An Unbearable And Choking Hell: The Loss Of Our Freedoms In The Wake Of 9/11

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“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN

What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption, and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time—Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and now ISIS—but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

The Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids, and the like—all sanctioned by Congress, the White House, and the courts—a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.

As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now. We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.

Consider the state of our freedoms, and judge for yourself whether this Constitution Day should be a day of mourning, celebration or a robust call to action:

The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind and protest in peace without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. Yet despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault.

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OOPS! See How Obama’s Bizarre 9/11 Photo-Op Was Dissed By A Disappointed Sixth-Grader

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Western Journalism reported a few days ago on the controversy that erupted over the “shockingly inappropriate way” the Obamas chose to remember 9/11…and to make a big deal about it on social media. A lot of critics of the photo-op showing President Obama and First Lady Michelle stuffing “KaBOOM!” backpacks for the needy felt the association of explosive tragedies of 9/11 with the “KaBOOM!” imagery was rather odd, to say the least.

Well, it turns out those critics of the first couple’s self-congratulatory “community service” outing in “honor” of the 9/11 dead were not the only ones expressing disappointment with the event.

Thanks to huffingtonpost.com, we know that one of the kids shown with the president was bummed that Obama showed up at the event and not the person she really wanted to be there – Beyoncé.

You can see the exchange between the president and his backpack-stuffing partner Madison in the short video above.

 

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Listen: The Day Before 9/11, Bill Clinton Described How He Could Have Stopped Bin Laden, But Didn’t

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As the adage proclaims, hindsight is 20/20; however, some actions — or failures to act — are later proven to have literally world-changing repercussions. One such case involves then-President Bill Clinton’s ability to take out the terrorist mastermind behind the deadliest attack in U.S. history.

Sky News host Paul Murray recently presented never-before-heard audio of Clinton defending his decision to let bin Laden continue planning his terror plots in an Australian address given mere hours before the planes crashed into multiple targets, killing nearly 3,000 individuals.

Murray explained that Clinton had “a chance to change history but he chose not to — and the result was thousands of people who died.”

He went on to charge that the Democrat, only months removed from the White House, “almost brags about not killing the person who took so many lives.”

Former Australian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger had possession of the audio tape, only recently realizing the potential merit of the clip Murray played for his audience. He explained that Clinton was speaking before a group of Australian business leaders when he made the ominous statement.

“Ten hours before the planes hit the World Trade Center,” Kroger recalled, “Bill Clinton was answering a question from a member of the audience about terrorism … and he made some extraordinary remarks which have hitherto remained in my vault.”

Speaking about Bin Laden, Clinton confirmed that he had a clear shot at wiping out the menace, then residing in Afghanistan.

“I nearly got him,” he said, “and I could have killed him; but I would have had to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent children. And then I would have been no better than him; so I didn’t do it.”

Kroger cited the magnitude of Clinton allowing bin Laden “to continue with his terrorist activities,” explaining that the comment was not forgotten among those present for the meeting.

“He tells the business people in Australia this on Sept. 10,” Kroger said, “and of course in the days after that, Paul, everyone’s ringing each other, saying ‘Oh my God, do you remember what he said at the meeting that he could have killed bin Laden and he didn’t?’”

The result, he concluded, is that “the world changed, and of course we’ve never been the same since.”

Murray added that, in light of what happened hours later, Clinton likely tried to distance himself from that decision.

“What’s very definite,” he said, “is I’m pretty sure he’s dropped that part of the anecdote from the after-dinner speaking circuit in the past couple of years. Best not to talk about it, methinks.”

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Watch: Proof That Hamas Is Alive And Well In The U.S. And Could Be Planning Their Next Attack

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Warning: Clip contains rough language, threats of murder

To get the proper context before reading the rest of this article, please take a look at the above clip of a recent pro-Hamas demonstration in Miami.

A Brit in London was arrested recently for quoting Churchill on the subject of Islam.  American Christians are threatened and sanctioned for quoting the Bible on the subject of homosexuality.  Hamas supporters can threaten to kill American citizens, and there are no police in sight.

Years ago I met a remarkable man from Lebanon.  He grew up in Beirut with Arab youth.  He spoke Arabic.  He eventually became a pastor, and he had a stern warning for the West.  Jihad is an obligation, and Jihad is coming to the West.  He told me 30 years ago terrorist attacks would escalate.  He tried to warn the State Department.  No one would listen, that is, until 9/11.

He foretold the infiltration of America, noting that Hezbollah fighters years ago were marrying American hookers to acquire citizenship, take up residence, and plan.  We have Jihadist sleepers in great numbers throughout the U.S.

The Fort Hood shooter should have been a wakeup call to the snoozers seduced by political correctness.

And we have read much about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of the Obama administration.

The number of Muslims coming to America has doubled in the last 20 years.  We used to see about 50,000 Muslim immigrants per year.  Now, 100,000 come here to live as citizens every year.  Given the birth rate in Muslim communities, which is much higher than the average in the U.S., the Muslim community is growing even more rapidly.

Today, there are about three million Muslims in America, and by far, most are peace-loving citizens, but according to my friend from Lebanon, and the polling data, a substantial number are sympathetic to Jihad, and remain under an obligation to cooperate with Jihad.  According to reliable studies, about 10% of the Muslim population worldwide is radicalized. (Some argue they are not radicalized at all, only fundamentalists, ones who insist they practice pure Islam.)  This means there are now about 300,000 Muslims in America poised to participate in acts of violent terrorism, ordinarily characterized by mass killing.

FBI sources and intelligence operatives have known for years there have been significant movements of Syrians, Somalis and others into our country, and many of these men have traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere for training, returning to America to await orders.

Today, many of these fighters join others from around the world, swelling the ranks of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Add the increasing numbers of terrorists within, the proliferation of mosques and homegrown radicalization, and the establishment of training cells here in America, and you have a recipe for disaster: serial attacks in various places perpetrated by infiltrators.

For perspective, take a look at the recorded number of terrorist attacks on American soil.  One American retaliated after 9/11, a felon who was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

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9/11 Museum Insults Mourners, Ignores Islam





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The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 have left an indelible mark on the lives of Americans across the nation. With the impending completion of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan, many individuals and families look forward to paying their respect and learning more about the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Unfortunately, as with too many projects that ostensibly serve such a noble purpose, the museum has devolved into a wasteful, bloated mess. Even worse, the motives of the monsters behind this attack are reportedly being whitewashed from the experience.

According to CEO Joe Daniels, visitors – including those who want to mourn the lives lost on that fateful day – will have to pony up $24 each to even enter the museum. Demanding such a high fee sends the message to many Americans that the purpose behind the destination is not to honor those murdered by radical Muslims, but to support the exorbitant salaries of those in charge.

Peripheral facts – such as Daniels’ reported annual salary of nearly $400,000 – seem to lend credibility to those suspicions. At least four other executives will be making more than $320,000 per year, with another 11 bringing home $170,000 or more annually.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with businessmen making a healthy salary in a capitalist economy, many see these paychecks as a slap in the face of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. Perhaps even more insulting, though, is the way the museum addresses – or fails to address – those responsible for the attack.

Throughout the entire destination, including the memorial and museum, just one American flag is visible. The museum portion, built for some reason underground, pays little attention to the motives behind the deadly attack.

Outrageously, photos of the terrorists will be displayed more prominently than those of the innocent victims. This backwards approach to a memorial has led some to question who it is the museum’s developers want to honor.

Museum admission will be charged even to those who simply want to visit the memorial, making it impossible for a mourner to pay his or her tributes without parting with a substantial sum of money.

This unfortunate display stands in stark contrast to a poignant 9/11 memorial established in Israel. For many Americans – especially those living in the vicinity of the insulting museum – the tragedy of that day will only be compounded by a project that could have been a loving tribute to the lives lost at Ground Zero.

–B. Christopher Agee

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