Monday, September 12, 2011

A Compelling Argument...

...that the terrorists have won.

[The FBI agent] apologized for what had happened and thanked me for understanding and cooperating. He said, “It’s 9/11 and people are seeing ghosts. They are seeing things that aren’t there.” He said they had to act on a report of suspicious behavior, and this is what the reaction looks like.

He said there had been 50 other similar incidents across the country that day.

We only need to read about one of them to see what has happened to us.

1 comment:

Tobias said...

The 20th century is filled with examples of why people should NEVER go quietly when the state security apparatus comes for them. Chile, North Korea, Germany, almost all the eastern block countries, USSR, many places in Africa. Cambodia. I'm sure I left off a few. But hey it could never happen here right?
I may have quoted this here before but I think it bears repeating.

"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward." 
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn