Smart Bombs versus the letter to the editor

Or the TSA under Democratic management and only now are you worried about liberty?

Before I begin addressing Gary Crooks latest “Smart Bombs,” I should present the latest letter to the editor from the Coeur d’Alene Press:

Column:Liberty is what we risk.
Too bad Sholeh Patrick does not understand the Constitution and the 4th amendment, and how the TSA and their activities are in direct opposition.

As we continue to give up portions of our liberties we will soon find we have no liberties left.

I have heard said that a society willing to give up its liberty for the sake of security will have neither.

This is where we are all headed.

Jay Barbieri
Dalton Gardens

I quite realize that this fellow, Mr. Jay Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Idaho is a Republican. And let us bear witness to the fact that the vast majority of the GOP simply detest President Barack H. Obama. So, you can immediately consider the source of this letter.

Or you can instead consider the veracity of what Gary Crooks of the Spokesman-Review published in his latest “Smart Bombs,” a very telling example being found here:  “The common thread is that if wars and anti-terrorist acts don’t inconvenience ‘real Americans,’ they’re worth it.  But if they do, forget it.”  Crooks could have been pointing an accusing finger to the above letter writer.

Consider the GOP history of “law and order.”  The U.S. Supreme Court decision that set aside fourth amendment rights when cops demonstrating “good intentions” searched a person’s property for anything illegal that was not covered by a warrant.  It didn’t matter that this decision inconvenienced a lot of potentially innocent people.  That the SCOTUS decision literally tore a major hole through fourth amendment protections.  Quite frankly, unless the cops themselves choose to have respect for this over 200 year old law, that decision by SCOTUS back in the late 1980s rendered it immediately and forever null and void.  Shall we say then that this decision can be extended as well to TSA counter-terrorism measures?

Consider, after 9/11/2001, not only were the GOP gung-ho about this nation’s security, but they also went to great lengths to blame Clinton for the failure to further counter-terrorism measures.  Security was indeed favored over civil liberties with the passage of almost full GOP support of the “U.S.A. Patriot Act.”  The GOP literally did not concern themselves whom they might “inconvenience” with the chipping away of actual liberties by the above act, they were “proving” to Americans that they were better at national security than those damned Democrats.  One could certainly write a library of books on the political theater of national security as orchestrated by the GOP.  Who were indeed highly supportive of actions that took this country from a moral course of action when we ventured into torture, among other ignoble deeds.  The setting aside of habeus corpus.  The setting aside of strict rules of the FISA court when it came to the destruction of actual civil rights or liberties belonging to we the people and increasing the size and scope of the power of government to literally spy on us on the assumption that we can be held suspect merely by the company we keep.  Literally, whom we e-mail or make a phone call to.  Right after 9/11/2001, our civil liberties were indeed at its most threatened in the name of “national security.”  The GOP had absolutely no problem with it, given who was in charge.  Let us remember, that those “inconvenienced,” were only people whom the GOP regarded as their political enemies:  the anti-war (old) left, those who might have a “soft spot” for Saddam Hussein and Democrats.

What I regard as most interesting, is that a guy like this, Mr. Barbieri, can regard the TSA which was only the outgrowth of the Bush era “counter-terrorism” measures as “threatening” now, that the TSA is currently under the command of President Obama.  He can only be “inconvenienced” now, when it is a Democrat who is in charge as opposed to a few years earlier, when a Republican was in charge.  What should that tell anyone?

Crooks’ Smart Bombs:  “Wars — too big to fail?” is an interesting read.  He describes the costs to the war in “blood and treasure” in ways that I had not considered before.  In short:  in terms that a long-term employee of Wall Street might understand far too well.  Precisely, when we compare how war was conducted to what we did to bail out Wall Street institutions.  …And what we did to justify or rationalize our wartime presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As well as what we failed to do in the proper prosecution of these wars.  You can find Crooks’ column in the print edition of the Spokesman-Review, or if you are a paying subscriber to the on-line edition, you can read his column, in its entirety there.

However, “Over there. Many supporters of the Iraq War like to point out that there hasn’t been another terrorist attack since the U.S. invasion.”  I’ll disagree with those “Iraq war supporters,” that terrorist attacks increased world-wide involving our friends and allies on an increasing scale of violence since the Iraq war began.  If they meant “on American soil,” they would only be partially correct.  But suspicious activities had occurred since the invasion of Iraq, and stories of “what if” coming out of news channels that were basic propaganda  in an effort to keep fellow Americans very afraid.  It is disheartening that this immediate history of only a few years would be lost on guys like Mr. Barbieri today.

We did have unstable types who were known for their religious fervor, whom between the Bush era to Obama’s entering the oval office had indeed committed to jihad, were pulled into a sting operation by FBI paid informants, or in the case of a religious extremist who worked as a psychologist on a U.S. Army base and ultimately shot and killed a number of his fellow soldiers, had behaved in a manner that immediately screams “terrorism.”  But of course, we had invaded Iraq to prevent having to “fight them here.”  We ended up doing so anyway.

The same GOP whom Crooks points to as Iraq War supporters laid the blame for this Major’s malfeasance on President Obama himself.  That Obama as that “secret Muslim,” who’s presence in the Oval Office, had somehow encouraged this fellow to go on a shooting rampage.  Or was it the invasion of Iraq under GW’s orders that could possibly have ultimately caused this particular dude to “lose it?”  But the final straw occurred under Obama’s watch.  In short, Bush could look out for our “best interests” at the wholesale abandonment of our very liberties, but; nothing good could ever come from the Obama administration.

Ultimately, the argument would have to be, the utter and wholesale hypocrisy by the GOP.

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