Monday, September 12, 2005

ho humm... suitcase nukes... profiling and Political Correctness!

I have a statement to make.. and I want everyone to listen real good..

While congress and the president are out asking for more money to fund national security, keep this in mind.
Government has a tendency to spend like there is no tomorrow, whenever they get a chance to and why shouldn’t they.. after all its not their money.. it’s ours.

In the last few weeks, I have heard a number of “experts”, all with ties to National Security, through the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. etc., say that terrorist could have as many as a dozen suitcase nukes already inside the country, and they are just waiting to use them.

I say “Poppy-cock!!!” if they had them, they would already have used them, and the passing of another 9-11 anniversary just proves it. So when the elected officials, say we need more money because of this,, you need to say “poppy-cock” right along with me.

If anything we need less porous boarders, not increased spying on those inside the US already. But this is a bitter political pill for the ones who “represent us” to swallow… why you ask? Well the Dems, want Illegals to vote, or at least hold sway over voters in the same circles of influence. (poor non-English speaking, Latin primarily) and the Reps, want cheap labor for their corporate sponsors.. (don’t get me wrong there are plenty of Dems with HUGE corporate sponsorship, but I am trying to make this as simple as possible).

We need to be careful, when we start giving the thumbs up to anything that will impair our civil liberties, including privacy. It makes me sick when I hear Dems and Cons say “There is no right to privacy, in the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution”. And they are right when they say that, but common sense dictates that privacy is a god given right, and falls under the pursuit of happiness. It is a tenuous path we start down when we say, spying on citizens is alright, because we are not in the group that will be targeted. Because like the old dictum indicates, we may not be in the group today, but once a power is given to the government, it is only a matter of time before that power applies to all of our lives.

I am a law abiding citizen, as such there will be no reason for the government to listen to my telephone conversations, read my email, or search my mail.. but some of the new anti terrorist laws gray that area, to the point that anyone with an ax to grind, can “peek”.
There was another group of government types that was well known for “peeking” into the average citizenry’s lives not that long ago, it was called the KGB. Is this what we want? Will it make us safer than we are today? Is it worth it, even if it does?

I feel that we will get a lot more bang for our buck, using FBI and CIA and NSA assets in their typical and usual manners. If any more money is going to be spent on “Homeland Security” it should first be spent on the boarders, and the Elected Officials will just have to take the bite in the campaign account from the small groups that support them and also support illegal immigration.

So steps, that need to be taken all at once.
ENFORCE current laws.
Export those who are here illegally, or give them aid in becoming legal citizens / visiting workers.
Increase fines to employers who use illegal labor.
Increase Security at the borders and ports.

AND Start PROFILING! I am sick of watching little old ladies and such being searched in airports while Brown men in their 20s walk through check points un-harassed. I have a friend who is Palestinian, he is single and he is 27.. he says that the people in some US airports won’t look him in the eye, and act afraid to search him or his bags.. this is nuts! Forget political correctness when it contradicts common sense, and leave me and my phone calls, and emails alone!

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