As the 15th anniversary approaches of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and the downed plane in Shankesville, Pennsylvania social media is set to be scorched as it is every year around the anniversary. The truth tellers are right now getting their “jet fuel don’t melt steel” meme ideas ready to unleash on all social media platforms hoping this is the year we win the battle in urging the populace to collectively unite and demand an honest and open investigation into the actions and anomalies of that day.
Here is the official story of the events of that day in a nutshell
19 Hijackers armed with only box cutters over took four commercial airliners, commandeered the planes although they were, at best, sub par pilots in small Cessna planes, were able to fly around one of the most secure airspace in the world without military interference for almost an hour while the United States government was conducting drills of the same nature at the same time. All from the direction and orders of Osama Bin Laden operating in a cave in a remote area in the Middle East. One plane crashed into the most secure building, the Pentagon. One plane crashed into WTC 1 and another in WTC 2 with the fourth hijacked plane not reaching its target and was said to have crashed in a field near Shankesville, Pa after the passengers on the doomed flight over powered the terrorist. Later in the afternoon the two towers in downtown New York came crashing down at near free fall speed into their own footprint while building 7, though it was not hit by a plane, also came down in the same fashion. All said to have happened due to extreme temperatures from “office fires.” We know all of this because luckily through all these anomalies the terrorist’s passports survived the fireball that evaporated a plane and was “hot enough to form molten steel like that found in a foundry” and was found in the streets below in the aftermath.
I could go on and on, and I do in my book, about the events on 9/11, however, in this article I want to show what we lost that day. The freedoms and liberties that we surrendered all without rational thought in the name of a false sense of security that was being sold by the government.
“Those that give up liberty for temporary security deserve, neither liberty nor security.” – Ben Franklin
I have included this quote in many of my articles as it is relevant in the times we are in today just as it was in the times of the redcoats trying to subject us to the King’s “safety.” The founders knew then the importance of retaining rights and the fact that it is our responsibility to safeguard them and not surrender them. Though we often talk about how brave and fearless the founding members of this country were we have relegated them to stories and not ourselves preserved their very own bravery.
The legislation and expansion of bureaucracies that came in the wake of 9/11 are perfect examples of lost of freedoms and the outright destruction of our Constitutional rights.
The Patriot Act
Do not be fooled by the name of the Act. It has nothing to do with being a patriot and everything to do with taking of our individual sovereignty and playing on our emotions and fears of the attacks. What it did was the very thing we were told was the reason we was attacked to begin with and that is “because they hated our freedoms” and “wanted to change our way of life” here in America. If this was the goal of the attackers then our politicians helped claim victory for the terrorist which in a society of free people make their actions (our politicians) not only traitors, but treasonous acts against America and the people.
- Secret Searches: The USA PATRIOT Act expands the ability of the government to use so called “sneak and peek” and “black bag” secret searches. These searches, depending on the target, require either no notification at all of the person being searched, or delay notification until after the search has occurred. This means that physical searches of our homes, cars, computers, workplaces and reading materials can be conducted without our knowledge. These provisions apply both in anti-terrorism investigations and routine criminal investigations. aclu.org
- Government Surveillance: The USA PATRIOT Act minimizes the power of the courts to prevent law enforcement authorities from illegally abusing certain types of telephone and Internet surveillance in both anti-terrorism investigations and run-of-the-mill criminal investigations of American citizens. Law enforcement officials have the power to investigate American citizens for criminal matters without establishing probable cause if they designate that the investigation is for “intelligence purposes.” The Director of Central Intelligence also has broad authority to identify individuals as targets for intelligence surveillance, placing the CIA firmly back in the business of spying on Americans.
- Privacy: The USA PATRIOT Act granted the FBI — and, under new information sharing provisions, many other law enforcement and intelligence agencies — broad access to highly personal medical, financial, mental health, library and student records with only the most minimal judicial oversight. The court must issue a subpoena whenever the FBI states that it is for an investigation to protect against international terrorism. The recipient of the subpoena is prohibited from telling anyone that the FBI has asked for the information. Now the FBI can get the entire database of a credit card company or the records of everyone who has used a certain public library. It can obtain information on everyone registered at a particular hotel, hospital, or university. It does not need to show probable cause that a crime is, has been, or will be committed.
- Dissent/Free Speech: The USA PATRIOT Act has the very real potential to greatly chill constitutionally protected speech in its overbroad redefinition of “domestic terrorism.” The new definition is so vague that it could allow the government to designate lawful advocacy groups, like Greenpeace and Operation Rescue, as terrorist groups and subject them to invasive surveillance, wiretapping, harassment and then criminally penalize them for protected political advocacy.
- Bill of Rights for Non-Citizens: The USA PATRIOT Act permits the Attorney General to incarcerate or detain non-citizens based on mere suspicion and to deny re-admission to the US of non-citizens (including legal, long-term permanent residents) for engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment.
The Patriot Act was re-authorized in 2006 and has since been renamed the Freedom Act with more draconian measures.
The Expansion Of The NSA
One of the main agencies that expanded in the name of safety after 9/11 was the National Security Administration (NSA). The National Security Agency (NSA) is an intelligence organization of the United States government, responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT).
The agency was granted super powers in the data that they were to collect. No longer were private citizens that were not suspected of any crime not monitored, but now everyone fell under the umbrella of surveillance from the NSA. Gone was the 4th Amendment of the Constitution where we had the right to be secure in our person, papers, effects, and housing. Also gone because of this was a warrant needed to acquire our data from email, social media post, phone records, and even our searches on the internet. Why? Because of the safety net that the government likes to use – to keep us safe.
Just what can the NSA do? According to some documents that has come to light they can do pretty much anything they want.
- It can track the numbers of both parties on a phone call, as well location, time and duration.
- It can hack Chinese phones and text messages.
- It can set up fake Internet cafes.
- It can spy on foreign leaders’ cellphones.
- It can tap underwater fiber-optic cables.
- It can track communication within media organizations like Al-Jazeera.
- It can hack into the U.N. video conferencing system.
- It can track bank transactions.
- It can monitor text messages.
- It can access your email, chat, and Web browsing history.
- It can map your social networks.
- It can access your smartphone app data.
- It is trying to get into secret networks like Tor, diverting users to less secure channels.
- It can go undercover within embassies to have closer access to foreign networks.
- It can set up listening posts on the roofs of buildings to monitor communications in a city.
- It can set up a fake LinkedIn.
- It can track the reservations at upscale hotels.
- It can crack cellphone encryption codes
- It can hack computers that aren’t connected to the internet using radio waves.
- It can intercept phone calls by setting up fake base stations.
- It can remotely access a computer by setting up a fake wireless connection.
- It can install fake SIM cards to then control a cell phone.
- It can fake a USB thumb drive that’s actually a monitoring device.
- It can crack all types of sophisticated computer encryption.
- It can go into online games and monitor communication.
- It can intercept communications between aircraft and airports.
- It can physically intercept deliveries, open packages, and make changes to devices.
All without even being suspected of a crime or needing a warrant to collect the information.
The Ineffectiveness Of The TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that has authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. To many who has come face to face with this agency often times comes away feeling more violated than safe.
From the website if the TSA they describe their job and responsibility as:
TSA has evolved from a one-size-fits-all security screening approach to a risk-based, intelligence-driven strategy designed to improve both security and the passenger experience. This approach permits us to provide expedited screening for trusted travelers and to focus on high-risk and unknown passengers at security checkpoints.
TSA officers may use risk-based security measures to identify, mitigate and resolve potential threats at the airport security checkpoint. These officers may ask you questions about your travel to include identity, travel itinerary and property. TSA may use a variety of screening processes, including random screening, regardless of whether an alarm is triggered. In addition, TSA uses unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.
ABC News reports that TSA agents failed to detect a threat in 67 out of 70 recent trials. Posing as passengers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security “Red Teams” were able to carry weapons and fake explosives (“simulant” threats) through security checkpoints without any trouble. Former TSA Administrator James Loy, who led the agency in its first year, called the leaked results an “abominable failure.”
The IG sent auditors, who were not trained in counterintelligence or how to evade the TSA’s checks, to a number of different airports across the country. The systematic failures in TSA security checks were consistent across every airport, with auditors seeing 95 percent success rates smuggling bombs and guns into secure areas of airports. From IG Roth’s prepared statement to the Committee:
“Our testing was designed to test checkpoint operations in real world conditions. It was not designed to test specific, discrete segments of checkpoint operations, but rather the system as a whole. The failures included failures in the technology, failures in TSA procedures, and human error. We found layers of security simply missing. It would be misleading to minimize the rigor of our testing, or to imply that our testing was not an accurate reflection of the effectiveness of the totality of aviation security.”
Long lines, ineffectiveness, and everyone is a suspect is the new norm when traveling in America’s airports. You can find many videos online with the elderly, kids, and even the handicapped being treated as if they where prisoners at GITMO being transferred to another cell. The sickening measures that yield zero results from the TSA is a testament to why this agency, at best, needs to be overhauled or abolished all together.
The Undeclared Wars Based On Lies
With 9/11 came a series of emotional reactions and a vengeful attitude that was not rooted in facts, but agendas and greed. The long “enemy” of the United States, Iraq, was pushed to the top of the list though they had absolutely nothing to do with the events of that day. The powers that be didn’t let something like facts get in the way of the agenda though. What did they do? They played that one card that tugs on the heart strings of the American people and that is the “weapons of mass destruction” card. To this date 15 years later we still have uncovered no weapons of mass destruction or any real evidence that they were ever in Iraq to begin with. That seems to have washed over the American people as revenge for knocking down the towers was worth the cost of going into Iraq, even if it was not declared or a reason for the towers coming down.
The agenda was in motion and our eyes were on the countries resources. Oil was a major player as Halliburton stood to make a fortune off of the war and profits were booming. American contractors were lining up to help rebuild the destruction that the invasion caused and the government was handing out blank checks to pay for it. The resources were taken from the people of Iraq and their currency collapsed. We installed a new government there with no exit strategy for our troops. This was the plan all along and we bought it hook, line and sinker based on our emotional responses and not our logical critical thinking of asking questions.
Afghanistan wouldn’t escape the “spreading of Democracy” mission we were on. The war shortly bleed into their country as well and it was under the same fictitious banner as usual. The countries safety mantra and just like that authorization was given. No not Congressional, Constitutional authority but agenda driven authority that has come to supersede Constitutional Law. Afghanistan is going much the same way it has gone in Iraq. A complete quagmire with no real success or exit plans. Our soldiers are being use to protect poppy fields and borders there while here at home our borders are a joke and the war on drugs continue to be just as ineffective and yield more drugs and more death.
Every Election 9/11 Is Used
Regardless who the candidates are or what the question is to the candidates as long as they say the words 9/11 before their answer they receive thundering applause to little debate even if their solution is farther destruction to the Constitution and Natural Law. A good drinking game to play during any televised debate is you have to take a drink whenever a candidate says the word(s) 9/11 or safety. Good thing about playing this game is you will be passed out by the second commercial break and spared the rest of the horrible sideshow that follows. Every election since 9/11 has produced the same manufactured responses from the same agenda driven, corporate sponsored, Military Industrial Complex supporting candidates. Currently in this election cycle we have seen no reason to believe otherwise. The left, the right, the middle, all use the 9/11 card and not the fact that we have became less safe and our way of life and freedoms have changed because of the actions of our politicians.
As we remember this 15th year anniversary of the nearly 3,000 people that died that day lets not let their death be in vain and really ask the questions we should have asked 15 years ago. Let’s hold our representatives responsible for our loss of rights and liberties and stop with emotional responses and use rational and logical critical thinking. There is no doubt that an honest and open investigation needs to happen and we owe it to the fallen to not stop till we get real answers for the actions of that day and hold those responsible for their action since that day. If we really are ” land of the free and the home of the brave” then let’s start acting like it and take back our freedom by being the brave.
Written by: Michael Howell
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