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The 'war on terror' is destroying the rights we cherish

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:01 am

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

— James Madison, Father of the Constitution

In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, there have been more than 180,000 homicides in the United States with almost no traditional terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. However, lawmakers in both parties are preparing to take a “get soft on crime" approach in sentencing, while simultaneously stripping our civil liberties and freedoms, to “keep us safe from terrorism.”

As the average American is infinitely more likely to be killed by street crime than terrorism, this simply makes no sense.

The difference in policing street crime versus terrorism was made stark after the Boston bombing.

Around the same time as the Boston bombing, three women were rescued from sadistic kidnapper Ariel Castro. Previous to their escape, reports of three naked women walking on their hands and knees on dog leashes were called into the Cleveland police department, yet the investigation into the calls were half-hearted at best. This would explain how Castro could keep three women in his basement for 10 years.

By contrast, the Boston police went door to door dressed in storm trooper outfits randomly pointing guns at the heads of innocent Americans and ordering them to get out of their homes in a city-wide search for the alleged Boston bombers. The contrast of police indifference in Cleveland, to total police tyranny in Boston (home of the liberty revolution that birthed this nation) is shocking.

If something is a threat to the people, the media and government couldn’t care less. However, if there is a perceived threat to the regime, it is declared as justification to obliterate all of our rights on the spot.

Currently President Obama is preparing to give amnesty to nearly every person living here illegally. This action is being taken despite the fact the percentage of Americans in the workforce is at the lowest level since 1979, real income for American households dropped by 5.4 percent in the first three years of Obama’s presidency and average household wealth dropped by 36 percent from 2003 to 2013.

The Obama regime explains the 30,000 surveillance drones they plan to have in the air by 2020 and the stunning network of surveillance cameras they are placing all around the country as necessary to protect us from terrorists, despite the fact an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want to live in an Orwellian 1984 police state. Yet, if the regime was truly worried about terrorism, the first thing they would have done is secure our national borders, which the American people have been angrily demanding for years.

The short answer to why the media/regime didn’t care more about the girls held hostage by Castro is they didn’t help in achieving their goals. However, the Boston bombing was used to justify the continued destruction of our constitutional rights and the rapid advancement of a Soviet Union-styled surveillance and police state here in the U.S.

War is good for the growth of the state, and it is looking like the main casualties from this “war on terror” are the very liberties we cherish.

Ric Runestad is a resident of Fort Wayne.