02 May 2011

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, Now Can I Get My Rights Back?

In case you hadn’t heard, Obama Osama bin Laden is alleged to be dead:

Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.
Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.
"Justice has been done," President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House while a crowd cheered outside and hundreds more gathered at ground zero in Manhattan to celebrate the news.

Well, it only took a decade, trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives, but Osama bin Laden appears to be dead.  I say “appears to be dead” because the only people confirming his death work for the US government, which is an even less trustworthy source than the mainstream media.

Of course, bin Laden’s death simply begs the question:  will Americans be given their rights back?  If bin Laden is dead and this is pretty much the end of Al Qaeda, then there is no point to the PATRIOT Act, the DHS, and all those other wartime measures, right?   We’ll be bringing our troops home now, right?  We’ll stop wasting billions on a no-longer necessary war, right?  And we can expect the “enhanced patdown” techniques used by the TSA to be phased out too, right?  Right?!

Oh, that’s right:  we have another dangerous enemy now.  Libya.  We must be ever vigilant in the face of such a threat to our national security, so we will need to keep these security measures in place.  Just in case.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to your liberties.  They’re never coming back.  We’re still at war, doncha know?


  1. Pfft. Yeah right. Yer rights are wrong dude.

    More seriously, it is an interesting exercise to look back at the changes in our society since 9-11.

    In that vein, UBL and his cohorts were stupendously successful.

    Thanks guys.

  2. At this point, I'm inclined to say that the real damage done on 9-11 was not the destruction of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon but rather the erosion and erasure of civil liberties.

  3. When I first heard the news, the first thing I said was "Oh good, so the war's over now? Time to bring the troops home?", with the most sincere voice I could muster. It's probably a good thing that OBL is dead, but it really doesn't change anything. We're still in an endless war, we won't get our liberties back. It's hard for me to get too excited over something that doesn't better my life in any meaqningful way.

  4. @Hermit- What people seem to forget is that OBL's main goal was to basically bankrupt America and destroy the system of rights upon which it was founded. Even though he appears to have lost this particular battle, it seems quite evident that he won the war, at least by his terms.