Encroaching Security. Are you safe enough yet?
Bernard Kerik has been named by Bush to be the new head of the Department of Homeland Security.
Doug Ireland has written this informative article about Bernard Kerik. An interesting discussion about Mr. Kerik can be found at Democracy Now.
This former driver/bodyguard for the wealthy has parlayed his relationship with Rudy Giuliani, into ever bigger, more responsible government positions. So far, he has been a miserable failure.
That, we see, is the beauty of working for the Bush gang. Failure is routinely awarded. Unqualified, inexperienced, inappropriate applicants are regularly given big appointments based on nothing more their loyalty to the right individuals and the correct ideals. A sterling example of the new American way.
Get this: In October of 2003, Bernard Kerik Said:
"Political criticism is our enemy's best friend." As quoted by Newsweek.
Read it again. He isn't saying protest or even dissent may be a comfort to enemy, he is saying "political criticism", the very heart of what American democracy is about, is "our enemy's best friend." This is the man our Fearless Leader wants to appoint to the head of the Department of Homeland Security.
On a similar note:
If you still worry about terrorists plotting to take over your computer, or fill the minds of your children with dangerous reality based perceptions, cheer up, the good guys will take that worry away from you, along with a few more basic rights.
George Tenet, former head of the CIA, had this, to say about that. "I know that these actions will be controversial in this age when we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability," he told an information-technology security conference in Washington, "but ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control."
Tenet Calls for Internet Security, From the Washington Times, Dec, 02,04
Tenet goes on to say that only individuals with a demonstrated concern for security should be allowed access to the web. Presumably the only way an individual could prove his/her concern for security would be to install government tracking and reporting software. Conveniently provided by your server. I ask, how else can an individual demonstrate the specific concern Mr. Tenet refers to? All others should not be "allowed" access.
Let's connect a few dots. The Bush appointee to head the Department of Homeland Security, believes that political criticism makes one the "best friend of the enemy".
Now, where are you most likely to find uncensored political criticism in the US of A? Where do most Americans, of any political persuasion, participate in or read unfettered political debate and argument with other citizens? The obvious answer to both questions is, of course, the internet.
Is that the new danger to our Fearless Leader and the trusted few at the top of his pyramid of 'leadership' ? Free exchange of ideas and information between Americans?
Perhaps it is free discussion between Americans and dangerous anti-American foreigners, that disturbs the sleep of Fearless Leader and those assigned the task of protecting him from reality.
Uncensored international news and opinion coming into the homes and minds of Americans, disturbing and disrupting the carefully nurtured political and moral ignorance of ordinary Americans, simply can not be tolerated. Informed citizens start wanting democracy, they start thinking they have rights.
No, we will have to do something about that, if the new America is to be free of antiquated and disquieting ideas of freedom of expression and other unpatriotic thoughts. Americans are free to buy anything they can afford. What other freedoms compare with that?
Fearless Leader seems to be afraid of a lot of things. He ran from Canadian Parliament, for fear of possible heckling from a couple of members of those staid old chambers. He won't eat dinner with other heads of state that haven't be frisked. He only wants committed supporters at his campaign rallies, and he fears any news or comment he doesn't control. He fears that Americans will finally wake up and realize that patriotism is about the country and its people, not about loyalty to a political demagogue.