THE UNITED STATES NEEDS A VIGILANCE BILL NOT AN INTELLIGENCE
ZERO PLUS 1184 DAYS,--New York, NY, Thursday,
December 9, 2004--Washington
politicians are walking around with puffed banty rooster chests
this week, bragging about the Senate passing the new Intelligence
Bill, legislation stemming from the failure by America's top
15 intelligence agencies to thwart the Terrorist attack of September
Lieberman (D-CT), right, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME),
are co-sponsors of the Intelligence Reform Act
to the Nine Eleven Commission Report chiding various intelligence
agencies for hoarding information and poor communications between
top spy and law enforcement elements such as the CIA and FBI,
the Senate passed the new bill 89-2.
the U.S. government is assuming all the power and responsibility
to protect the citizens of this nation of nearly 300 million
being made is that intelligence starts at the top of the political
food chain and flows downward, and that by chaining and binding
the various agencies under one centralized flow of information,
the bombing of a building or blowing up of a bus loaded with
children, or the release of some deadly gas in a subway might
think that politicians might be a little smarter than they appear,
but that would violate all common sense. Politicians respond
to the bark of the public in hopes of getting votes for reelection,
and one loud bark is the public's finger-pointing at the U.S.
intelligence system as being "flawed" and in desperate
need of repair.
is, however, that the American "intelligence system"
is not located in Langley, Virginia where the CIA sports its
headquarters, or in Washington D.C. where the FBI headquarters
is poised in a modern new building with antediluvian data gathering
and collection systems.
real intelligence system for America is comprised of the
citizens in their communities
intelligence system for America or any country is comprised
of the individual citizens within their particular neighborhoods
and communities, linked to the local police and fire stations
where first responses are engaged.
100 million American households in this country, the majority
of which some 60 million are family-owned households. Almost
every household has a relationship with children in the form
of mothers and fathers and their kids, or grandparents and grandchildren,
or uncles and aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
is linked with the highest possible priority of intelligence
imaginable--the desire to protect the children.
It is this
network, this web of concerned parents and loved ones, that
needs to be strengthened rather than lining the offices of Washington
with more funding to produce new power centers of bureaucratic
entrenchment so that more burdens can be placed on the "government"
to take control of the responsibility of the "citizens."
intelligence is not the duty of the government to manage. It
never has been and never will be.
It is the
direct duty of the citizens because Terrorism begins and ends
in a neighborhood.
Intelligence is the direct duty of the citizens
who elects to strap on a bomb and blow up a bus picks his or
her targets from a group of local citizens. Terrorists who want
to strike Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into the hearts
of Americans will not attack another World Trade Center or Pentagon
because they have already proven they can penetrate the "institutional"
targets. The next attack will be on the children, the families,
business is to teach self-government to people, not to rob them
of it. And, the new Intelligence Bill is ultimately a "thief"
in the sense of stealing from the people the duty to protect
themselves and their loved ones from harm.
government were sharpening its Anti-Terrorism Tools, it would
enact a National Vigilance Bill and provide funding at the local
levels for the enactment of Neighborhood Vigilance Centers(NVC's).
would be information centers linking the local police, fire
and medical units with community leaders at the school and business
levels within the 35,000 towns or subdivided communities within
large cities that comprise the 300 million population base.
Vigilance Centers would be "Vigilance Foxholes" set
on the perimeters of the nation's most vulnerable targets--local
schools, local food supply centers, local hospitals, local businesses,
local transportation systems, etc.
these "Vigilance Foxholes" would be mothers, fathers,
grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters and
loved ones of the children and their Children's Children's Children.
has a single goal it is to destroy the confidence of the population
in the ability to be "safe." The more a government
assumes the role of providing that safety, the greater the chances
Terrorism will attack because there is no way on earth any government
can protect its people from Terrorism's wrath.
such as Switzerland where each citizen is armed and charged
with defending the nation, or Israel where all citizens are
part of the military and understand that each person is as responsible
to battle Terrorism as the government, are on the right track.
a more important reason for the establishment of National Vigilance
Centers in local communities. That is because Terrorism is far
more reaching and pervasive than simply bombs and bullets.
is more far-reaching than bombs and bullets
exists in many different forms, not just delivered by some "foreign"
agent. A mother or father or teacher or priest or neighbor can
be a "child terrorist" using abusive physical or emotional
actions to inflict Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into a
child or another person.
It is this
source of Terrorism that Americans need to be most concerned
about, for when we have bolstered and reinforced our ability
to ferret out the bullies within us, to expose our own Beasts
of Terror, then we have defused Terrorism's ability to inject
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into our lives.
Terrorism is far more important to resolve than "National
Terrorism," for "National Terrorism" is nothing
more the pustulation of "Community Terrorism."
government is blind to that reality, because the government
sees with only one eye--the eye on budgets and powers it can
accumulate in "behalf of protecting the people."
sees with only one eye
I am confident
that the heads of Terrorism around the world are scoffing not
trembling at America's scrambling attempt to cover its political
buttocks with the passing of the Intelligence Bill. Terrorists
know that as long as the government continues to claim it can
"protect" the people then Terrorism has open playing
make Terrorism tremble and quake would be when government told
the people to fight the Beast of Terror at their doorsteps,
and that it was their duty and responsibility to do so.
were to pass a National Vigilance Centers Bill, Terrorism would
scream in pain. Now, however, they chortle.
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