It's possible that you've heard about Rumsfeld's $100 million budget P2OG (Proactive Preemptive Operations Group) project. The literal quote from the Defense Science Board about it is that its purpose is to “develop an entirely new capability to proactively, preemptively evoke responses from adversary/terrorist groups”. So let's be real clear on this: the plan to find terrorists is to trick them into attacking us first, so then we can see where they are.

Let me point something out: we have a pretty good idea where the terrorists that committed the 9/11 attacks are: in the rubble of the WTC. But Osama Bin Laden, the guy who gets the blame — where's he? Still alive and well, and the hunt for him has been largely dropped. You can't fight holy suicide warriors with such tactics. All any cell hopes for is a single effective strike, and then it's game over for them no matter how it turns out.

So once again, the US government has found a way to burn through $100 million and not just screw over the US population in the process, but severely endanger it as well…

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Other than that, I'll leave you with a brief quote:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.

Fraser Tyler, English Historian
Written while the US was still a British colony

Sorry to post so late by the way; my internet connection has been down all morning. It claims it was because of cloud cover, but I'm not buying it. Anyway, I have guests right now, but later today I'll whip together an experience update, and do a few enhancements to IAM, and maybe go out to dinner with my girl and then watch Survivor.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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