The Bush Regime's "terrorist" protection
schemes have reached the height of total incompetence and utter absurdity. According
to the American Civil Liberties Union, a private organization that defends the
US Constitution that inattentive Americans neglect, there are now one million
names on the "terrorist" watch list.
One of them is that of former Assistant US Attorney General Jim Robinson, whose
top security clearances are current. Every time Mr. Robinson flies away on business,
he is delayed by a totally incompetent "terrorist" protection racket
that cannot tell a person named Jim Robinson, who served in the highest echelons
of the US government, from a Muslim terrorist.
What confidence can we have in a regime that is incapable of differentiating
an Assistant US Attorney General from a terrorist?
Mr. Robinson said: "If I were convinced that America is a safer place
because I get hassled at the airport, I might put up with it, but I doubt it.
I expect my story is similar to hundreds of thousands of people who are on this
list and find themselves inconvenienced."
"Hundreds of thousands of people" on a watch list that they have
no business being on?
Yes. "Members of Congress, nuns, war heroes and other 'suspicious characters,'
with names like Robert Johnson and Gary Smith, have become trapped in the Kafkaesque
clutches of this list, with little hope of escape," said Caroline Fredrickson,
director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.
And this is America, not Nazi Germany?
How can Airport "Security" possibly protect anyone when the idiots
cannot differentiate a high level American government official from a terrorist?
Do you really believe there are one million terrorists and nothing has blown
up in the US since September 11, 2001 (assuming you believe the government's
account of that episode)?
How can there possibly be 1,000,000 terrorists and America still be in one
piece? If there were 1,000,000 terrorists, America would be in ruins. According
to the Bush Regime's line, it only took a handful of terrorists to destroy
America's tallest skyscrapers and a section of the Pentagon and to send
the President of the United States scurrying to a hiding place.
One million terrorists could bring America to its knees, and they wouldn't
need to fly on airplanes to accomplish this.
What we are witnessing with the one million person "watch list" is
bureaucracy run amok. One Million Terrorists makes the danger seem overwhelming.
Such overwhelming danger rationalizes the aggressive behavior of the bullies
and thugs attracted by the power of confiscating your toothpaste and bottled
water and riffling your belongings in your luggage.
Show your ID.
Take off your shoes.
Take off your belt.
Take off your jacket.
Empty your pockets.
Don't complain about being searched without a warrant or you will miss
your flight. You might be arrested, handcuffed, kicked and otherwise abused the
fate of many American citizens.
The morons who comprise the US government call the "watch list" one
of the government's "most effective tools in the fight against terrorism."
What an effective tool it is! It cannot tell the difference between Jim Robinson
and a Muslim terrorist.
The "watch list" has not apprehended a single terrorist, but thousands
of American citizens have been inconvenienced and arrested.
The ACLU says that "putting a million names on a watch list is a guarantee
that the list will do more harm than good by interfering with the travel of
innocent people and wasting huge amounts of our limited security resources on
It is worse than that. What the "watch list" or "no-fly list"
is doing is training Americans to submit to warrantless searches, to abandon
their constitutional rights, and to submit to humiliation by thugs and bullies.
A Gestapo is being trained to have no qualms about searching and intimidating
fellow citizens, using any excuse to delay or arrest them. Americans are being
taught to use arbitrary power and to submit to arbitrary power. In the false
name of "safety from terrorists," Americans are being made the least
safe people on earth.