Here we are again.
I work in a Pentagon satellite building. There are wreaths and flags all over the lobby. Security notices are popping up on my PC. There will be runs, and speeches, and memorials all day long today. Some of us, like me, will spend some time today recalling the horror of the scene that unfolded on my television on this day, 14 years ago.
But, I wonder how many will ponder the horror that has happened every day since.
Caught up in the pageantry (and really, isn’t that the purpose of pageantry?) and somber remembrance, how many of us will consider the true impact of 9-11-2001? Yes, nearly 3,000 people died. But in the grand scheme of things those lives were not the greatest loss of “9-11”. We lose nearly 20 times that many people a year in traffic accidents, and life goes on. We have lost that many (and then some) soldiers in the wars that followed, and life goes on.
I am a parent, and a husband. I understand the loss of life is a tragic and crushing thing to the individuals that knew the person who died. But these ceremonies today will emphasize the loss to our nation, while only paying lip service to “the victim’s families”. So I am going to take a minute or two to say some really controversial things, because i have strong feelings about this.
First of all, there are no “victim’s families”. Islamic extremists did not attack the Smiths or the Johnsons. The attacked America. We are all victims of the acts committed on that day. In fact the greatest victims are the next generation of American citizens who will grow up in a “post 9/11” society, having never known freedom.
Who exactly are the “heroes” being remembered in things like the 9/11 Heroes Run? Certainly the police and fire departments that responded to the disaster were heroes. If we are restricting that word to those men and women I am fine with that. But it seems to me like we are using it to refer to the victims in general. I am not fine with that. There is nothing heroic about going to work and sitting in your cube while a plane crashes in to your building. As for those who tried to help others survive…. we used to have a different word for that than “heroic”. We used to call it common decency. I think it speaks volumes that assisting your co-worker is considered “heroic” in these times.
Of course, let us not forget the nearly entirely fabricated events of Flight 93. Those “heroes” charged the cockpit and forced the plane in to the ground rather than let it be used as a weapon against fellow citizens…or so we’re told. Of course, that does not explain why wreckage from the plane was found all along the flight path for nearly two miles. Or, how an intact passenger jet crashes into the ground…and virtually disappears.
The truth is, and some of you who read my blog KNOW this, that Flight 93 was shot down by a military jet. I am not giving you my opinion, I am telling you what happened. Now….continue to believe the lie because your overlords told you to.
9/11 gave us The Patriot Act, The Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, NSA wiretapping and email collection, extraordinary renditions, The HDAA, and two wars at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and billions (if not trillions) of dollars.
The true victim of 9/11 was the freedom we all lost that day.
As was predicted, our own laws have been used to defeat us. We are less free than we were on 9/10/2001. We have more government agencies, more intrusion, more spying.
We are subjected to searches and humiliation at airport terminals at the hands of an agency with a 95% failure rate when it comes to detecting weapons. Yet the discussion we had upon learning this fact was about how to better train the TSA. No one wanted to talk about the fact that 14 years has passed without another attack, while we have been failing 95% of the time in our security measures. Meaning, the TSA is a wholly unnecessary organization conducting security theater rather than actually enhancing security.
We have witnessed our President order the killing of American citizens without due process. I fail to understand how the rights of American citizens command no respect, while the rights of illegal aliens deserve our full attention.
We have witnessed the prosecution and persecution of people who revealed to us that our Constitutional right to privacy is being violated daily, en masse, by various agencies within our government. Meanwhile, though some fuss was made over the issue and some impassioned speeches were given, the practice continues unabated as the citizenry returns to slumber.
We have witnessed, with the passage of the HDAA, a turning point in our nation’s history that I would wager 95%+ of our populace is wholly unaware of. Since I know most folks care about what Kim and Kanye had to say than they do about preserving freedom for their children, I’ll sum it up for you. As a matter of law you may now be detained indefinitely; with no access to legal counsel and no charges filed against you; with no notice to your family about your whereabouts or disposition; on the *suspicion* that you *might* have ties to terrorism.
And what now defines terrorism you ask? Let me inform you:
Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. To see the original source document for each point, just click on the link. As you can see, this list covers most of the country…
This is the true impact of 9/11. It’s not about 3,000 dead people or the destruction of some iconic buildings. It’s about the end of America as we know it. It’s about the loss of freedom. It’s about the future of our children, of our nation, of our culture and way of life. It’s about the end of government of the people, by the people, for the people, and the establishment of tyranny in the U.S.A.
These are the things we need to reflect upon on this day. These are the things we had better change. Because we have sacrificed liberty for a false sense of security…and as such we have neither.
As you listen today to the tolling bells marking the passage of some person you didn’t know and feel compelled to express an appropriate level of sadness, remember this. Those bells are tolling the death of the nation and the concepts of freedom, liberty, individualism, and constitutional government.
Let them be a call to action!