What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the day we refer to as 9/11. On this day, 2,973 people are reported to have died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The attack on the World Trade Center has affected countless lives of people throughout the world. The resulting repercussions of the day have affected even more.
The first and most visible result of 9/11 was the USA PATRIOT Act. Passed just 45 days after the attacks with virtually no debate, it quickly became law. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, one of only three Republican lawmakers to vote against the legislation, said that the bill was not even available to be read before voting upon it.
Four years later when Congressional leaders met with the President to talk about renewing the legislation, one person spoke up to suggest that the Patriot Act may violate the Constitution. In response, the President allegedly said “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”. This sentiment is equally expressed in the powers the Act grants to the Executive of our country. Additionally, some believe that the Patriot Act was planned before 9/11.
The theory of preemptive planning for 9/11 is further advanced by pointing a finger to a think tank named “Project for the New American Century“. Referring to the desire to globalize governmental powers, a September 2000 document they issued titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century” said:
“The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.”
One year later, that event took place. A year after 9/11, the government’s scorecard in the fight against the Constitution showed a shutout victory for Uncle Sam.
The debate continues in full force as to whether 9/11 was planned by the government, whether they knew about it and turned a blind eye, or whether they aided the process so as to be able to use it for their own purposes. Regardless of the government’s involvement (or lack thereof) in the attack on our own soil, one thing is clear: the freedoms and liberties of countless Americans have been violated and imposed upon in the name of security and protection.
Even the name of the Act was craftily wordsmithed. USA PATRIOT Act stands for the “Uniting and Strengthening American by Providing the Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”. Surely no congressman can vote against an act such as that—that would be treason! They would be helping the terrorists, aiding the enemy, and showing blatant unpatriotism by voting against the PATRIOT Act! After much debate, the Patriot Act has recently been renewed, with additional powers and provisions.
Benjamin Franklin said “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Have we done that since 9/11? You may feel that the Patriot Act doesn’t infringe upon your rights, but that is not the question. The question is if anybody’s Constitutional rights have been decreased or denied since that historic day. You may feel safe in your own home, but there are thousands of others who do not.
“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad.”
—James Madison, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798, p. 141
Whether 9/11 is a hoax or not, it has been used in the government’s attempt to bring about a “loss of liberty at home”. It is repeatedly cited by Bush and his administration in their reasoning for more “defense” budget increases, more armament production, more executive power, and more spying and wiretapping.
It is my belief that since 9/11 our country has seen the Constitution come closer to hanging by a thread. It is up to us, the Elders of Zion, to stand firm and defend the principles and powers of the Constitution for everybody it applies to.
“For years we have heard of the role the elders could play in saving the Constitution from total destruction. But how can the elders be expected to save it if they have not studied it and are not sure if it is being destroyed or what is destroying it?”
—President Ezra Taft Benson, TETB, p 619-620