“They had not been previously allowed to be released. He’s constantly hoped they would be.”
–Mark Denbeaux, Attorney for Abu Zubaydah
“These torture techniques were specifically approved for use on Abu Zubaydah… This wasn’t a one-off, they weren’t freelancing here. This was all authorized, in-specific and in-detail, by government lawyers.”
–Rachel Maddow, TRMS (12-5-2019)
“Our torture memos were written to torture ONE PERSON… Abu Zubaydah.”
“When terrorists flew planes into three different targets in the United States on September 11, 2001, it quickly became clear that only massive intelligence failures could account for the fact that no government agencies had become aware of the plot in time to stop it. It ran contrary to American expectations of our intelligence agencies that neither the FBI, which had a warrant for the arrest of Osama bin Laden dating back to 1998, nor the CIA, which had a specific station dedicated to tracking the same man, had realized that his organization was planning the most devastating and spectacular attack on U.S. civilians in modern history.”
I believe the PEOPLE of the United States can face ANY challenge, overcome ANY obstacle, and help our friends and allies do the same… but only when we STAND united. The strength and resilience of the American People cannot be matched when we are TRUE to ourselves, and we believe the WORDS our Union was founded upon… because they are self-evident!
“For want of the price,
Of tea and a slice,
The old man died.”
— Us and Them, Pink Floyd
“… so let us stop talking falsely now,
The hour’s getting late.”
— All Along the Watchtower, Bob Dylan
As Director Coats said, and I proudly echo here- The security of the United States is ensured when we stand firm in our celebration of the Rule of Law… Our Constitution, as warfare shifts away from “bodies and bullets” to “minds and machines”.
The future of our international engagement MUST be “… increasingly about values.”
Who do we want to BE in this world? What should our mission LOOK LIKE? As we consider our military strategy at the end of TWO DECADES at war, we must make some HARD decisions about who we are… at home. From State, to DoD and Justice, the BRAVE men and women who go out into the international community as representatives of our nation, do so because they believe so deeply in the ideals of Our Constitution, they would risk their LIVES to ensure it.
Our ideals encompass ALL who swear an oath or pledge allegiance to our flag, and would rather sacrifice everything than see it fall. Let the blood that has been shed, be our guide now… yes, the mission of the United States should be, in National Security and diplomatic foreign policy, firmly rooted in an arena increasingly about values.
Because in THAT arena we CANNOT lose. No nation on Earth can defeat us when we are TRUE TO OURSELVES… when we proudly wear the flag of our country and can truly HONOR the words written in our Laws.
OURS is a JUST CAUSE… so long as we walk a JUST PATH.
“… to disrupt or damage US civilian and military infrastructure during a crisis…”
Our reliance on technology is unavoidable and our dependence only grows each year. Our water treatment, our sewage processing, our electricity, even the gasoline we put in our cars, as well as the health care we depend on in an emergency… The vulnerability of our technological infrastructure touches every aspect of our lives.
Immediate action should be taken to include modern technological security in every planned project, as well as updating existing systems to ensure a uniform level of protection is achieved. Regulation and oversight now will SAVE LIVES during a hurricane or a blizzard, at pivotal moments where we depend on these sevices the most. Our Government should be in the business of “Having The People’s Back”, prepared to provide support so we can be successful in ALL situations.
Our long term strategy must include REDUNDANCY. ALL of our existing, aging space based monitoring systems as well as future systems must have a prepared secondary replacement. Telecommunications, GPS, weather satellites, orbital solar observatories, and many more that we depend on everyday for shipping, manufacturing, food production… and cat videos. The cost of NOT being prepared for foreseeable failures due to natural events, errors, or attack, will outweigh any upfront investments made.
It will become increasingly clear, as we incorporate more technology into our lives, the future of our nation depends on a WELL EDUCATED ELECTORATE. (ASIDE: The VISION of the Framers of the Constitution… absolutely stunning! To consider what it is we are doing today, in a virtual reality with worldwide instant communications… and the BEST solutions for these 21st Century threats, were conceived in the 18th Century!)
“Penetrating the US national decision making process…” That is not limited to the IC or law makers. That decision making process starts in the home of EVERY American citizen. POCKETBOOK ISSUES. Higher gas prices lead to higher food costs. Less disposable income causes people to spend less. Less demand leads to less demand for workers… ALL causing a strain the average family, motivating people to SPEAK OUT, shaking stability. The story line manipulated time and time again by leaders who only want to hold on to power, or seek to ensure their financial security at the expense of the people they serve.
Today, our enemy has the ability to have a personal chat with all of us… and we may not even know it… while it’s happening! It must be the responsibility of each of us to secure our personal identity, BOTH online and in real life. The financial security of millions of citizens has been compromised over the course of the current administration, and it seems it will continue due to a lack of desire to hold corporations responsible for carelessness with our information. Social media platforms, credit rating entities, lending institutions and many more profit and play freely with our individual personal LIVES.
Inorder to secure our national way of life, each of us must LEARN what is necessary to secure our individual “digital identity”, and take active steps to secure our “digital legacy”. The Federal Government should play an active role, communicating and supporting citizens. To many, it is an alien way of thinking. To younger Americans, it is slowly becoming common knowledge, but only in a limited way. Access to knowledge and better education for ALL citizens helps to ensure our National Security and our Financial Security, as well as that of our friends and allies around the world.
American values… taught to each and every one of us. That we should RESPECT the basic human rights of others. That, even though war causes unnecessary death, we should seek to minimize human suffering. And we were taught that we should follow THE rule… the rule we were all taught in kindergarten-
“Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”
When our country acts with integety, and adheres to the Rule of Law, at home AND abroad, we can STAND FIRM in defense of Justice with authority, and take comfort in the fact that the entire international community that we have stood by, for three quarters of a century, will stand with us.
Violations of long standing international law will be met with INTENSE and LASTING refusal of cooperation, from all democratic nations, to work with the offending country, until those responsible meet Justice. NOT AN INCH should be given, there should be NO DOUBT. Let us remember the atrocities of The Great War, the war to end all wars.
… all of the actions taken by our Commander-in-Chief have been to the benefit of Russia. We must return to a position of strength with the Kremlin.
That starts as soon as this administration is out of The White House.
… and there it is. “Slower economic growth…”, “supply disruption, upward pressure…”
Evil wins when men of good conscience are SILENT
… some of us saw this coming a long way off.
What should the mission of the United States BE in the world? A shifting climate is coming, in our atmosphere and in our way of envisioning governance. Opposing political philosophies considered BEFORE the drafting of Our Constitution must be re-evaluated in light of new evidence… WE STAND AS THE PROOF! Whatever the will of the American People be, when voiced in accordance with the Law at the ballot box, UNOPPOSED TO ALL CITIZENS, Justice will be realized. Opposing opinions will have CLARITY and poorly defined arguments will end. Knowledge and understanding leads to empathy and compassion… and eventually HEALING.
The National Security of the United States is assured when we STAND united.
The American People direct the course… after all, it is OUR SHIP. We sink or swim together.
These extreme weather events could cause, “Damage to communication, energy, and transportation infrastructure” as well as “low lying military bases” causing human displacement and loss of life, the report continues. These shifts will effect every nation on earth, our allies and our enemies. How we treat OTHERS today will be remembered TOMORROW, a burden placed upon a future generation… in remembrance of OUR ACTIONS. Nature is not our enemy. Nature is not our friend. We are part OF nature, and if we are not prepared for what we know CAN happen… then it is our fault if we fail. We must use the gifts we have been given.
Ronald Reagan once said in a speech delivered before the UN General Assembly, “I occasionally think, ‘How quickly our differences would vanish if we were facing an alien threat.'” Maybe he was referencing something, unlike anything this world has ever seen before. Metaphors and allegorical stories. Innuendo and whispers. Must consider, little pitchers have big ears…
What was Reagan going on about? Was he waxing poetically about beings from a distant galaxy? Or was he speaking from his heart, about a belief he could not fully articulate, due to the restrictions placed upon him because of National Security?
At THIS moment, in the course of natural events, when so much is at stake, the American People deserve a LEADER who understands the hardships working families face. NOT because I asked a group of people at a voter Q and A. Not because I will benefit monetarily… I AM an average working class father and husband. My family feels the political fallout everytime Congressional Leaders drop the ball. My children’s FUTURE is on the line when they bet money on stoking fear and division.
And I believe the American People deserve a seat at the table. Leadership, untainted by the lobbying and fundraising, beholden to the PEOPLE, not corporations and special interests. Because our National Security is increasingly about values.
Yesterday, I lost my ability to use Twitter. I was shocked. Not exactly sure why, have not been contacted by anyone. But I understand that it is not a platform I can use when I choose. I am ALLOWED to use it as SOMEONE ELSE chooses. I believed that was the case when I started, and as I have spoken out, I have noticed certain “glitches in the Matrix”, that show there are ‘eyes’. THAT IS ONE POINT OF MY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
1.) Can this be done?
2.) IF this CAN be done, WHO CAN DO THIS?
3.) WHO IS THE GATEKEEPER?
3a.) who SHOULD be the gatekeeper?
…is a brand new idea, and our digital lives are a REAL thing that will exist, potentially, forever. We are ALL currently engaged in a World War. It has been discussed in vague terms, veiled in ‘virtual’ and ‘in-essence’ descriptors, but no one has addressed HOW this fight is fought.
IF we are ALL the SOLIDERS, SHOULDN’T WE BE ARMED??
And, as an ALLEGORICAL call to arms, this is so unreal. The answer is simple-
EDUCATE. FIGHT THE TROLLS. Critical thought. Honest open debate shows where BAD ACTORS hide. As Citizens, we know other citizens. The cracks in the digital warfront lie in the inability of our enemies to BE in an American Community. To be living and socializing, and interacting, and contributing, and KNOWING what’s going on, on a daily basis, SHOWS clearly when people are not afraid to discuss hard subject matters.
Knowing we are SUPPORTED and ENCOURAGED to contribute to the NATIONAL CONVERSATION, whether our ideas are deemed ridiculous or genius, is necessary. Be CONFIDENT… I want to hear the TROLLS loud and clear! So I know where I can stand on firm ground, next to people from the home of the free.
I am hopeful I will be allowed do this. If so, who do I have to thank? Hmmm… I think I like that. I’ll leave it right there.