There is an old African saying that "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you."
I am reminded of this simple fact by reading just current newspapers. Everywhere we look, we are being reminded by our leaders that we have enemies out there. In reality the worst enemies almost all of us have are within us.
The most un-surprising story is the shocking revelation that our own President, George W. Bush not only clearly LIED to us to start a war, he was even actually authorizing Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney to secretly leak CLASSIFIED information to the media, all for the sake of promoting false reasons to go to war in Iraq and to discredit people opposed to the war.
People, this is a serious issue. This is the PRESIDENT of the United States, our so-called Commander in Chief - who of course never actually showed up for combat duty when the nation needed him. His father was HEAD of the CIA. He should know how important it is to keep classified NATIONAL information safe. He is the one who was all bent out of shape when someone merely leaked to us AMERICANS that OUR government was ILLEGALLY tapping our phone calls and email messages.
THAT man is the one who wanted to make a bigger fool out of us by declaring he would not tolerate leaks to the media and would get to the bottom of the leaks that took place.... THAT man, that PRESIDENT, is actually the one who PERSONALLY AUTHORIZED the leaking of CLASSIFIED documents to the PRESS! Just so people could be misled into believing the false reasons he and Dick Cheney were giving to start a war in Iraq that had NOTHING to do with OUR security, nothing to do with 9/11, nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction.
3000 Americans died on 9/11 because a warning to the President about use of aeroplanes by terrorists was ignored on September 10. Now 2400 MORE Americans are dead with no end in sight in Iraq, even according to George W. Bush himself we may be there for years to come.
In the meantime, we are claiming to be fighting to spread freedom around the world but our government is working hard to take away the freedoms that make us AMERICA. Bush and his administration say it is perfectly OK for them to keep ANY American in detention FOREVER even without being charged with committing a crime. They also say it is OK for the government to listen, to tap, international phone conversations of Americans without any Court order.
For those of my fellow Americans who suffer from Ostrich mentalities, the ones who email me and comment on my web site that this only applies to a FEW terror suspects.... I say, get your heads out of the sand. Attorney General Gozales today has declared that it is ALSO OK for the government to now wiretap, to secretly listen, to calls we Americans make to each other WITHIN AMERICA. In other words, our government now has the SAME power over our personal and private lives as the Communists in China, the Fascists in Cuba and North Korea, the Idiotollah™ in Iran, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the KGB in the old Soviet Union had over their citizens.
This is the Bush way of spreading freedom around the world... by taking away ours. And this is just the start. I have been saying this for years, THIS is how tyrannies start. THIS is how DICTATORS establish themselves. This is what is happening here.
We are being told about shadowy enemies like Bin Laden out there, but instead of focussing on finding that one man and his team, we have been led into a never-ending non-specific, war on terror and a dumb, stupid, illegal and bloody war in Iraq. Democrats, Congress, Senators, politicians are all basically quiet, either too afraid or too confused or too lame or too worried about their elections to stand up and save us, save us from our real enemies, the enemies within.
Enemies like Nazism, Fascism, Communism, Terrorism, etc. will all always be defeated by our ideals, our incredible freedoms. The only real enemy we, you my fellow Americans, and I, need to, HAVE to stand up and stop is the enemy within, a group of people leaking our national secrets for its political gain, starting wars for its financial gains, and stealing our RIGHTS, our FREEDOMS, for its power and control... that enemy within is the current administration and its policies.
Just remember the old African saying, When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
Let me know your thoughts and comments at IMRAN.COM . And Dont miss next week's episode of In My Humble Opinion when we discuss MUSLIMS GONE WILD™. Until then this is Imran Anwar signing off.
I think it is naive to think the govt hasn't been listening to our converations for as long as they've had the ability to listen to them...It's what they do with it afterwards that is at issue...Privacy is an illusion...If you a wireless phone in your home, any elmer with $99 can be listening to your conversation...Why are you upset if the government does it?...By the way, you're the one sending the signal to them, they don't have to do anything special to get it...If you don't throw your wireless phone away today, stop bitchin'...JMHO...
Imran, you should wait until all the facts come out before allowing the main stream media and its toppling liberal agenda to steer you wrong.
By now you can see in both cases of wiretaps and de-classification that President Bush was within his constitutional limits to enact both things without violation. The President IS the declassification authority and did things properly. No ONE in the Congress can show where he was outside the law in regards to the Al-Qaeda aimed wiretapping.
So.....? What do you say now. You don't like him, personally, for whatever small, selfish, emotional reasons, but he is not the bad guy you are trying to smear him as....
Your apology at your haste is accepted.
Chase, you and the neocons just don't get it, or like Microsoft, you just find obfuscation the only way to deal with topics. Bush broke the law in ordering taps. Sure, Bush can declassify and turn the CIA into a public park as President. THAT is not the issue, the issue is his choosing to declassify KNOWN FALSE info to ATTACK and EXPOSE a CIA agent for her husband's opposition to his war in Iraq.
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