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The New Shot Heard Around the World

In the Boston, Massachusetts subway system (the "T") about every 10 minutes you will hear a loudspeaker announce management's bright idea called the "If you see something, say something" campaign. In other words a bunch of political hacks hired by the state transportation authority suddenly found themselves empowered by 911, and sat around in their watering holes with their fat public paychecks and thought of ways to inconvenience the public so it would LOOK like they were doing something about terrorism, rather than adopting truly effective measures.

The announcement which blares out over the loudspeakers in the subway repeatedly goes "If you see any suspicious activity, call the transit police immediately. Remember, if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING." Doubtless the hack who thought of that one thought it worthy of Madison Avenue and they tilted another few Heinekens to celebrate it.

Here at last is the heart of the Tyner shot heard around the world. Is the government interested in keeping us safe? Or keeping us scared, humiliated, and obedient? Why isn't cargo hold baggage on airliners given the same screening carry-on luggage is? Why are SWAT teams with dogs deployed to sniff passengers on commuter rails in Boston (I don't know about elsewhere) while you can sneak up to the edge of many major chemical or nuclear power plants without much trouble? The question is not whether or not security measures are necessary in this country, but whether national, state, and local governments give a good GD about security and instead have been reveling in the heady powers of forcing blind, withering obedience at the risk of being shot on the spot.

Believe me, if a terrorist ever tries to hit, he's not going to be dressed in a Jihadi outfit complete with black headband. That's a cartoon. And that's what the government is interested in, the power of the cartoon.

If the government was interested in real security it would secure the borders, not least by repealing NAFTA which put Mexican corn farmers out of business which is one big reason they are streaming across looking for work. The fewer people trying to cross, the easier it is to catch those few who are here for dire purposes. Beef up border security, yes, but also get to the root causes of the epidemic, like recalcitrant corporate employers who like the cheap labor and forced-down wages for Americans, who like things just the way they are and pay the politicians to NOT solve the problem. I'll crack down on illegal immigrants as hard as anyone else, but I refuse to blame a bunch of half-starved poor people for the country's problems.

Last but not least stop maxing out the Chinese credit card on foreign adventures which make us no safer, and have driven the country to bankruptcy (the military is the single largest discretionary spending item in the US budget.) A congressional committee report says we are the ones keeping the Taliban in Afghanistan in business, through protection payments to keep them from attacking military supply convoys. That's like trying to put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson told us to beware of "foreign entanglements," and take care of bees-wax right here at home. Rand Paul has said if we are going to balance the budget, military spending must be "on the table." Truth-teller Ron Paul had the gall to say the un-sayable in a debate in 2008, that they don't attack us because we are free, but because "we've been over there..." That got Rudy Giuliani's underwear all bunched in a wad.

The late Howard Zinn asked a similar question: if they attack people who are rich and free, why aren't they attacking...Denmark? They are as free and probably richer than us now if you consider solvency. Answer: they don't have a CIA and military which has been going around the world messing with people for 60 years.

Everyone waiting for the subway in Boston now always has the same joke about "reporting anything suspicious." We all want to tell the announcer that the only thing that's suspicious around here is you, buddy.

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Bingo!

Yep; I agree.

Hats off to you

Nice statement!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

great point!

I was wondering this very thing the other day when I flew with a friend of mine in his private plane. There is absolutely no security at all. You fly in, land, get out of your plane and leave. The only question we were asked is how long are we going to be there and if we wanted the fuel topped off before we left.

Just across the airport everyone else was being fondled, harrassed and scanned in order to enjoy the "privilage" of traveling.

This TSA thing is scary for the very reason you're meantioning. It has no basis in security, it is only focused on harrassing the public while leaving gaping holes in actual security processes.

now forward to Ron

maybe R.P. was tired, but he could have used this kind of rhetoric selling his new bill - American Traveler Dignity Act.

Repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the 16th amendment - sound money for our communities and out of Washington, DC.
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excellent post!

...jml

you are too correct...isn't that sad?

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

There is no way to profile

A person that has made plans to do damage to any institution,Or transit.I am sure they are not as inept as we think.They will look just like your dad or uncle.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Right. Ron Paul the Truth-teller had the gall to

say the un-sayable in a debate in 2008, that they don't attack us because we are free, but because "we've been over there..." That got Rudy Giuliani's underwear all bunched in a wad.

The late Howard Zinn asked the similar question: if they attack people who are rich and free, why aren't they attacking...Denmark? They are as free and probably richer than us now if you consider solvency. Answer: they don't have a CIA and military that goes around the world f-ing with people.

God bless the truth-tellers.

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
-- Muhammad Ali

They in all probability are now *more* free.

I'm sure glad to be a dual citizen: a citizen of the USA and a citizen of Heaven.

But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

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Absolutely correct and now we have a goal to strive for

If we can all get along long enough to do it.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.