September 9, 2011
Itâ€™s been a decade since the attacks of 9-11. Since that time, the cost of the American government has more than doubled while American economic output has drastically slowed. Communication and public speech has suffered under the weight of the Patriot Act, and today, most Americans understand that their government tracks them and spies upon them. Travel across this beautiful land has been made more expensive, as fuel and food costs have skyrocketed. The new and wholly un-American Department of Homeland Security has settled in for the long war, apparently against the American people and American traditions of liberty.
A recent Frontline television program outlined the research effort by two reporters at the Washington Post in describing a “Top Secret” America. The real federal jobs program in the last decade has been in surveillance, monitoring, and intelligence-development â€“ of Americans on American soil.
In the decade after 9-11, Washington, D.C. launched repeated land wars, government takeovers, and nation-building, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq, and later in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and now Libya. None of these wars, all sold as “wars against terrorism” were granted any public congressional debate, and none entailed a Congressional declaration of war.