Archive for July 22nd, 2007

The greatest threat now is “a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities.” — Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, CBS, April 15, 2007

After reading this article at Rense (http://www.rense.com/general77/chens.htm) I had a momentary flash of pre-cognition, or was it indigestion from last night’s beer and pretzels? I’m not sure because I don’t think I’m psychic. Any way, earlier I read where the West Coast was going to be the next target of terrorist attacks. This doesn’t make sense to me since San Francisco and L.A. have been so demonized in America it probably wouldn’t galvanize us to war with them; them being the forces of evil, and us being the righteous soldiers of God. Then again there is a large Mexican and Central American population in L.A. They are the potential new recruits, and there is nothing worse than a Mexican vendetta. Still as heinous as that would be many Americans might just view it as a solution to the illegal alien problem.

Getting back to my pre-cognition, or was it the after glow of my Sunday morning Bloody Mary, if there were to be a terrorist attack, either real or false flag, it wouldn’t be on the West Coast. It would be in the heartland, somewhere near or in the evangelical Bible belt where obsolete technology still dominates the landscape. Since of course the next terrorist attack will be nuclear according to Cheney’s gut feeling, probably Iranian enriched plutonium. Somewhere where people feel especially safe, because it’s in God’s country. Somewhere where the staunch supporters of the Iraq war and this administration reside. What better way to galvanize the people into the next world war than to strike the people who feel they are removed from the real threat? What better ways to start the next crusade than to have attacked fundamentalist Christians with fundamentalist Muslims? Besides you’ll still need L.A., i.e., Hollywood to make all those upcoming war propaganda films, like “Allah, the real threat to ‘IN GOD WE TRUST'”.

Note: On Tuesday President Bush will make a speech at the Charleston Air Force Base.

Greystone – A common laborer.

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By JEFF KOSSEFF

 

c.2007 Newhouse News Service

WASHINGTON — Constituents called Rep. Peter DeFazio’s office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure “bubbleroom” in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents.

On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.

“I just can’t believe they’re going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack,” DeFazio said.

Homeland Security Committee staffers told his office that the White House initially approved his request, but it was later quashed. DeFazio doesn’t know who did it or why.

“We’re talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America,” DeFazio said. “I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee.”

Bush administration spokesman Trey Bohn declined to say why DeFazio was denied access: “We do not comment through the press on the process that this access entails. It is important to keep in mind that much of the information related to the continuity of government is highly sensitive.”

Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he “cannot think of one good reason” to deny access to a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.

“I find it inexplicable and probably reflective of the usual knee-jerk overextension of executive power that we see from this White House,” Ornstein said.

This is the first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. DeFazio has asked Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to help him access the documents.

“Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right,” DeFazio said.

Say “When.”

I’m so afraid of terrorism, I can’t sleep. How unsafe are we?

Terrorism is violence calculated to create an atmosphere of fear and alarm. It often works.

Terrorist attacks are deadly, dramatic, and visual; how many times have we watched the World Trade Center’s towers fall? And the terror is reinforced by a relentless message of fear in the form of Washington’s color-coded alerts and announcements of imminent attack.

The terrorist threat is real, but we must distinguish between threats to our national security and danger to individual citizens—us. The threat we face as individuals is minuscule compared with the everyday risks we accept. Each year the average American has about a one in 7,000 chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident, and a one in 18,000 chance of being murdered, most likely by a relative or friend. Compare that to about a one in 600,000 chance of dying at the hands of terrorists. Yet, are we ready to toss the keys to the car? Avoid the family picnic? No.

As a nation, we will combat terrorism. As individuals, it is up to us to combat terror—our own—by putting terrorist fears in perspective.

— Brian Michael Jenkins, senior advisor on terror and homeland security for the RAND Corporation