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|Date:||10/24/01 10:10:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time|
Hello! I visit your site regularly & have just been completely blown away by what I have read on www.msnbc.com tonight.
I know you have probably already read it but I thought what if you hadn't.
I just want to scream to the people in the United States ~ WAKE UP!!!
How convenient it would be if we would all just "go play golf" while the goverment took care of everything. Well, I guess they think that now that they have everyone out playing golf they can get down to business.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
The very thing that our forefathers died for ~ the very thing that our country stands for is being TAKEN AWAY!!!
Keep screaming it Kent! Keep telling them! People are hearing! Your efforts are not in vane!!! And thank you for allowing us all the chance to SEE THE TRUTH & DECIDE FOR OURSELVES!!!
God Bless YOU & YOURS!!!
I'm including the URL to these pages but am also going to copy & paste what was said here in case they remove it. I have made some of the text bold because I just couldn't believe they had posted it.
Here it is:
Did U.S. leave room for bin Laden?
Former CIA agent says U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan too soon in 1980s
Oct. 24 In an NBC exclusive, Andrea Mitchell interviews a man who probably knows more about the perils of warfare inside Afghanistan than any other American. He is a former high-ranking CIA official who effectively ran Americas undercover role in driving the Soviets out of Afghanistan. And he has some ominous warnings.
IN the mid-1980s, when the Soviet Union was crushing the Afghanistan resistance, the United States tapped a top CIA agent to arm the rebels with high-powered stinger missiles which were able to track and shoot down Soviet helicopters. It was a weapon that helped win the war. And now, after 32 years of running secret programs, that agent is now in from the cold.
Im a covert action person, says Jack Devine. I believe we should be out there pushing U.S. policy wherever we can, covertly and overtly.
But after Devine helped win the $3 billion war against the Soviets, America got out fast. The cold war was over and Afghanistan was too complicated.
The sentiment was, Look its over, lets move on, says Devine.
He wont say it, but other CIA officials will. Devine alone argued that the United States should stay and not leave a political vacuum that was ripe for radical Muslim leaders like a rich, young Saudi fighter named Osama Bin Laden.
If the United States had stayed, could it have prevented bin Laden from finding refuge there?
I think with the advantage of hindsight, and we could reconstruct the world, bin Laden would have gone somewhere else, says Devine.
So, how does the United States now get bin Laden? Devine says the only way is to penetrate his cells with agents willing to pass his loyalty tests. What kind of tests?
Youre gonna participate in some sort of terrorist act, says Devine.
Does that mean the U.S. could have somebody blowing something up, killing Americans, who was indirectly twice removed on the payroll of the CIA?
Right, says Devine, and that was inconceivable until September 11.
What about the anthrax attacks? Devine believes the letters and the sophistication all have bin Ladens signature and that it may be a diversion.
I think its al-Qaida, says Devine, but I believe that theyre working on something more complicated and more dangerous. And that this is sort of just keeping us psychologically off balance. And I think were in a foot race.
Its a foot race with terrorists, who will strike again.
New York has to remain a key target, says Devine. The terrorists looked at what they accomplished by hitting this city.
He does believe the United States will get Bin Laden, but hopes this time his country will stay in Afghanistan to prevent a future disaster.
**NOW FOR THE NEXT PAGE THAT STOOD MY HAIR ON END!!!**
House OKs counterterrorism bill
Senate expected to pass measure and send to Bush by Friday
MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Oct. 23 By an overwhelming margin, the House passed a bill Wednesday that would give the federal government far-reaching powers to investigate suspected terrorists operating in the United States. The legislation would allow federal law enforcement agents to tap all the phones used by a suspect anywhere in the United States, and to share secret grand jury information with intelligence agencies to track suspected terrorists.
THE LEGISLATION was passed by a vote of 357 to 66. It will be taken up by the Senate later Wednesday or Thursday with the idea of sending it to President Bush for a possible signing at the White House on Friday.
In a compromise reached with the Senate, most of the bills new wiretapping and surveillance powers would expire in four years.
The House had wanted a five-year sunset clause, while the Senates original bill had no such provision.
The bill the House approved Wednesday also contains money-laundering provisions which the House had earlier passed in a separate bill.
The latest House bill also contains a provision, not found in the Senate version, which requires the Department of Justice to file a secret memorandum with a federal court in Washington when the government installs on an Internet Service Provider a device known as a pen register, which can record all the e-mail addresses a person sends mail to, and the Web sites he visits.
The bill also requires the attorney general to review every six months the detention of any non-citizen who has been certified as an alien terrorist.
The legal impact of the war on terrorism
This legislation is desperately needed and the president has called on Congress to pass it now, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said in Tuesdays House debate
Some Democrats warned the bill gives law enforcers too much power. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., added: Its not just limited to terrorism. Had it been limited to terrorism, this bill could have passed three or four weeks ago without much discussion.
In a letter to members of the House, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that the legislation gives the attorney general and federal law enforcement unnecessary and permanent new powers to violate civil liberties that go far beyond the stated goal of fighting international terrorism. These new and unchecked powers could be used against American citizens who are not under criminal investigation.
Final approval may be delayed in the Senate. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has threatened to block final approval in the Senate because of a compromise Senate negotiators made to get House approval.
The original Senate bill tinkered with the McDade amendment, which would prevent federal prosecutors from using investigative techniques such as wiretaps or undercover stings that are disallowed under ethics rules set by state and local bar associations, although not barred by federal law.
The Senate fix would loosen the McDade amendment, named for Joe McDade, a former congressman whose reputation was clouded by an eight-year racketeering case before he won acquittal in 1996.
Wyden wants the fix put back into the anti-terrorism bill and has threatened to delay final approval. By Senate custom, any senator can block a bill, at least temporarily. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., can override the block.
Senate leaders dumped a provision, sought by some House members, that would have prohibited the use of credit cards or checks for illegal Internet gambling. Law enforcement authorities have identified Internet gambling as a means for money laundering.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.