September 11, 2015

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…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

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!


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