Years Later… We’re Still Paying the Price
The Sovereign Investor
by Bob Bauman: Government
Takes Away Gold and Our Rights
to say, on this tenth anniversary, about the horrible events that
occurred on that beautiful, sunny autumn morning of September 11,
2001 9/11? as it is now universally known?
Listen to Edmund
Burke, speaking in 1715: No passion so effectively robs the
mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
President, John Adams, warned: Fear is the foundation of governments.
Yes, of course
most rational human beings want to feel safe and be secure.
But with bipartisan agreement among the politicians, our fears have
been exploited, dumping hundreds of billions of tax dollars into
the bureaucratic maw under the banner of homeland security.
Over the past
decade a new and alarming system of government mass surveillance
has been erected, and we know very little about it.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an unnecessary conglomeration
of 22 agencies and nearly 200,000 employees, together with an out
of control FBI and CIA, engage in massive surveillance of all of
us, not just suspected terrorists or criminals.
Our phone calls,
our emails and website visits, our financial records, our travel
itineraries, and our digital images captured on powerful surveillance
cameras are adding to the mountains of data being mined for suspicious
patterns and associations.
Laden Is Dead
But in Too Many Ways He Died Victorious
bin Laden caused those airplanes to kill civilians 10 years ago,
he took a lot more from the United States of America than the lives
of more than 3,000 of our fellow citizens and residents.
Within a matter
of days, if not hours, eager American politicians adopted fear as
their continuing motif, justifying the sacrifice of our constitutional
rights and liberties as the price of alleged safety.
of their opportunistic politics is the grotesquely named PATRIOT
Act that has destroyed personal and financial privacy in America,
rendering meaningless much of the hard won Bill of Rights we had
honored for the last 220 years.
Yet most Americans
have been all too willing to purchase that illusive security without
regard for its cost in terms of lost personal freedom and liberties.
In an interview
on the National Geographic Channel last week, George W. Bush
says his most painful memory of that day was seeing the horror of
people falling or jumping to their deaths from the Twin Towers and
knowing there was nothing he could do to help them.
It would be
useless for an interviewer to ask Mr. Bush what he thinks about
what he and his successor in the White House, the constitutional
law professor, Barack Obama, have done to the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights. In pursuit of both terrorists and common criminals,
Obama has perpetuated so many of the Bush administrations
wrongful policies that their policies are indistinguishable in the
destruction of civil liberties.
Oscar Wilde wrote:
is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
As we observe
the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday, the people of the United
States have every reason to question whether their leaders
really have learned anything from those thousands of needless deaths
and the events of ensuing years.
Yet our leaders
have sacrificed the very principles that they claimed to be defending.
I was one of
the millions of horrified Americans watching television when United
Airlines flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade
Center at 9:02:59 a.m., on 9/11/2001.
After my sensations
of horror, disbelief, anger, sorrow for the victims, my friend and
former House colleague, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, spoke for me
in expressing my troubled thoughts:
of tragedy and war naturally bring out strong emotions
people are only too anxious to sacrifice their constitutional
liberties during a crisis, hoping to gain some measure of security.
Yet nothing would please terrorists more than if we willingly
gave up our cherished liberties because of their actions.
Sad to say,
Ron Pauls prediction has come to pass in too many ways. A
short six weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a panicked U.S. Congress
adopted the so-called USA PATRIOT Act.
In my view,
that law is the single most egregious example of an
unconstitutional law ever enacted by Congress. I have spent 10 years
chronicling the offenses that have been committed by U.S. government
agents in its name.
So Who Is
Winning Freedom or Terrorism?
just how far are Americans willing to go in surrendering
their liberty and their privacy? How much are we willing to pay
for this promised, illusory defense? Are we willing to become Fortress
America with Big Brother watching and listening to all that we say
better put aside politically inspired fears, and start asking and
answering that question before we enjoy neither safety nor
More than one
million Americans have died in all our wars. To observe that so
many have sacrificed down through the centuries only accentuates
the meaning and importance of the greater cause for which they died.
They died before
their time, their promise unrealized, in the service of the country.
Ten years removed
from 9/11, while thinking of the thousands of souls who died, we
should consider President Abraham Lincolns advice in
closing his Gettysburg Address:
that we here highly
resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that
this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.
was, and continues to be, Americas moment of truth. Whether
we pass or fail this crucial test is yet to be determined.
what we should truly fear.
This 10th anniversary
of 9/11 is a good time to ask questions and demand answers. We need
concrete proof that those in power, and those who aspire to power,
realize what America has lost and whether they are willing to restore
our constitutional rights and liberties.
with permission from The
September 10, 2011
E. Bauman is a former Member of the United States House of Representatives
from Maryland, (19731981). He is also a former federal official
and state legislator; Member, Washington, DC Bar; Graduate of the
Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the School of Foreign
Service (1959), Washington, DC. Robert currently serves as legal
counsel for the Sovereign
© 2011 Robert E. Bauman
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