"Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin 1755
What is terrorism? It is a tactic used to instill fear. Let me repeat that. It is nothing more than a tactic used to instill fear. Fear is used to manipulate people.
The Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, has stated that the voters of Connecticut, in voting for Ned Lamont, are encouraging al Qaeda types. Anyone who disagrees with the failed policies of this administration is painted as encouraging terrorists who will attack America. That is a tactic used to instill fear in the American people to keep Republicans in power.
Every time there is disagreement with the Bush Administration policies, we're told it is from a fringe group. WRONG!!!! A majority of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction (63-67%), want our troops out of Iraq by the end of the year (57%), and think we shouldn't have gone to war if Iraq had no WMD (71%). These figures came from those who considered themselves likely Republican voters as well as likely Democratic voters. A majority can hardly be considered the fringe. Every time the polls show disagreement with the administration, Republicans play the fear card.
We were told by George W. Bush, "You're either with us or you're with the terrorists." Well George, if you're using terrorist tactics, what does that make you?
Between now and election day this November, be prepared to hear lots of fear-mongering rhetoric about how not supporting this incompetent White House and their power grab for executive powers that diminish our freedoms will embolden the enemy, remember the tactic that is being used.
If the Bush Administration could plan and manage their war on terror as well as they execute their war OF terror against the people of our own nation, we'd all be a lot safer.
As shown by the majority numbers above, the American people in the mainstream want accountability for the failures of this administration, realistic policies and a change of direction for our country. Staying the course when the course is going in the wrong direction is simply stupid.
How have Americans reacted to the tactic of instilling fear? We have given up our freedoms, even though a Federal District Court has ruled that the NSA wiretapping is un-Constitutional, given the president almost unlimited power, over-riding the limits placed in the Constitution on the presidency, and stand barefooted in line at the airport, while our lipstick, toothpaste and Preparation H is confiscated. We have bought plastic and duct tape to seal ourselves into our homes, the 21st century version of the bomb shelter.
Those who approve of the illegal wiretapping say, if we're not doing anything wrong, I don't mind if my calls are monitored, or their e-mails, or their bank records, of their children's school records. The problem they don't consider is how many of these data bases containing all their personal information have been hacked, lost or stolen. The fact of the matter is we have a legal method for wiretapping called the FISA court.
You don't have to do something wrong, a simple donation to help the Lebanese could be construed as helping the terrorists since Hezbollah provides so many of the social services in Lebanon. A new Bush bill allows for internment for suspected terrorists, indefinitely and without charges. It also gives the government the right to keep you from any legal aid to defend yourself.
In 2004, Bosnian prosecutors and police officially exonerated six men suspected of terrorism after a lengthy criminal investigation. Last year, the Bosnian prime minister asked the Bush administration to release them from Guantanamo, calling the case a miscarriage of justice. The detainees and their lawyers say they are caught in a trap, that the Pentagon knows the men are not guilty of anything but is unwilling to let them go free because that would be an acknowledgment of a grave error. We know this administration can't admit any errors. Those innocent men wouldn't have lawyers under the new bill.
We have given up the rule of law. George W. Bush feels he is above any law and the rubber stamp Republican Congress refuses to perform it's duty: to provide oversight.
We have been manipulated by the Republicans using the tactic of instilling fear. And that my friends, is the definition of terrorism.
"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." - President Harry S. Truman.