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WHAT'S THE BUZZ? SEPTEMBER 17, 2001

Source: http://www.debka.com/

As World Tenses Monday for US Anti-Terror Offensive -
Israel Deploys “Arrow” Anti-Missile Missiles in
Operational Array
Afghanistan Aligns Army Along Pakistan Frontier
 and Points Scud Missiles at Pakistani Cities
Special American CIA and FBI Units Are Positioned
Along Pakistani-Afghan Border
Iranian Units Deploy on its Border with Afghanistan
Russia Bolsters Forces on Tadjik-Afghan Frontier
Putin Allows US Use of Bases in Central Asia
Inside Russia, Bin Laden-Backed Moslem Rebels Capture
Chechnya’s Second City Gudermes, Shoot Down Russian Gunship with Two Generals and 11 Troops
Saddam Regime Daily “Babel” Warns Iraqi People to
Prepare for Total US Offensive
DEBKAfile’s Exclusive Military Sources:
Bush Aims to Launch Anti-Terror Offensive in Days –
With or Without Coalition
US Slaps Syria with Ultimatum:
Break up Damascus-Based Palestinian Terrorist
 Groups Hamas, Jihad Islami, Fronts
First Ground Forces of US Operation Vs Bin Laden
 Land Early Saturday in Pakistan
DEBKAfile Intelligence Sources:
America Braces for Second Suicide Terrorist Wave
Between 30 and 50 Islamic Zealots Believed Standing
by to Strike US Strategic Targets
In Jerusalem, Police Post Armed Worshippers
 in Every Synagogue for New Year Services
Extraordinary Security Measures Also in Synagogues
 of California and New York
Following Suicide Terror Threats
On the West Bank, One Israeli Soldier Injured Monday by Sniper at
 Ofer Base Near Ramallah
Lloyds of London Puts up its Middle East Marine Premiums


COMBATING TERROR by Thomas Keske, Boston Massachusetts

Probably, our country stands a good chance of being able to stop a repeat of the  airline hijacking/kamikaze
style of terrorism. 

The scenario most to fear is that we will get all ready to combat that form of terror, then get caught dozing
again when terror takes a new form. 

We know very well what the new forms of terror are likely to be- chemical/biological/nuclear.

The U.S. knew that Bin Laden's operatives were training to become pilots.  It is stunning that no
closer attention was paid, or that there was not more insight into motives.

We know also that Bin Laden's groups were trying to obtain nuclear weapons.   We cannot afford to
make the same mistake.

We knew very well that airplane kamikazes could be a problem, yet we continued to be complacent and sloppy.   With the new forms of terror
we simply cannot afford to wait and act primarily in response-mode, motivated to move beyond tokenism
and talking only by the hindsight of trauma.

As traumatic as last week was, we must have the clear image in our minds of how much worse it can be.
Instead of losing a few buildings in Manhattan, you simply lose Manhattan, period, and maybe 3 or more
other cities.

NORAD spokesman Mike Synder tried to explain the delay in getting fighter jets to the hijacked planes by
noting that a hijacked plane had never before been steered into a skyscraper.

That is completely unacceptable excuse-making. The United States had a very clear wake-up call to
the danger of kamikaze planes, when a plane had previously crashed on the Clinton White House lawn.

In spite of this, a Pentagon spokesman, when asked about defense measures against aerial attacks, said
that he knew of none.

Attitudes and statements such as these are grounds for a major shake-up in our security personnel
and planning.

If the best plan that could be managed was merely to post a sentry on the Pentagon roof, on a stool, with
a pair of binoculars, and a hand-held surface-to-air missile launcher, to at least attempt to bring down
the plane, then fine.  But at least, *some* form of clear plan should be demanded by the American people.
No doubt, we should expect a plan much better than this sarcastic suggestion.

Former Senator Warren Rudman said that it was "totally unrealistic" and "makes no sense at all"
to suppose that fighter planes should try to bring down a commercial airliner.

If that is his opinion and judgment, then he should have no further participation as a security advisor.

The risks are enormous to shoot down a foreign plane, as well.  If it were merely having mechanical
problems, and had gone astray accidentally, and we shot it down, it could bring retaliation or even
war.  It would be an international incident.

The cost is enormous to shoot down a commercial aircraft.  Yet, it is clearly better to lose 65 people,
or even 200 people, than to lose 30,000 people. If the plane is over open country, then fine,
you leave it.  If the plane has been apparently hijacked, and is approaching a major population
center, then we most certainly should expect our military to be prepared to shoot it down,
not to show up 20 minutes too late.

It is not true that this terror was a particularly "sophisticated" operation.  It was the Amateur
Hour, on shoe-string budget, yet our laziness allowed even this to be devastatingly effective.
The number of hijackers was less than a couple dozen.  Their weapons were crude. Relatively ordinary men can train to be airplane pilots.

Even before the World Trade Center holocaust, I had repeatedly stated the risk for hijacked
planes to be used in kamikaze fashion. I had talked even of the ease in getting aviator
training, and the possibility of using knives, if guns were too difficult to get on board.  These
statements proved to be eerily prophetic.

There is no excuse that our government should not have been able to anticipate similarly, and
take stronger measures:

    * There should be a stronger, locked door to the cockpit,  Preferably, if the pilot needs to use
        a restroom, there should a set of two doors-the inner door is locked again, before the
        second, outer door is opened.  It should be like an airlock.

     * The pilots should have weapons of some kind, for self-defense.   It might also be
        considered to have an ability to flood the cabin with a gas to knock out invaders,
        and to have the pilots wearing masks.

    * There should be an armed guard on every plane. You would never have a Brinks truck make a
       delivery to a bank without an armed guard. You should never have a precious cargo of
        hundreds of people, without an armed guard.

    * Pilots should be instructed never to open the cockpit door, no matter what may be happening
      in the cabin.  If necessary, the plane should be destroyed before allowing it to fall into the hands
      of hijackers.

    * All cases of hijacking should immediately bring out fighter planes, ready to destroy
        if the hijacked plane does not respond, or approaches a major population center.

    * All personnel aboard an aircraft must an identify verification before takeoff.

     * The perimeter surrounding the airport should be sealed and monitored.
       Surveillance cameras should be placed throughout all areas.

These are the easy parts- expensive, but worth it.

The more important, and more difficult part is how to deal with nuclear and biological
terrorism.   We should assume that this will happen, unless we do everything in our power,
immediately, to prevent it.

Among possible measures:

    * We should decentralize the Pentagon and the important government functions.  There
        is too much, concentrated in one place, making too easy of a target for a devastating
       single blow.   The centers of government need to be more spread-out, geographically.  We
        have adequate ability for teleconferencing, etc, to relieve some of the need for physical
         proximity.

     * We should scrap the "Star Wars" missile defense nonsense.  It is an utterly misguided
        waste of money.   Our key danger is not against nations who launch ICBMs.  Our best-effort
        solution to that problem already exists- the deterrence of certain destruction to any nation
        that assaults us in such a way.

        Our key danger is terrorist organizations having weapons of mass destruction.  The "Star Wars"
       money should be spent on that problem, instead.

      * We must lose the feeling that surveillance of citizens, in itself, is too much loss of freedom
         to bear.   It is a necessity created by current realities.  It is risky, but not as risky as
         living in blind shadows.  In itself, surveillance can be benign.

         Although we must safeguard our civil rights, we must lose some of our misguided sensibilities.
         We should be placing virtually *all* citizens from potentially unfriendly nations under constant
          surveillance and eavesdropping.  Our intelligence organizations need extreme latitude in making
          these decisions.  The scale of surveillance must increase dramatically, without hampering by
          politics and red tape.   This is not said with indifference  to privacy.   It is a necessity for
          our survival.

       * We should consider making a stated policy: If any U.S. city is hit by nuclear weapons, by
         unknown sources, our reaction will be to declare immediate nuclear war on all nations that we consider to
         be rogues- Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, etc regardless of whether we have proof of complicity
          or not.   No outspoken advocates of anti-American violence will be sparred in the event that we suffer
          a holocaust on that scale.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, we must acknowledge our own historical failures to do justice around the world.
Our survival depends on our ability to recognize legitimate grievances of our adversaries, and to respond accordingly.
We must cease to be guided so heavily by self-interest.

KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
(Words and Music by Bob Dylan)
1973, 1976 Ram's Horn Music

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore.
It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin' down
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
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Masters of War by Bob Dylan


Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead


America is uniting... The world is polarizing and we are at war. We have lost some of our basic rights as Americans. It's not 'safe' here anymore. There's a New World Order and it's showing us that we're more vulnerable than we realized. So...cover your flanks and watch what you say and do. Our lives have been changed forever. The games are about to begin. This is so sad........

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God, I know not what course others may take, but give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry

"You may not be interested in war," Leon Trotsky said, "but war is interested in you."