dangerous situation

With the Wikileaks revelations concerning CIA activities, there is cause to wonder whether hot-button issues such as ongoing Trump bans against travelers who come from certain countries, the Trump allegation about supposed Obama-authorized wiretapping of Trump Tower phones, and supposed Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election process, are not masking a far more dangerous situation.

Exposing the CIA’s ability to hack into each citizen’s smart phones, “smart” home appliances and TVs and other devices and convert them into mechanisms for spying upon the everyday lives of us ordinary people should warn us that prophecies of George Orwell’s book 1984 have become realities.

Its original purpose having been to deal with actual threats from outside U.S. borders, the CIA instead apparently has become an agency that can contrive to accomplish almost anything which it wishes regarding the U.S. public, which should raise protests regarding our individual rights to freedom and privacy.

Secrecy regarding the CIA and other agencies is compounded because of the supposedly rights-protective secret FISA court, which can ignore the protections of the U.S. Constitution regardless of governmental denials.

We can be so easily distracted by sensationalist TV news programs, hot-button issues, and even virtual paranoia about national “security” that we ignore or even succumb to the potential for our central government to control essentially every aspect of our lives via the CIA and other intelligence-gathering entities, most of which are not even subject directly or indirectly to our will.

Our vigilance — or a dictatorship?

Jim Hansen

Brookings

Protect the USA

Here are some excerpts from the book “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the minds and motives of the Islamic terrorists trying to destroy America,” by Bill Harlow and James Mitchell.

There are quotes from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks.

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Killing women and men who are not actively fighting Islam is permissible because they pay taxes that fund those who do. It is permissible to kill babies and children because they bring comfort to infidels who resist True Islam by refusing to convert or surrender. Allowing your enemy’s children to live replenishes their ranks, he said. Killing children is a weapon Allah has provided to attack and undermine the will of their parents to continue resisting True Islam.

He said the terror attacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihad-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within.

He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired and so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end.

“Eventually,” KSM said. “America will expose her neck to us for slaughter.” (Page 179)

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Support our president as he tries to protect us!

Thomas A. Moody

Brookings

Fear mongering

It is so good to know that fear-mongering is alive and well in our local newspaper, following right along with the liberal media monster — who lost.

I know, sarcasm is bad stuff, so I’ll try to “write away” from anymore of it. But really, is it any surprise that our Oregon state government, which is primarily run by Democrats, issue their dire warning that “up to 465,000 Oregonians would lose health coverage by 2023 under the “ — you got it — “Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.”

How about all of those people (those with jobs who pay taxes to support those without) who lost their affordable insurance and physician with the Affordable Care Act, despite having been told — lied to — that that would not happen? Isn’t someone in government smart enough to maybe actually develop an affordable insurance plan that isn’t just on the backs of taxpayers? Can’t OHP recipients pay something?

And then there is that letter that says, “oh no! it is possible we could elect a president who only receives 22 percent of the popular vote!” It won’t happen. It never has and never will.

And, by the way, the election of President Bush and President Trump is far from the root of our current unrest. Yes, to those who walk around wearing strange pink hats or light vehicles on fire, or throw bricks into windows, and such. But not to millions of us in America who did show up to vote.

Now let’s talk about what is fair. I had to suffer through the last eight years. It is only fair that you get to do that now.

God bless you, President Trump! There are millions of us smiling, breathing a sigh of relief, and praying for your and our success.

Laurie Reynolds

Brookings

Rules of Engagement

Once again, with his editor’s letter of March 11, my friend, Fred Pate, has touched my hot button with his “Bad War Tactics” letter.

During World War II, I got behind the horse-drawn plow with my dad for the “victory garden,” and saved newspapers, tin foil and grease for the war effort.

We went to war to win, not contain. From Korea and Vietnam until today, with Iraq and Afghanistan, we have not won with containment. There is no such thing as a “politically correct” war, except with American politicians.

That fact leads me to the second biggest mistake of today’s warfare. It’s called Rules of Engagement. The priority of American servicemens’ lives versus suspected enemies who choose or are forced to get in the way are much more important.

As an infantry company commander in Vietnam, I was introduced to Rules of Engagement. Thank God, at the DMZ, I saw no politicians and only one reporter for 10 minutes.

In meeting with, listening to and working with many returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan for more than 20 years, their Rules of Engagement are much worse today. They risk not only their lives, but the chance of being court martialed with a dishonorable discharge if they make it home alive.

I volunteered to enter the corps, and spent eight years as a somewhat conventional and special ops infantry officer. I was a career officer until my second tour.

I reluctantly resigned my commission, as I loved the Marine Corps and the men I met. There were only two reasons why I resigned. We weren’t in Vietnam to win and Rules of Engagement.

Bill Farrell

Former U.S.

Marine Corps,

Vietnam Veteran

Curry County

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