Why Did We Lose Our Rights if the Government Isn’t Even Keeping Us Safe?

Forget that the government’s spying on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here and here).

Forget that the draconian Patriot Act was written before 9/11.

Forget that the Bush administration used its heightened powers granted under the state of emergency declared in 2001 (and continuing to the present day) to harass those who disagreed with its policies. See this, this and this.

Errington Thompson says:

About two years, ago, I asked Richard Clarke if the CIA is working with the FBI in close harmony. His answer was “not really.”

The New York Times writes:

In some ways, the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, despite the billions of dollars spent over the last eight years to improve the intelligence flow and secret communications across the United States’ national security apparatus.

And Politico notes:

President Barack Obama’s announcement that intelligence agencies had information that could have headed off the attempted airplane bombing on Christmas Day but failed to share it has left many of those who have urged a dramatic overhaul of the intelligence community exasperated.

“It’s discouragingly familiar,” said Tom Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission. “It’s exactly the language we heard when we were making recommendations for the 9/11 report. That was five years ago. We made our recommendations based on the fact that agencies didn’t share information, and it seems to be the case that, once again, they didn’t share information. It’s very discouraging.”

“We thought that had been remedied,” the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kit Bond (R-Mo.), told POLITICO. “If they’re not talking with each other, that’s a problem that we’ve been tearing our hair out over for a long time, demanding that they talk to each other. … I’m very upset.”

Indeed, while the 9-11 Commission made numerous recommendations on how to prevent future terrorist attacks — many of them simple and inexpensive to implement — the Bush administration failed to do so (and see this and this). Moreover, the Bush administration and its allies actively blocked efforts to do so.

The Department of Homeland Security, instead of protecting vulnerable targets and concentrating on keeping actual bad guys out of our country, instead randomly made up lists which included kangaroo centers, petting zoos and ice cream parlors as high-priority terrorist threats. And the Bush administration refused to fill important positions at DHS so that our security could be protected.

In areas such as airport security, things haven’t improved since Obama has taken office.

Ben Franklin said:

Those who would trade safety for freedom deserve neither.

As shown above, the government has not really done much to increase our safety. And see this.

But we have lost our freedom.

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  • http://Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com Anonymous

    Perhaps another governmental agency, and more billions of dollars, and sacrifices of our liberty would help. If we really expected the security boondoggle to protect us, we are as stupid as the government is playing us for. The name of the game is Control; we are losing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13156080225918567393 The Grey Tiger

    When the Department of Homeland Security was formed it was almost a guarantee that nothing would get better. After all the department was made to bust the unions by creating a new agency with new chains of commands. Katrina showed you what you were going to get from this combining of resources where seasoned veterans of crisis were misplaced.The conservative hatered of unions has got us trouble before and now you see it again. We need to regroup and put professionals in their fields back in charge instead of political hacks.

  • http://Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com Anonymous

    Because these are false-flag ops done by the government. It's like expecting a mugger to protect you against his partner.

  • http://Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com Anonymous

    What do you talking about! The "government" is not PARANOID !! The PEONES are paranoid!I trust our "government"!! I belive apolitician is telling the truth, when he say "Trust me I'm a politician" Don't you??? If you don't you must be some paranoid conspiracy believer!

  • http://Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com Anonymous

    Since 911 was an inside job we should expect that the DHS and all federal government "solutions" would be fraudulent. Until a majority of the electorate understand false flag attacks and realize that 911 was an inside job we can only expect to continue degenerating toward tyranny.

  • dizzyfingers

    This link doesn’t work: And see this.

  • dizzyfingers

    “…the Bush administration refused to fill important positions at DHS so that our security could be protected.” Why Did We Lose Our Rights if the Government Isn’t Even Keeping Us Safe?
    Posted on January 2, 2010 by WashingtonsBlog

    yet, “The Department of Homeland Security, instead of protecting vulnerable targets and concentrating on keeping actual bad guys out of our country, instead randomly made up lists which included kangaroo centers, petting zoos and ice cream parlors as high-priority terrorist threats.” Posted on January 2, 2010 by WashingtonsBlog

    So… it’s Bush’s fault?

  • Tom Evans

    Why is it that the comments that come , even from the most knowledgeable, seem to not
    understand how these effects are put into motion.! As if the events are such a surprise instead of a recognition of a concerted effort.
    Why have things gone this way??
    Seems to me this is beyond question that with all the resources, manpower and ubiquitous presence that is constantly funded, is there any real provable doubt that these conditions we are subjected to are no coincidence??
    They are Frankenstein-style creations meant to induce fear. Compliance to any proposed antidote to the fear is much easier accomplished in the new environment of the fear. THIS is THEIR game. Recognize the intent: FEAR. They say “we’ll keep you safe”. What they accomplish, over and over again is the limiting of the freedoms, the way of life we have grown up in.

    The anatomy of their method is SEE-able. Please use your wits with these waves of indignity that are PURPOSELY sent our way.
    Love and blessings to you…

 

 

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