Thursday, November 25, 2010
The ties that blind...
Profit Ties between Phony Terror Alerts, Airport Security and L-3 Communications
Since September 11, 2001, the US government has been operating with a demand for the understanding of the people. We, as part of this demand, are to allow certain limitations on our liberty in order to gain a certain level of security. But, given the questionable nature of what are likely exaggerated threats, coupled with Congressional enrichment from these expensive security technologies, the U.S. public is losing both liberty and security, as well as money.
Former director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge revealed details about how terrorism alerts are used. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004. According to the Associated Press, “He said the episode convinced him to follow through with his plans to leave the administration; he resigned on Nov. 30, 2004.”
Now, since his election, President Obama has made sure that he could also utilize increased terror alerts for his own political ends. Indeed, on October 30, 2010, the president used terror scares involving packages on UPS flights that evidence is suggesting were fabricated. CNN reported:
“Investigators examined two UPS planes that landed at Philadelphia International Airport and another at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, said Mike Mangeot, a UPS spokesman. Authorities later gave the ‘all-clear’ at the airport in Newark, U.S. and U.K. officials said.”
Later, after a presidential press brief, Paul Joseph Watson noted that:
“CNN is running with the headline, Suspicious packages ‘contain explosive material,’ Obama says.”
Video of news can be found here.
Europe is also suspicious of these terror alerts. Last month, the Global Post reported:
“Despite the U.S. State Department’s travel alert — one step below an actual warning — and subsequent alerts by Britain, Japan and Sweden, calm has broken out on the streets of Berlin. The prevailing attitude is that the U.S. … has a tendency to overreact.”
“….Wolfgang Bosbach, chairman of the security committee of the German parliament and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, said: ‘That is the American reaction to knowledge which we in Europe have had for quite a long time.’”
On Friday, the Guardian revealed that a Fake bomb made in the US caused Germany terror alert, which delayed a flight headed for Munich from Namibia for eight hours yesterday. No one in Germany authorized the "security test" nor do they know who planted the "test suitcase," but Germany did establish "that the device had been manufactured by a US company that specialises in alarm systems."
DHS uses these “terror threats” to increase its security measures at U.S. airports, and people will be expected to comply with the new TSA procedures, including the naked full body scanners as well as “enhanced” pat downs that amount to sexual assault.