If I had to be pigeonholed into one particular ideology, I would be considered a ‘skeptic’.
Now, what does this mean exactly?
Being a skeptic means that I distrust all political parties intensely. It means I assume that all politicians, all corporations, all charities, and all groups are lying unless it can be independently verified that they are telling the truth.
More often than not, I am right.
I may also very well be the only skeptic in the city of Seattle.
For instance, how many of you are aware that Susan G. Komen is an elaborate scam? How many of you are aware that recycling actually harms the planet by consuming more resources than it saves? How many of you are aware that falsely accused and acquitted men are included in “rape” statistics by feminist groups?
Part of maturity is realizing that most things you’ve been taught are lies. Most Americans in general, and white, upper-middle-class northwesterners in particular, never realize this. They’re sheltered. Tucked away in a corner with other upper-middle-class white people, protected from the harsh realities of life. “Oh no, some guy in Toronto said I shouldn’t walk around with my boobs hanging out. I’ve never heard of anything so oppressive. Quick … to the streets!”
The vast majority of people in this town think that I might be Satan. This is why I am anti-social. I have a close circle of friends, and I don’t bother to even try to venture outside of it because people like myself are ostracized. For all the talk of “tolerance” you hear in this town, such tolerance is generally only afforded to like-minded people. It makes you wonder if people know what “tolerance” means.
All of this being said, it probably comes as no great surprise that I once again find myself the lone skeptic when it comes to the “Seattle Terror Plot” which was supposedly foiled this week.
These things are always so neat and convenient. Every six months or so, the FBI “foils” one of these plots in a tidy manner, and every six months, we are “reminded” to be ever-vigilant of people taking pictures or using cash or pirating music or smoking weed or not watching American Idol or doing ANYTHING ELSE SUSPICIOUS.
I was watching Q13 this morning, and predictably, they had a “security expert” talking about the foiled “terror attack”. He said, and I am paraphrasing “If you see two guys in a Toyota taking pictures, say something to law enforcement.”
That’s right, as the newscaster guffawed and nodded his head in agreement, this “expert” advocated reporting people for the crime of … not committing any crime whatsoever.
Shortly after this little news gem, our hopelessly corrupt and soon to be ex-Governor issued the following statement:
“I applaud the hard work and diligence of the FBI and Seattle Police Department in the apprehension of these suspects. The arrest reminds us that we must all be aware of our surroundings – as Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano continues to remind us, ‘If you see something say something’.”
Oh, here we go.
Let the manipulation of the guillible normals begin.
Now, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there really is a terrorist lurking behind every bush, and maybe the FBI’s 100% success rate at catching these guys really can be attributed to your continued fear and paranoia.
I am, however, skeptical.
You see, I think certain agencies openly encourage these “plots” specifically so they can foil them. Sometimes, I wonder if the plots even existed at all. The perpetrators are always bumbling idiots who can’t keep a secret from the neighbor’s dog, and their plans are always so theatrical.
The bad guys told an informant who later infiltrated the group at the behest of the FBI who provided the would-be terrorists with inert weapons in a south-side warehouse. Then, out of nowhere, Bruce Willis kicked down the door, machine guns blazing, and yelled “Yippie Kay-Ay Motherfuckers, not on my watch!”.
Seriously, if the FBI was on top of these guys all along, and the bad guys never had any actual weapons, then we were essentially protected from a couple of morons.
Now look, if it really went down this way, the FBI, the SPD, and everyone else involved has my thanks for a job well-done. We clearly don’t need potentially violent, religious morons running loose on the streets.
But, are these guys really the poster children for the “see something, say something” ruse?
What, exactly, are the rest of us supposed to be looking for? A camera? You do realize that Google has satellite and street view photographs of damn near every building in the USA?
Are we supposed to be looking for middle-eastern guys doing inexplicable things?
Well, I saw one a few weeks ago, said nothing, and all is still well. Who should I have told? What should I have said?
Alas, I fear this event will be used as a tool to further the cause of manipulation, fear-mongering, and security theater. As a matter of fact, not more than 24 hours later, it’s already begun.
It’s dominating the news, and talking head after talking head is being trotted out trying to convince you that the rights we’ve given up in the name of terror are not in vain.
My fellow Seattleites, I implore you … be skeptical.
Your freedom depends on it.