Thursday, August 05, 2004

You're Safer, But You Could Die. ...Go Figure.

DATE: Sunday, August 1, 2004
PLACE: Orwell's Nightmare (aka "Bush's America")

Make no mistake; these cynical Republican bastards will win the election in November '04. After today's little stunt, there is no doubt about it. Anyone who opposes them is just pissin' in the wind.

They will hold onto power by hook or crook. (Probably crook.) They not only own the building, the room, and the table -- but they own the deck, stack the cards to their liking, and deal them at their leisure.

Gloom, doom, and paternalistic authoritarian reassurances.

(A slap followed by a pat on the head.)

"Daddy! Don't go!"

Today, we witnessed yet another 'preemptive' strike by the Bush administration, a 20 minute nationally televised campaign commercial for Bush, delivered via our esteemed Director of Homeland Security, that combination of Barney Fife and Hermann Goring, Tommy Ridge, whose job seems to be a unique combination of scaring the American public into voting Republican -- while assuring us at the same time.

"You could die, but you're so much safer. They're going to attack, but keep shopping."

Um, and there WERE weapons of mass destruction.

Welcome to marketing in the Kingdom of Fear.

And this is only the first in a series of nationally televised (terror alert) commercials that you'll be seeing over the next few months.

-- Excerpts Below --


RIDGE: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. [yeah, and have a nice fucking day, eh?] President Bush has told you, and I have reiterated the promise, [we don't lie!] that when we have specific credible information that we will share it. This afternoon we do have new and unusually specific information about where al-Qaida would like to attack.

And as a result, today the United States government is raising the threat level to Code Orange for the financial services sector in New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

[...]

...Now, this is the first time we have chosen to use the Homeland Security Advisory System in such a targeted way. Compared to previous threat reporting, these intelligence reports have provided a level of detail that is very specific.

The quality of this intelligence, based on multiple reporting streams in multiple locations, is rarely seen, and it is alarming in both the amount and specificity of the information. Now, while we are providing you with this immediate information, we will also continue to update you as the situation unfolds.

As of now, this is what we know: Reports indicate that al-Qaida is targeting several specific buildings, including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the District of Columbia, Prudential Financial in northern New Jersey, and Citigroup buildings and the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

Let me assure you -- let me reassure you, actions to further strengthen security around these buildings are already under way. Additionally, we're concerned about targets beyond these and are working to get more information about them.

[...]

Now, senior leadership across the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the White House, the CIA, the FBI and other federal agencies have been in constant contact with the governors, the mayors and the homeland security advisers of the affected locations I've just named.

But we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the president's leadership in the war against terror, the reports that have led to this alert are the result of offensive intelligence and military operations overseas, as well as strong partnerships with our allies around the world, such as Pakistan...



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"...we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of THE PRESIDENT'S LEADERSHIP in the war against terror..."

Got that, America? Clear enough for ya? Is "Read My Lips" too explicit?


"...the reports that have led to this alert are the result of offensive intelligence and military operations overseas..."

Offensive. Preemptive.
Overseas. Iraq.

Got it, America? Do you need me to repeat it?

Don't worry, it'll be repeated. Over and over and over.

These motherfuckers will stop at nothing to hold onto power.

Nothing.

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