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Monday, 6 March 2006

It’s important that something be clarified. Somehow this is repeatedly, relentlessly, occluded. Perhaps by the blind inertia of ignorance and bureaucracy but as a close friend of mine—who’s about to be relegated to the role of Hollywood shill—once said–

V While I’ll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. V

The federal government of the United States of America not only had the power to stop the September 11th, 2001 attacks, they had all the information necessary to do so. The FBI was tracking several of the key terrorists and knew where they were and let them go. The CIA knew for more than a decade that Osama Bin Laden’s circle was planning to use commercial airliners as weapons. Ten dollar locks on cockpit doors could have prevented the whole thing if they’d bothered to suggest it to the airlines. Conscientious flight schools had even reported incidents of terrorists trying to fledge with them to the government cops.

All the information was there. All the power necessary to stop it was there; at many different levels. It was merely bureaucratic incompetence and American over-confidence in the status quo that allowed the day to unfold.

No new powers were necessary. It could have been stopped as is. No wire taps, secret arrests, hidden records, or beat downs would have given the cops enough because they had plenty already. More would have been superfluous. Is.

89 Senators—cowardly shit balls, but I repeat myself—voted to reenact a slightly weaker version of the heinous Patriot Act, presumably a great comfort to all the patriots out there.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here. With a couple dozen new sub agencies, a crazy-ass reporting structure devoid of a clear chain of command, and a diluvian amount of new “intelligence,” in the form of your email and telephone calls, to sift through for meaningful information… The red tape has grown in on itself like pneumonia on HIV. I think the chances of a successful terrorist attack are about 10 times higher today than they were in August of 2001.

I think you’re all about 10 times less safe today.

The great thing is it’ll take 20 years to prove me right or wrong because with just two foreign terrorist attacks in the US in 230 years, ten times more terrorism would mean about one attack every decade with civilian casualties of around 100 dead a year. Jesus, God help us. They’re mowing us down! They’re killing almost a third as many Americans as skiing! Please someone protect us!!!

Go team.

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