Remembering 9/11: The Wolf In 'Patriot Act' Sheep's Clothing

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Submitted by Thad Beversdorf via FirstRebuttal.com,

This is a piece I wrote last year for Ron Paul’s Voices of Liberty.  Now although mainstream media has all but put a gag order on 9/11 memorial coverage, I believe this article’s message has never been more relevant and so I’m posting again at what is obviously poignant time.  I find it odd that we have 10 Hollywood blockbusters made each year about the holocaust 75 years on, but only 14 years after the event American media will no longer discuss 9/11, even upon the anniversary.  It is perhaps the most telling phenomenon about the secretiveness and mystery surrounding the horrific tragedy.

It was the sixth week of my first job fresh out of college. I was still eagerly excited for each new day. Having moved stateside from a small town in Canada to finish up university and then on to the big city of Chicago, I was still in awe of America. I was working in the north building of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the corner of Madison and Wacker. It was early morning and I was on the phone with Paul Salvio from our New York office when...

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...the phone went dead.

The day was September 11, 2001. Our New York office was on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center Tower 1. None of the employees who had arrived to work that day survived. It is a moment that elicits strong emotions within me to this day and I know I’m not alone.

In the days and weeks that followed, while the world came together to mourn those lost and to condemn those responsible, our policymakers in Washington were working feverishly to find opportunity in this tragedy. Forty-five days after 9/11, President Bush signed into law the U.S. Patriot Act.

The implication of the ironically titled bill is well described by a report published in March 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report, called  “Reclaiming Patriotism,” suggests that the Patriot Act “fundamentally altered the relationship Americans share with their Government.”

Politicians took advantage of a moment of extreme duress for the American people to push through a bill that not only breached the spirit of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but also directly contradicts the rights guaranteed under the 1st and 4th Amendments. The Patriot Act gave powers to the executive branch of our government it was never meant to have. Such restriction of powers was mandated by the founding fathers through the legal framework of which this nation is governed; a legal framework of which each legislator is sworn to uphold upon taking office.

The ACLU’s 2009 report provides an interesting and unintended perspective on the fundamental dangers of the Patriot Act because it was published prior to revelations made by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Note the following excerpt from the ACLU 2009 report:

“Worse, it authorizes the government to engage in this expanded domestic spying in secret, with few, if any, protections built in to ensure these powers are not abused, and little opportunity for Congress to review whether the authorities it granted the government actually made Americans any safer.” ?

But such fears were repeatedly calmed by those who were handed the authority over and entrusted with such powers.

 

And so, we see, concerns about Patriot Act abuses at the time of the ACLU report were only hypothetical and thus easily and reassuringly refuted by those in charge of the surveillances being done under the authority of the Patriot Act.

And then Edward Snowden entered the room...

 

Snowden revealed that not only were the very abuses predicted by the ACLU taking place but they were part of a larger and well defined strategy that had been intentionally hidden from the American people.

Many of the surveillance programs revealed by Snowden are part of subsequent legislative bills that fall under the umbrella and authority of rights granted by the Patriot Act. In a sense it has become the “Pandora’s box” against the rights and freedoms of the American people. Since the Patriot Act opened the floodgates, we’ve had a steady stream of bills further expanding the (illegal) powers to those in charge.

The claims that these programs are unlawful are not simply laymen opinion. Several courts across the nation have heard various cases and determined that many aspects of the programs are in breach of the U.S. Constitution. ?  Yet, no one has been prosecuted and the programs under the Patriot Act not only continue but are expanding.

History and common sense tell us that those in power will always attempt to beget more power. Several independent studies prove that these programs have very little impact on protecting Americans from terrorism while the Snowden leaks evidence the wide abuses taking place for political motivations. The Patriot Act has become the enemy it claims necessitates its existence. It is the most prolific form of terrorism against the American citizenry (and many of our allies) today.

The argument so often touted by beneficiaries of the Patriot Act is that trading freedom for safety is an acceptable trade. That argument is not only invalid it is unsound. Freedom and safety are not mutually exclusive and even if they were the slippery slope aspect of such way of thinking makes it a false proposition. If you haven’t done so, you must fully examine the Snowden revelations to comprehend the extent of the tyranny authorized and enacted by the Patriot Act and its subsidiary Acts.

Let me bring this to a sharp point for any who have yet to feel it—a terrible thing happened to this nation on 9/11 that none of us expected ever would. We felt vulnerable for maybe the first time within the borders of our nation, the strongest nation on this earth. It changed many of us in very profound ways. At that point, in that moment, all we wanted to feel is that it would and that it could never happen again. And so we entrusted our leaders to work together on implementing policies that would ensure our freedom be safe from those who want to take it from us.

The Patriot Act was sold to Americans as a shield to defend our freedom, that it was to ensure our rights as guaranteed by our constitution and the Bill of Rights would be safe from evildoers. However, the sad reality is that our leaders took our moment of need as an opportunity to further enhance the powers of the state over the power of the people. We know this now thanks to some incredibly brave and heroic Americans like Snowden who gave up their individual freedom to defend the freedom of a nation.  It is on the rest of us now to stand up to the tyranny of those whose interests are narrow and selfish and whose lies and deceit represent the most monumental and immediate threat to our freedom.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Never forget...

The New York Times reported Thursday that a group of five men had set up video cameras aimed at the Twin
Towers prior to the attack on Tuesday, and were seen congratulating one another afterwards. 

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/fiveisraelis.html

Oldwood's picture

Never forget....there is no safety, individually or in numbers. Once we come to terms with that, we can all live free. Every action we take to impose ourselves onto others in an effort to adjust our odds, only increases our ultimate risk of oppression. One's self is the only security we have and should need. Lets work on that, rather than calculating ways in which to lever the power of the collective to our favor.

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Takeaction2 (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Sep 11, 2015 9:12 AM

Was traveling home yesterday from a fun trip to Kentucky, and going through the airport I always "Opt Out" of those X-Ray Machines.  When you "Opt Out" of these machines in the airport, the TSA (T-housands S-tanding A-round) get all excitied and like to try and make you a specticle so the other sheep will go through the scanner quickly and not cause friction.  They yell on their communicator so everyone can see and here... "We have a male Opt Out...We have a male Opt Out" and they make you stand in front of everyone and wait for another TSA agent to take you over for the "Pat Down" area. They always have to say a paragraph to you that basically states "We are going to touch your balls as we go inside your thigh".   A TSA (T-ake S-cissors A-way) agent was standing next to me (65 year old woman)  and under her breath she said "I am always shocked when parents allow their kids to go through that thing.....my supervisor says they are safe, but I don't trust'em."  I quickly said "Why is it when you get X-Rayed at the dental office they put a lead vest on your chest, and they leave the room and go in a safe room when they pull the trigger"  She said.."Your Right...the government always lies to us."  Then I had to say it......"Do you believe 3 buildings fell from jet fuel?"  She looked at me...smiled...said "Absolutely not.."  It was like a scene out of a movie.  We are so screwed.  See you in the re-education camp. 

Ignatius's picture

When people go along with the big lie, while knowing it's a lie, the hook is set deeper.  It's one thing to fool someone and it's another thing to go along knowing one has been fooled.  Why would these criminals feel any restraint at all?  They don't.  We are all paying this price.

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

Have you noticed how many 'fictional' dystopic films and novels are now morphing together and frighteningly becoming reality right before our eyes.

 '1984', 'Brave New World', 'Captain America:Winter Soldier','The Matrix', Equilibrium', 'Hunger Games', 'Children of Men', 'V For Vendetta', etc.......

We are undoubtedly in the opening act of our own dystopic nightmare 'movie'. It will have to get much worse before it gets better I fear.  

Ignatius's picture

Yes, and though it may not seem apparent to many awake souls here, the way out is spiritual.  It seems to me that to love God is to love the truth - they can't be seperated.

SofaPapa's picture

Way off topic, but I completely agree.

My definition of God has always been 'what happens'.  Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don't, but whatever happened is God's will.  It's a lot simpler definition than that found in the religions based off of Abraham.  I like simplicity.

+1

Radical Marijuana's picture

SofaPopa, I do NOT regard your comment as being "way off topic," but rather, as penetrating deeper into the radical center of the topic of 9/11.

My view is that "God" is approached by the principle of the conservation of energy and momentum, and the preservation of information as a form of energy. However, the biggest bullies' bullshit world view has suppressed that, by inverting the concept of entropy, so that we are taught to misunderstand things in the most absurdly backward ways possible. (An arbitrary minus sign was inserted into the entropy equations of thermodynamics and information theory, in order that those would continue to be presented in ways which were consistent with the biggest bullies' bullshit world views.)

I recommend intellectual scientific revolutions, that then apply to political science, as the ways to attempt to cope with the intense paradoxes that develop when one more fully recognizes how and why governments are necessarily the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. Those kinds of paradigm shifts may be asymptotically approached through creative synthesis of post-modernizing science with ancient mysticism.

The most intense ironies are due to the degree that the progress in physical science has deliberately NOT been followed by progress in political science. Of course, one can readily comprehend how and why that is the case after one recognizes that governments ENFORCE FRAUDS by privately controlled banks, and therefore, the systems of debt slavery are backed by wars based on deceits.

I have found that the more one studies 9/11, and the monetary systems, the more those overlap, especially as one attempts to approach the pyramidion people at the top of the current social pyramid systems. It is NOT an accident that, in order to believe in the official story about 9/11, one has to deliberately ignore basic physics. Similarly, it is not any accident that the established monetary systems demand that the vast majority of people deliberately ignore the principle of the conservation of energy, as well as misunderstand the concept of entropy in absurdly backwards ways.

The established social systems are based upon ENFORCING FRAUDS. For generation after generation, the vast majority of people have adapted to living inside of those kinds of systems based upon some people controlling other people by backing up deceits with destruction. The results are that we are living inside of Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds. Previously, those manifested as various old-fashioned state religions. Now, the two dominate, integrated, state religions in the USA, and around the world, today are the monetary system and national security. Both are based on sophisticated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence.

The deeper problems are due to the social successfulness achieved through backing up lies with violence never stops those lies from still being false. Therefore, society as a whole becomes more psychotically out of touch with physical realities, due to the development of psychological and political habits based upon the long history of pyramid schemes ENFORCING FRAUDS. The world we are living in now is almost totally dominated by the best available professional liars and immaculate hypocrites.

Ideally, we should develop more genuine spirituality, and more people should understand the basic principles of philosophy. However, all of the dominate social systems are effective STATE RELIGIONS BASED ON ENFORCING FRAUDS. Therefore, instead of reconciling progress in mathematical physics through matching progress in metaphysics, the technologies made possible due to progress in physics have ended up being developed to become globalized systems of electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs.

Similarly, very sophisticated technology was used during the events that happened on 9/11/2001, which included scientifically advanced psychological and political techniques. So far, those have been quite successful in starting more genocidal wars, as well as preparing to impose democidal martial law. Meanwhile, tragically, there is almost no publicly significant opposition to that, other than controlled opposition which stays within the same deceitful frame of reference regarding the basic ways that human beings operate their death control systems.

The degree to which the State Religions are dominate includes the degree to which there is almost no publicly significant opposition to those which is not also controlled, and especially controlled by the ways that they think, which they tend to continue to take completely for granted. The following observation applies quite thoroughly to all of the people who point out some superficial analysis regarding the established systems being operated by professional hypocrites, in ways which actually accomplish the opposite of what they stated that they were supposed to be doing, as expressed on Zero Hedge by Cognitive Dissonance:

"The absolute best controlled opposition is one that doesn't know they are controlled."

In my view, more genuine spirituality and appreciation of the fundamental principles of philosophy is necessarily INTENSELY PARADOXICAL, as expressed by the challenges presented when attempting creative syntheses between post-modernizing science with ancient mysticism. The existence of globalized electronic frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic bombs, depends upon the existence of quantum mechanics, and the special theory of relativity, ETC.. The mathematical physics those are based upon necessarily approaches the world views of ancient mysticism. However, at the same time, the established social pyramid systems require that the vast majority of people either deliberately ignore those, or deliberately misunderstand those in the most absurdly backward ways possible.

Believing the official story regarding the events on 9/11 requires one to deliberately ignore relatively common sense basic physics. That is one of the most spectacular symbols of the more hyper-complicated ways that the entire political economy is based upon STATE RELIGIONS ENFORCING FRAUDS.  In my view, many people would rather continue to promote ridiculous presentations of basic physics (such as the many down voted comments and replies above), rather than suffer through the severe cognitive dissonance that it takes to comprehend that 9/11 was an inside job, false flag attack, whereby the ruling classes developed their power to "protect us," despite them actually being our worst enemies. (Presumably, some of those posting comments and replies that deliberately ignored basic physics are somehow benefiting from continuing to uphold the Huge Lies regarding 9/11, etc.?)

I believe that one can understand how natural selection pressures developed through the history of warfare to become the established systems where the human artificial selection systems are based upon the maximum possible deceits and frauds. However, in my view, in order to more completely do that, one has to attempt to grapple with the ways that: "The absolute best controlled opposition is one that doesn't know they are controlled."

The biggest bullies' bullshit world view has been built into the dominate natural languages and philosophy of science, to the degree that it is extremely difficult to avoid thinking in ways based upon that bullshit world view, and even more difficult to attempt to communicate in ways which are not biased by implicit beliefs in that bullshit. Again, 9/11 provides the most spectacular symbol of that, so far, since public discussions about 9/11 demonstrate the relevance of the saying that: "The lies are different at every level."

While I not sure of "the truth," however, I am sure that society is controlled by Huge Lies, and that overall appears to be getting worse ... Indeed, the more that some people begin to appreciate the magnitude of those Huge Lies, the most unstable the established systems become, and hence, the greater it appears to make the threat of some "Next 9/11" happening ???

The fundamental problem continues to be progress in physical science, without that being surpassed by progress in political science. The political problems surrounding 9/11 are the most spectacular symbols of that, inasmuch as the official story about what happened IS physically impossible to be correct, and yet, those Huge Lies continue to be socially dominate, as they were originally promoted by the mass media, and so on and so forth ...

While the patterns of comments and votes on Zero Hedge demonstrate that the majority of those doing that recognize the official stories regarding 9/11 are physically impossible, the real world continues to actually be controlled by systems based upon ENFORCING FRAUDS. The prolonged history of backing up deceits with destruction, enabling State Religions to become socially dominate, despite being based on Huge Lies, was spectacularly symbolized by the consequences of 9/11.

Considering that everyone who uses the currently exist public "money" supplies are, therefore, operating INSIDE ENFORCED FRAUDS, the degree to which people are living INSIDE Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds is almost impossible to exaggerate. Clearly, civilization is controlled by the principles and methods of organized crime, whose excessive successfulness has driven that civilization towards becoming runaway criminal insanities.

9/11 was done by the ruling classes, in order to advance their systems of debt slavery backed by wars based on deceits. Those systems of debt slavery have already generated numbers which have become debt insanities, which threaten to provoke death insanities. The ruling classes are carrying through their agenda by having done 9/11 in order to start more genocidal wars, as well as prepare to impose democidal martial law. Meanwhile, in my opinion, there is practically no publicly significant opposition to that which is not controlled, because there is practically nobody who can think in sufficiently different ways, and even less are there enough people who can be communicated with so that they too will think in sufficiently different ways.

Instead, the Grand Canyon Chasms between progress in physical science, without progress in political science, continue to get wider and wider, as demonstrated by the degree to which the official story regarding 9/11 continues to dominate the political landscape, despite being physically impossible. Of course, one can comprehend that, inasmuch as recognizing that the official story about 9/11 is absurd bullshit then forces one to follow through to recognize that the entire political economy is also based on absurd bullshit, because that economy is based upon governments ENFORCING FRAUDS by privately controlled banks.

... SO FAR, AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND WE GO, STUCK IN THE DEEPENING RUTS OF CIVILIZATION CONTROLLED BY HUGE LIES BECOMING MORE AND MORE PSYCHOTICALLY INSANE, WITH NO END IN SIGHT OF HOW MUCH WORSE THAT IS GOING TO GET!

LawsofPhysics's picture

If the TSA agent is good looking, I always op-out...  ...just saying...

FireBrander's picture

The "good looking" TSA agent is always running the desk...unless you find your Grandma, or 300lb landwhales, attractive, there are no "good looking" TSA ball fondlers...

Joe A's picture

You should always opt-out. Better to have your balls touched then to have your body radiated.

Joe A's picture

Good for you for always taking the opt-out option.

Zé Cacetudo's picture

By far the easiest way to avoid that bullshit: tell them that you can't raise your arms above your head due to an injury. All of a sudden, the metal detector opens up and you go through that with a hand swab.

If they ask why, which they usually won't, tell them it's an old sports injury (if you feel like sharing) or that it's none of their business and your medical conditions are private information under HIPAA (if you don't).

Works every time.

snodgrass's picture

 

Live broadcast today and tomorrow on 911 lies told by the govt. and media.

https://rethinkseptember11.wordpress.com/

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

HH

your link whatreallyhappened.com contains a lot of footnote references but there are no footnotes.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

The numbers are hyperlinked, so you just click on them, and your web browser will open the reference.

Bloppy's picture
Boston Globe: Weren’t near 9-11? Then why are you posting about it?

http://tinyurl.com/pvgsjo2

Never One Roach's picture

Saudi Arabia has reportedly responded to the growing number of people fleeing the Middle East for western Europe - by offering to build 200 mosques in Germany. (http://ind.pn/1igDtwz)

 

Mighty thoughtful of them Saudis.

Oldwood's picture

Simply spreading the religion of peace, wahabi style.

Son of Loki's picture

Soon all Deutschers will be required to convert or have their heads handed to them. If their rulers, the new Caliphate of Deutschalnd is kind to them, they will be given an option to leave Germany and go to a Chrisitan nation. Otherwise, it's kaputen mit seine kopf!

 

Every good Deutscher will also be required to visit Mecca at least every ten years to prove his loyalty.

Budnacho's picture

As far as I'm concerned the Patriot Act was the smoking gun proof of the conspiracy behind it all. NO legislation gets written that quickly....

Urban Roman's picture

.. and the knowledge that the real government is not elected and does not care.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

All they needed was 'a new Pearl Harbour'...

philosophers bone's picture

Bud, there are so many smoking guns when it comes to 9/11 which all can see and thankfully most are caught on video.

You start with the no-brainer:  WTC 7, then you go from there.

Once you get WTC 7 falling by controlled demolition, then very easily you get to the Twin Towers falling that way as well.  Although the evidence is very clear that the Twin Towers fell by controlled demolition, people in their minds may make a distinction between the Twin Towers and WTC 7 because the Towers were "hit" by the "commercial airplanes",  That is why WTC 7 is so critical.  When combined with the multiple video evidence of first responders with respect to explosions going off in the buildings, I do not see how any reasonable open minded person could believe otherwise. 

Then there is Shanksville.  Very clearly there is no plane based on the pictures and particularly when factoring in the first people and reporters who arrived at the scene who said there was no evidence of a plane crash, no bodies, nothing, although there was a "hole" in the ground. 

Then there is the Pentagon, the most protected airspace in the world, which wsa "hit" by a "commercial aircraft", although the CNN reporter on the scene when first reporting said "there is nothing that would indicate that a plane hit the Pentagon".

Then there is everything else:  The mock hijacking drills scheduled that day; Cheney and Pinetta's inconsistent stories about what went on that day; Donald Rumsfeld on the Pentagon lawn being videoed assisting with a victim when he was the only one with authority to give certain orders to the military and they couldn't get a hold of him.  I am forgetting a ton of stuff. 

The "Official Story" of 9/11 requires one to believe so many individually improbable (and in the case of the falling bulildings, impossible) things, any one of which is difficult.  But when they are all combined together, the "Official Story" is clearly not the best explanation of what occurred that day.

Budnacho's picture

Agreed!....My favorite little piece of Info was also the missing 2-Trillion mentioned the day before by Rummy....and wouldn't you know it?...the "plane" that hit the Pentagon hit the exact room where all the officials responsible for the $$ being lost were meeting that day. 

I'm telling you those terrorists sure knew exactly where to hit....such skill!

/irony

Bunghole's picture

Dont forget the missing gold from WTC4 or that Cantor Fitgerald in WTC1 held the notes on the missing 2 trillion.

mvsjcl's picture

Obviously, you didn't hear the "Harley-Davidson Man" clearly explain what happened that day.

Max Cynical's picture

There's so much more CONVINCING evidence to highlight re 9/11 than laymen showing up and proclaiming they don't see any aircraft parts.

Do you have any idea what happens when a plane hits an object at 500 mph?

"F4 Phantom Jet Hits Concrete Wall at 500 MPH"

https://youtu.be/RZjhxuhTmGk

moneybots's picture

"Once you get WTC 7 falling by controlled demolition, then very easily you get to the Twin Towers falling that way as well.  Although the evidence is very clear that the Twin Towers fell by controlled demolition..."

 

The evidence is clear that the buildings collapsed due to out of control fires.  No building that was not on fire, collapsed.

philosophers bone's picture

"Pull it!!.... The Champagne cork, I mean!!  Happy Anniversary!!"

- Larry Silverstein

 

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Serious question. What was the real reason for the smaller buildings around the twin towers like 7, to fall?

chunga's picture

The first rule about building 7 club is you do not talk about building 7 club.

redd_green's picture

Got that right.  And who the hell would downvote your comment.  Heh.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

It take week or months to bring down a building like that. You have to cut load baring members....set charges.

 

You tell me what happened.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I'd feel pretty damn nervous about working in a building if I thought the fire department could just bring it down with a push of a button. That's why most buildings are constructed sans the demolition charges.

 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I'm not a controlled demolition expert...but, I am a professionally chartered civil engineer with 9 years of tertiary, vocational education and over 20 years experience designing, constructing, maintaining and renewing civil structures and infrastructure.

There is no doubt that WTC 1, 2 and 7 were brought down by controlled demolition. Any one who attempts to tell you otherwise just insulted you.

Further, there is no doubt that the Pentagon was NOT hit by a 757 (a Tomahawk missile more like it).

As for Shankesville...there was no plane debris, let alone blood (according to the coroner at the scene).

It still stuns me that any adult would still regurgitate the official story.

Churchill said: 'the best argument against democracy is a 5 minute conversation with the average voter.'

Unfortunately the large majority of the human species are quite simply stupid.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Unfortunately the large majority of the human species are quite simply stupid.

 

Understatement.

redd_green's picture

Yep. Cole is frickin brilliant.    Not only did he figure it all out years ago, but he put his experiments up on the web so that an idiot could follow.  Too bad no one in congress is up to that level yet.

Urban Roman's picture

Horse shit. Military demolitions take place overnight. The key is not to care about flying glass and debris.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

You don't bring a building straight down without cutting the load bearing members....there are companies that specialize in it.

 

You can blow up a building but bringing one down on itself is an art that takes careful planning.

centerline's picture

That is not entirely accurate.  Progressive collapse mechanism can in fact operate in the manner we saw.  These large structures are in fact very weak at any individual connection or member.  It is the sum of the parts that creates a strong enough frame.  With enough damage and falling mass, it is possible to have a "pancake" sort of collapse.

Again, a bunch of people on websites pretending to be engineers and demolition experts is a waste of energy.  It gets people debating the physics of the crime instead of the "who."  The American people, instead of demanding answers about "who", are divided in the lesser details.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

OK...now tell the class what PULL IT.....is in reference too.