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8.10.2006

The Culture of Fear

In case you missed it, a bunch of folks in England were arrested in the last 24 hours for allegedly planning to blow up a bunch of planes bound for the United States. Officials were careful not to disclose too much information so as to not jeopardize any "ongoing investigation." But that didn't stop the Administration from these two statements this morning. (1) The plan is "suggestive of an al Qaeda plot" - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says (2) "We are still assessing the links to al Qaeda; however, a plot of this sophistication is suggestive of al Queda tactics." - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Translated: We have no evidence of al Quada's involvement, but let's throw that name out there to scare you even more. Michael Moore calls it the "Culture of Fear": The more the government keeps us afraid the less likely we are to question their actions.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am sure it was just a bunch of boy scouts gone bad.

Anonymous said...

It's a conspiracy by the government to keep us fearful? Come on, Barry, just the other day you denied conspiracy theories. Personally, I think it's a good thing they caught the culprits ("alleged" -- lawer mumbo-jumbo) before they killed thousands of people, in fact, it's a no-brainer. Who do you think was behind the plot anyway? Exxon? LOL, please let's use some common sense.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love the liberal mindset? They don't want to thank the agencies involved that saved countless lives but instead want to hype the "we don't trust our government" spin. And they want us to vote for them in November to keep us safe? Free earplugs for everyone.

Anonymous said...

All you need to do is think back to the democratic national convention and see michael moore sitting next to jimmy carter and that's the snapshot of the democratic party. Talk about Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb.

stu-morone said...

Put your heads under your pillow and it will all go away, not.

Collectionsite said...

I have no doubt that they are going to trace this back to Hezbollah with also a distant cousin link to Osma with head nod from North Korea and a VERY secret wink from Fidel Castro on his death bed :)

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:02, all you need to do is hink back to September 11, 2001 to that elementary school classroom and see president bush sitting there looking like a deer in headlights when told of the plane crashes, see him totally paralyzed and continue reading the children's book-- and THAT"S the snapshot of republican leadership. Talk about a lack of leadership. Face it, the replublicans have their own problems to deal with, and the main one is the total absense of leadership and intelligence in the oval office.

nurseynurse said...

I don't find any of Michael Moore'opinions credible. He has found a money market in the liberal side. I really don't care who these people in England are I'm just glad they were stopped.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:14, When i hink back on 9/11, that is the last thing I think of. People jumping out of the buildings is the picture that will never go away. All the carnage, smoke, devastation and total shock is the only thing I think of. Your hatred of Bush clouds your hatred for the people that did this. And the liberals want to fight the war on terror as a police action?

Anonymous said...

I really dont think this should be a joking matter.

Anonymous said...

Collection, your stupidity leaves me speechless. Doesn't your tinfoil hat set off the metal detectors that you monitor?

Anonymous said...

It really scares me when anybody quotes Michael Moore. If Homeland Security would have said there is no doubt that Al Queda is involved, Barry would have been critical of that too. Barry, I don't know how but you get weaker and weaker every single day!

TXsharon said...

If the pretend cowboy and his failure of an administration had not dropped the ball, they wouldn't have al Qaeda to use to terrorize us. Now al Qaeda and other terrorists are stronger than ever. Watch for their new tapes with even better technology.

To add to the security FUBAR the Republicans want to open up the borders with the Trans Texas Corridor which is the Texas leg for the NAFTA Super Highway that will start in Mexico and run all the way to Canada. The point of entry into the US will be in Mexico. The freight will bypass Texas and make it’s FIRST customs check in Kansas.

Picture this: Mexican trucks driving in the FAST lane from deep in Mexico through the US. They get some kind of electronic scan for an inspection. Then they are turned lose on this huge highway and anything goes.

How about Texans? Eminent Domain takes 584,000 acres so they can ship cheap goods and pesticide laden fruits and vegetables into the US. Texas will dry up and die!

Collectionsite said...

I agree with Barry that it has been past practice to demonize and link without facts ...

The list I have provided is my sick humor that I am sure our current leaders may draw upon in some warped way to Demonize everyone :)

For those I have forgotten to mention .. My apologies we will get you on the next ...

"DARE TO SCARE ~ CONSPIRACY THEORY" :)

Anonymous said...

TxSheehan, You wouldn't be trying to make us fear the corridor would you? Simply put, the culture of fear is a two way street according to you. You criticize Bush for spreading fear and then you turn around and do the same thing. I love the hypocricy of the liberals.

Anonymous said...

Does it matter who the terrorist represent ?? Lets THANK the agencies that stopped them, after all how many people just had there lives spared !! I fly all the time and I for one "Thank Them ALL" everytime I land safely and return to my family. I do not care who gets blamed or who takes credit as long as I return home to my family and friends. NEVER FORGET 9-11, or it will happen again.

TXsharon said...

Jimbo, I am not afraid of the TTC in the least. I just know that the only way to stop it is to vote Democratic and so do a whole lot of Independents and Republicans.

Have you been to a TTC hearing? It is uplifting to watch the attendees run over each other to get our candidates’ information. Republicans whipping out their wallets and handing fat checks to Democrats is a thing of beauty. I like it when sensible Texans come together for the common good.


zud

Anonymous said...

Wait till just prior to mid-term elections and see how many are uncovered. Sadly tho it would be the same if the admin was Demo. The party in power will do anything to stay there.......dollars count on it

Anonymous said...

I’ve been a Republican all my life but NOT THIS YEAR! I’ve had enough of this bullshit…

Anonymous said...

Who would believe Michael Moore on anything? Come on, the guy is just out to use his own "scare tactics" to make money.

Democrats won't do any better than Republicans if we have a change. They are all in bed together.

Always have been. Always will be.

Anonymous said...

Guess the culture of fear believers think we should quit bugging phones and just let planes full of people be blown up. Unfortunately, looks like it will take another big attack to remind democrats of the situation at hand. Here's what it all comes down to: there are millions of people that want every American DEAD, and are willing to kill themselves to make it happen. Don't think that fact is invented by our government.

Anonymous said...

Michael Moore is an IDIOT fit for a rubber room and straght jacket. Anyone who agrees with his rantings is the same. THANK GOD we have intelligence that stops these terrorists before we end up becoming a third world country ourselves. Wake up ding dongs! If someone was coming after your home property, wouldn't you DEFEND it? If this plot had been successful, you all would still find a way to say how bad our government is...their fault for NOT stopping it. When they do stop it, they are "violating" our rights to privacy. Fence sitters!

Anonymous said...

I think Michael Moore and Barry are in a culture of denial. Translation:
Let's pretend that terrorism doesn't exist. If we all hold hands (and buy the world a coke) everything will be OK. All we are saying is give peace a chance..... Where's Yoko? She could be your eighth wife. I hear Cindy Sheehan has some acreage in her dowry. What about her?

Anybody who thinks these guys are not radical Islam is living in fantasyland. They will stop at nothing. They should be treated that way.

Anonymous said...

The articles I read say that British intelligence uncovered the plot, haven't read anything about the NSA, CIA, FBI, Military or any one else in this country knowing anything about it.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Did Barry say something about terrorism not being real? Or terrorists not wanting to kill Americans?? Or it not being a good thing that this plot was stopped??? I don't think so. I didn't read anything like that. (Of course, I'm not a seething-angry lunatic looking for "liberal idiocy" between every line.) All Barry pointed out - accurately - is that this administration always jumps at the chance to cast blame prematurely, to "stir the pot" of public anxiety ... which sends their poll ratings up. Obviously Al Queda may have been behind this; everyone is going to jump to that conclusion. But really responsible leadership (and true, who can expect THAT from either party, these days) would show a little more restraint ... something like "we're following all leads, and when we know who was behind it we will promptly announce it to the world."

But for those of you who think anyone who's not a radical right-wing conservative Republican is "sticking his head in the sand" and "pretending everything is ok", ... you're only stroking your own egos. We're all in this mess together, and we all know it. I consider myself a moderate, but even my "liberal" friends have no illusion that tinfoil hats will shield them if the sky starts falling. Lets try a little less self-rightous insult and a little more debate.

Anonymous said...

Michael Moore gets the facts and clearly shows what's really going on in his documentaries. I don't believe what he says because he is Michael Moore. I believe what I see with my own two eyes in his documentaries which is actual footage from the horse/jack ass' mouth.

I'm so ready for Bill Maher to come back on the air this month. He'll have plenty to say about this scare and he'll have great guests' input as well. He's my real hero.

Anonymous said...

If the plot were true, please note, we did not catch anyone. The Brits did. And why the need for the newsconference? Show and tell baby show and tell.

Anonymous said...

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I. on died for your soul; the other for your freedom!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nation's crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself... (I) hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics; as government expands liberty contract's!!!

Ronald Reagan

Anonymous said...

Don't let the liberals fool you they are for BIG GOVERNMENT!!!!!! Always have been!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:13 AM - Yippee, thanks for reminding me about Bill Maher - I love his show - I added HBO last year just to get it. But sadly, most of the bible-thumping, narrow-minded neocons in Wise County will never check it out, and if they venture to, will consider it absolute blasphemy as usual.

Anonymous said...

Anybody ever seen the movie, "Wag the Dog"?

I don't think this threat is bogus, but it wasn't our government. Pip pip and Cherry-o to Double 00. Only the Republicans have spun this. Correct me if I'm wrong, and I know you will, but wasn't this the platform for the republican party in 2004 , "Homeland Security" and isn't it election time again. Like i said, go watch "Wag the Dog".

Anonymous said...

12:39 Wag the Dog...yep, I believe it is!

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that someone thinks the President exhibited poor leadership or that he was paralyzed because of his response when told of the attacks in front of a classroom packed with small school children. What would you like for him to do? Jump up and yell "we're all going to die!" and run out of the room. It just adds to your obvious stupidity and lack of responsible understanding.

Barry, as a long time friend, I agree that you are losing your damned mind... Michael Moore - geez. Maybe you two can hang out together and tell stories about "chicks" you used to have! I'm certain Michael probably has had as many "hotties" as you have been able to scrape up.

Anonymous said...

Everyone please remember that those libruls are weak on defense unlike the Republicans who have given us a tremendously successful war in Iraq and that other place…what’s it called? You know. The place where Osama ben Hiding and we found him then let him go and kinda forgot about so the Taliban is back in town.

Anyhow, we liberated them Iraqis and while they didn’t dance in the streets and throw flowers like Rumsfeld promised, they’re dancing in the streets by the millions now. Yeah boy! They be dancin’ and burning the flag and screaming death to Americans but they be free to do it. Cept the women who used to get to run around and shop and stuff like everybody else and even go to school. Now they have to wear those bags on their heads and, if they go to shop without the men, well…then get shot or hanged or something.

But it’s sure been worth the $250 Million dollars we pay every day and all those dead soldiers to give them Iraqis their freedom. Still don’t know what that had to do with 911 but if the prezdent says over and over that it’s so then it must be right and I would sure be unAmeriken to question the prezdent. And Fox and Rush and Limberger they outter know better than them kooky libruls.

I jes believe them if they say it’s so ‘cause then I don’t have to think about it.

TXsharon said...

1:02 anon: I believe the correct response would have been to tell the children that something very important needs my attention and I'm sorry but I'll have to come back another time.

Of course, you have to be a really fast thinker to think up a complex statement like that when you aren't wired.

Anonymous said...

I am as gringo as they come -- hard working well educated anglo saxon protestant making 6 figures each year and I am sad to say that I find myself having more and more difficulty in identify with the common American (if there is such a thing). We are all so concerned about ourselves that we will ultimately be ruined as a nation. God help us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Barry. It just confirmed your IQ when you brought Michael Moore into the scenario.

You and txsharon have a thing going on.....don't ya?? It's gotta be true!!

Anonymous said...

History has shown that the greatest nations in times past all came down from within!!!!!

TXsharon said...

Bush's invasion of Iraq has failed to contain terrorism. Moreover, Bush has lost control of Iraq. Here at home, Bush is losing on his last issue, national security, and that is the single reason for everything you've been hearing from Republicans for the last 48 hours.

blah,blah,blah...terra,terra,terra, vote for me and you'll be safe.

Kingfish said...

It seems harder to kill the messenger, when the messenger is telling the truth.

I believe the point is that a culture of fear divides the people. I can only recall one other period in American History when the country was so emotionally charged and divided as it is now. The Civil War.

The above discussion illustrates the point.

zac said...

Michael Moore is an extreme left-wing idiot... anything he says is bound to be crap.

Anonymous said...

This is just another one of those vast right wing conspiracy wag the dog made up in Crawford to get our ratings up black hawk conspiracy thing kind of pull the wool over the dumb masses type deal again by the W War Company. Not really, I was just messing with you. If they had not announced that they foiled a terrorist plot to match 9/11, all the travelers would have been screaming why in the hell they couldn't carry anything onboard and the code raised to red. Lots of things that are done on the war on terror are not broadcast but this was so big that it couldn't be kept from us. I vaguely remember the libs blaming Bush for not connecting the dots just barely into his administration on 9/11, but then when he does connect the dots he gets blamed for spreading fear. True this was all brought about by capturing al Quaeda in Pakistan and British intelligence, but I am sure the US played a part in it. You don't need to thank W today, but you do need to in November by voting Republican.

TXsharon said...

Bu$h failed to connect the dots on 9ll. He was warned repeatedly and he failed to protect us.

He has failed in Iraq and terrorism has grown as a result.

Why do the fringe Republicans who still support this loser want America to keep losing? Republicans can't be trusted to keep America safe!

He wants you to believe that the war on terror is a new war. It's NOT! They were fighting terrorism in Europe a long time ago. He wants you to believe it's a new threat because he failed to heed the warnings and thousands of people died as a result of his failure.

Iraq never had anything to do with terror! They never had any WMDs! He let the terrorist get away in Afghanistan! The only reason Americans are still dying in Iraq is because Bush can't admit he was wrong and that he has been defeated.

Al Qaeda wants the US to repeat the mistakes that destroyed the Soviet Union (they wanted us in Afghanistan, but wound up getting us into Iraq thanks to Bu$h).

Al Qaeda even endorsed Bush for reelection. That's why Republicans said the terrorists wanted Kerry to win: they were projecting their weakness onto their opponent. They always do that.

What's really keeping us safe right now is law enforcement here in the US, not the US armed forces over in Iraq. Bush isn't fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here. That's already failed.

Republicans have failed on national security and Americans don't trust them any more.

JoeW said...

Wow, there sure are a lot of anonymous, bible-thumping conservatives here. I assume that if said anonymous bloggers are here posting, they are NOT in uniform, fighting terrorists where they are so we don't have to fight them here. Interesting huh?

You know what else is interesting? Scotland Yard put the clamps on this threat without invading another country, torturing anyone, or politicizing UK national security.

I could go on for days, but I'll let you conseranonymous types get rolling, seeing as how you'll be enlisting and serving our country in forward areas (except for those of you who manage to eke out, oh, five or so deferments).

TXsharon said...

Yes Joe, I'm sure they avoided service just like the current administration.

Anonymous said...

What I found interesting was those 8 lost Egyptian students in Montana have fallen off the news now too.

Isn't there anyone else that wonders what the fed is going to do with their own windfall revenue from gas prices?

claude said...

I see, a klavern of trolls, farting and belching in the living room, chortling and picking their noses as they sit around and tell each other how clever they are.

101st Fighting Keyboardists who don't know they've lost, because the Golden Boy at the reins found out he couldn't driven the shiny War Chariot his Dad had been smart enough to not go too far in. Yeah, theKid couldn't even steer the damn thing, never even found ole Osama bin Laughin at Ya, and then wore out the horses and ran the Chariot into the ditch with a broken wheel.

And somehow, good old Brit police work did the job while Butch let Osama get away but Butch wants all the credit. Fratboy cheerleader draft avoider AWOL failure. But wait!

George has a new "fear of the month" that he'll "protect" us from, while 95% of the cargo containers entering this country ARE NOT INSPECTED

Dinosaur trolls, picking on little guys, scared to fight the real fighters at Daily Kos.

bigm said...

Anyone who would quote Michael Moore with any sort of authority is a complete f***ing idiot. Sorry Barry, but your stock just went in the tank. Moron.

Anonymous said...

It's funny that Sharon would say the current administration avoided service... hmmm Remember Clinton??? Oh, that's right, he was getting serviced!

One other mistake there Sharon - If you'll get your facts straight, Clinton had repeated opportunities to deal with these threats and did NOTHING. That's right, NOTHING AT ALL!!!! Even after his security advisors warned him repeatedly. Ooops.. but he had other things under his desk, I mean on his desk to worry about. Where's the dress?

You people need to seriously get a life and quit blaming everyone else for your problems.

TXsharon said...

News Flash Moron! I. Don't. Like. Clinton. that. much. He is worlds better than Bu$$$h though. Therefore, throwing Clinton's name out every time you can't make a decent argument won't work with me!