Now, I like this question. Well formed. And quite interesting, too.
How do you know if it's really "national security" or merely a thug hiding their crimes? If there's no oversight, then you'll never know.
Ben Franklin had it right. If you give up some of your liberties for security, you will deserve neither and will likely lose both.
I couldn't believe my ears when one reporter proclaimed that he just wanted to be "safe." Well, I have a nice prison cell over here, and you can be safe for the rest of your life. Dumb!
It took me a decade to wake up, but it is now so obvious to me that 9/11 was an inside job. Elements within the American government either participated or merely allowed it to happen. And then Mayor Giuliani committed a felony by cleaning up the largest crime scene in American history, long before an investigation could be started. And then the investigation -- grudgingly started by Bush after families created a stink -- was under-funded and under-supported. Far more was spent on Clinton's sexual indiscretion. How low have we sunk?
And when the military officers responsible for the massive security failures on 9/11 were given promotions instead of courts martial, you know something is rotten in America.
There were numerous individuals who came forward after 9/11 to describe fishy activities in and around the WTC buildings before that day. The Corporate Party news paid them no attention. Corporations had what they were after. The Military Industrial Complex had another juicy war -- several of them. In fact, they had a never-ending money-making machine -- a War on Terror that would create more terror by blow-back, and could never be defined as "done."
It's almost funny how George W. looked when asked by a reporter about his foreknowledge of 9/11. The PoTUS looked as though he'd been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Guilty as sin. And when he made light at a fundraiser how the WMDs were never to be found, it turned my stomach how the crowd laughed while thousands of our soldiers were dying and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were dying to pad their bank accounts.
America was a beautiful idea. We might see the reality of it again, some day.
In the meantime, a true American patriot -- a journalist's journalist -- is attempting to build an alternative source of news that's trustworthy: