i think we have already gone too far on this.
we could long ago have prevented the current terrorism, by choking off their sources of supply and money.
we could strangle the terrorist organizations of the world overnight by closing off their supplies and money.
but we don't.
because government, and law enforcement, are big business in the worst way. like doctors with illness, this is a problem that they have a vested interest in - if they CURE it, their reason for existence goes away, while as long as it continues without actually killing the patient, they can continue to charge more and more, and use greater and greater resources to "combat" it.
meanwhile, they can use (as machiavelli so aptly put it) a never-ending series of imaginary hobgoblins to terrify the populace into relinquishing more and more of our freedoms and rights to them.
the truly sad thing is not that no-one sees it - it's mentioned on the news nearly every day - but that no-one seems to care.
FACT: on 9/11, the government's spokespeople stated "we have no clue who did this."
FACT: on 9/12, the government's spokespeople had a list of OVER 50 suspects to show us.
FACT: under no circumstances, and in no conditions, does any apparatus of any government in human history do anything that fast.
this implies to the watchful eye that somewhere, at some level, those people were being watched, and were already listed as terrorists.
which begs the question: why weren't they stopped? if we knew they were here, we knew they were terrorists, we knew their intention was to attack the US, why didn't we go get them?
because if we had, and 9/11 hadn't happened, billions of dollars of defense contracts wouldn't have gotten handed out. there would be no "homeland security," there would be no reason to federalize airport security, there would be no perpetuation of the apparatus of control.
i am not willing to give up ANY freedom to "security," because i used to be one of those who provided that security - and i know for a fact, from first-hand experience, that our national intelligence apparatus is second to none.
which means that 100% of this is all smoke and mirrors, and we are being herded to someone else's tune.
but it does make a nice story on the evening news.
edited to correctly quote machiavelli, whose "the prince" should be required reading for anyone who wonders what our government is really up to.
[This message has been edited by NapalmsConstantlyConfused (04-12-2002 12:02 AM).]