Tyranny Marches a Half Hour Nearer with "Bush
ALERT: CCOPS TOTALITARIAN TIME: 10:19 P.M.
by The Liberty Crew
Holding our breath along with the rest of the nation, CCOPS has
been waiting to see what response the U.S. government would make
to the unthinkable attacks that struck the heart of America on
September 11, 2001.
It was clear from the beginning that the U.S. military would
have to strike fiercely against such savage enemies. As
Americans, we support that -- with hopes the strikes will be
just and judicious, as well as decisive.
It was less clear how fiercely the government would strike
against American freedom. We were encouraged by George W. Bush's
repeated assurances that he would protect, not sacrifice, freedom.
Other voices -- calling for renewed imposition of intrusive,
ineffective surveillance and other restrictions on freedom --
were more ominous.
On the evening of September 20, President Bush allied himself
with the worst enemies of freedom. He made a seemingly
innocuous -- even a comforting-sounding -- announcement. He said
he had created the cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security,
with Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as its head. (Transcript:
Most people were utterly unaware of the significance of Bush's
new bureacracy. But for anyone watching the advance of police-
state policies in America, absolutely nothing could have been
The Homeland Defense Agency is not a new idea. Conceived by a
bi-partisan commission headed by former senators Gary Hart and
Warren Rudman, this Clinton-era conception, "The Phase III
Report Of The U.S. Commission On National Security/21st
Century," is nothing less than the framework for a permanent
military-bureaucratic American police state.
The new Homeland Defense Agency is the lynchpin of a plan that
extensively reorganizes both the executive and legislative
functions of the U.S. government. Among other things, the plan
makes the National Guard a national police force. It extensively
federalizes both the study and the work of science, mathematics,
and engineering. It creates numerous new sub-bureaucracies. The
Homeland Security agency itself is to "be built upon the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, with the three organizations
currently on the front line of border security-the Coast Guard,
the Customs Service, and the Border Patrol- transferred to it."
The plan calls for the new agency to oversee activities of the
Department of Defense, as well as to assume a variety of duties
now held by agencies from the Department of Commerce to the FBI.
When the plan was announced in January of this year, the media
barely covered it, and shortly thereafter, the plan itself, and
the government Web site created expressly for it, dropped out
of sight. We found the full text of the report at only one
Read it and shudder as you consider how the Bill of Rights --
and your freedoms -- will be slaughtered if you remain silent
Do not be fooled. The purpose of this agency and the larger plan
of which it is merely one part, is not to make us safer. It is
to rule us -- and to put in place the iron, eternal structure of
the police state. Once again, crisis has been used as a false
justification of the will to power.
When we created the CCOPS Totalitarian Time Clock, we promised
ourselves we'd avoid huge, precipitous moves of the clock's
hands. Without extreme provocation, we'd advance and roll back
the clock's digits only a few minutes at a time. The war strikes
of September 11 were world shattering, and we would never seek
to minimize the horror or deny the need for strong retaliation.
But our government's covert strike against American liberties
will have an even more devastating long term impact on millions
The clock -- and the tragic march of tyranny -- advances by a
If you really value freedom, please share this alert with
everyone you know, and encourage them to go to the site and
read the Hart-Rudman roadmap to your future life in a police
View the Clock:
The Liberty Crew
Original Material in CCOPS ALERTS are Copyright 2001 CCOPS, Inc.
Permission is granted to reproduce this alert in full, so long
as the following contact information is included:
CCOPS: Concerned Citizens Opposed to Police States
P.O. Box 270205
Hartford, WI 53027
Phone: (262) 670-9920
Fax: (262) 670-9921