(Ooops! Editing to add that this is yet another thought-provoking post from my dear husband. --Janice)
I scanned the news stories today and was horrified by what I read. U.S. backed assassinations, warrantless searches on our highways, and an insult to our World War II veterans caught my attention. I want to share my thoughts on today’s headlines.
Everyone is talking about the death of Qaddafi. Let’s begin with that. In February 2011, Islamic fundamentalists began the process of seizing control of Libya. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was removed from power so that Al Qaeda could take over the country. It wasn’t enough to remove him from power, but this week he was hunted down and murdered. It has been widely reported that a U.S. predator drone fired on his convoy at which time Qaddafi took cover in a drainage ditch. Rebels dragged him out as he begged for his life and Qaddafi was shot in the head by his American-backed Al Qaeda terrorist captors. He yelled, “Don’t shoot!” and asked, “What did I ever do to you?” as he was shot point blank in the head.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Barak Hussein Obama then went to the Rose Garden of the White House and praised the assassination. This is the same president who, just days earlier, expressed outrage over an alleged assassination plot by a used car salesman in Texas who supposedly was planning to attack the Saudi and Israeli embassies under the direction of Iran. So Iran is evil for planning assassinations but we are noble and justified when we kill leaders of other sovereign nations.
We don’t just kill foreign leaders; we also assassinate Americans. Last month, American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was assassinated by the American C.I.A. for his alleged terrorist connections. Simply being labeled a terrorist is a modern day Bill of Attainder where you are declared guilty without a trial. Just months following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Awlaki dined with top officials at the Pentagon. If he was such a threat, why not arrest him when he arrived for dinner? As an American citizen, wasn’t he entitled to due process? I’m disturbed at how few people even question his assassination.
Before you celebrate the assassinations of these terrorists, remember how many Americans fall under the definition of a domestic terrorist according to this administration. In the past few years, homeschoolers, raw milk purchasers, gun owners, libertarians and returning veterans have been labeled potential domestic terrorists. How long until a predator drone attacks your home and you are dragged out and shot when you fall under the criteria to be killed on sight? By the way, these drones are already being used to conduct surveillance within the United States.
This madness began earlier this year when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown with U.S. assistance so that the Muslim Brotherhood could control Egypt. Then we decided that Muammar Qaddafi in Libya had to go as well. Mubarak and Qaddafi, as bad as they were, at least could be dealt with. Mubarak attempted to cooperate with the U.S. and Qaddafi had been successfully scared into submission over the past few years. Egypt and Libya were of little threat to American interests. But now, with radical terrorists controlling those countries, we now have a serious problem. Egypt, the Suez Canal and the large oil reserves in Libya are now under the control of complete lunatics due mostly from our actions. This was not an act of stupidity, but rather an intentional further destabilization of the Middle East by Obama.
In news closer to home, the era of TSA checkpoints on highways has begun. The Transportation Security Administration will now be conducting random searches of vehicles on U.S. highways. The TSA VIPR Teams are currently operating in Tennessee. We’ve surrendered to the notion that boarding an airplane voluntarily suspends our Fourth Amendment rights. Now, simply driving down the highway may result in the same level of warrantless searches. As with air travel, the American public will moan and groan for a few weeks, then sheepishly submit and accept their fate. Based on the treatment of Qaddafi, raising your hands and declaring surrender at one of these checkpoints may not save you from roadside execution.
In other news, the U.S. Forest Service has ordered the removal of a World War II memorial monument from Big Mountain in Montana because it includes a statue of Jesus. The monument has stood for 60 years in the park with no complaint. We side with known terrorist groups in the overthrow of Egypt and Libya while destroying monuments to an entire generation who sacrificed so much to free the world from evil.
Our government openly assassinates foreign leaders and American citizens. We have suspended the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures if we dare travel by airplane and even automobile. We are offended by a 60-year-old monument to our World War II veterans, but not offended by the actions of our government which are very reflective of the tyranny those WWII veterans fought so bravely against. Do most of us care? Sadly, no. We are much more interested in the World Series and Dancing With the Stars. We can't be bothered with such trivial issues when the big ballgame is on.
I don’t even recognize the United States anymore. Shame on those who are behind this tyranny and shame on the rest of us who do nothing about it.