by Bill Hocutt
In case it has slipped anyone's mind, we are currently waging an ongoing War on Terrorism. The war is being fought on many fronts and with many weapons.Iraq: So far 2500 American soldiers have died in Iraq in an effort to liberate the Iraqi people. This should bring sorrow to every single American. On the other hand more Americans die on American highways every year than have died in Iraq. More Americans are murdered in American cities every year than have died in Iraq. More Americans died on the Morning of September 11th than have died in Iraq. More Americans died on the beach at Normandy than have died in Iraq. I am not, in any way, trying to minimize the sacrifice made by these 2500 brave American soldiers, but it is time we get a grip on Reality. Soldiers die during a war, our soldiers and the enemy soldiers. We are winning this war despite what you may hear nightly on CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN. American soldiers are killing the terrorists, opening schools, restoring power and water to Iraq. The Iraqi people have voted three times and elected a government and approved a constitution. They achieved this feat in less than 3 years, it took the United States of America till 1787 to do the same thing. Just for the Record, The average American soldier is a brave young man or woman doing their level best to protect America. In spite of what you may have heard from the New York Times, Senator Kerry, Senator Kennedy, Congressman Murtha, Congresswoman Pelosi, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN they are not crazed murderers dragging women and children out of their homes in the middle of night to torture them or terrorize them. The majority of American soldiers do not MURDER innocent civilians or engage in torture.
Follow the Money: One of the tools that our Government has used to chase down Terrorists is a program that monitors the flow of their Money. This Program was classified until the weekend of June 24th when the New York Times decided that it was more important to run a scoop than it was to protect Americans against Terrorism. They published Specific information about a Money Clearing House in Belgium that was being used by Osama and his bloodthirsty pack of scum. A Clearing House that our Government had been monitoring. Their report made it sound like the Gov't was violating the rights of American citizens. I guess if you are an American Citizen with a foreign bank account that has been money laundering for terrorists, then you should worry. However, I would like to point out that Banks in Belgium are not protected by the Constitution of the United States of American. Just for the record, neither are massage parlors in Thailand.
Phone Surveillance: The NSA was (notice the past tense) monitoring the phone conversations between KNOWN Al Queda associates in the United States and their "Friends" overseas. Every conversation monitored took place between a known Al Queda associate and people outside of the United States. That program struck me as a real smart thing to do. If our government had been doing that before September 11th perhaps we could have saved some lives. This program was severely impacted by a story in the New York Times giving the pertinent details of it. Again, I will point out that this program was classified but the New York Times felt it was more important to get a scoop than protect American lives. Phone Records: The NSA was monitoring not the conversations but the patterns of phone calls in an effort to identify phone numbers that called the Middle East a lot. THEY WERE NOT LISTENING TO THE CALLS. They were just tracking the numbers. The goal of this program was to identify possible terrorists cells in the United States. Seems like a good ideal to me! This program was severely impacted by a story in the New York Times giving out the pertinent details of it. Yet another CLASSIFIED program that was splashed across the front page of the New York Times in an effort to embarrass the President. Ooops, I mean the New York Times felt it was more important to get a scoop than protect American Lives.
As you may have guessed, not all of America's enemies are in Iraq, some of them are editors for the New York Times, CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN. Unfortunately, some of our elected "leaders" are also more than willing to distort the truth about the war on terrorism in order to get back their political power.
I have never favored government censorship of any newspaper or television network. However, I do think the Justice Department should investigate and, if justified, bring charges against the New York Times for repeatedly printing classified information that aided and abetted the terrorists. Smacks of Treason to me, but then I have always considered protecting American lives more important than a news scoop.