The national security state began to be seen as
needed and desirable. This insane model of government always puts the
State over the Individual and becomes both corrupt and dictatorial.
Examples in history are numerous.
The United States of America began as a reaction to
corrupt, dictatorial rule from the English monarchy. In modern times,
the world has seen “national security” states arise in Nazi Germany,
Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union, Pinochet Chile, and Franco Spain.
Other examples can be found all over the globe.
Dictatorial powers were seized by corrupt political figures with ardent
followers blinded by ideology following “national security” crises in
After 9-11, we started speeding down that slippery
slope. It is not too late for us as a nation to come to a screeching
halt and return to our American political traditions should we make that
choice as a nation.
Current events are forcing us to examine our course
based on results instead of ideology. We have seen a great American city
almost destroyed because we put national disaster relief under the
control of incompetents at the Homeland Security Department. New Orleans
started opening the eyes of American citizens everywhere.
Our government is ignoring federal law whenever it
so desires in the name of national security. We have government-run
secret prisons. We lock people away without filing criminal charges and
never set trial dates.
We conduct torture and ignore the documented facts
about that torture. We launch aggressive wars based on false information
and propaganda aimed at our citizens along with the rest of the world.
We trample individual rights and civil liberties
won at great expense for millions of American soldiers over generations
in the name of “national security.” We conduct government in secret to
hide corruption at the highest levels claiming security concerns.
We spy on political dissenters who are seeking to
return our nation to traditional American political values. We use
Homeland Security and the American military to spy on average American
citizens doing their civic duty.
The Bush Republicans controlling our government
encourage the abuse of public office to advance strictly partisan
political goals. They are trying falsely to redefine American patriotism
as blindly following the most extreme of Republican Right policies and
They are assaulting the Bill of Rights and
attacking the Constitutional principles of our nation. Our
Constitutional system of checks and balances between competing branches
of government, which was designed to prevent dictatorial government and
guarantee individual liberty, has almost been overthrown under Bush
Separation of Church and State has been severely
undermined by deliberate policy thereby threatening both with the
corruption. Government has no business interfering in the religious
aspects of our lives.
Homeland Security can act as a cover for all kinds
of corruption and political abuse. Secrecy in government has always
fostered corruption and abuse.
Traditionally, America divided our intelligence and
law enforcement agencies up into many different competing units. The
competition helped each unit act more aggressively and efficiently.
The different units helped prevent abuses by other
units using our traditional checks and balances system. The system
worked very well as long as it was overseen by a competent chief
executive in the White House, effectively monitored by Congress and
followed federal court guidelines.
9-11 did not demonstrate a failure of our system
based on design. It instead demonstrated that the individuals involved
failed the nation. The White House dropped the ball on national security
in the months immediately before 9-11.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Ashcroft were largely
responsible along with their aides and other individuals in various
federal agencies. They were not coordinating the activities of the
various federal agencies involved in law enforcement or intelligence
The hysteria and fear fostered and used by Bush,
Cheney and the rest of the Bush Republicans was used to cover their
failures and to achieve unchecked political power. Bush and Cheney
should have been impeached for incompetence for allowing the 9-11
attacks to happen!
We now have a Homeland Security Department
interfering with normal domestic political activity and threatening our
democratic form of government. We need to return to our previous
separation of the various units system concerning the law enforcement
and intelligence agencies. We will get better unbiased intelligence
information and more efficient law enforcement without as much
Homeland Security officials were somehow involved
in the permitting unsupervised voting counting in Ohio during the 2004
Presidential election. The media was blocked from observing the vote
count in at least one county as a result of interference from Homeland
Security, according to numerous media reports.
In Idaho, Homeland Security was used to harass and
intimidate a federal employee over an anti-War bumper sticker on his
personal automobile Red State, Meet Police State
Homeland Security seems to be engaged in forcing
American citizens to support the unpopular, unjust and unwise Iraq War
policy of the Bush-Cheney Administration.
The national security state has really gotten
totally out of control in Alaska, as evidenced in this recent example by
Brad Friedman at Brad Blog.
bizarre story concerning
2004 Election has taken yet another even more bizarre turn this week,
The BRAD BLOG has learned.
A long-standing public records request for the release of Election 2004
database files created by Diebold's voting system had been long delayed
after several odd twists and turns, including the revelation of a
contract with the state claiming the information to be a "company
while it finally appeared as though the state had agreed to release the
information (after reserving the right to "manipulate the data" in
consultation with Diebold before releasing it), the state's top
Security Official has now -- at the last minute -- stepped in to
deny the request. The grounds for the denial: the release of the
information poses a "security risk" to the state of
couldn't make this stuff up...
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It is now clear that we need to turn our
back on the national security state model and return to the kind of
wise, traditional American government founded by the leaders of the
American Revolution and strengthened by generations of American heroes.
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