|Date:||9/15/01 8:16:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time|
liz michael is a graduate of the wharton school of business, founder of
analon, inc. and a strong proponent of liberty and democracy at home and
her words are worth reading...
in my opinion...
How Could This Happen - What Must Be Done
by Liz Michael
September 13, 2001
How could this happen?
That's actually a really stupid question.
Aside from the timing of this particular event, hijacking a plane in the
United States is easy as pie. I could do it with one hand tied behind my
back it's so easy. I never would, because I have a love of the American
people, and a certain level of Judeo-Christian ethic of life, not only
for the lives of innocent citizens, but for my own life.
All of United States airline security is focused on its customers.
Essentially, the United States has decided that the common airline
passenger is the biggest threat to the common airline passenger. It has
created this vast terror state, through which you cannot travel with a
weapon - where you can be arrested for simply having too much cash by
the DEA - where you can be strip searched for being black and female.
Supposedly all for our security. And it's all crap.
I can hijack any plane in the country. I can smuggle any weapon into any
plane for the purpose of allowing a hijacker to overtake the plane. How
can I do that? Well, while your security personnel are placing your
customers through the equivalent of police terror - security personnel
who are largely untrained, untested, underpaid, and who are turned over
at a rate of almost 100% a year - security personnel who can be easily
duped by a real terrorist even though they seem to be stumped over
things as simple as a soda or a disk drive - I and my agents can walk in
as easy as pie... as your employees.
Airline and airport employees are some of the most untrained, unchecked,
unverified, dishonest people in the nation. Aside from the pilots and
the flight attendants, you don't need any training to work for an
airline. Getting a job for the ground crew of any typical airline is
easy. If you can provide verifiable references, fake or not, airlines
are so desperate to get ground workers, because those same airlines
refuse to pay their workers well or treat them with dignity. It is
difficult for the airlines to get workers for these jobs. They will take
anybody. This is why the airlines have such a problem with theft of
And just like that, I can have a handful of agents who load and unload
your plane, and likely you will never know it until we strike you.
Can it really be THAT easy?
No, it's even easier than that. Because so many people who care for the
planes don't even work for the airline. The people who usually clean and
inspect the plane are often not even employed by the airlines. They are
employed by contract companies. They are paid even less, and scrutinized
even less. They can get anything on a plane in a secret location. A gun.
A bomb. A knife. Or several.
They don't even have to be the same people. One plants. Another waters.
Still another reaps the harvest. And you'd never know it, until we hit
you. Can it really be THAT easy?
No, it's even easier. Stupid federal regulations which disarm the
customer require that any arms brought onto a plane be inserted in
secure suitcases, and those suitcases flagged with a special FFF tag.
What does this do? It tells any potential terrorist which bags have
firearms in them. And it guarantees that said firearms are separated
from their rightful owners, who, odds are would use them appropriately,
and potentially places them in the hands of those who cannot possibly
use them for any good purpose. This policy also guarantees that any
terrorist which makes it to the plane is extremely likely to succeed.
But as I said, I'd never do such a thing. Because I love America. And I
love Americans. And that brings me to the next problem.
Our national borders are sieves. Almost anyone can get into this country
for any reason. Now sure, someone who hates America could be an
American. But most of the time, if they are going to commit this level
of an act, they are not going to be Americans. They are going to be
foreigners. And this is exactly what happened on September 11. The
perpetrators of this mass murder simply walked into this country. Even
though they hated us, and even though it could have been determined, due
to their national origin, that they were likely to hate us.
And you airlines and airports hire these people because they will work
for next to nothing and accept your slavish conditions. They'll put up
with it because they have an agenda.
How could this happen? How could it not?
What must happen next to avert future attacks
Thomas Jefferson said that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Nothing illustrates the concept of a patriot more than what the
firefighters and police did in New York. Many of them, who were not on
the scene when the Trade Center attacks occurred, came to rescue those
trapped in the buildings. Little did they know that the buildings were
going to collapse on them and kill many of them. Or how about the
passengers on the plane which crashed near Pittsburgh, of whom it is
said tried to wrestle control of the plane from the terrorists, not
being able to save themselves, but probably unknowingly averting a
possible attack on the White House or the Capitol. Or a passenger on
another plane who was actually calling her husband, a US official,
asking him what she could do to avert this. She didn't have time to act,
but clearly she had the will.
Yes, I rag on cops a lot. But this is an example of what cops are
supposed to do. And the rest of the various police and sheriffs
departments could put down their donuts, quit writing traffic tickets,
and start following their example. And yes, I think the Congress of the
United States is comprised of, for the most part, spineless traitorous
sons of bitches. But they are OUR spineless traitorous sons of bitches,
and the responsibility of either forcing them to adhere to their
constitutional oaths, or removing them from office, belongs to US, not
to some rag headed bastard who not only has no concept of freedom, but
has no concept of true Islam: otherwise, he would not do this.
And then there is the attack on the Pentagon. Defense is the agency with
the most clear constitutional mandate.
But you don't have to be a soldier to be a patriot. The thousands of
people who perished in the World Trade Center were engaging in the most
patriotic activity there can be: the ordinary everyday commerce of the
United States. And they were murdered not as a random act, but
specifically because they engaged in commerce.
We have seen the tree of liberty watered with the blood of patriots on
Now it must be watered with an equal portion of the blood of tyrants.
Put bluntly: we need to kill the people who did this, and kill the
nations who harbored and trained them.
I frankly don't care who it turns out to be. Whether it turns out to be
Osama Bin Laden, the Afghanis, the Palestinians, the Iraqis, the
penguins of Antarctica or the Bavarian Illuminati, for that matter. We
need to rain fire and brimstone down on these people. Because if we do
not put these people out of their eternal misery, they will be back.
With more targets. Maybe a rogue nuclear weapon or two, or a biological
weapon. We must make having done this so terrible for the people who did
it that all people will be in mortal fear of ever doing it again.
It is time to rediscover the original concept of the militia
Now more than ever, we need to lose the "culture of disarmament" which
has developed in this country. The original militias were PRIVATE
CITIZENS who could be called up at a moment's notice to defend both the
country and the community. We were all intended to BE armed, in order to
be able to avert foreign and domestic attacks just like this one.
If you think that a few key citizens with firearms could not have
stopped the events of September 11, keep in mind the conditions that the
would be suicide terrorists found on these four aircraft. They had no
armed opposition to them. The terrorists had full control to direct
these planes wherever they would. Had there been armed resistance, even
if the planes would have still been lost themselves, almost certainly
the terrorists would not have been able to fully control their planes
and direct them into the targets. We might have lost the 266, but we
wouldn't have lost what could turn out to be 20,000 people. Nor would
New York have lost about 400 firefighters and police officers acting as
The gun control hysteria set the stage for terrorists controlling an
American device which no one in the first line of defense was able to
stop, because they were unarmed sitting ducks. What if the next device
isn't an airplane, but a suitcase nuclear weapon, or a biological
But I'm not just talking about pulling out pistols. I'm also talking
about learning how to fight. No one even teaches flight crews basic self
defense. This must change.
By allowing the militia system to decline, and turning over our security
to government agents, we have severely weakened our ability to defend
our country from attacks of every kind, especially attacks like these.
It may be appropriate to provide more funding for government agencies to
meet such threats, but realistically, such agencies are not likely to be
able to detect all such attacks before they occur. We must attend to the
first line of defense, which are the people on the scene, who might be
able to detect such attacks before they occur, and respond when they do.
It is time to close the borders and expel certain immigrants
Closing the borders and ending much immigration goes straight to the
point I made as to why I would never do such a thing. I have love of the
American people. I have a certain level of Judeo-Christian ethic of
life, not only for the lives of innocent citizens, but for my own life.
And we have no duty to share our nation with foreigners who do not share
that ethic. No one who does not intend to be an American should be
allowed to come here on any more than a travel visa, and some people
from certain parts of the world shouldn't be allowed to be here even for
It is very important for us to determine what a given individual wants
to do in America. A Mexican national who wants to really and truly
become an American is a good thing. A Mexican national who wants to
reestablish Aztlan in the American Southwest is a bad thing and is a
terrorist in the making. I had a different opinion about this before
September 11. I don't want to share my space with an Islamic terrorist
who hates America. I don't want to be "open-minded" in admitting Mexican
nationals to work here if I'm going to have to shoot it out with them in
the streets of Phoenix and Tucson in one of their "wars for
It's not about the language. I listen to Spanish language television
almost every week for something or another, and there are five languages
spoken in my household, including Spanish, French and German. It's not
about the culture. I actually have great admiration of many different
foreign cultures. But there is a difference between a foreign national
who wants to become an American, and a foreign national who wants to
destroy America. And we need to determine who's who. And right now, we
I didn't feel that way prior to September 11. But another key reason
September 11 happened is lax immigration policy. This is one thing that
not only the military, but the militias, should be used to do: guard our
borders and ports. And one thing the INS needs to seriously undertake:
determining WHY a foreign national is here. Our national security is
more important than having somebody to pick my grapes and clean my
If Congress is serious about their singing of "God Bless America", they
will alter current immigration policy to make it harder for those who
hate America to be here.
Those who trade liberty for security will get neither
The 266 traded, under some duress, liberty for security. They were used
against their will to murder 10,000 people. And they are just as dead as
if there were NO security measures whatsoever.
Many say we must maintain liberty and freedom. Wrong. We must
reestablish liberty and freedom, including many of the freedoms which
have lately been swiped away from us. Some might say we should turn over
more power to the government. Wrong again. We need to empower the people
to fight this. Otherwise, these things will occur gain and again. The
government actually got us into this mess via the tyranny of stupidity.
If we allow the curtailment of freedom and liberty over this, then we
are as bad as the people who are attacking us. If we allow tyranny in
the name of greater security, then we fulfill the "Great Satan" role
they have ascribed to us.
Moreover, if the United States government, as an answer to this tragedy,
decides to institute a police state, ostensibly for the protection of
the American people, then it has ANOTHER problem. A much bigger problem
than Osama Bin Laden. Namely, American patriots. American patriots are
not going to tolerate a police state. And American patriots, more than
any other set of people, best know every single point of weakness of the
various standing governments. And they constitute a much greater number
of people than any official figures could ever account for.
American patriots are the LAST enemy the federal government wants to
have. Because they are the very people most capable of taking down the
standing government. Of course, such a confrontation, which would make
the War Between the States look like a picnic, need never happen.
American patriots WANT to be friends with the federal government. All
the government needs to do to be the friend of American patriots is to
do their constitutional duty. It's really that simple.
Woe to them if they decide to instead be the enemy of the American
Airlines and airports looking in the wrong place
Turning American airports and airplanes into an extended police state
which maximally distrusts their own customers is the single stupidest
thing the industry can do. For one thing, people just won't fly the
planes as often. People will drive, instead. Or they won't travel at
all. They will vote with their feet. There are a great number of us in
the country already who refuse to fly, or fly very rarely, for two
reasons: one, we don't like being treated like Soviet citizens instead
of American citizens, and two, we know the security measures are a joke.
Even today, as you, the American airline industry and the American
government, try to invent more restrictions upon the American traveling
public, even in the wake of this tragedy, we shake our heads in disgust
because it seems you have no clue.
The danger points in airline security are not the flying public. They
are the airlines themselves, and the support companies the airlines
hire. Hiring people at low wages and crappy working conditions is not
just a formula for incompetence. It is a formula for sabotage as you
invariably hire people who have ulterior motives for working for you
beside the bad pay and bad conditions. It is also a formula for
bankruptcy. Ask the Chairman of Pan Am... oh wait, that's right. You
Moreover, airlines ought to give thought to something that is commonly
done on the Israeli airline El Al, which has never ever had a hijacking.
Namely, armed security guards on the planes as they fly. After September
11, that scary guy with an Uzi on your plane, doesn't seem as scary any
Another danger point is Air Traffic Control. Not for any ulterior
motives on their part, but simply because they are not sufficiently
trained or staffed to deal with terrorism in the air as it is going on.
This is something we chose to skimp on in the 80's and it has come back
to bite us.
Our foreign policy
After the dust clears, and after the perpetrators of this evil act have
been incinerated and vaporized, perhaps it is time to objectively
reconsider our foreign policy and all the foreign entanglements that our
government has ensnared us into. I would be the last person to say that
US foreign policy has been noble. There are people in the world who hate
us for just cause.
Instead of a foreign policy which centers on our financial self
interest, we need to have a policy which seeks to export and establish
freedom. And of course, to establish and export freedom, we must have it
to give, and must maximize it in this country. I believe that now more
than ever, we are presented with a fork in the road. One fork
reestablishes our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, and our limited
government with maximum freedom, as a model by which we thrive, and a
model which we export to the rest of the world. The other fork, a
heightened police state, with continued foreign entanglements based on
financial interests, guarantees the eventual destruction of the United
Freedom was attacked on September 11. Freedom must be defended, in all
its forms. If it is not, we have no country, we have no security, and we
have no wealth.
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