Threat Matrix. What is it? Does it mean we
have turned Vigilance into a television fantasy or reality show?
What is a Vigilance Matrix? Which has more power--the
Threat or Vigilance Matrix? Find out.
30, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 778
The Threat Matrix Of Terrorism vs.
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Oct. 30, 2003-- Two
years and seven days from Ground Zero, September 11, 2001, a new
television show was launched called Threat Matrix.
It airs on Thursday nights on ABC at 8 p.m. Its goal,
its mission, appears to be a reminder to all its viewers that the
Beast of Terror isn't dead or dying, but alive and well, being kept in
check by the voracious appetite of a crack team of U.S.
anti-Terrorists who ferret out plots, threats and plans that endanger
the safety and security of U.S. citizens.
The first time I watched
the show I thought it was "stupid," another attempt to capitalize on
Nine Eleven, a commercialization of a tragic event.
I try to have an open mind, and decided to give
the program at least two more views. My rule is that after
three shows, if I want to still puke, I stop watching.
I forced myself to watch Threat Matrix because I
have grown to become a fan of MI-5, the British version of Threat
Matrix where a team of U.K. anti-Terrorists are in constant pursuit of
threats to the "homeland." MI-5
first aired on the BBC as Spooks and has excellent acting and
story lines that stretch the imagination and quell the restless belief
that no one is doing anything positive to stop Terrorism's insidious
infiltration into civilization's serenity.
seemed to me to be a poor copy of MI-5. For some insane reason,
not unlike most Americans, I can accept the threat of Terrorism
stalking the shores of the United Kingdom easier than I can Terrorists
washing upon the shores of Florida or California, or creeping up from
Mexico, or sneaking across the Canadian border.
But Threat Matrix caught me by the
It sank its grip tightly around my
carotid and make me gasp. I realized, after watching the
first three shows, that fiction and fact were not too far distant
Despite the lack of follow-up
Terrorist attacks on the United States--that we know about--Threat
Matrix reminds us all that the Beast of Terror is lurking about,
waiting, taking deep long breathes in anticipation of the right time
and place to once again destroy the invincibility of America's
isolationism from the world of Terror-Threat.
tends to hide or protect or disguise things within it
something about the title: Threat Matrix. The word
"matrix" has a variety of meanings. Its core Latin root
means "womb," and comes from "breeding animal." It is the center
of things, the middle of things around it. A matrix
tends to hide or protect or disguise things within it.
Terrorism seems to hide in a matrix comprising Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency. It thrives on dodging in and around its Triad
of Terrorist Elements, like the Beast with many entrances to his cave,
always trying to find ways to foil those in search of him.
The Vigilant hunt the Beast of
Terror with their own matrix. Vigilance's matrix is
intertwined with Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for future
generations. The "Threat Matrix" becomes the target of the
"Vigilant Matrix." Courage hunts down Fear.
Conviction stalks Intimidation. And Right Actions for the
Children's Children's Children sets traps for Complacency. It's
matrix against matrix, but the one that has the ultimate power is the
Vigilance Matrix. It is the true womb of the future.
It gives birth to Hope not Dismay, to Freedom rather than Bondage, to
Peace rather than War. I don't need a television show to
know that, but I need them to remind me of those truths.
Two years ago, when I
started writing the VigilanceVoice, I elected not to commercialize the
site. Inside, deep within whatever writer's soul I claim,
was the belief that if I had something to say to the world about
Terrorism, I would keep saying it despite responses from the "outer
It was my own "test of
public has a thirst to know that someone is standing guard over
I was about to
believe the world had given up on Terrorism's true threat when up pops
MI-5 on A&E, and, close on its heels, Threat Matrix. Both
television shows reinforced my belief that Vigilance is not a seasonal
The viewing public has a thirst
to know that someone is standing guard over their Complacency.
Millions of people who are
swept up in the daily pressures of modern life--getting to work,
paying the bills, raising the children--have not forgotten that crazed
men and women with agendas based on Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
will launch deadly acts to gain power over those who have little or no
defense against them.
These "Beasts of Terror"
are not doormats to their beliefs.
Terrorism are plotting to steal people's rights to feel safe
Even as I write these words, cells of Terrorism are forming or
fermenting, plotting and conniving to steal from the people their
right to feel safe and secure.
My desire is that every
American, every Brit, every Iraqi, every Russian, every Chinese family
and all the families of all the nations in the world become Parents of
Vigilance, Sentinels of Vigilance by signing the Pledge of Vigilance,
displaying it in a prominent location in their home, and abiding by
its Principles of Vigilance.
That simply means they
teach their children that the Beast of Terror seeks to instill within
them Fear over Courage, Intimidation over Conviction, and Complacency
over Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children.
But Threat Matrix
and MI-5 may be doing more than I, with my small Voice in the great
wilderness of cyberspace, can ever achieve. The public has
endorsed the "entertainment of Vigilance" by viewing the shows.
Their viewer ship underscores the hunger they have to know that people
are standing as Sentinels of Vigilance, thwarting the Beast of Terror
It makes one wonder
how many threats have been bottled, how many children's lives
have been saved, how many thousands of people have been removed from
also educational. At the end of each MI-5 or Threat
Matrix, I feel a little more secure about the battle between Terrorism
At the end of
each MI-5 or Threat Matrix, I feel more secure about the battle
between Terrorism and Vigilance
Oddly, I don't feel comforted by the headlines or assuaged by the
political rhetoric issued from the White House about how Terrorism is
being stifled. But, I do when the hour ends after watching an
MI-5 or Threat Matrix show. I see average, common
people, highly trained and totally dedicated to the security of their
homeland, anonymously seeking out and destroying threats to everyone's
There is no chest
thumping by them. There are no headlines from their
achievements. They do one job and go on to the next,
just like the average Joe or average Jane does in daily life.
They serve their country in quiet repose from the flashbulbs and
cameras of notoriety.
Of course, these
are just television shows. They aren't real, or, are they seeds
For me, they represent
the top-line of Vigilance in a world that I sometimes think is
Complacent. I know that millions of viewers would not
watch the shows if there wasn't a market for Vigilance.
Thus, some two years and 778
days later, I am as inspired or perhaps more so, than ever about my
I will be
ready to help children battle the Beast of Terror
Not financially rewarding, the VigilanceVoice is generationally rich.
I know deep in my bones that Terrorism is not dead and buried.
I know that throughout history acts of Terror have come to visit the
children of the Children's Children's Children. The Beast
of Terror is doing pushups and will come again.
I will be ready to serve
those who seek out a solution to helping their children prepare to
battle the Beast of Terror when he does roost once more on their
In the interim, I'm
hopeful the families of America and the world will tune into Threat
Matrix and MI-5. At least they'll know that someone is watching
over their children's safety, if only on the television.