Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Spying Game…How Safe Are We?

With the Bush crusade against the “evil-doers”, one has to wonder if aligning themselves with his position, is in fact, an act of evil when hypocrisy is embedded throughout the Bush administration’s policies.

It has become a moniker of the Bush tenure: “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.” President Bush first spoke this statement in an address to a joint session of Congress and the nation nine days after the attacks of Sept 11th. Since then, he has used this phrase to continue to strike fear into Americans and be willing to give up numerous civil liberties in the name of national security.

“This is a limited program designed to prevent attacks on the United States of America, and I repeat, limited,” Bush said in regards to the eavesdropping program set up after 9/11. “I think most Americans understand the need to find out what the enemy’s thinking. We’re at war with an enemy that wants to hurt us again.” If I understand the president’s position, we should ‘bend’ our civil liberties, use our National Defense attacking a country in the Middle East that did not have “weapons of mass destruction”, subsequently, using valuable money, resources, and most importantly, American lives, with still the threat of terrorism looming over our heads.

With Americans in a panic and recently hearing about an avoided attack in Los Angeles, it is perplexing that we would allow Dubai Ports World to control shipping facilities at six leading American ports. The Bush administration’s approval of the recent sale of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company for $6.8 billion to a company located in the capital of United Arab Emirates, where the Sept 11th plotters had funneled money, makes you wonder about an administration that has made national security its top priority. “They said security at American ports-where only 5 percent of incoming cargo is inspected-is one of the country’s biggest vulnerabilities”, reported Brian Knowlton, International Herald Tribune, 2/19/06. Michael Chertoff, homeland security secretary, told ABC News, “We put safeguards in place and assurances in place that make everybody comfortable.” Declining to say what safeguards were being implemented, he is asking us to trust him and the Bush administration blindly.

“There’s an enemy out there,” said Bush. (The News-Journal, 1/2/06) No, Mr. President, there is an enemy right here. “It’s a suicide mission, with a nation strapped to the White House.” (The News-Journal, 11/27/05)