Hey, all ... I ran across this in a closed group I'm involved in, and thought I'd re-post it here ... it's entitled A BILL OF RIGHTS CULTURE IS THE ONLY ANSWER ... quite thoughtful
ALERT FROM CCOPS: CONCERNED CITIZENS OPPOSED TO POLICE STATES
September 14, 2001
ALERT: A BILL OF RIGHTS CULTURE IS THE ONLY ANSWER
Black Tuesday and the Passive American:
A BILL OF RIGHTS CULTURE IS THE ONLY ANSWER
"We must give up some of our freedoms to help combat terrorism."
The predictable words -- and actions -- are beginning to spew
from political, military, and law enforcement officials and
their supporters. For safety, for security, for the greater
good, they somberly tell us, we must comply with their agendas.
To be protected from terrorism we must submit to more
restrictions -- on our ability to travel, our freedom from
arbitrary searches, on the privacy of our communications, on
our right to bear arms, on our ability to conduct business
hidden from the prying eyes of government.
* Sen. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) has called for a global
prohibition on encryption products without backdoors for
* Travel regulators have banned knives on planes. (Does this
mean even the pilots can't protect themselves and passengers
* ISPs who were reluctant to cooperate with the FBI's
invasive Carnivore program are now rushing to comply.
* The Senate has, in the wake of Black Tuesday, voted to
increase the FBI's authority to tap the phones of anyone
suspected of terrorism. As we've seen by all these other
random restrictions, we are ALL suspects in the eyes of the
* Perhaps most ominously of all, the *Washington Post*
quoted House Democrat Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) as
making the self-contradictory, but entirely predictable
statement, "We're in a new world where we have to rebalance
freedom and security. We can't take away people's civil
liberties . . . but we're not going to have all the openness
and freedom we have had." The Post
then went on to describe how every war or crisis of the last
100 years has been use to increase government power -- often
in the most draconian ways.
Freelance supporters of the Surveillance State are rushing
to urge everyone to comply. One liberal talk show host
responded to callers who complained that Big Brother
policies at airports were a problem, "Big Brother is the
only thing holding us together!"
He offered no evidence to show how Big Brother made us safe
on Tuesday, September 11.
WE MUST THINK FREE, NOT PATRIOTICALLY JERK OUR KNEES
Soon we may be at war. And as always at such times, we'll be
expected to "pull together," "do what our leaders tell us is
necessary," and sacrifice more freedom in the name of
"safety and security" or patriotism. And, as the reality of
the Day of Horror seeps in, who doesn't feel an urge to
strike back, to "get behind our government," to "show those
murdering bastards they can't push Americans around," and to
"do whatever it takes to defend the greatest country on
earth"? -- even if that means sacrificing individual liberty
to "the cause."
Whatever happens from here on out, we need to remember that
Big Brother is NOT holding us together -- that he never can
and never will. We must remember that the kind of
restrictions on the liberties of ordinary Americans that
were entirely ineffective in preventing the attacks of
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 will not magically prevent
future attacks merely because their severity is increased.
What did all of Big Brother's efforts do to prevent
Tuesday's slaughter? The violations of freedom we've already
been subjected to in the name of safety -- airport x-rays,
ID checks, disarmament, body searches, and the whole gamut --
became a sick a joke when the day arrived that we needed
them to protect the country against the world's worst
criminals. In fact, Daniel Pipes of the Wall Street Journal
was quick to point out how the government's reliance on mass
eavesdropping and tracking actually diverted resources from
more effective anti-terrorism methods, such as actually
studying and infiltrating genuine terrorist groups.
Yet now the government proposes a giant national effort to
do more of the same -- to impose more ineffective, wasteful,
and oppressive mass surveillance and restrictions.
New restrictions on the freedoms of non-violent people will
do nothing to make America or the world safer. They'll make
us less safe, as well as less free.
There are at least two reasons for this.
The first is that more restrictions, and more power placed
in the hands of government, will simply, in the long run,
create more rage and therefore more desire to strike
violently. (As we also saw, some restrictions, like those
that forbid armed citizens on planes, also make it harder
for Americans to protect themselves and their country.)
The second is something we observed, tragically, though cell
phone calls from four doomed, hijacked planes: the fatal
passivity and dependence that seems to be becoming the norm
in American behavior.
THE PASSIVE, UNTHINKING AMERICAN
It appears now that a handful of heroic passengers on one
flight, having learned via telephone that two other hijacked
planes had already smashed into the World Trade Center,
decided not to allow themselves to be used as weapons of
war. These passengers on United Flight 93 attacked the
hijackers who were in control of the plane. Doomed in any
case, they ended up dying in the woods and fields of rural
Pennsylvania, rather than passively allowing their captors
to get away with an even more horrendous mass murder.
We also know that, on at least one other flight -- American
Airlines Flight 77, which smashed into the Pentagon --
passenger Barbara Olson learned from her husband, U.S.
Solicitor General Theodore Olson, of the World Trade Center
catastrophe. During two separate calls, Mrs. Olson (a well-
known author and conservative television commentator) asked
her husband what the pilot -- standing next to her in the
back of the plane -- should do.
Picture that. Passengers and crew have been herded -- and
note that word well, herded -- to the back of the plane.
Even the pilot, the leader, the chief decision-maker, does
nothing. Can't think what do to. Can't act. Instead of
attempting to save their own lives and the lives of others
on the ground, what do they do? They expect a federal
government official to make the decision for them. THE
EVIDENCE SAYS THAT THESE PEOPLE DIDN'T EVEN FEEL EMPOWERED
TO DEFEND THEIR OWN LIVES WITHOUT FIRST ASKING THE ADVICE OR
PERMISSION OF WASHINGTON, D.C..
And why should we have expected otherwise? Americans have
been told repeatedly never to resist crime, always to submit
to any demand a thug makes of them. Always go along -- for
safety's sake. Go along in order to avoid angering the
criminal. We've been told always to submit, as well, to any
demand made by anyone who appears to be "in charge." These
people on Flight 77 -- and presumably on two of the other
flights -- were apparently so paralyzed by their
conditioning that they couldn't assert themselves even when
the alternative was certain death.
Even as pathetically disarmed as they were, they could have
battered the hijackers with their briefcases, with their
shoes, their purses. They could have overwhelmed them with
sheer numbers of bodies. They could have gouged at their
eyes with fingers or car keys. Could have knocked them
unconscious with luggage from the overhead racks. Could have
tripped them, stomped on them, tied them up with cords from
But except on United Flight 93, they apparently did nothing.
And so three planes flew, sure and true, into the heart of
three American landmarks, slaughtering thousands.
THE ONLY TRUE SECURITY MEASURE: A BILL OF RIGHTS CULTURE
We must take back America as a country. We must make it free
and independent again -- no longer the would-be ruler of its
own people, and no longer playing at being the world's
supercop. Only by doing that will earn the world's peace and
We must take our own individual lives and independent
spirits back from would-be rulers and criminals, as well.
If we consent, passively, to give up more freedoms -- even
"temporarily," or "as an emergency measure" -- we'll be
doing the opposite. We'll be less safe, less free.
To restore American freedom and personal courage, we must
restore the Bill of Rights -- in our country and in our
hearts and minds. If we understand the Bill of Rights, we'll
understand what we're fighting for -- and why. If we let it
slip away what's left won't be worth fighting for.
This means not merely having an intellectual or legal
understanding of the Bill of Rights. This means not merely
memorizing the Bill of Rights or teaching it to our
children. This means understanding the concepts of
individual liberty that underlie the Bill of Rights -- then
living those concepts, breathing them, eating the, dreaming
them, holding them as the most central values of our lives,
in the same place we hold our beliefs in the diety, or our
dedication to our families, or to truth or justice.
We must behave as free people, expect and encourage others
to behave as free people -- and have zero tolerance for
anyone who abuses freedom or uses his authority to violate
the Bill of Rights.
If there ever was a time in history to get behind the Bill
of Rights and promote it, it is now. If we yield to this
mushy thinking that the road to freedom and safety lies in
GIVING UP freedom and the Bill of Rights, then we might as
well bow down in defeat right now.
If we don't defend our rights, we'll have no rights. If we
don't defend ourselves, our family members, and our fellow
citizens -- AND defend their freedoms -- then our lives will
be no more valuable than those of cattle and sheep. And the
America we end up with won't be the America we thought we
were fighting for.
If you want to be a passive herd beast -- obey whatever the
authority of the moment, be that a bureaucrat or a hijacker,
tells you to do. Listen to their lies about "safety and
security" and obey, obey, obey.
But If you truly want to combat terrorism or terror-war,
learn the Bill of Rights, teach the Bill of Rights, and
enforce the Bill of Rights with every action of your life.
FIGHT BACK WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
The Liberty Crew
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Original Material in CCOPS ALERTS are Copyright 2001 CCOPS, Inc.
Permission is granted to reproduce this alert in full, so long
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CCOPS: Concerned Citizens Opposed to Police States
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