The Random Ruminations and Observations of a Curmudgeon

20 December 2005

Terror, War and..umm..Terror

If we have a war on terror, and although a resolution of sorts was sent to King George II, we have no declaration of war, then the so-called war seems to involve groups who kill Americans with premeditation.  The U.S. military has been dealing with these terrorists for a fair bit of time, first in non-sexy Afghanistan, then in Iraq where we have patiently and seductively said “Yoohoo come kill us” and they have obliged.  Most accounts indicate far fewer terrorists in Iraq than trumpeted, but certainly there are more than when Saddam was there.  

By and large, we Americans realize that were the terrorists to get a hold of any of us, they would likely kill us.  I applaud actions that diminish that possibility.  However, and this cannot be overstated, our form of government seems to be more fragile than I had envisioned.  I reject actions that limit personal liberty and privacy.  It is no one’s business what I read.  It is no one’s business who I talk to.  It becomes their business if and when I step over the boundaries of the law.  

I have never felt that were I in the clutches of the ACLU, my life would be threatened.  On the contrary, I think possibly they’d invite me to lunch.  I see no possible connection between the ACLU, or even PETA, and premeditated slaughter.  Is it remotely possible that these two organizations in the course of their enterprises could inadvertently lead to the death of someone?  Sure.  Driving your car has the same possibility.  They are not terrorists in any sense.  

This government cannot say with any believability that covertly gathering information about these organizations will save any lives.  The FBI (and now the NSA) are using terrorism as a rationale for the trampling of civil liberties.  

I suggest that all FBI and NSA operatives involved in such work be reassigned to the hunt for Zarqawi and bin Laden.  That would comfort me and many others.  Their current tasks do not.