Tuesday’s sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will unfortunately turn into a glut of self-serving reasons to use the tragic events for political, philosophical or personal advantage.

Candidates for President will talk endlessly about how they could have better handled the events that cost more than 3,000 Americans their lives on that devastating day.

Conservatives will claim the attacks prove we must never, ever, let up on the so-called “war on terror” while liberals will say the war on terror is overblown and we need to remember but not dwell on 9/11.

Conspiracy theorists will trot out their tired claims of government involvement in the attacks, some even claiming the Bush Administration planned the whole thing to justify war in the Middle East.

And quick-buck artists will release more “commemorative” edition coins for “collectors” to “honor” the memory of those who died.

But lost in this sea of rhetoric will be the sad fact that Osama bin Laden and his crazed fanatics achieved exactly what they hoped on the day six years ago.

Osama and his buddies wanted to destroy the American way of life.

They succeeded.

Six years after the attacks, America is a paranoid, corrupt, rotting shell of itself: A country divided by political extremes, economically devastated by a war based on lies.

Gone are the freedoms we used to cherish and take for granted: Buried not under the rubble of the twin towers of the World Trade Center but by a callous Presidential administration that considers the Constitution an “outdated document” and individual rights a disposable commodity.

The Department of Homeland Security, created in the aftermath of 9/11 and now the largest federal bureaucracy in history, decides who can or cannot board a commercial airliner in this country, who can or cannot obtain a passport and who can or cannot even criticize their government.

In a non-descript building on Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia, a giant government computer developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) monitors everyday financial transactions and tracks day-to-day travel of millions of Americans. If either fits a pre-determined “profile” an investigative file is opened on those Americans.

FBI agents, armed with thousands of “National Security Letters” swoop in on banks, employers and Internet service providers to secretly obtain records on Americans. A federal judge recently found such tactics unconstitutional but stayed an order banning the practice so the government can appeal.

On street corners in many large cities, cameras scan the faces of people just going about their business and feed the images into “facial recognition” software programs, looking for those “suspected” of terrorist involvement. Americans who fall into the web of “suspected” involvement are grabbed off the streets and whisked away to secret detention centers out of the country where “enhanced interrogation techniques” are used to try and obtain confessions.

Most of this “increased anti-terrorism” activity stems from the USA Patriot Act, a rights-robbing piece of legislative over-reaction passed by a shell-shocked Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. Most members of the House and Senate admit to this day that they didn’t read the act before voting for it and still don’t know what’s in the law, even though they voted to reauthorize it last year.

The America that pauses Tuesday to remember the attacks of September 11, 2001, is a far cry from the America that woke up on that morning. America today is fearful, paranoid, anxious, fading and dangerous.

President George W. Bush argues that the drastic steps taken by his administration were “necessary” to “make America a safer place.”

He’s wrong. America is not a safer place today. A nation robbed of its freedoms can never be safe. A nation that distrusts its own government is not safe.

America can never be safe as long as its people face a far greater threat from its own government than it ever faced from Osama bin Laden and his band of thugs.

When you pause Tuesday to remember September 11, 2001, say a prayer for those who died on that terrible day.

Then say another prayer for America, a once-great nation felled not by Islamic terrorists but by the combined forces of governmental, political and philosophical extremists.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. The CIA States America is NOT safer!


    Your commentary was spot-on, as usual, however when I read that:

    President George W. Bush argues that the drastic steps taken by his administration were “necessary” to “make America a safer place.”

    I almost gagged. Doesn’t the President communicate with the CIA? Or perhaps, “God told him they are wrong…” Who knows what Bush’s thought process consists of, but logic and fact are absolutely devoid in anything he does, except for making sure corporations and the wealthy become even more enriched. Why hasn’t the MSM published anything in regard the CIA’s Director, Michael Hayden, who recently stated:

    “Our analysts assess with high confidence that al-Qaida’s central leadership is planning high-impact plots against the U.S. homeland.”

    “We assess, with high confidence that al-Qaida is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant aftershocks.”

    We need answers to these questions, and fast! You can find the CIA’s recent (a few days ago) assessment here:

    CIA Director Warns Of High-Impact Attacks by Al Qaeda on US Homeland

    After you’ve read that, someone please tell me what the hell is going on? Why has this report been essentially ignored by the MSM as serious as it sounds? There’s something mighty suspicious going on, especially when Bush states Al Qaeda is no longer a viable threat, and appeared to goad Al Qaeda to prove him wrong! – and then his own CIA Chief disagrees with him!

    William Cormier

  2. The war on terror is bogus, it was planned decades ago.
    I have this choice bit of data on good faith from someone who was a regional director Ron Paul’s campaign in 1988.
    Ron Paul told him then about the existence of the Patriot Act, way back in 1988!

  3. Wow! great history lessons and info. Thank you.

    As to the twin towers, I do not need any experts to tell me what happened. I saw it with my own eyes. Those three building were brought down by controlled demolition. Why and by who is my question. And I want the answers. This nation needs those answers.

  4. Let me throw some other food for thought in here:

    Illuminati, Black Nobility families, Jesuits, Free Masons, New World Order, World Manipulation, The Secret Treaties of Verona and Vienna and George Canning who alerted America, thereby prompting Thomas Jefferson to create the Monroe Doctrine; the Rothschild’s, J.P. Morgan, Paul Warberg, the Rockefeller’s, and others in the 1910 Jekyll Island, GA, meeting where the Federal Reserve Bank was planned. Pres. Woodrow Wilson who signed this Act and would later regret stating that “I have unwittingly ruined my country…No longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a gov by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” And look where we are today!!!

    The 43 minute doc, Who Controls the World, like Zeitgeist, takes you on a journey of old world truth and discovery. The world history that many of us never read or heard anything about in our textbooks growing up.

    Upon my own eye opening journey over the past 7 years, it appears that history is proceeding according to “their” plans albeit some hiccups along the way because of some very courageous peoples. We are now perilously close to losing the greatest document ever created by men: The Constitution, which is exactly what “their” plan is. Will they succeed? I most certainly hope not but I believe that they want us all confused, fed up, divided, apathetic, hateful. They create this hatred and fear that keep us in perpetual war. We must wise up and stand united. This I believe is our only saving grace. All parties, religions, races here in the US know that everything is at an all time low, so instead of blaming and turning on each other we need to direct out attention where it counts. Get rid of these corrupt peoples running our country. Nominate a true patriot to run in 08 and vote out all incumbents election after election until we have purged ourselves of these cancers. We can not give in or give up!! Stop being mindless consumers, supporting the Pharma giants (keeping you brain dead), watches endless unreality TV. Start reading and get involved before it’s too late!!!

    We can be the change we wish to see in the world!!! We the people of the world have the power to stop this evil. Just look at South America. Did any of you see John Pilger’s War on Democracy?

    Here’s a link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18236.htm

    Here’s a link to a site with lots of great info/doc, etc, including Who Controls the World:

    http://www.thelastoutpost.com/si…42/ default.aspx

    I hope we find/create the peace we all yearn for.


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