Bring Me the Head of… Julian Assange?

November 30, 2010


The best I can say about the intelligence breach that is Wikileaks, and the President’s poor performance regarding this third massive classified document dump, is to quote Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who correctly identified the type of letter that should have been sent to Julian Assange:

Dear Wikileaks,

If you publish any more material we will hunt you down no matter the cost, and you either will be killed while resisting arrest or you will spend the rest of your lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, where the highlight of your day will be 1 hour spent in a cage instead of your cell.  Don’t look up, that sound of propellers in the air is not a Predator drone.

Harold Koh

Of course, that was not the letter that was sent. Instead, Mr. Koh sent a sternly-worded missive with threats of swift retribution pathetic plea to Assange to return the documents because publishing them would be bad.

If this weren’t so dangerous to our national security, it would be a joke, which is what America is swiftly becoming in the eyes of the world. We need to address this breach with authority and swift justice. Now.

Or as commenter “turfmann” at Legal Insurrection wrote:

“…I am quite sure that a certain housewife from Wasilla, AK, should she have been president right now, would find this SOB herself if need be. She could hunt him down, dress him in the field, put his antlers on the wall of the Oval Office and we could all watch it on The Learning Channel, Sunday night at 9:00. No facebook post would have been necessary.”

I could live with that.


The Harsh Truth About the Next Attack on America

September 12, 2008

Yesterday, we marked the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  There are several key questions about those attacks deeply embedded in the minds of most Americans; questions we subconsciously try to avoid, but must face:

  1. WILL there be another terrorist strike?
  2. If so, WHEN?
  3. WHAT form will it take?
  4. Has our government taken the necessary steps to PREVENT ANOTHER STRIKE?

With all due respect to the Presidential candidates of both of the major political parties, these questions are, at least in my mind, far more important than what happens when you put lipstick on a pig

Not only is it necessary to address the above questions, they also need to be foremost in the minds of anyone hoping to serve this nation as President–or any position in the U. S. government. It is the duty of our government officials to address the questions, and it is our duty as citizens to hold our govermnent accountable for their actions or lack thereof. For purposes of discussion, however, let me answer the above questions as succinctly as possible.

  1. Yes, I believe it is inevitable that another attack will take place. 
  2. Determining when is impossible without having an informer or inside source, but consider the past: The first attack on the World Trade Center was in February 1993. It was more than eight years before the follow-up attacks of September 11, 2001. Unlike most Americans, who tend to be impatient, terrorist cells are very patient and willing to take the time necessary to plan every detail of an attack and to cause their targets to be lulled back into a state of complacency.  
  3. What form the attack will take is anyone’s guess, but there are numerous scenarios. However, it’s time to educate ourselves as to just how vulnerable we have become. Marvin Cetron, a U.S. Navy Intelligence expert whose prediction of using a commercial jet as a weapon by terrorists was ordered struck from a report generated for the government in 1993-1994, has published a sobering report of the kinds of attacks we may be susceptable to. PLEASE NOTE: This link to the Forecasting International Study of 10 Possible Prime Terrorist Targets was prepared by Dr. Cetron for the Pentagon and is not Classified. It is, however, very powerful. It was published on Newsmax at the behest of Dr. Cetron because (in his words), “I no longer worry about giving the bad guys ideas. Ordinary citizens need to know where the dangers [lie].”
  4. We can only assume that the government has taken many measures to head off future terrorist attacks. The fact that there has not been a major successful attack in this country since 2001 is proof that the government has been successful. There are at least 17 Documented Cases of attempted terrorist acts prevented between September 2001 and September 2007.

However, there is only so much the government can do to protect a country as wide-open and free as the United States. Indeed, our very freedom is the weakness best exploited by terrorists.  This is why it is absolutely unconscionable that so little has been done to seal and monitor our borders with both Mexico and Canada. Even with funding appropriated for a complex fence that would be coupled with electronic surveilance, both political parties have been guilty of dragging their heels in carrying out the will of the people. If the security of our country is to be our top concern, this needs to be addressed immediately–if it’s not already too late.

It is our duty as Americans to support the efforts of our government in continuing to thwart future terrorist acts on our soil. This is where it’s important to remember that “We – the people” are the government. Members of Congress and Homeland Security as wll as ALL government agencies are our employees. It is up to us to make sure they are held accountable in doing their jobs.

Putting it all into perspective: It would be wise for both presidential campaigns to start discussing more important issues than animal make-up as we head towards the November 4th elections.

Gerry Ashley