities. This legal standard does not require any actual proof or reasonable suspicion of terrorist activity. Section 215 also includes a "gag order" provision that prevents any person or institution served with a search warrant from disclosing what has taken place.
In additon to the USA PATRIOT Act, the Justice Department also revised the FBI guidlines in May 2002 that greatly extends the bureau's surveillance and data colleciton authority to include an individual's web surfing habits and search terms.
Learn more about how 9-11 has changed the law here.
Read or download a copy of the USA PATRIOT Act by using the button below.
Download the Rutgers University report on the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act below.
There is a more exhaustive report on 9-11's effect on the law at Oxford Scholarship Online.
It is free to open an account and read the info.
The Events of 9/11 Spawned the Neverending 'War on Terror'
The Bogus War on Terror
Designed to deliver war without end
"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."
-Excerpt from Rebuilding America's Defenses, Project for a New American Century
Were the events of September 11, 2001, the "catastropic and catalyzing event" referred to in the now-infamous PNAC document?
For those of us who are unafraid to be called "conspiracy theorists" because we choose to connect the dots, what the government wants you to believe versus the actual events of 9/11 require you to suspend all logic. Much of what we have learned post-event also simply doesn't jive with the "official" government narrative.
Although written in 2003, there's a pretty good analysis of the key points of the PNAC on Antiwar.com. The document hasn't changed since then, and I believe it remains as the marching orders for a nation in complete freefall decline on every level.
Building the people's appetite for never-ending war
The post-9/11 barrage of misinformation and outright lies was designed to build the nation's appetite for a never-ending "war on terror." These lies were foisted upon a public that was both shell-shocked and terrified. They had been treated to the vision of planes hitting the World Trade Center buildings over and over by the mainstream media over a period of weeks. Horrified by what they were being told, people literally could not turn off their televisions, stop talking about it, or stop waiting for the next attack. We were at war.
"We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.
And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."
- President George W. Bush, Speech to a Joint Session of Congress,
September 20, 2001
Although the majority of the hijackers held Saudi passports, the administration began building up the lies about Iraq's involvement with Osama bin Laden and its complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The story then expanded to the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and, if that wasn't bad enough, it included mobile bioweapons laboratories. In reality, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden did not have much use for each other. bin Laden abhorred the all-too-secular regime of Saddam Hussein. There was no conspiracy between the two to attack the United States.
Even Colin Powell, once thought of as highly credible and beyond reproach, pushed the lies in his speech to the United Nations. Although claiming that he was misled, Powell's involvement went much deeper. He not only helped to fabricate evidence, he deceived the public by leaving out critical information, and ignored warnings that what he was going to say to the UN was completely false.
Not just for oil, but for ideology
There are varying theories about the reason the United States invaded Iraq. However, if the now-defunct Project for a New American Century document, Rebuilding America's Defenses, taught us anything it was that the neocon ideology of America as the world-dominant imperial power played a critical role.
In 2007, General Wesley Clark revealed in an interview on Democracy Now that there had been a plan prior to the events of 9/11 to "take out" 7 countries in 5 years, revealing the truth about America's hegemonic plans. We have already destroyed three of those nations in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. We are wholeheartedly supporting genocide in Yemen, killing thousands of innocent people all to achieve America's imperial vision.
We are militarily involved in Somalia and Sudan, as we are throughout Africa, and we are targeting Iran for regime change.
This is not about fighting terrorists. We have created terrorists so that we can invade, occupy, and steal resources at will.
You can download a copy of "Rebuilding America's Defenses," from the PNAC here.
Watch General Wesley Clark reveal our hegemonic plans in this video.