Monday, December 19, 2005

9/11, Anthrax, Bush and the Death of Democracy

This is a long piece, “The Forgotten Anthrax Attacks of 2001”, but it is more than worth the time to read. As for me, I would need some serious convincing to prove the U.S. military grade anthrax letters right after 9/11—(that killed 5, shut down congress for the first time since 1814, every major prime-time network, 17 post offices)--was not an “inside” job. I put absolutely nothing past the Cheney/Bush cabal, nothing; and that includes 9/11 itself.

9/11 has cost this nation much and in many, many ways. That is not to denigrate or lessen the terrible loss of so many lives in any way. It is Cheney/Bush & Co who used those deaths to fulfill their own ambitions and thirst for power who have done that.

These are people who do not think they are above the law—they believe they are a law unto themselves! 4 different times Bush has made the comment that, “this would be much easier if this were a dictatorship—as long as I was the dictator”. Now he openly admits to authorizing internal spying on whom ever they choose.

This great experiment in a “Constitutional Republican Democracy” is the first since Athens over 2500 years ago. This new march toward its destruction started with Ronald Reagan. The Bush/Cheney & Co. cabal has pretty much guaranteed that a militarized police state will emerge; after all most of those around Bush were also in the Reagan cabal. I have zero faith in congress to sort this out, in fact I zero faith in congress period. It has always been the people who rise up against tyranny that have stopped fools and fanatics.

“Together the ants devour the elephant”. -- Jack

The Forgotten Anthrax Attacks of 2001

[Note: This is the second of two pieces focused on reevaluating the costs of the September 11 attacks. In the first, Shark-bit World, I took the New York Times back to the week before September 11, 2001, time-machine style, and found a forgotten world in which the Bush administration, with its poll numbers dropping and congressional Republicans fretting, was drifting, politically challenged, and besieged -- a moment not unlike our own. I concluded: "Four long years to make it back to September 10th, 2001 in an American world now filled to the brim with horrors, a United States which is no longer a ‘country,' but a ‘homeland' and a Homeland Security State." Tom]

It Should Have Been Unforgettable

The Anthrax Attacks and the Costs of 9/11
By: Tom Engelhardt

Imagine, for a moment, that someone had a finger on a pause button just after the attacks of September 11, 2001. That's not such a crazy thought. After all, most Americans watched the attacks and their aftermath on television; and, as coups de théâtre, they were clearly meant to be viewed on screen. Of course, the technology for pausing reality didn't quite exist then. But if someone in that pre-TiVo age had somehow hit pause soon after the Twin Towers came down, while the Pentagon was still smoking, when Air Force One was carrying a panicky George Bush in the wrong direction rather than towards Washington and New York to become the resolute war president of his dreams, if someone had paused everything and given us all a chance to catch our breath, what might we have noticed about the actual damage to our world?

As a start, there were those two towers and so many of the people in them (and those who came to rescue them) tumbling in that near-mushroom cloud of smoke into one of the greatest piles of instant rubble and powder in history.

Even a few days later, glimpsed down various side streets, the vision of destruction at the World Trade Center site -- those gigantic, jagged shards of left-over building -- were (I can attest) more than worthy of some civilization-ending sci-fi film; of, say, the final scene in the original Planet of the Apes where the top of the off-kilter Statue of Liberty looms from the sand. So, other than the loss of lives, the initial cost of 9/11 was two large buildings and, in Washington, part of a third -- clearly stand-ins for American financial and military power. (The fourth hijacked plane, which went down in Pennsylvania, was surely on its way to the capital to add political power to the ensemble, creating the sort of triad that human beings seem eternally attracted to.)

Read The Full Essay Here: http://www.tomdispatch.com/

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