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As if by reflex, state managers plead ‘security’ to justify their programs. The plea rarely survives scrutiny. We regularly find that security threats are contrived – and … sometimes believed – to induce a reluctant public to accept overseas adventures or costly intervention in the domestic economy. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy introduction
Also understandable is the otherwise rather mysterious fact that security policy has been only weakly correlated with realistic security concerns. Threats have regularly been concocted on the flimsiest evidence and with marginal credibility at best. ibid. pp23-24
More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood tests, and urinalysis of any person arrested before he is charged with a crime. A law making it unlawful to resist even unlawful arrest. Laws establishing detention camps for potential subversives. Gun control laws. Restrictions on travel. The assassinations, you see, establish the need for such laws in the public mind. Instead of realizing that there is a conspiracy, conducted by a handful of men, the people reason – or are manipulated into reasoning – that the entire population must have its freedom restricted in order to protect the leaders. The people agree that they themselves can’t be trusted. Robert Anton Wilson, The Eye in the Pyramid
And there are other companies like Kroll as well. There’s T&M Protection run by Robert Tucker. Tucker! Tucker met with O’Neill and Hauer the night before 9/11. They had drinks at Elaine’s. There’s Strang-Hayes Consulting. There’s Wackenhut Corporation. Then there’s CTC International. The Cohen Group. Then there’s Stratesec formerly called SecuraCom. Stratesec also had a contract to do security at the World Trade Centre. SecuraCom also had security contracts for Dulles International Airport and United Airlines. And remember, United had two planes crash on 9/11. And one of those planes came from Dulles. Now, the interesting thing about SecuraCom is that from 1993-2000 one of its principle shareholders was a man by the name of Marvin Bush! Who Killed John O'Neill?
‘Yussuf Islam, once known as the singer Cat Stevens, has been refused entry to the United States; he’s apparently regarded as a threat to US national security. Really? On what evidence?’ BBC Newsnight 22 September 2004, cited Alan Yentob, Imagine … The Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens, BBC 2006
The fundamental dilemma is this: how do we reconcile liberty with security in this new world ... Let liberty at last stand up for the law-abiding citizen in this country. Tony Blair
We know we need strict controls in a changing world. Tony Blair
Most people want security in this world, not liberty. H L Mencken
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure. Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies 1945
Freedom is being lost in Britain. The land of Magna Carta is now the land of secret gagging orders, secret trials and imprisonment. The government will soon know about every phone call, every email, every text message. Police can wilfully shoot to death an innocent man, lie and expect to get away with it. Whole communities now fear the state. The foreign secretary routinely covers up allegations of torture; the justice secretary routinely prevents the release of critical cabinet minutes taken when Iraq was illegally invaded. The litany is cursory; there is much more ...
Freedoms are being lost in Britain because of the rapid growth of the ‘national security state’. This form of militarism was imported from the United States by New Labour. Totalitarian in essence, it relies upon fear mongering to entrench the executive with venal legal mechanisms that progressively diminish democracy and justice. ‘Security’ is all, as is propaganda promoting rapacious colonial wars, even as honest mistakes. Take away this propaganda, and the wars are exposed for what they are, and fear evaporates. Take away the obeisance of many in Britain’s liberal elite to American power and you demote a profound colonial and crusader mentality that covers for epic criminals like Blair. Prosecute these criminals and change the system that breeds them and you have freedom. John Pilger, War Comes Homes to Britain, article New Statesman; viz website
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. Thomas Paine
Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back. Bill Gates
A matter of internal security: the age-old cry of the oppressor. Star Trek: The Next Generation s3e11: The Hunted, Picard
The idea is to create a situation where the people are so frightened of the violence all around them that they will throw their hands up in the air and demand, Federal Government, do something! And the only choice open will be martial law. Jerry Kirk, former Black Panther & US Communist party
The Uniting and Strengthening America By Providing Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept And Obstruct Terrorism Act 2001 ... An Act to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes. The Patriot Act
Section 802 (5): the term ‘domestic terrorism’ means activities that (a) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state (b) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion. ibid.
Pure incompetence: the law makers didn’t even read the law before they passed it. Assholes! Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s3e7: Patriot Act s3e7, Showtime 2005
In December 2003 the FBI forced Las Vegas hotels to turn in information on over three hundred thousand guests. ibid.
Government bureaucrats are keeping massive databases of information on all of us. ibid.
The training, the assaults on the population, have been going on for over a decade here in the United States, and the death toll is climbing. What’s happened to our Special Forces? What types of cowards have they been twisted into, that they go out and attack American citizens, wooden churches full of men, women and children, and then slough it off as if – oh well; they are a just a bunch of cult members? Whatever happened to live and let live? And whatever happened to the Federal Law barring troops from assaulting civilians? Alex Jones, 9/11 The Road to Tyranny
Fifty minutes into the attack the London police department orders the #30 Hackney to Marble Arch bus to leave its normal route and to park at the corner of Woburn Square and Tavistock Place. At 9:47 a fourth bomb detonates killing thirteen civilians and injuring many others. Note: out of several hundred buses in service that morning it’s the only bus that the police take special control of and direct to Tavistock Square. Alex Jones, 7/7 London Bombings – Government Involvement
All four of the supposed bombers’ identification cards survived unscathed at all four events. But there was just one problem: in one case one the bomber’s ID was found at two separate locations. ibid.
The reason the Netanyahu story is important is it clearly shows that other intelligent agencies were aware of what was going on that morning. ibid.
The political leadership of this country, as exemplified by the campaign positions of Bush and Kerry, has become so obsessed with our own security fears and so convinced of our own virtue that it has very little to offer in the way of positive socio-economic development initiatives. To most of the people of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the United States has largely become irrelevant to their hopes for a better future – except as a potential market for some of their goods or as a source of outsourced jobs. Sherle Schwenninger
You start out breaking foreign laws ... And then you end up breaking the law at home, and coming to feel a contempt for the law, your colleagues and associates, for the Congress and public and for the Constitution. What you have is a growing gap between the perceptions inside the Executive branch about what threats there are to our national security and the beliefs of the Congress and the public about the threats to national security. And that leads to secrecy. Morton Halperin, former National Security Council, Director Washington Office of the American Civil Liberties Union
On the 7th of July 2005 London was hit by a series of explosions ... The story presented by the media of that tragic day is nothing more than a conspiracy. A conspiracy used by police, government and the media to cover up a far more sinister truth. The story we’ve been told is as follows: four British Muslim men exploded backpack bombs as part of the continuing jihad from Al Qaeda cells. The suicide bombings were an attack on Britain. Eye on Britain: The Search for Truth, Youtube 2008