Get a GRIP, America

Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who "drafted or was involved in many of the government's most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat", writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, "Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears" and our leaders.

This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends. FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, Time Magazine, K eith Olbermann (and here), The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and many others have all documented the intentional fearmongering tactics which the neocons have used to drum up support for their wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran.

Because so many Americans got their panties in a wad about the boogeyman, we have allowed our basic rights and liberties to be taken away, allowed the executive branch to seize dictatorial powers and ignore Congress and the courts, allowed an illegal war be launched which has destroyed our economy (why do you think the fed has printed trillions of new dollars, which is leading to hyperinflation?), and has actually crippled our real national security (torture and imperial wars create real terrorists and push away our allies).

Before Bush was sworn in, the U.S. had a huge budget surplus and was the world's sole superpower. But the U.S. is now weak, insolvent, and hated.


Because Americans have been peeing their pants with fear . . .

We were so scared by the graphic destruction of the Twin Towers - and we were so traumatized by the anthrax attacks on the press and Congress - that Americans allowed our "leaders" to act contrary to the nation's interest.

Have you ever seen a dog repeatedly bite his own tail? He gets whipped into such a frenzy by the "intruder" that he ignores the pain and keeps on biting. That's what the American people have been doing to ourselves for the last 7 years . . . chasing phantom enemies and biting ourselves repeatedly in the tail.

Worse, we have let ourselves become so irrationally afraid that we've nearly bitten our tail off, and we're bleeding out. And yet we keep on biting . . . (allowing new assaults on the Constitution, further consolidation of power in the executive branch, new socialist measures to support the financial elites, new imperial wars).

It is not an exaggeration to say that our fear is guaranteeing our destruction.

Get a grip, America.

I never figured out why people were scared or OBL

Maybe those in the 911 Truth Movement are made of a stronger mettle. I never figured out exactly why people are scared of a handful of "terrorist" and willing to spend Trillions of dollars to eliminate them. I mean, how many were in Al-CIAda anyway...a few hundred, maybe a couple thousands...So how much money has been spend....3-4 Trilliion dollars...divided that out over 2,000 "terrorists" and that price is 1.5 BILLION per terrorist....Hmm sounds rather excessive to me and rather waste full. We could give then all 1 MILLION in cash to go away...would save 1,499,000,000 per payout.

The numbers dont they :()

"We have nothing to fear, but fear itsself" - FDR

I want our money back!

free speech YES; summary execution NO

Maddog, when you get a visit from the Secret Service, i hope you'll give them some non-violent Truth materials instead of meeting them at the door with guns blazing and a 911Blogger shirt on.

I am not in favor of the death penalty; public execution may give a small feeling of satisfaction to some victim's family, but spending life in prison til death, and then still having to meet your maker and give an account is a far worse punishment, imho

What I want is to see Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Myers, Eberhart, Mueller, Frasca, Maltbie, Goss, Tenet, Chertoff, Zelikow, the 9/11 Commissioners and all other "persons of interest" testify under oath in public, and be criminally investigated in connection with 9/11. I would not be the least bit surprised if they're all found guilty of treason, and either aiding and abetting mass murder, or accessory after the fact.

Actually, even more than that I want to see the Republic restored to what it could've been from the beginning. If the People aren't going to get a clue and organize non-violently to watchdog our government, boycott corporate criminals and support real public servants, how are you going to organize support for a violent revolution?

Americans are waking up, not fast enough for some, but Americans are waking up. If this economy crashes and burns like IndyMac bank and really large numbers of people start suffering, evote-stealing machines or no, the incumbents are gonna go- massive numbers got turned out during the great depression and WW1

9/11 Family Steering Committee Review of the 9/11 Commission Report:

Complete 9/11 Timeline

What is strange to me is

Everybody knows that war crimes and mass murder have been committed.

For over a million dead, and counting, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And if WE know, Secret Services around the world MUST know: 911 was an inside job.

And yet the criminals are still in office and not in jail.

It's not the average american it's our corrupt leaders

For some time after the 911/anthrax attacks the average american had some fear but it was not out of fear that we let these corrupt leaders steal our liberties and our money. Our leaders participated out of greed and because they have been compromised. Yes our leaders have planned to raise the fear levels to prepare the assault on our great country and it's constitution. We are being led into a global concentration camp without liberties or freedoms or privacy. Our leaders consider themselves part of the elite which are to be the ruling class. They rig the game from start to finish and if we don't like it, it's just too bad for us. Most of our leaders are afraid of the real powers which are controlling the world right now and keep selling us out to them. No it's not our fear but our apathy and indifference as we fail to stick by each other as they turn our world into some kind of free for all wrestling match. We can count the leaders on one hand who care about any of us or this country and the principles it was founded with.
In the words of the late great George Carlin " they don't give a fu*k, they don't give a fu*k, THEY DON'T GIVE A FU*K." Maddog is right the pain is waking us up, the question is will it be too late by the time enough of us wake up to do anything about it. If you're violent you will end up in a FEMA camp put there by a blackwater or other mercenary from who knows where. Our troops will be somewhere else enforcing the new world order on others.

"the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous - he simply cannot believe it exists. " J.Edgar Hoover

Yes, the leadership is conspiring

against the people as they kiss babies, get their pictures taken with girl scouts and boy scouts, etc. It only takes really stupid people who think the government is going to work on automatic pilot to empower these criminals.

1st WaPo link is still 404

i would really like to see what's at that link

9/11 Family Steering Committee Review of the 9/11 Commission Report:

Complete 9/11 Timeline

Worse, has America let everything slip away?

"It is not an exaggeration to say that our fear is guaranteeing our destruction. Get a grip, America."

GW summarizes well how fear allowed us to be misled by our government, i.e., to buy the WMD story and the subsequent second war on Iraq!

I don't place all the blame on the average American, however! An international criminal cartel, which has the U.S. government in its grip, has much to do with our present plight. They've been working on the takedown of the U.S., at least, since the seventies when Cheney and Rumsfeld first teamed up!

This criminal cartel is always seeking another industry to dismantle or incident to exploit, in order to take us down a half or full notch more. The best we can do is excise the cancer before it kills the country!

It won't be easy as many have paid the ultimate price in standing against them just some of the suspected rollcall: Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio), 2007; Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn), 2002;Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-Mo), John F Kennedy Jr. (D-New York) 1999, Ron Brown (D), 1996, former CIA Director William Colby (R), 1996, Vince Foster (D), 1993, Sen. John Heinz (D-PA), 1991 and CIA Director William Casey (R). 1987.

Worse, has America already let everything slip away?

U.S. government....
...don't believe them!