Terrorists Plan Assassinations
Vol: 10 Issue: 23 Tuesday, July 23, 2002
The CIA has warned Turkish government authorities to be on alert for a poisonous biological or chemical substance that was sent from Georgia to Turkey for possible use in a terrorist attacks according to the Turkish news agency Anatolia. The Security General Directorate (SGD), a Turkish government security service, warned all provincial governments to be on alert for attacks using the substance.
A Georgian national named Abu Atiya sent the substance, that appears to be an ointment, to a man in Turkey operating under the code name ‘Musab’.
The CIA warning was passed to the SGD by the officials at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
The warning stated that the substance would be used in an attack in the next 20 days. The toxin reaches its victims by passing through the skin and will be used by Musab or another terrorist named Abu Tasir.
Authorities were encouraged to alert experts and medical teams of any unusual illnesses that may be caused by the toxin.
This is a most disturbing report. It was only a matter of time before somebody had the bright idea of using a slow acting toxin to effect assassinations. An ointment on the skin and a handshake is all that is necessary. Presidential ‘rope lines’ are already a thing of the past.
Since 9/11, President Bush has missed few opportunities to meet with leaders of the various Muslim communities. In fact, in the confusion following the attacks, many of the leaders Bush met with were later found to have direct connections to al Qaeda. A bit of ointment on the skin, a handshake . . .
A Domestic Military?
Homeland security chief Tom Ridge says the threat of terrorism may force government planners to consider using the military for domestic law enforcement. Bush called on Congress to thoroughly review the law that bans the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from participating in arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other police-type activity on U.S. soil.
The original Posse Comitatus was a rider to an appropriations bill, Chapter 263, Section 15, approved on June 18, 1878. It says, in part;
“From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section. . .”
The impetus for this bill came from two sources. The first was the end of the Civil War Reconstruction. From the beginning of the Republic until the enactment of Posse Comitatus it had been regular practice to station federal troops at polling places to prevent drunks and other undesirables from voting.
The second was the conditions on the western frontier. Fort commanders were often the only law and order in a region, the only security for settlers moving west. Most of the frontier was still outside the US proper, and had not been admitted to statehood. Fort commanders had begun to exercise civilian law enforcement responsibilities, sometimes in an arbitrary way, to hunt down whomever they believed to be criminals or Indians who were threatening settlers.
The National Security Act of 1947 further defined the restrictions on the use of the military in domestic situations. It prohibits “direct participation by a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity unless participation in such activity by such member is otherwise authorized by law.”
The prohibitions against using the US military in domestic situations were put in place to prevent military officers from amassing and using their power domestically. A military coup d`etat is much less likely when all the military guns are pointed outward.
Posse Commitatus guaranteed our freedoms by ensuring our military forces could only be used for defense. The War Department was renamed the Department of Defense to further entrench the concept in law.
Until the terror attacks on September 11th. The decision to use the military as part of the domestic war on terror makes sense and seems necessary. Provided we can trust the people that are in charge.
The freedoms that are being eroded as a consequence of life in the New Normal are allegedly temporary measures such as are necessary to conduct the war against terror.
But an old adage is appropriate here. It’s easy to turn a cucumber into a pickle. It’s a different matter to reverse the process.
Proverbs 14:12 tells us that “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” God wanted to be sure that we got it, so He repeated Himself, word for word, in Proverbs 16:25.
It seems like a good idea. But there is something about this that just doesn’t quite pass the smell test.