Anniversary of a national tragedy

I want to extend my sincerest sympathy to all the families that were directly affected by the attack perpetrated on New York City and the American psyche one decade ago. We all remember exactly where we were, and what we were doing when we learned of the attack. Furthermore, the way we live our lives has changed dramatically since that day. We now accept TSA screening at the airports as a given, but I remember a time when anyone could walk right to the gate in order to meet someone as they stepped off the plane. Security forces are so paranoid that I wasn't allowed to take a photograph of the White House during a short visit to Washington. I spoke to a soldier who had just followed me through airport security at DFW. He told me that on a previous trip to Afghanistan, he was allowed to keep his M-16 and 300 rounds of live ammunition - but TSA agents confiscated his pocket knife. We typically focus on the tragic fatalities that occured early on that September morning, but I hope that we will take some time to reflect on the slow death to our Liberty since that fateful day.

Naturally, television news shows are spending considerable time interviewing survivors of the victims of the attack. The sentence that caught my attention was a woman from Shanksville, Pennsylvania who insisted that the crash site of Flight 93 was sacred ground, and should be respected as a memorial to the 40 people who died in that crash. I mean no disrespect to any of the 9/11 victims, but let's put these fatalities into perspective. After the Battle of Gettysburg there were 8,900 dead, and 22,000 wounded. After the Civil War there were 212,000 soldiers killed in action, and 625,000 total fatalities. How much more sacred is the ground they died on? Shouldn't we reflect on their deaths with similar significance? Abraham Lincoln famously said, "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."

It is unnecessary to point out the we cannot bring the dead back to life, but it behooves us to do whatever we can to make sure that the victims of 9/11 did not die in vain. If they could, those who perished might well tell us that Liberty is no longer their problem. Only those of us capable of taking a breath - and thinking clearly - can change the future for ourselves and our children's children. What exactly might we be expected to do?

I would recommend that we support an independent, in-depth investigation into what REALLY happened ten years ago. The 9-11 truth movement continues to grow as more and more people recognize that the official story repeated ad-naseum by the main stream media is filled with flaws and inconsistencies. We should assiduously follow the evidence until we uncover the cold, unvarnished truth, even if we discover that certain members of our own government were knowlegable, or even complicit in planning the attack. The most important scene from the movie V for Vendetta is when the police chief calls his partner into the office and asks, "If our own government was responsible for the deaths of almost a hundred thousand people... would you really want to know?"

It wouldn't be the first time that the American government lied to its citizens. They lied about the sinking of the Lusitania to lure us into World War I. FDR orchestrated the attack on Pearl Harbor to trick Americans to support World War II. The government has lied about subjecting soldiers to radiation and other hazarous substances in experiments to determine the effects on the human body. In fact, the federal government has lied about so many things that I personally consider any information from Washington D.C. a lie - unless it can be proved otherwise.

For a list of additional suggestions that you or your Liberty organization can do, simply download a copy of the Articles of Freedom which were created in November of 2009 in St. Charles, Illinois by Continental Congress 2009. I am disappointed that this valiant effort by dedicated patriots from forty-eight of the states has been largely ignored by the general public. Being the eternal optimist, I suggest that it's not too late to start. Each section contains recommended civic actions by the people. If you want to do more than simply remember the tragedy, I encourage you to join with others to take action against the police state we live in, so that future generations will not be required to remember the next dramatic attack on our cherished way of life.

If not now, then when? If not you, then who?

When I die, Liberty is no longer my problem.

Michael Badnarik

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