Am I a Terrorist?

by Scott Creighton (re-post from Dec. 2007)

I woke up with the strangest thought. Are the views that I hold “extremist”? Are they dangerous to America? Am I a terrorist?

Now, normally I would simply attribute thoughts of this nature to way too much free time and simply take the dog for a walk and then go play tennis, and these improper thoughts would simply melt away into where the day takes me. Normally.

But we live in different times; by no means normal. After all, everything changed on 9/11, or haven’t you heard?

Let’s face it; the Executive Branch is no longer our own. Republican or democrat it really doesn’t matter. When standing in the way of the Unitary Executive’s agenda, we are all truly equal in the eyes of the law.

And since we are all pretty much in agreement as to what is going to happen when the Senate finally considers S. 1959 and the formation of the Center for Excellence“, lets just go ahead and start getting ready for that inevitability.

So, with that eternally optimistic view in mind, I thought it would be a good idea for me to go ahead with a little pre-emptive strike of my own; some unilateral sucking-up to the “Center’s” members by easing their collective burden a bit (shit. That didn’t sound too Socialist, did it?)… by interrogating myself!

That’s right; they are going to find my name on one (or more) of their suspicious “conspiracy theory sites” soon enough, so in the true vein of Kent Brockman of the Simpson’s, when, upon learning that a Master Race of Ants had hijacked the Space Shuttle and were speeding toward their inevitable overthrow of all humanity here on Earth, Kent uttered the now classic line “And let me be the first to Welcome our new Ant Overlords! Hail Ants!”

So, I have mustered up the purest self-serving, sycophantic, and self-centered plan that I could think of in order to prove to the members of “The Center” that I really am a Freidman Capitalist, and therefore a true American! Hail Stocks!

To that end, I will interrogate myself, nay, I will waterboard myself to see if I am that violently radicalized homegrown terrorist you will be looking for.

After all, it will save you the time and the trouble of doing it yourselves, and since you are a government agency (or soon will be), that will just save valuable tax dollars that could be better spent on a new No-Bid Halliburton contract, right? (that didn’t help.)

So let’s get to it. Am I a terrorist?

Well, I have been known to suggest that a new investigation is needed for the events of 9/11. That is true.

But, to my own defense I would offer many, many reasons to support the idea that the official story does not hold water. And what would be my rationale for holding this “radical belief system”? Well, the foundations of the official story themselves; the NIST Report, the FEMA Report and the 9/11 Commission Report themselves.

Let’s just take one, of the many questionable issues; the collapse of Building 7.

Now the FEMA report tries to explain what happened to cause that building to collapse symmetrically into it’s own footprint on 9/11/2001, but what they come up with they themselves suggest “has a low probability of occurrence”. What kind of scientific evaluation is that?

The NIST report promised a thorough and detailed explanation for Building 7′s demise… nearly three years ago…. And we are still waiting to see it.

The 9/11 Commission Report put them both to shame by showing us how to deal with Building 7 and any questions that have really difficult answers…. They ignored it. They never even mentioned its collapse.

So, with regard to my association with the “conspiracy theory sites”, I have to say that I wanted so desperately to hang onto the official stories (there have been a few now), but alas, in the end, I made the mistake of reading them. And so, quite naturally, I began to question their validity as scientific studies.

Yes, I know; evaluating the evidence that supports the most important attack on American Soil in history, can be considered an extreme view by some (hail Ants!). So, it looks like I am off to a bad start…

Let’s get down to it. Are my views “extremist” because I…

Don’t believe we should be importing goods from China that are made by forced prison labor and not subject to quality controls like we impose on those made here?

Believe that every vote must count and that the Supreme Court has no right to call an election while there is one left that hasn’t been?

Believe that our right to collective bargaining will improve the quality of life for most Americans, and that is, in the end what is best for All Americans?

Believe that Health Care should never be subject to profit and loss analysis and is a birth-right to all citizens of a civilized country?

Believe that elected officials should stay the hell out of the pockets of the lobbyists in order for a true Representative Republic to work?

Believe that a President who has clearly sold us out to corporate and foreign interests should be impeached and tried for treason?

Believe that the Constitution is the core of our very society and must be protected from a rogue administration?

Believe that our involvement with Iraq, that was initially based purely on lies, must end without our forcing permanent military bases and a Hydrocarbon Law upon the people of Iraq?

Because I do not believe that nation building or conquering is in the best interests of America?

Because I do believe that the billions of tax dollars lost or misappropriated should be investigated and returned?

Because I do not think the founding fathers meant for the leaders of this country to be serving the best interests of corporations at the detriment of its civilian population.

Because I agree with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s statement:

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism–ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

Because I agree with John F. Kennedy’s statement:

“the very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago, that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.”

And, finally because I agree with Martin Luther King’s statements:

Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.”

“And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”

Am I a terrorist with exteme beliefs because I remember a time when Americans reached out to pull each other up for the betterment of us all? Am I a terrorist because I can still hear these historical speeches resounding in my mind, each time George Bush lies about WMDs?

Am I a terrorist because I know the difference between a great leader and a shill?

Well, if those be the determining factors, then yes, you will find my beliefs a bit extreme. I still believe in the America of King and Lincoln and Kennedy and even of Roosevelt. I believe we stand for more than just ‘our interests in the region” or some wall street guru on CNBC screaming and crying for the Federal Reserve to drop the Prime once again to bail out the investment class profit machines.

So if that extreme belief system is what determines a ‘terrorist” in America these days then I will save you the time and effort; I am a terrorist.

And I am Spartacus.

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27 Responses

  1. [...] Am Ia Terrorist?By willylomanThat’s right; they are going to find my name on one (or more) of their suspicious “conspiracy theory sites” soon enough, so in the true vein of Kent Brockman of the Simpson’s, when, upon learning that a Master Race of Ants had hijacked …American Everyman – http://willyloman.wordpress.com [...]

  2. No! I’m Spartacus.

  3. No! I’m Spartacus

  4. No, I’m Spartacus!

  5. And Jane says, “I love you, Spartacus!”

  6. You always were the lucky Spartacus.

  7. Willy, you should have this piece published. It is a great, fantastic, humorous statement of the miserable state of US moral foundings.

  8. Great piece, you should think about writing books or columns, you have talent.
    ***SUBSCRIBED***

  9. Here is a very interesting article about a man from a Canadian homeless advocacy group who was interrogated at the US border. http://www.zmag.org/content/Repression/clarke_border.cfm. These are the kinds of people that are being and will now be openly and publicly declared terrorists. These are people who are against capitalist control, globalization, poverty, the loss of control over our food and water supplies, the taxation of our hard labor and so on and so forth. If you suppport Ron Paul or Kucinich you could get thrown in jail. You’re not a danger to society, but you’re a danger to the society which the neo-cons envision. Eat processed food, work 12 hours a day, give the state 80% of your earnings, allow the state to educate and discipline your children, buy everything you can on credit, get sick and die; now that’s a good little American.

  10. Ddorsey sez:
    Great piece, you should think about writing books or columns, you have talent.
    ***SUBSCRIBED***

    Agreed.

  11. GREAT piece, Scott! I’m sending this to friends and think you should see that it gets published.

    Incidentally, I am Spartacus (after all, asshat Exley called me a “he” tonight on one of the threads! Some days are just too damn depressing to even bother smashing trolls, as much fun as it is!

  12. I can be the Puerto Rican Spartacus. After all, my little island is prove of the imperialistic nature of America.

  13. Great stuff. Where do I sign up?

  14. Naomi Wolfe, “From Freedon to Facisism” outlines the ten steps that move a nation like ours toward dictatorship. The same ten steps that Mussallini(sp?) used in Italy that Hitler copied and are now unfolding here. One of them is the stiffling of disent and the labeling of criticism (of gov actions) as treason (Anne Coulter).

    • Good point, Max. But wasn’t “Freedom to Fascism” Arron Russo? But she did write the 10 steps to fascism and yes, we are following a very old, very proven formula.

      Hey Dave; yeah, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be the guy wearing bright orange and a hood on my head, crying for “Mommy”…

      “Hurk a mur”? lol… alright, you be whomever you want to be. I guess it won’t matter much under that hood who you end up calling yourself. Me personally, once that starts, I’m going to become a bright little butterfly soaring over the FEMA internment camp electric fence and taking little butterfly craps on the heads of the Brownshirt prison guards…

      call me “Hurk a flutter”…

  15. Well, you may not be a “terrorist” yet, but give it time. I hope I can locate you in the FEMA internment camp. At least I’ll have someone to pal around with. Wear something bright.

    Dave – Erstwhile Urban Wanderer

  16. Terrorists, or revolutionary. It just depends upon which side of the coin your on.

  17. and Willy, I shal be Hurk a mur.

  18. noooo… none of you are terrorists… noooooo

  19. This IS good Willy … You mind if I rework it in my usual fashion and post it on my page to? Your name will be on it of course ….

    Quite honestly I spent yesterday too disheartened to even look at another 911 article mostly because people like this are still “winning”(by simply declaring “victory”):

    These guys are still pushing the pancake theory of collapse for Christ sakes … And getting away with it!! … The premise of the video there is whether or not temps of 2700 degrees plus were recorded at ground zero … “There goes Jason Bermus making shit up again” … I know for a fact that temps of that magnitude WERE at the very least recorded there … Slam dunk right? … So I went up against them and got them to agree temps of that magnitude were recorded there but get this … They said “I got my ass handed to me” and “I just debunked myself” … So them being forced to agree with me after catching them in a bald faced lie is now classified as them “handing my ass to me” … It culminated in this statement from them to me:

    “By the way, exactly how much is Osama paying you to be his lawyer in the court of public opinion? Is your bootlicking, alqaeda apologist ass’s treason and slander against my country voluntary? Or are you a bootlicking Osama apologist for free?”

    Is it enouph to simply know that you are right and everyone else be damned? … Am I going to be the “lone nut” at the twentieth aniversary of 911 shouting into a sea of ignorance only to be ignored yet again … “go home nut” … “Knowbody cares anymore … nut” … “You’ve just waisted your life … nut” … If a 911 hero dies in the woods and no one is there to care … Does he make a noise?

    • be my guest, JD.

    • Don’t get discouraged man. People like that will never listen to any amount of reason. The more logical you are, the less they trust you. However, I can promise you this; once the truth about what happened that day becomes commonplace, mainstream, people like those guys will be the first to say they “knew it all along.” or they “had a feeling”… rest assured, :) you will be remembered. Even by them.

      I don’t know what you’re complaining about. At least those guys spell better than David Swanson… and they seem a little more reasonable, if you ask me. Where do you go to meet these guys anyway? You are seriously hanging out with the wrong kind of guys, JD. You like being the bad guy don’t you.

      Keep your head up, there are plenty more of those dimwits where they came from.

  20. You know JD, it would be an acceptable explanation on it’s single face (value) but, as we all know, there are mounds of additional evidence relating to other goings on that day. It’s when you put it all together, lay it all out together, that the official version falls flat on it’s worthless face. We all know that. right?

    I don’t know what to tell you, to make you feel better. I know your correct, Willy knows your correct, so does Greg, Jan, Roy, and everyone else for that matter.

    You choose the hard path my brother. You could walk away any time, put this all behind you, move on, and hope for the best. That’s what you can do, jump over to the easy path, anytime you want to. Right??????????

    But you wont, you can’t, and that is that. What does Capt Kirk say when the Klingons are firing at him? He says, “force fields forward, full power”.

    The individuals pushing that “other” acceptable theory, their the ones pushing the PNAC agenda. That’s the enemy. Their day of reckoning is coming when, like others, they discover that for all their effort’s, they are not going to be admitted into the club either, same as the Obamaite’s wont be admitted.

    Remember what the French people did to their women who associated with the Germans? After Paris was liberated? Their heads were shaved. Those women, originally thought they had it all figured out. They were wrong. And they were publicly humiliated. Just keep that in mind, my brother. out

  21. Good because I’m almost done :)

  22. Terrorists stole my teddybear. *sniffle*

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