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Posted on Dec 30, 2009
Northwest flight 253
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Northwest Airlines Flight 253 sits on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Christmas Day.

By Robert Scheer

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in. If Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had put the stuff in his shoes we would have had him because that was tried before, but our government was too preoccupied with fighting unnecessary conventional wars and developing anti-missile defense systems to anticipate such a primitive delivery system.

The explosives-laden underwear—worn by an airline passenger who had previously been flagged as a potentially dangerous fanatic, and who had paid cash for his ticket and had no checked luggage—was the terrorist’s weapon of choice, one that could have blown a hole in the side of Northwest Airlines’ Detroit-bound Flight 253 on Christmas Day, killing hundreds of innocents. But it is not a weapon to be effectively countered with the deployment of hundreds of thousands of American combat troops. Nor can it be stopped by the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of planes, subs and missiles in our arsenal of Cold War-era weapons, part of an annual defense budget that is higher in inflation-adjusted dollars than at any time in the past half-century.

In response to the 9/11 hijackers, armed with artillery that cost a couple hundred dollars at most, we threw money and, more important, attention at conventional military responses while neglecting the difficult police work and the intelligence evaluation and civilian-focused technology necessary to thwart homeland attacks. Yes, there are evildoers out there that mean us harm, as President Bush declaimed. But they are often the products of the best of Western education who, as examples ranging from the lead 9/11 hijackers – the Hamburg group—to the elite University College London-educated engineer in the latest incident demonstrate, move more easily in urbane Western societies than in Afghan villages.

The technology that could help detect a sophisticated plane hijacker or suicide bomber has been largely botched in development and only halfheartedly deployed even when it is available. On Tuesday, a devastating report in The Washington Post revealed that the full-body scanning equipment hyped after 9/11, which might have detected the explosives involved in last week’s incident, is still not in wide use. As the Post stated, “A plan that would have helped focus the development of better screening technology and procedures—including a risk-based assessment of aviation threats—is almost two years overdue, according to a report this fall by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.”

So, screening equipment that can detect plastic explosives exists, but it was not used in this case and, as the GAO predicted, “TSA cannot ensure that it is targeting the highest priority security needs at checkpoints; measure the extent to which deployed technologies reduce the risk of terrorist attacks; or make needed adjustments to its PSP [Passenger Screening Program] strategy.” As a result, the GAO concluded: “TSA lacks assurance that its investments in screening technologies address the highest priority security needs at airport passenger checkpoints.”

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The “systematic failure” in the nation’s security that President Obama referred to Tuesday derives from the war metaphor itself and from the assumption, begun with Bush’s irrational invasion of Iraq and extended with Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan, that terrorism is a military rather than a criminal threat. The terrorists are not rebel fighters rooted, as are the Taliban and the remnants of the Iraq insurgency, in their homeland struggles and subject to being defeated on conventional battlefields.

Rather, they are rootless cosmopolitans of violence, alienated from any stated homeland and free to move easily about the world, armed in almost every instance with valid passports, visas and money to exploit our inability to seriously evaluate our own intelligence data. They can count on our top government officials ignoring blinking red warnings, as the Bush White House did before 9/11, or the alarm of a well-connected and properly concerned Nigerian banker-father.

Preventing terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland has nothing to do with occupying vast tracts of land or winning the hearts and minds of backward villagers whom we falsely depict as surrogates of an evil empire, as we did in Vietnam and are now doing in Afghanistan. What is needed is smart police work to catch these highly mobile fanatics, and that begins with actually reading and then acting on the readily available intelligence data. It requires detectives with brains and not generals with firepower.

The ballooning of the defense budget after 9/11 has proved a great boondoggle for the military-industrial complex, which suddenly found an excuse to build weapons and deploy conventional forces against a superpower enemy that no longer exists. But our stealth fighters and bombers designed to defeat Soviet defenses that were never built are a poor match against a terrorist’s stealth underwear.

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By Paolo, December 31, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

The best undercover agent is someone who doesn’t know he’s an agent.

Mutallab was allowed to get on the plane because a terrorist incident could be used to expand the phony GWOT to Yemen and possibly elsewhere.

Interesting that a well-dressed Indian helped Mutallab get on board. Interesting that the CIA had been following him. Interesting that Mutallab’s own father had contacted the Americans and warned them about his own son.

And then, he was still allowed on board.

Occam’s razor, folks. The simplest explanation is the most likely to be true. Our masters in Washington WANTED an incident that could be used to expand their scope of action in the GWOT.

See Operation Northwoods if you still think this sort of thing never happens.

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By omop, December 31, 2009 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

Cousin Jeb writing from the Australian outback mailed us a Christmas Card
along with his usual sarcastic as well as perceptive commentary on war,
terrorists, Al Queda, Taliban and strip searcing americans before they board a
plane.

His comments covered the daily cost to the US for staying in Iraq as some $ 285
MILLION DOLLARS A DAY. While the cost for Afghanistan A DAY it averaged
around $80 MILLION. He noted also that Israel still gets its $ 15 MILLION A
DAY.

According to AP reports he noted that monies allocated to cover costs to
September 2010 for IRAQ came to US $ 790 BILLION. While total costs for
AFGHANISTAN would be around US $ 268 BILLION.

To end his yearly views about how much more economical the US can “protect
its cititizens in the Global War on Terror” he suggested that pulling out all
military personnel from those countries in conjuction to shooting any and all
foreign terrorists caught on American soil would not only save American lives
but also SAVE THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA $ 133,225,000,000 Dollars a year.

As an aside Cousin Jeb quipped that killing foreign terrorists in the US would be a lot cheaper than killing tham in other countries.

All the best to TD and its commenters for 2010

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By montanawildhack, December 31, 2009 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

I may just be paranoid but are some of my posts being “edited” down the Memory Hole????

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By montanawildhack, December 31, 2009 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

I may just being paranoid but are some of my posts being “edited” down the Memory Hole????

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By drbhelthi, December 31, 2009 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

Uprisings organized and created via bribery of local indigenous folk with millions of CIA “Black Hole monies”, is not accurately described as a “popular uprising.”  It is simply a continuation of CIA activities that have been described by former CIA agents who got out, blew the whistle, and were subsequently assassinated by their “colleagues”.  The Chronicles of Chip Tatum provide an inside view.

The bastardizers of history, 1000AD to 1200AD, “queens men” from Spain and England, initiated genocide against the original inhabitants of the North and South American continents.  Mongolian folk crossed the Aleutian Peninsula 30,000 years ago, to occupy the entire land mass of north and south america.  Which land-mass was not India. Nor were its inhabitants “Indians”, nor are they now, “Indians.”

The progeny, of these original bastardizers of history, are now conducting genocide in native Africa, Irak, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Central and South America.  Plans are underway for Iran, more recently, Yemen. The book “Nazi Hydra” and related articles, provide useful background information.  The NAZI movement did not end with WWII, rather relocated its Headquarters, and united with a historical “tribe” that owns a history similar to the NAZI movement.

One very important element for the world citizenry, in the NAZI-created, artificial “Fear Terrorism” environment, is to learn to recognize “set-ups” such as the Delta/NW event.  All persons with five or more grains of brain know that no poor-looking Black youngster boards any international airplane, in Europe, without a passport.  The influence of a “top security” official is required.  Similarly, where does such a youngster acquire a US military-grade explosive?

Agents similar to those organizing the protests in Iran are required.  Such small potato events do not require planning similar to the “set up” of Lee Harvey Oswald, long-time CIA agent.  Rather, only a few telephone calls, and promises to the youth, probably never carried out - .  We are talking about activities similar to those seen in “The Jackal,” but much smoother, with cooperation of “officials.”  Official behavior in “The Jackal” was much too altruistic.  “Covert US operatives,” long-since scattered all over the globe, carrying out their covert activities.  Well-heeled with “CIA black hole monies.” Sometimes suitcases filled with freshly-printed $100 dollar bills.  Unmarked.  At the expense of the US Taxpayer.

Folk who subvert themselves into subordinancy, who “look up” to dishonest politicians, only maintain the dishonesty of politicians. These dishonorable humans deserve “tarring and feathering”.  Tarring with no feathers might do the job.  However, dishonoring dishonesty and stopping the worship of them is basically essential.  Also, learning to recognize CIA-type, “Fear terrorism” setups, such as the Delta/NW event.

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By DieDaily, December 31, 2009 at 5:33 am Link to this comment

Robert Scheer, good work. Sure you could have gone one step further than the implication that the US merely encourages terrorism and point out that we actually fund, direct and execute it too, but hey, great work…we’ll out these people incrementally, lol. We’ll boil them slowly like frogs.

From the comments here I think we can all agree that TruthDig is digging into the truth more and more? They are getting it right, yes? I was thinking, though, that if we don’t make it worth their while, they may print more Washing Post crap, to which I say NOOOOOOOOOOOOO PLEASE JUST WATER-BOARD ME INSTEAD! I clicked the blog / book hive banner on the right but couldn’t find anything to buy, but I got to some very interesting sites off of it, and I will find something to buy from a sponsor of this site, probably a book. I for one am going to click on ads that appear along side of the stories that I like (like this one) and bloody well boycott any product that appears next to anything Waspington Postish.

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By myloUSMC, December 31, 2009 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

OUTRAGED :
THERE is no correct way to define Government . At most it is the best lie by the best person of diversion at the podium at the time.
No news sourse left or right has ever given even 50% of the truth even the film clips and
photographs bear no real item of Face . I am A Marine and when young read the The Iwo Jima flag rasisinghad been done 3 times and the photo we got at the time was posed….. now here we are with 10 years of embedded journalist and 2 Presidents later with the same problems which did in fact exist for the last 40 years who in their right mind would give weapons to another country then take them away the give them more to use against our own troops….
TRUTH if you see it in print use it as toilet paper , if you view it on the Screen consider it a cartoon..if A politician says it just put on ear plugs However if enough. REAL people understand ad talk about it resolve it and make it work call it Democratic .....and A dream…

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By myloUSMC, December 31, 2009 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

OUTRAGED :
THERE is no correct way to define Government . At most it is the best lie by the best person of diversion at the podium at the time.
No news sourse left or right has ever given even 50% of the truth even the film clips and
photographs bear no real item of Face . I am A Marine and when young read the The Iwo Jima flag rasisinghad been done 3 times and the photo we got at the time was posed….. now here we are with 10 years of embedded journalist and 2 Presidents later with the same problems which did in fact exist for the last 40 years who in their right mind would give weapons to another country then take them away the give them more to use against our own troops….
TRUTH if you see it in print use it as toilet paper , if you view it on the Screen consider it a cartoon..if A politician says it just put on ear plugs However if enough. REAL people understand ad talk about it resolve it and make it work call it Democratic .....and A dream…

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By myloUSMC, December 31, 2009 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

Curtis you are on Target… War and the War Machine are what make the Rich more Rich and the public more scared , that if they donot have the wealth of a War , there will be nothing.
(REMEMBER the phrase )  that our most important DISCOVERYS are made during War and the most advances in medicine are made as a result of the Tragic events of WAR)
however I have found that the most creditable advances in Science have been made By Scientest working for years to perfect a solution or deicovery.
I also have found that the Deaths of others does not really make me proud to discover Things like takes 48.3 seconds to bleed out when one young man loose both of his legs….while screaming for his MOTHER/GOD!!!!!!!!!!.......

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By Outraged, December 31, 2009 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

Part 2.

As for Afghanistan, realiable statistics regarding total deaths are hard to come by.  However, there was this statistic at Wiki:

“According to a 2009 BBC poll, 69% of Afghans thought it was at least mostly good that the U.S. military came in to remove the Taliban government while 24% thought it was mostly or very bad. The poll indicated that 63% of Aghans supported a U.S. military presence in the country. By contrast, 90% opposed the presence of Taliban fighters, including 70% who were “strongly” opposed. 58% saw the Taliban as posing the greatest threat to Afghanistan compared to 8% who named the United States. By a 82%-4% margin people said they preferred the current government to Taliban rule. At the same time, just 18% supported increasing the U.S. military’s presence while 44% favored reducing it. However, according to Gallup about half felt that additional U.S. forces would help stabilize the security situation.”

Also from the same link:
“Soon after the 2001 U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan, however, opium production increased markedly. By 2005, Afghanistan had regained its position as the world’s #1 opium producer and was producing 90% of the world’s opium, most of which is processed into heroin and sold in Europe and Russia. Afghan opium kills 100,000 people every year worldwide.

While U.S. and allied efforts to combat the drug trade have been stepped up, the effort is hampered by the fact that many suspected drug traffickers are now top officials in the Karzai government.”

“Afghanistan has suffered extensive human rights violations over the last twenty years. The subsequent civil war brought extensive abuses by the armed factions vying for power. The Taliban rose to power in 1996 and ruled Afghanistan for five years until the U.S. attacks in 2001. They were notorious for their human rights abuses against women.

Women and girls today in Afghanistan suffer high levels of violence and discrimination and have poor access to justice and education, Human Rights Watch concluded in a December, 2009 report. One recent nationwide survey of levels of violence against Afghan women found that 52 percent of respondents experienced physical violence, and 17 percent reported sexual violence. Yet because of social and legal obstacles to accessing justice, few women and girls report violence to the authorities. These barriers are particularly formidable in rape cases.

“The increase in Taliban power has led to increased human rights violations against women in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.[298] According to Amnesty International, the Taliban commit war crimes by targeting civilians, including killing teachers, abducting aid workers and burning school buildings. Amnesty International said that up to 756 civilians were killed in 2006 by bombs, mostly on roads or carried by suicide attackers belonging to the Taliban.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001–present)

Add to that, the fact that the Taliban had no problem dealing with Al-Qaeda.  Today it appears they are one and the same for the most part, however this was not true in the past.  Now that we have a legitimate president and Cheney and Rumsfeldt are not ransacking the world and us with them, the situation needs to be reassessed.  Pres. Obama is adding almost exactly what Gen. Shinseki said would be needed years ago.  It is a bad situation, but there are few good options available today.  This should have been addressed years ago, but it wasn’t.

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By Outraged, December 31, 2009 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

Post 1.

Thought question:  Is it possible for there to be both decent and corrupt people working for the same entity…?  If you think it improbable or impossible, who do you suppose it is that LEAKS sensitive information to journalists regarding corruption?

I sense that most of you think “the government” lies 100% of the time, yet strangely enough it also appears that you feel “the government” should carry out whatever conclusion you’ve reached regarding any specific issue.  What defintion are you using when you say “the government”?

Additionally, what method do most of you use to separate propaganda from truth.  Is it plausible to trust one source and disregard others simply because you don’t like what you hear?

Another question: Why did the U.S. enter WWII?  War is always terrible, but those of you who believe that if we leave them alone everything will be fine are misdirected.  Regarding WWII, from Wiki:

“Estimates for the total casualties of the war vary, due to the fact that many deaths went unrecorded. However, most suggest that some 60 million people died in the war, including about 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians. Many civilians died because of disease, starvation, massacres, bombing and deliberate genocide. The Soviet Union lost around 27 million people during the war, almost half of all World War II deaths. Of the total deaths in World War II, approximately 85 percent were on the Allied side (mostly Soviet and Chinese) and 15 percent were on the Axis side. One estimate is that 12 million civilians died in Nazi concentration camps, 1.5 million by bombs, 7 million in Europe from other causes, and 7.5 million in China from other causes.

Many of these deaths were a result of genocidal actions committed in Axis-occupied territories and other war crimes committed by German as well as Japanese forces. The most notorious of German atrocities was The Holocaust, the systematic genocide of Jews in territories controlled by Germany and its allies. The Nazis also targeted other groups, including the Roma (targeted in the Porajmos), Slavs, and gay men, exterminating an estimated five million additional people. The targets of the Axis-aligned Croatian Ustaše regime were mostly Serbs. The best-known Japanese atrocity is the Nanking Massacre, in which several hundred thousand Chinese civilians were raped and murdered. The Japanese military murdered from nearly 3 million to over 10 million civilians, mostly Chinese. Mitsuyoshi Himeta reported 2.7 million casualties occurred during the Sank? Sakusen. General Yasuji Okamura implemented the policy in Heipei and Shantung.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II

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By john crandell, December 31, 2009 at 2:27 am Link to this comment

Bravo Mister Scheer. Brilliant!

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, December 31, 2009 at 1:47 am Link to this comment

This may be off thread a bit, but I believe that the terrorists are getting exactly what they wanted.  They realize there is no way to directly destroy America.  They couldn’t execute enough terror bombings to cause our government to fail.  But they simply tickled the system and look at all the benefits.  It’s like dropping a small stone in a pond and getting a tsunami.  Talk about return on investment!  And they picked the perfect president(s).  Bush/Cheney went absolutely wild with 2 wars, the complete destruction of our constitution and turned our country (and much of the world) into a police state.  Now they just need to occasionally reprime the pump and the self-destruction will continue unabated.  And please note ... I didn’t say who the “terrorists” are.  That’s for those who believe our government qualifies as a terror organization (as I do on occasion).  Convincing the American people to vote against their best interests is a big part of the program.  Overreaction to the threat is essential for the process to succeed.

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By jack, December 31, 2009 at 12:39 am Link to this comment
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RE: YES I do Worry that I May accidently end up under a SEMI-Truck marked for
private use only…..

We’re still waiting for the investigative article on Truthdig, delving into the facts
surrounding the astronomical improbability of the accidental deaths (within days of
one another and within days of the incident) of 6 of the officers within the
command chain that halted the flight of a B52 from Barksdale AFB to the Middle
East in 2007 — a B52 armed with nuclear tipped cruise missiles.

http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/news/1/2743-the-air-force-cover-up-of-that-minot-barksdale-nuke-missile-flight.html

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By myloUSMC, December 31, 2009 at 12:31 am Link to this comment

cons"piracy” theorist unite either way
(Left or Right)  there is a problem with the U.S. Government
As for comment on Kennedy IT is correctI believe that one single male could have done the DEED. Even Congress 25 yrs late agreed ( after it was too late to do anything)
It will be the same with the current set of events.We will never be able to know what has been going on and to what Extent our Governmet/ and commercial interest are developing relationships which will put each American At RISK….For real AMERICANS THERE IS NO LEFT OR RIGHT THERE IS ONLY
WHAT will be the BEST for OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FUTURE
WE have no future at this time that is of any value.
Stop worring about full body scans, worry about the 6000 orbiting objects capiable of viewing down to 3 inch Resolution from 200 miles up…...WE are ALL enemies of the STATE

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By myloUSMC, December 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

DIAMOND ,  YES I do Worry that I May accidently end up under a SEMI-Truck marked for private use only…..
The truth is that most people donot believe that our Goverment or any Goverment has the power to do what they want and SPIN the tale to their Advantage…..WAG the DOG a funny movie is infact more real than we are led to believe..The power of the people is an illusion…..A figment of an over active sence of worth by “WE THE PEOPLE.” The Apes may yet REIGN over humanity….......
I have the privlige of being old enough that my few freedoms may not be removed before I am Dead and Recycled (SOLYANT GREEN)
Though ,I fear for my children and more so for theirs…“Solutions” are no longer in the mix only partial agreements and poor decisions . each leading to yet another compromise…........

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By diamond, December 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment

Mongomery scott they have to go on pretending. Can you imagine the outcome of them all finally facing the way they were fooled on 9/11? It would mean that Bush and Cheney would have to be arrested and put on trial. Do you think the Pentagon and the rest of the far right would take that lying down? They would not. And since everyone including the media and the entire political culture either was involved or knows perfectly well what went on it would be a major crisis. Then there are the lawsuits and the billions and billions of dollars in damages to be paid to the victims’ families and the damage to America’s self-esteem and standing in the world. The hearings that would result from facing the truth about 9/11 would make the Watergate hearings like like nothing and consume Obama’s presidency. I’m quite sure that Obama has promised not to pursue the perpetrators and if he had not he would not have lived to tell the tale anyway let alone been allowed to win the election.

When people hear Watergate they think Nixon but they forget who actually carried out the burglary: the CIA my friends. The usual suspects, of course. And if the CIA aren’t in this underpants caper up to their boxer shorts then I’ll eat my hat.

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By jack, December 30, 2009 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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re this: THE value of our Military and our intelligence community is nill
when we have to worry whether the guy shooting at us is going to get AN ACLU
lawyer and either have you sued or in prisoned for protecting your Life, Family
and Country.

really?

then this: Fact is that this very communications is being monitered by one
hell of Computer system and you and I are having attempts made on our
privacy and right to Say what we Want.
I have already been told once to shut up and not participate in any forum!!!!!! I
will not Be MUZZELED by anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOD help us


are you sure the real worry isn’t about the day you hear, “sorry, you know too
much”?

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By Samuel, December 30, 2009 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment
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Of course intelligence needs to be actually sifted through to be of any use.  That is where they should be putting their efforts.  But using a body scanner that is an effective strip search on every human entering an airport is insane. 

What about the children?  Ok with screeners seeing your daughter’s privates?

Why stop at airports?  There is nothing saying that terrorism can’t happen elsewhere.  If you want these machines, then you better put them on city streets, in malls, and all over. 

In fact, if we all stayed under house arrest our chances of getting hurt when we left the house would diminish.

Stop trading our liberty for your perceived sense of security.  (Because the loss of liberty is real, the gain in security is an illusion.)

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By plainsman, December 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

“In response to the 9/11 hijackers” . . . by Robert Scheer, allegedly informed journalist (and chief editor for a webzine that purports to drill below the surface to get at the real TRUTH)?

I thought there was some hope when the same Robert Scheer realized that Barack Obama is a fraud. I guess not.

With the exception of TaoWalker and a few others this website is no longer worth the bother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24senZrIjQQ

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By myloUSMC, December 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment

After 30 years working in various intelligence Agencys   and being part of Security Reaction teams . I assure you the reason for our problems are not with the real military , but in the over the top,Civilians who attempt to see the world in a Vanilla ice Cream with cherrys on Top , lets have a party and every one will be fine attitude.
The rest of the Civilians who were too afraid to commit to their country a real part of their lives but want the benifits and accalades..
THE value of our Military and our intelligence community is nill when we have to worry whether the guy shooting at us is going to get AN ACLU lawyer and either have you sued or in prisoned for protecting your Life, Family and Country.
We cannot have it both Ways !!  the actual intelligence Community is paralized with doubt and fear of reprisals not by an enemy but our own GOVERNMENT…
THE MAFIA could run things Better than this . IT is either Right or wrong period . If you get caught trying to kill someone the YOU get executed not put on a plane home or into a mental institution because you believe you will get 21 virgins for killing innoicents…...
WE are no longer a nation of one people but a rat pack looking for the Eazy EAZY EASY Cheese…....
That is my opinion and if my full name were published it would be the end of my career , family and I would be admonished for having an opinion…..(FREEDOM OF SPEeCH ) give me a Break the Fact is that this very communications is being monitered by one hell of Computer system and you and I are having attempts made on our privacy and right to Say what we Want.
I have already been told once to shut up and not participate in any forum!!!!!! I will not Be MUZZELED by anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOD help us
mis spell words it really screws with the monitering systems…...takes each text off line and re routs it to another center for futher evaluation causes 3 times work load

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By MontgomeryScott, December 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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From the author’s point of view, the 9/11 ‘official’ story from Cheney et.al. is verbatim truth; therefore, any subsequent attempts by underwear bombers are to be presumed as motivated by ‘those who wish to do harm to US’.
As usual, this piece of MSM ‘opinion’ is in support of MORE loss of freedom, for all the wrong reasons.
IT IS OBVIOUS that the telltale signs of a false-flag operation are in place:
1) International flight without passport
2) Paid CASH for ticket
3) One-way ticket
4) No checked baggage (flying international, one-way)
5) Had a handler with him at initial departure point, overriding initial denial of boarding by airline employee, directed to ‘supervisor’...as reported by fellow passenger on the flight, behind the ‘suspect’ at the boarding gate
6) Passenger on flight reported to be videotaping entire flight, including the ‘incident’, as reported by eyewitnesses on the flight
7) ‘Suspect’: Appearance of being DRUGGED, as reported by eyewitnesses on the flight

Shall I go on?

This is SIMPLY an excuse for TWO planned actions:
Continued military actions in Yemen, AND, the implementation of FULL BODY SCANNERS in the United States (which would not have stopped this INTERNATIONALLY-originated incident).
QUESTION:
IF the incidents of 9/11 were TRUE as ‘officially reported’, why did we invade IRAQ? 12 of the 19 ‘hijackers’ were foreign nationals from SAUDI ARABIA!
YES, planes flew into buildings (but NOT building 7), and the initial hole in the Pentagon was only 16 feet in diameter, and the SCAR at Shanksville was posted on Google Earth in 1994, the result of a strip-mining operation (I think), and the twin towers collapsed at free-fall speed into their own footprints, instead of just sections of their damaged areas falling asymmetrically onto the street below, and Building 7 also just FELL’, straight down, at about 5:20 in the evening, into ITS’ own footprint, and eyewitness accounts in N.Y. report, by the HUNDREDS, the ancillary incendiaries within the buildings, and such, and on and on, BUT WE the SHEOPLE are to believe that this crazed, lone underwear bomber simply ‘fudged’ his underwear ‘bomb’, and ALL the terrorist WATCHLISTS he was previously posted on were completely ignored, and the tell-tale signs of his suspicious behavior were simply ‘ignored’, so NOW we need full-body scanners WITHIN the UNITED STATES, where the flight did NOT originate from?
Sorry, I’ve gone on too long…

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By Dakotahgeo, December 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

You last few posters are funny, hee hee hee.  Now sober up and put down your beers.  This is serious business we’re talking about.  Re-enlist, please! THEN come back and have a beer.
Get REAL!

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By myloUSMC, December 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

NApalatinothing….. should fear the VETERANS
As we may all just leave America and she would have to wear a very large VAIL to cover her enormus
ego
YES I know I misspelled everything on porpus to get your attention as the apparent condition of the nation has not gotten it ............
Maybe no one can read ..I know they cannot ADD or subtract Either.
Feds surly know how to Add ZEROS THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!
What is after a trillion ? Quad Zillion?
or the END OF A NATION

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By myloUSMC, December 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

what is Really ,Really , REALLY Scarey…......Is this is not the first or even the 10th or the 20th time this has happened… WE are a people of now and look no futher than todays news PAPER(though trash when written) to see the world we donot look,tally(as in Add up) ,learn or even deduce anything from what has been done or taught. We Would Rather Spend our time and Money on A Good Sherlock Holmes movie ... While the really bad guys watch those movies on how to commit the perfect terrorist act or how to ruin a country.
Why should we worry someone else will fix it we are too busy with FUN…......
“SEE YA IN THE FUNNY PAPERS”  Cohen Brothers
:“Oh Brother Where art thou”

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By wildflower, December 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

RE SCHEER: “our stealth fighters and bombers designed to defeat Soviet defenses that were never built are a poor match against a terrorist’s stealth underwear.”

It does defy common sense and makes one wonder, doesn’t it? Has there ever been another time in history when a country declared war on a relatively small group of militant religious radicals who have no country?

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By TAO Walker, December 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

The good news for samosamo, and others here who might be wondering the same thing, is that beneath the disintegrating facade of “america,” Turtle Island is still ALL Indian Country.  Contrary to that cliched “pioneer” paranoia, there isn’t an Indian “behind every Rock and Tree” here.  Every Rock and Tree, and every Native of every Kind, IS an Indian. 

The Way out of the collapsing virtual world-o’-hurt represented 24/7 in the media, tame Sisters and Brothers, and back here into your Natural Habitat, is simply to give to our Mother Earth and Her Living Arrangement your unconditional respect and your undivided precious attention.  There are no “magic words,” no special costumes, no pay-to-play rituals.

Being free and wild is both our natural estate and vitally essential to the fulfillment of our given Organic Function as active components in Her natural immune system.  Captivity is itself a disease CONdition, with all the degenerative symptoms cataloged relentlessly by columnists and commentors alike, here and all over cyber-space and everywhere else in make-believe media-land.

So shrug-off the suffocating shroud of ersatz “individual”-ity, tame Sisters and Brothers, and come back to the Beauty Way of Life Herownself.

HokaHey!

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By mandinka, December 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Of course Sheer does his ‘its bush’s fault not baraks” kabuki dance.
Congress has spent 100’s of billions on sheer nonsense giving states and cities money for terrorism concerns. To date most is stored some where and rotting.
Again barak is totally accountable for this screw up, he appointed 2 women Natalapono and Hilary to their jobs, neither are qualified to be a dog catcher let alone Sec of State and Homeland Security. One is gallivanting all over the world on shopping trips and Gates is now the face of the State Dept and Janet is totally clueless, her statement that she fear Vets more than she feared Al Qaeda
When you are given information 90 days in advance and your only response as president is to play golf, maybe its time for this moron to admit that he’s over his head and needs W to come back as his advisor

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By myloUSMC, December 30, 2009 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment,
and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city.
He infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared…….Cicero, 42 B.C.E.
When will We THE PEOPLE WAKE up of is the
“ENDURING MYTH OF FREEDOM” to be Ravagged by MORE LIES

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By samosamo, December 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

By TAO Walker, December 30 at 6:09 pm
““There’re now a little less than three more years to join us
surviving free wild Human Beings here in Indian Country.”“

Where does one go to join?

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By Marshall, December 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

My understanding is that the full body scanners were held up over privacy issues,
not because the US is too busy fighting wars abroad.

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By Arouete, December 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

Well, I think Scheer sums it up pretty well but something is missing in this analysis. Seems to me that we have heard these government excuses before and not too long ago. With all the information they admit they had (and I mean just what they admit they had) one can reasonably ask if there is purposeful or willful ignorance at work here.

Too cynical?  Remember Lockerbie and Pam Am and notices that went up in the US Embassy in Moscow in the days before the bombing, warning diplomats not to travel on Pan Am flights, and how senior South African figures were hauled off the plane before the flight, almost as if there had been advance warning? Few people are aware of just why Abdul Baset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi (the “Lockerbie bomber”) was freed - because otherwise he’d be allowed to testify and subpoena certain documents for his pending appeal. Rather than allow the appeal (and what it would reveal) a deal was struck.

Michael Collins also tells a similar story about 9/11 in his interview with journalist Susan Lindauer - whose testimony was also prevented by declaring her incompetent to stand trial - unless she were heavily drugged. A crackpot?  Who knows but when your are spending billions on two wars (and now a third?) and must justify the expenditures…. Cancel all the government war contracts and imagine the impact on the economy - we have to manufacture something.

There is “power in nightmares” and perhaps good reason to keep them alive.  I’d like to ou government officials are just simply too stupid and incompetent but that might be exactly what they want us to think. Stupid like foxes?  After 9/11 I wanted to vomit when Congress lined up to say, ‘This was unthinkable .... We had no way of knowing .... Who could think it. Bla, bla, bla.  And the rest of the exculpatory rubbish. Really? History of my lifetimes tells us that fanatics will take airplanes and drive them into aircraft carriers, we know that people will strap bombs on their children and send them into discotheques, and we know fanatics hijack airplanes. We knew all this for decades. So, 2 + 2 + 2 = 0? No reason to know? Duh. I think it might be fair to say they even Obama doesn’t know what the military is doing.

The real reason we are in Afghanistan?  Scheer perhaps puts his finger on it: if all the government contracts were cancelled and made unnecessary the U.S. economy would really tank - after all, aside from vapid propaganda, we have to manufacture something and weapons of mass destruction seem or be all we are capable of producing right now.

FINALLY, DOES ANYONE REALLY READ THESE COMMENTS?

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By Jon, December 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment
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The War on Terror works fine for DOD, the CIA, DHS, the FBI and all those contractors out there who make collectively, billions from the WOT.  The Cold War ended, and DOD et. al. needed another excuse, another justification for their huge, draining budgets.  “Keeping America Safe”?  On 9-11, the military sent the attack jets out to sea.  And last Friday, we saw a man (escorted to the plane by a well dressed man who the FBI refuses to identify) board a plane with no VISA or ID, and yet he was on a watch list, the CIA had been told of him by the man’s father, and the FBI knew of him two years ago.  Yet, he got on the plane with explosives. 

This is not just bungling, this is willful bungling, and my opinion is that it was done to get terror back into the public mind.  Nepolitano was actually right when she said the first time, ‘the system worked,’ because this incident brought ‘terror’ back to everyone’s mind, so we’re scared again.  We will allow full body scans now, and will put up with all sort of new personal privacy invasions, while the real perps will be escorted onto planes by their handlers, the FBI won’t act until after the fact, and the scare will continue. And the contractors and agencies will have their budgets justified.

To DHS, CIA, and FBI, I say, ‘nuts.’

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By TAO Walker, December 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

Someone below noted the obvious “end-game” behavior of the world’s wannabe “ruling” elite.  This may well be the most valuable bit of information “....your huddled masses” could have, here near THE END of Days.

The two-percenters believe theirselfs to be privy to the “script” the lesser orders never see (except in sporadic bits-and-pieces intended to CONfuse) and so are CONfident they’re positioned to weather the shit-storm they know is even now breaking over the virtual world-o’-hurt….since they’ve been wittingly instrumental in unleashing it.  Having staked not only their dwindling half-lives but all their sacred fortunes on this gambit, the plutoligarchy are playing for-keeps.  Their domesticated patsies better get just as dedicated….and that damned quick.

All this waxing wroth over “weaponized” tighty-whities is, as several commenting here obviously realize, just another bit of “strategic misdirection” to distract the suckers from the sleight-of-hand jerking of the very Earth from beneath their feet (by CONtaminating vast stretches of land with the fallout from weaponized “depleted” uranium, for example)....made so much easier by so many of the poor fools being wedded to their “wheels.”  The only Way to “win” here is to quit “playing” (and being played), tame Sisters and Brothers.

There’re now a little less than three more years to join us surviving free wild Human Beings here in Indian Country.

HokaHey!

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By berniem, December 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Alas, although I have tried every avenue possible to deny the obvious, the unescapable fact is that the average, 100% American citizen is functionally ignorant as applies to sociological understanding, the ability to critically evaluate reality, and abstract reasoning. If this is not the case how does one explain the current make-up of our federal govt.?The people who have voted for All of the Republicans and at least 85% of Democrats surely can’t be deep thinkers. With an economy designed to relegate all those not transnationally equipped to eventual penury status, the ever increasing strangle hold of corporate power on every aspect of daily life, and the total disregard of people in favor of a police state dedicated to the protection of property & wealth how can one conclude otherwise? As I’ve stated before, this nation will not replicate the glories of ancient Rome or Egypt; we will be remembered as a flash in the pan such as Assyria and Israel of the Old Testament.

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By mlb, December 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

There’s an easy solution to this problem.  Airline passengers should be required to wear their underwear outside their clothes.  People might not like it at first, but it is a matter of national security after all.

More seriously though, I’m inclined to suspect that recent articles at WSWS.org are onto what really happened:  They could have caught this guy if they wanted to but letting him through had much greater propaganda value.  It would have been even better if those unpatriotic passengers had just let him blow them up, but it still served the purpose: Scare the American people into going along with more murders in more countries for the corporatist interest.  Just like Bush did.  Republicans, Joe Lieberman for instance, wasted no time in calling for more attacks.

Is any American really stupid enough to believe we need 200,000 personnel in Afghanistan to stop 100 rag-tag Al Qaeda operatives?  (It’s now about half soldiers, half contractors.  Come to think of it, gee, Barack, why not just go completely privatized?  Not only would your corporate overlords love it, you could claim we have no troops deployed and make the farce of your Nobel Peace Prize appear less ridiculous to those who don’t know what you’re up to.)

We have to fight them over there, so they don’t attack us here!  Obama’s continuing that Bush strategy, but in light of recent events, I’m starting to think there may be some tiny flaw in the Bush O’bomber reasoning.  Hmmm…  I guess the only way we can win the war on terror and make America safe once and for all is to kill the rest of the world.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

There is some discrepancy over whether Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab had a passport when boarding the plane. But what is not in dispute is that Mutallab had, as some other crack pot said, “gone rogue”, abandoning his life of educated privilege to pursue his own version of apocalyptic, religious fervor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/6896128/Detroit-terror-attack-profile-of-Umar-Farouk-Abdul-Mutallab.html

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By gerard, December 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment

Our economy depends on the military-industrial complex. The MIComplex needs wars to keep going and hire tens of thousands of people who would otherwise be jobless because our society has no other jobs.

Feeding the MIComplex requires constant war and constant fear. It requires enemies and allies. Enemies are “terrorists.”  Allies are those who “help us fight the terrorists.”  Any country (like Yemen) that can prove it has “terrorists” can buy military equipment from the MIComplex to “fight against our terrorists.”  Places like Yemen have thousands of young men without jobs too.  They can be soldiers, funded by the “War on Terror” to fight, which will keep them busy unless they are killed, in which case others . . . What will be the next country to have “terrorists”? and ask for our “help”?

It’s a worldwide revolving door and the only business in town.  It’s international headquarters is Washington, D.C. It needs “terrorists” to keep it going.

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By liecatcher, December 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer’s Columns
The Global War on Stealth Underwear

Another blogger pointed out that if the current charade
were stopped & serious screening done, the Israeli
model would be followed. For example someone paying
thousand of dollars cash for a one way ticket would get
closer attention. Duh !

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By prole, December 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

“The explosives-laden underwear…is not a weapon to be effectively countered with the deployment of hundreds of thousands of American combat troops. Nor can it be stopped by the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of planes, subs and missiles in our arsenal of Cold War-era weapons,”…so just how much then would it cost to outfit hundreds of thousands of troops with explosives-laden underwear? Maybe the circular ‘war on terrorism’ should be fought by the War-on-Terrorism terrorists using the same “weapons of choice” as their elusive foes. It’s perhaps been said too many times before to bear repetition but we all know that our “evildoers”, both those in “our” (if you still believe voting means anything) government, as well as those in some of our infamous client states (also too familiar to require recitation), have been guilty of state terrorism of an order of magnitude that no ad hoc fanatics in death-designer underwear can match. These state terrorists i.e. the Kissingers and Clintons and Bushes and Obamas and Netanyahus of the world are often “the products of the best of Western education”, too. Maybe what we really should be asking is, what is it about the self-designated ‘best and brightest’ that makes them such amoral monsters?! What does the “best of Western education” do to people?!
  The Islamic madrasahs that are so often pilloried in the corporate media and other U.S. government propaganda affiliates, haven’t come within a country mile of breeding the same amount of terrorism that “the best of Western education” has. It is, of course, these overprivileged prigs like the current prissy president, that move so “easily in urbane Western societies”, that are making it nearly impossible for the natives to move in their own Afghan villages without being cut to ribbons. While all the attention of the servile press has been focused on Northwest Airlines’ Detroit-bound Flight 253 the past few days, no one seemed to think it very newsworthy that the Israeli terrorists were at it again in the West Bank this weekend, gunning down three Palestinians in Nablus and three more near Erez. Or that at the same time in Afghanistan, ten civilians - including nine schoolchildren – were slain by US troops, an Afghan MP claims.  No “devastating report in The Washington Post” about our urbane “cosmopolitans of violence” there and elsewhere. Are there any “detectives with brains” out there that can prevent these terrorist attacks on the Afghan and Palestinian homelands???
  “The ballooning of the defense budget after 9/11 has proved a great boondoggle for the military-industrial complex”??!! Rather the opposite, it has proved a great BOON to these insatiable corporate behemoths, enabling them to pig out at the public trough as never before. It has proved a “great boondoggle” for American taxpayers (which may be partly their own fault, if they don’t wake up and do something about it) – but worst of all, it has proved a great bloodbath for “backward villagers whom we falsely depict as surrogates of an evil empire”. Once all these weapons systems are built, they have to be used up somewhere, on someone, so that the Pentagon can hand out medals and their gargantuan shelves restocked with endless new expensive inventory.
  “But our stealth fighters and bombers designed to defeat Soviet defenses that were never built are a poor match against a terrorist’s stealth underwear”…so maybe McChrystal and Petraeus, et.al. can get decked out in the best stealth underwear tax money can buy, and hand over all their pricey high-tech weaponry to the “fanatics”, and then at last maybe they can win our (sic)…their ‘war on terrorism’.

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By BobZ, December 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

Wall Street’s economic terrorism against the U.S. has affected every single
American. They have been far more successful than Osama Bin Laden, in
disrupting our country.

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By dihey, December 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

If someone tells you that Mr. Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to protect ‘us’ from terrorists who plan to blow up airplanes here is one possible answer:

One machine which can scan for hidden packages of explosives costs $100,000. The maintenance of one US soldier in Afghanistan costs $1,000,000 per year. Sending one soldier less buys 10 ‘intrusive’ machines that could have discovered the ‘underwear bomb’. By not sending the 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan one can install 300,000 (!)‘intrusive’ machines at major airports around the world within this coming year. Mr. Obama is fantasizing when he claims that the 30,000 soldiers improve your safety against terrorists. Tell him that this is an opportunity for creating ‘homeland security’ jobs by building the machines here in the US and demanding that all major airports from which planes leave for the US must install these machines and check all passengers for the US with them or no flights to the US.

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By samosamo, December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

The ‘ghost war on terrorism’ is the military industrial financial
religious msm corporate congressional complex and whatever else one wants to add to the plethora of the complex to advance the globalization hegemony that the warlords here in america who use them to be dominate of most of the rest of the world
and all these sectors and institutions that make up this
grandiose complex are their own country unto themselves
with each proudly doing its part and it is that segment of the
people that have bought into this ‘war on terror’ that are the
ones who have basically given up that one essential part to
keeping and maintaining the republic’s democracy and that is
forgoing the ETERNAL VIGILANCE AND OBJECTIONS that are required.

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By Amy, December 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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He got on the plane WITHOUT A PASSPORT!!!! An international flight.  No passport.  How brain-dead do you have to be to start calling for more privacy-invading, degrading scans, when all it would have taken is for some stupid employee to do their goddamn job in the first place?

Face it, we will never be 100% safe.  I am willing to trade a little safety for some dignity and privacy (and the use of my electronics to keep sane on a flight).  The chances of a terrorist attack are about 1 in 10 billion flight hours, much less than your change of dying on the way to the airport.  Crybaby chickens need to just stay home if it scares you so much.  But preserve whatever privacny and dignity we have left.

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By liecatcher, December 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer’s Columns
The Global War on Stealth Underwear  
Posted on Dec 30, 2009

It’s SHOCK DOCTRINE all over again to maintain the
war
psychosis & confound the masses. Shock & awe is
keeping America poor with perpetual war, while the
filthy rich Oligarchs get richer.

Nobody commented on the short sales of airline stocks
this time as was done in anticipation of the 9/11
hoax
murders.

For now the money will flow into the coffers of the
companies making the x-ray screening machines &
radiologically created cancers will skyrocket.

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By felicity, December 30, 2009 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer’s article spells out what anyone with even half of a brain figured out long ago - for the last 9 years America has wasted treasure and lives on a badly conceived and badly written piece of serialized fiction.

On the other hand, for the last 9 years bin Laden etal have strategized a brilliant piece of terrorist truth - take revenge, await retaliation on a massive scale, sit back as world-wide renown draws world-wide worker-bees to the honey of sudden fame.

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By Tony Wicher, December 30, 2009 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Re tropicgirl, December 30 at 2:42 pm

Tropicgirl,

I couldn’t agree more. This was no “breakdown of the system”. This was a deliberately staged incident to justify military intervention in Yemen. That kid was obviously on drugs or hypnotized and had no idea what he was doing. Was it was “Al Qaeda” that did this? Or was it the latest incarnation of our MK-Ultra program. What’s the difference? We are living in a covert military dictatorship. Obama sounds like Bush on steroids.

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By bozhidar balkas, vancouver, December 30, 2009 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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One can call all, some, or just recent US ‘wars’ “unnecessary”, but this [the namecalling]does not adduce an elucidation [knowledge]ab socalled US wars against afpak, palestine, somalia, iraq.

In add’n, when one calls a war an “unnecessary war” one [un]wittingly dichotomizes wars [in case of afgh’n and iraq not even wars but invasions]into necessary and unnecessary wars.
And, nevertheless, we are still on namecalling level and not on level of knowing.

I, of course, prefer, illumination. Children can use namecalling to ‘explain’ ‘wars’, cancer, economics, history, etc.

Calling, ad infinitum, people “terrorists” also does not add to our knowledge. In fact, or close to it, such name calling appears to me perilous because such an activity obnubilates “terrorism”.
On knowledge level, such labeling get’s a minus omega from me.

Dichotomizing terrorism into terrorism [theirs]and into benevolence, necessary interventions, and mass of other namecalling [ours] may sooth the nerves and give people a good sleep, but if US keeps bombing, missiling, assassinating; invading, occupying, dismembering, and puppetizing lands, people will yearn and strive with fury and hatred to hurt the hurters.
Oh my devil! Look what i have discovered! Thanks a lot my devil! Well, we’ve tried god for 20k yrs and look where we are.

About improved or present technology preventing retaliation against us, one must point out that technology divorced from knowledge, cannot ever result in a win-win solution for some americans and most people of the world.

Splitting assunder knowledge [i am leaving it undefined]into technology, psychology, social sciense, psychiatry, warfare, banking, etc., splits assunder in thousand pieces every human being who’s not aware of this ancient practice.

Of course, once one invades a land, a win-win result is forever obviated; precisely, methinks, why a country evades. By invading one bypasses a humane [or about a humane], and political solutions and goes for the jugular one.
tnx

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By faith, December 30, 2009 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Excellent article Mr. Scheer.  You have analyzed and communicated just exactly
what is wrong with President Obama’s inherited, and now expanded war in the
middle east.  Please write an article on what we, americans can do to stop
congress from continuing to borrow money from China to support this debacle.
Thank you again for such a well considered and important article.

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By tropicgirl, December 30, 2009 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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I’m listening right now to the American attorney who was an eyewitness to the
well-dressed Indian man who got the “underwear bomber” on the plane.
During the plane ride a man videotaped the entire situation, with focus on the
Nigerian man the whole time.

The witness is saying right now that the CIA laughed when he suggested that
they present the video.

Time and time again this information is being kept from the American people,
including many blogs today.

I believe this information will eventually come out and that this is yet another
hoax. After all their feigned support for informing the American people, the
blogs are failing miserable today.

More witnesses are coming forth. This was definitely a botched hoax. Finally,
after witnesses insisting, another man has been arrested. But this also is not
coming out in the press.

Can you really justify this apparent censorship?

This was originally reported by several eye-witnessess on CNN. And today on
infowars an eyewitness will go into more detail on what he saw on the radio
show.

Yet the authorities just about ignore this whole situation and apparently have
not questioned the eyewitnesses further.

Here is the video link… You can also get it at CNN.

http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-eyewitness-re...

Sorry to say, this whole thing stinks like 911. I just wish someone would do
some actual investigative reporting rather than assist in duping the American
people (again). There were many witnessess like this after 911 who were never
contacted again.

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By dihey, December 30, 2009 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

Indeed, all of these ‘wars’ are in reality self-permitted police actions. Now why would they be called wars instead of police actions? Because the rules of what a policeman can do are different of what soldiers can do. Policemen simply are not allowed to be as trigger-happy as soldiers. Policemen are certainly not allowed to blindly use artillery/bombs/rockets against targets whose occupants they have not established as dangerous. The indiscriminate use of drone bombings is one of the reasons why the German government has recently reclassified its participation in Afghanistan from police-action (protecting the Afghan locals) to war. From now on a German General who orders the drone-killing of civilians on information provided by US intelligence can no longer be easily recalled to stand trial in court.

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By M Henri Day, December 30, 2009 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

Alas, «detectives with brains» are, as Mr Scheer hints in the above, far less profitable for the military-industrial-political complex than «generals with firepower». So the United States government, which is dedicated to the interests of that complex, will continue to devote the country’s resources to the latter, until these resources are exhausted and the country bankrupt….

Henri

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By Dakotahgeo, December 30, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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“Every time we blow up someone with a predator missile or kill an innocent during one of our firefights, we create more terrorists who rightly understand that we, the shining city on the hill, are the real enemy.  When, I wonder, will we grow a brain and understand that we have no right to mess with their lives or to tell them how they should behave.  Leave them alone and they will stop trying to blow us up.” C.Curtis.Dillon.
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The answer is quite simple. We don’t have enough jobs now to keep the population working. What would we do with the 100’s of thousands of military and the huge military-industrial complex employees that would then be jobless. It only gets worse. The day will come, yea, it may well be here that when our enemies REALLY get nasty, we will not have the time to check peoples’ underwear, no matter how many security personnel we have. Then it will be too late for everyone… rich or poor. Sad. They are already here, I fear.

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By tropicgirl, December 30, 2009 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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What is MUCH MORE important here is WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
UNCONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-DRESSED INDIAN MAN, in Amsterdam, that
accompanied the NIgerian man, insisting he get on the plane without a
passport. When rejected at the gate, he insisted he speak with authorities,
which, apparently, let it all happen.

This was originally reported by several eye-witnessess on CNN. And today on
infowars an eyewitness will go into more detail on what he saw on the radio
show.

Yet the authorities just about ignore this whole situation and apparently have
not questioned the eyewitnesses further.

Here is the video link… You can also get it at CNN.

http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-eyewitness-revelations-confirmed-fbi-
cover-up-of-flight-253-attack/

Sorry to say, this whole thing stinks like 911. I just wish someone would do
some actual investigative reporting rather than assist in duping the American
people (again). There were many witnessess like this after 911 who were never
contacted again.

Apparently it is so easy to get the fear machine going, especially if you are
wanting to start new wars. Just blame the usual subjects. It worked so well in
Iraq. People really need to face the manipulation here and grow up. Put the gun
down and get off the porch, if you will…

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By Robert, December 30, 2009 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab


A Must See Short Video

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Click on link to watch who these “Terrorists ???” really are? Have you seen them on CNN ... FOX NEWS?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsUtvOW6SR0

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By jazzcreature, December 30, 2009 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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For any looking a little deeper check out http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/flight_253_passenger_says_at_l.html    CIA?

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By FRTothus, December 30, 2009 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Only when this fiction of hijackers with box-cutters is finally exposed for the myth that it is, only when we understand that the real “evil-doers” (what a ridiculous name) reside within the American Reich, occupy high office, and who are “highly mobile fanatics” “with valid passports, visas and money” who can ensure that whatever happens, no serious evaluation of “our own intelligence data,” much less the overwhelming evidence of 9/11 (as well as London’s 7/7) as an inside job, is ever allowed to occur, will we ever begin to approach the character and goals of the US War of Terror, namely “the ballooning of the defense budget” and the benefits to the taxpayer-supported military-industrial complex (aka, National Socialism), coupled with the roll-back of democratic rights and civil liberties.

“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

“No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.”
(William Blum)

“If fascism ever came to the United States, it would be wrapped in an American flag.”
(Huey Long)

“While vast sums of money are being siphoned off into hidden [military] coffers, Americas schools, hospitals and public services are facing cutbacks and closures.”
(Representative Henry Waxman)

“The United States is a society in which people not only can get by without knowing much about the wider world but are systematically encouraged not to think independently or critically and instead to accept the mythology of the United States as a benevolent, misunderstood giant as it lumbers around the world trying to do good.”
(Robert Jensen)

“If the U.S. really believes that supporting terrorists makes you as guilty as the terrorists themselves, then it would have to put on trial most of its military and political leadership over the last handful of administrations, and more.”
(Peter McClaren)

“The media want to maintain their intimate relation to state power. They want to get leaks, they want to get invited to the press conferences. They want to rub shoulders with the Secretary of State, all that kind of business. To do that, you’ve got to play the game, and playing the game means telling their lies, serving as their disinformation apparatus.”
(Noam Chomsky)

“A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force.”
(William Blum)

“Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge, and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what is going on.”
(Michael Parenti)

“The United States is the greatest threat to world peace, and has been for a long time, and not merely because it is the world’s only superpower. Equally important, the United States is also far more disposed to use its power than any other powerful nation currently is. Though Americans are culturally and emotionally blind to the fact, the mere intrusion of US power is, in and of itself, destabilizing.”
(T.D. Allman)

“Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth.”
(Mark Crispin Miller)

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By heavyrunner, December 30, 2009 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Obama (Big Brother) should be giving speeches where he excoriates the Senate for blocking health care reform in the form of HR-676, single-payer, Medicare for all.  If the guy had blown up the plane 300 people would have died.  Someone dies every 7 minutes because of lack of access to health care and every 3 minutes due to “medical mistakes.”

So in one day, as many people die because of the need for reform of American health care as would have been killed in the plane disaster had it occurred.

But those deaths apparently are not worth mention as solving those problems involves standing up to Wall Street and Insurance monopolies. 

Some idiot, by the way, will always be able to sneak plastic explosives on an airplane.

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By tropicgirl, December 30, 2009 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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What is MUCH MORE important here is WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
UNCONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-DRESSED INDIAN MAN, in Amsterdam, that
accompanied the NIgerian man, insisting he get on the plane without a
passport. When rejected at the gate, he insisted he speak with authorities,
which, apparently, let it all happen.

This was originally reported by several eye-witnessess on CNN. And today on
infowars, an eyewitness will go into more detail on what he saw, on the radio
show.

Yet the authorities just about ignore this whole situation and apparently have
not questioned the eyewitnesses further.

Here is the video link… You can also get it at CNN.

http://www.infowars.com/bombshell-eyewitness-revelations-confirmed-fbi-
cover-up-of-flight-253-attack/

Sorry to say, this whole thing stinks like 911. I just wish someone would do
some actual investigative reporting rather than assist in duping the American
people (again). There were many witnessess like this after 911 who were never
contacted again.

Apparently it is so easy to get the fear machine going, especially if you are
wanting to start new wars. Just blame the usual subjects. It worked so well in
Iraq. People really need to face the manipulation here and grow up.

Its pathetic and embarassing to talk about young men with firecrackers in their
underwear when there is a much more serious agenda here.

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By nategold, December 30, 2009 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

I would not be surprised if this were a CIA black op, and you will never find out
about it.  Google Kurt Haskell, a passenger who saw the suspect and a well
dressed Indian man together in with that man talking to the airline people at the
gate in Amsterdam saying that AbdulMutallab didn’t have a passport (from Sudan
“we do that all the time”) and being sent to a supervisor.  See if the CNN video is
still online or has been removed.  This *was* reported on NPR and local Detroit
media.  But this account is a **big deal**.

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By jonathonk99, December 30, 2009 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

Ugh..

“But our stealth fighters and bombers designed to defeat Soviet defenses that
were never built are a poor match against a terrorist’s stealth underwear.”

Simply put, if we were to stop wasting billions of tax dollars on WMD’s and over
seas adventures to test them then the cycle would be over.  And that’s basically
the last thing the pentagon wants is for the cycle to be over.  There job is to
ensure that we keep terror to appear a real possibility.  And so we get the
Flight 253 debacle. 

But I guess Robert Shneer’s attitude is that this was merely a strategic blunder,
something that must be corrected.  In other words, we must tighten our self-
defense belt while the system carries out it’s function.

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By SoTexGuy, December 30, 2009 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

Little has changed since 9/11. Lots of money has been spent with choice contractors for futuristic technology and so on. And we do see more uniforms and guns at airports! .. The situation on the ground and in the air that allowed that tragedy to happen is still in place and growing worse. That is; there are too many planes in the air and too many people flying. Probably by about half.

Our airways are a huge and risky marathon juggling event. All facilitated by direct and indirect public (tax) subsidies. It’s a cozy deal that the air carriers and frequent fliers now enjoy. If the people flying had to pay those costs, including security and infrastructure there would be real positive change. Change that in the long run would include reasonable fares.

When the Twin Towers went down we all felt bad and giving truck-loads of tax dollars to the families of the victims made us feel a little better. But what is terrorism? some kind of macabre lottery? If your dad dies you win! Instead of public payments, or at least in addition to such, the air carriers should have been sued into purgatory. Exposed to financial annihilation more emphasis would be placed on safety of all types and less on cattle-car air runs.

Fewer planes, fewer flights, fewer passengers. That’s the answer… and not just to security concerns.. Think Climate change abatement.. and if the airports were closed after dark daily the value of some big chunks of real estate in major metropolitan centers would take off!

Sure the USAF would still be around for real threats in the air.. the day to day stuff on the ground should be handled by the providers. If the big airlines we have now can’t do the job they will fold. Someone else will step in and fly planes and people safely and profit from it..

I’m not sure why all the people who hate big government and worship private enterprise haven’t gotten behind this idea already.

Have a great New Year.

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By TomSemioli, December 30, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

The government’s job isn’t to protect its people, it’s to secure more military contracts.

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By trthfghtr, December 30, 2009 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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Ha, ha, ha, you so funny.  There is no “War on Terrorism” because there are no terrorists, other than false flag operators. 

How come our borders aren’t secure, how come there are garbage containers on the streets, how come checked luggage still isnt’ 100% checked (and wasn’t at all for a year after 9/11), and luggage on buses and trains is not checked at all?  Because there are only minimal outside threats.

The “bombing attempt” by this mentally ill patsy could not possibly have destroyed the plane.  However it could indeed grease the war preparations for war in Yemen, further erode our constitution and further constrain the populace to lives of frightened sheep. 

9/11 truth is the litmus test of our era of true and government sponsored progressives.  Stalin:  “How do you control dissent?  You lead it.”

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By Mike K., December 30, 2009 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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The war against Terrorism is much different than the war agaist Communism we expected to fight. It is true that these very primitive terrorists are using weapons that are hard to find. Our government has to be more vigilant.

But one fact that you haven’t talked about very much is true. THEIR HAS NOT BEEN A SUCCESSFUL TERRORIST ATTACK ON USA SOIL SINCE 9/11. Give credit were credit is due.

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By omop, December 30, 2009 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

Could the “Global War on Stealth Underwear” started way back a decade ago
be compared to what an unkwnon gambler in Reno is quoted as telling a
player?

  to wit;- “if by the third hand of the poker game, you have not figured out who
the patsy is…it must be you”.

  “You” in this scenario must be US.

  Cause 304 million or more Americans are, according to several financial
experts, staring at total obligations of US $115 TRILLION. America’s debt-to-
GDP ratio is off the charts the experts claim.

  One can only wonder with ongoing “wars” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen,
Pakistan, Somalia, and the demands of the Israelis to invade Iran COUPLED to
over 25 million unemployed Americans, people losing their homes, inadequate
health care;-while Isreal along with Pakistan, Egypt, etc,. are still able to get
their $ 3 to 4 billion a year from US taxpayers.

  Obviously then whats needed is more focusing on incoming “underwear”.

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By thecrow, December 30, 2009 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

Yes, boxcutters and trick underwear do not justify a $700 Pentagon budget. We get that, Mr. Scheer.

The rest is off-the-shelf gatekeeping rubbish:

“They can count on our top government officials ignoring blinking red warnings, as the Bush White House did before 9/11”

Check, the Bush/Cheney “incompetence” theory.

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/the-protection-racket/

“The ballooning of the defense budget after 9/11 has proved a great boondoggle for the military-industrial complex, which suddenly found an excuse to build weapons and deploy conventional forces against a superpower enemy that no longer exists”

Funny how that works out, isn’t it?

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/lies-on-the-horizon/

Why not write a column about US oil interests in the Niger Delta and how Western oil giants control the Nigerian banks, Mr. Scheer?

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/let-the-right-one-in/

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By Mike3, December 30, 2009 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

A very good article that more or less says it all. Scheer implies that the government has still not got it and he’s right. Man is born free and is everywhere in thermal underwear, but perhaps the stealth variety is warmer? This will justify the tightening of the Patriot Act, another flight of jet attack aircraft and the sending of those 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan.

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By nategold, December 30, 2009 at 5:35 am Link to this comment

Right on to the folks who note that the real problem is what the U.S. does around
the world.  Stop this, and terrorism stops.  War **is** terrorism, and the U.S.
government is the largest terrorist entity in the world.  Scheer needs to note this.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2009 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

montanawildhack’s comment gets to the problem here. There are some things being done in this world that are so wrong (on the ultimate humane level) that engaging in some civil “progressive” discussion about them, only reveals how automated the participants have become. This is the one year anniversary of the Gaza atrocity, which President Obama supported, has now been relegated to that famous dust bin of unrecognized history, conveniently revealed by the U.S. House vote to not even look at, let along consider, the findings of the U.N. Goldstone Report.
There is no war. Only the murderous actions of American hegemony, that are in fact continuous, combined with the primitive attempts to strike back by those under attack, and nihilists from privileged backgrounds who have absorbed the delusional fury of religious absolutism.
With the Big 3 desert God religions, there is ample supply of that nonsense to go around. But here in the Corporate-Government media world, much time is spent on Islamic extremism. But very little is said about the rabbis embedded with the IDF, who tell their Israeli recruits that destroying their enemies is God’s work. Nor does anyone sense any irony when it was reported that during Gulf War I, General Schwarzkopf had a copy of the Bible next to his bedside. It seems that “Stormin’ Norman” took his military instructions from the Most High.
Religious extremism? It seems that too many people are walking around believing they are the flail of the Lord.

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By jack, December 30, 2009 at 5:04 am Link to this comment
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a terrorist’s stealth underwear leaves the door wide open for arty commentary - nice work
PSmith

but seriously, Robert, the best of Western education who, as examples ranging from the lead
9/11 hijackers
— are we talking about Atta the cat torturer, lover of lap dances, kamikazies
and bimbos; student of the Defense Language Institute at Monterey? Common, Robert, it’s spelled
P-A-T-S-Y.

as for The technology that could help detect a sophisticated plane hijacker or suicide bomber
has been largely botched in development and only halfheartedly deployed even when it is available
+ our top government officials ignoring blinking red warnings,
— incompetence, Part I of the
coverup du jour

And Part II: Yes, there are evildoers out there that mean us harm…rootless cosmopolitans of
violence, alienated from any stated homeland and free to move easily about the world…
— in
short, Blow Back

Yes, Incompetence and Blow Back — our dedicated boys and girls try so hard to do good in the
world — true blue Americans they are; but,  just can’t stop all that evil out there…

Robert, snap out of it! Get a Clue! The 9/11 Coup! Here, put it on while moping the floor —
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7408508582302540857#

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By ardee, December 30, 2009 at 4:01 am Link to this comment

Is it a coincidence that our every action actually increases the ranks of those we label “terrorists”?

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, December 30, 2009 at 2:28 am Link to this comment

This whole thing is just too stupid to even comprehend.  We are stuck in a time warp where the evil empire still exists and we just need to build bigger and smarter (and vastly more expensive) weapons to fight them.  Why didn’t we blow this guy up with one of our $320 million dollar F-22 super fighters?  How about launching a ballistic missile to take him out?  Don’t worry about collateral damage from the nuclear explosion ... the blast would have been awesome, wouldn’t it?  The neocons would have been in ecstasy.  And all those red-necks would have been pumping their Budweiser beer bottles while waving their American flags at the display of our power.

Every time we blow up someone with a predator missile or kill an innocent during one of our firefights, we create more terrorists who rightly understand that we, the shining city on the hill, are the real enemy.  When, I wonder, will we grow a brain and understand that we have no right to mess with their lives or to tell them how they should behave.  Leave them alone and they will stop trying to blow us up.

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