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Saturday, March 19, 2016

In the Name of the Rose

I say father, and you say pater,
I saw mother and you say mater 
--Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,
George Gershwin

A rose by any other name  
would smell as sweet 
 --Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

 Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose 
--Sacred  Emily, Gertrude Stein 
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Terrorism is like a tiger that changes it's stripes, and everyone is grasping for its tail, but he eludes capture. Like a game of musical chairs, each government agency must find a chair at the money feeding trough, and so must make a case that terrorism is something they can best confront.

Although terrorism is an observable fact, the way we interpret the facts leads to different theories regarding how to confront it.

Simply put: Terrorism is a CASH COW.

Many agencies share the task of defining and confronting terrorism, and so each must define it slightly differently in order to justify their viability qua agency. When the failed War on Terror began, the FBI had proponency under their counterintelligence functions. Terrorism was a legal concern under United States code and practices. Terrorists are civilians, and criminal law covers their actions.

Then there is the CIA, a civilian intelligence agency which has a paramilitary branch. Therefore, it is to their benefit to mold the subject into a military plus civilian concern.

Next is the Department of State, which can trump the CIA because they can get the Department of Defense  (DoD) to do their bidding. The DoD speaks of bringing freedom and liberty to countries, while breaking and destroying the same countries. But the DoD also has some intelligence agencies at the strategic level, so why not employ them for terrorism counteraction?

It behooves certain agencies to define the symbolic violence of terrorism as "warfare" for funding purposes. But the criminals acts of 9-11-01 were different in scope and nature than the activities of ISIS, which are warfare. Further, as ISIS does not abide by the accepted rules of war this confounds the issue, making them look like terrorists.

This inter-agency one-upmanship creates a dynamic tension which seldom facilitates good long-term results.

The problem facing us is to define terrorism and decide the correct approach to confronting it. Each agency is disingenuousness in the name of defending their corner of the pie.

The DoD has the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) and use them they must, even when there is no foreign government to target in their collection cycle. In such a pickle, they can also turn their alphabet monitoring apparatuses on U.S. citizens and sell that function as a security concern. DoD will target anything in their need to find a niche in the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©).

The CIA doesn't even bother with such cover stories to mask their dirty work, and the Homeland Security Agency (HSA) is rife with political appointees coordinating with courts composed of political appointees.

So, the DoD, Department of State, HSA, CIA, Special Operation, the President, the Attorney General and the Pope all have conflicting theories on what the term "terrorism" actually means. 

After 14 years of war we still cannot define the problem because it remains theoretical.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim,
Suggest you ask the victims and families and friends of the French, California, and Brussels 'terror' attacks if they were suffering from the 'theoretical terrorist's attack delusion syndrome'.

Get a copy Dr. William Sargent's, 1957 book 'Rape of the Mind' a study of mind control that came out of the detritus of the Korean War POW's experience, that led to the CIA's Project Artichoke, Project Bluebird, Project MKULTRA...that eventually led to us to the Abu Grab-Git-Mo (sp) disaster's.

For that matter closer to our home, read Intel Capt. Stewart Harrington's 71-72 book on the hamlet war in the Cu Chi district, 'Silence was a Weapon'.

My wife is from Mindanao, Philippines where US troops in 1900 fought the Hulk insurgency and later in early WWII Japanese troops, Mindanao was never conquered. She saw more brutality in her childhood than we did 'In Country'... well 116 years later Muslim groups MILF, BIFF, Abu-Sayif in Mindanao operate with impunity and use terror as a weapon...

To quote Winston Churchill's WWII speech , " This is not the end, not even the beginning to the end, but is perhaps the end of the beginning" ....

Given our strategic and political blinders, I would argue we don't know what the what's meaning of the of the 'beginning' 'the means to the end' or the 'end of the beginning'... The Muslim, Crusader wars lasted 600 years...'

Cheers, and 'Beam me up Scotty'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 5:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Anon,
France and Brussels are T criminality.
No doubt.
I will not accept San B as a T incident. This is a hate crime committerd by confused shooters with job related grudges.
It's too convenient to call this by the buzz words of T.
Now for all 3 incidents. All were criminality and it doesn't matter what you call them as the dead and splattered are still dead and splattered.
When we catch the culprits do we treat them as pow's or as criminals?
Thanks for writing.
jim hruska

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 1:17:00 PM GMT-5  

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