DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND CONTROL
By David Brownlow
six of us finally got our luggage hauled up to the ticket
counter only to be told, "You have been selected for
an extra security search." We were yanked from the counter
and immediately led over to a very expensive looking line-up
of bomb sniffing x-ray machines. As we stood sheepishly under
the watchful gaze of the armed, stern-looking
TSA employees, all of our bags got a thorough going over.
Now please understand, I certainly do not want any bomb-carrying
psychos waltzing onto the flight I am about to board. I really
don't. So I would like to think that somewhere in the great
TSA security database there is a profile of a known, potentially
dangerous terrorist that would read something like this:
"Be on the lookout for a white, middle aged, heterosexual
male, wearing shorts and a stupid looking shirt. Likely to
be accompanied by a stunning woman, similarly dressed, with
Because then I would feel better knowing that the intrusive
search performed on my family was helping to make the world
a safer place. But of course, that is nonsense. The "security"
precautions are only a sham, designed to fool us into thinking
our government is serious about protecting us.
If securing the homeland were really the objective, then Sec.
102 of the USA Patriot Act would not make the ludicrous argument
that "no particular culture, people or religion is responsible
for terrorism." Which is just another way of saying that
every single one of us is a suspect. What a total crock!
I don't know about you, but it is pretty clear to me which
cultures, people and religions have a propensity to blow themselves
up on their way to martyrdom. And it's not some guy like me
who is just trying to take his family on vacation!
If you and I can figure out which cultures, people and religions
pose a danger to us, then our government has figured it out
too. So when we are told that a completely random search of
all 280 million Americans is an effective way of catching
the bad guys, it means they really have no intention of actually
catching the bad guys.
So just as it is with almost every aspect of our government
these days, the Homeland Security Agency is not quite what
it appears to be.
The Homeland Security Act, The Patriot Act, and the soon-to-be-unleashed
Patriot Act II have very little to do with providing security
to the homeland. They have everything to do with providing
our government with a myriad of new powers for keeping all
of us under control.
Do you feel safer knowing the federal government is snooping
around in your private affairs? Do you feel safer knowing
the federal government is looking into your spending habits,
bank accounts and medical history? Do you feel safer boarding
an airplane after you and the elderly couple next to you are
strip-searched? Do you feel safer knowing that the e-mails
you write and the web sites you browse are subject to warrantless
It's not about homeland security. It's about homeland control!
It is nearly impossible to make the least bit of sense out
of the combined 170,000 words of gibberish contained in The
Homeland Security Act, The Patriot Act I or The Patriot Act
II. In an attempt to make these Acts all the more impossible
to read, much of the verbiage is actually a cryptic modification
of other, equally unintelligible laws. It would take an army
of researchers just to get all the amended documents together
in one place. Which means you can be sure that not a single
member of Congress read these Acts before they voted to approve
them. Let alone understood the impact of them.
If that is not enough, there is another agency lurking about
called the TIA, or the Total (itarianism) Information Agency.
This is the one where every piece of information about you
is fed into a computer that is so huge they had to make up
a whole new unit of measure, the petabyte, to describe the
enormous size of the hard drives that will be required to
store the mountains of information the TIA is collecting about
In a very strange twist, the TIA is headed up Retired Admiral
John Poindexter. Now on a personal level, we should all be
happy that the Admiral's five Iran/Contra related felony convictions
were overturned. But we seem to have scraped way past the
bottom of the barrel and reached the mud and rocks, if we
had to recruit a man with his record to such a sensitive job.
A wholly unconstitutional job, I might add.
It gets even better. The Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency, or DARPA, has just issued contract bids for a new
control mechanism called LifeLog. This is going to be a new
computer system that will analyze all of our "behavior,
habits and routines" in order to "capture each persons
experience in and interactions with the world."
Why does our government need to know every detail of our lives?
Just what do these people have in store for our Republic?
And not to be forgotten, the Terrorism Information and Prevention
System, or TIPS was designed to recruit everyday people to
spy on their neighbors and report any suspicious activity
to the government. If TIPS had been enacted, there would be
roughly one government snoop for every 24 Americans. This
would mean that every time the repairman finished fixing your
dishwasher, there would be a government report filed about
any "suspicious" activities in your house.
The failure of the TIPS program to get enacted last year is
irrelevant. They still want it and you can bet that some flavor
of TIPS will morph its way back into one of the laws that
are part of what has now become an avalanche of new "security"
How could this be happening in America?
If our government were really serious about homeland security,
there would be large men with guns, patrolling our borders
in Humvees. There would be some sanity in our immigration
and visa issuing policies. We would restore our second amendment
rights aboard airplanes, so knife-wielding lunatics will never
be able to crash them into buildings again. We would be searching
the thousands of shipping containers that enter the country
each day. We would ban travel to and from a long list of countries.
And we would kick out the bad guys that managed to sneak in
But none of those things are even being talked about.
Instead, we need a whole new dictionary just to keep track
of the names of all the agencies that are snooping around
in our private affairs, as if we are all somehow at fault
for the events of 9/11. Things have gone completely nuts!
Understanding the full impact of these new laws is not very
likely. There is just too much there for the average person
to digest. But then that is exactly the intent! There are
enough new restrictions, definitions and coded phrases, such
that any one of us could be caught up in this new "homeland
security" net without ever knowing what we did wrong.
Take all these new powers, along with the ability to hold
Americans captive for indefinite periods without any Constitutional
protections, and it becomes clear that our own government
is doing more to destroy America than any terrorist organization
could ever have hoped to.
Like the pieces in a giant game of chess, the mechanisms to
eliminate our few remaining freedoms are rapidly being placed
into position. We do not know how long it will be before the
inevitable "checkmate" is called.
Let's hope we can wake up enough people before we get that
knock on the door, "We're here from the Homeland Security
Department and we'll need to see your right hand.
2003 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved
David Brownlow Constitution Party Candidate for U.S. Congress,
District 3, Oregon
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