Ashcroft Propaganda Machine
BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
by YT Cai
anybody else noticed that for over a year very little was happening against
the war on terrorism on the domestic front, and now suddenly that it is
very close to the mid-term elections, there is a steady stream of activity
It started a few weeks ago in Lackawanna, NY with the rounding up of a
group of Yemenis Americans suspected of being a terrorist cell. The FBI
case centers around a pilgrimage some of the suspects took to various
areas of the Middle East, along with their possession of materials advocating
radical Islamic views. All sounding quite disturbing in the context of
9/11, but the judge involved is still waiting for something of substance
to support the government's claims that these individuals are part of
an active or sleeper terrorist cell.
This past week another terrorist cell operating in Oregon and Michigan
was uncovered. Some of the charges include that the suspects were trying
to get into Afghanistan right after 9/11, trained to use firearms (we'll
see if the NRA comes to their defense on this one), engaged in physical
training, and wired money to co-conspirators. This group was stumbled
upon over a year ago by a local sheriff.
On the same day, John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban entered his guilty
plea for "providing services to the Taliban". Receiving a sentence
of 20 years in exchange for cooperation based on a plea agreement that
would have possibly saved him from facing the death penalty for treason.
With public opinion against Lindh being stronger than their case on the
more serious charges, the government struck a timely deal with Lindh.
Then there's the case that received the least attention, but to me was
the most interesting. This was the case involving the guilty plea that
Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber entered into. Caught trying to ignite his
explosive laden sneakers on a cross-Atlantic flight, Reid was stopped
by passengers when he tried to light his shoes with matches. When first
hearing of this pathetic attempt to blow up the plane, the word "moron"
immediately came to mind. But in light of an event that preceded Reid's
act, the more appropriate word that came to mind was "dupe".
That event was the crash of Flight 587, although explosion then crash
would be a more likely description. Many witnesses reported that they
saw explosions from the flight's fuselage before the tail section mysteriously
fell off. A bomb in the cargo hold was probably the cause, and if confirmed,
it would have devastated the airline industry at the time. A little more
than a month later, the Reid incident occurs. Think about it, what is
more terrorizing, the actual explosion of a flight at the hands of terrorists
and then covered up, or someone caught directly in the act of trying to
blow up a plane? Truly a keen act of terrorism at the expense of the fall-guy
Before November 5th, expect from Ashcroft's Justice Department more "successes"
in this war on terror. But also expect to see a sharp drop off in activity