Denver Post - A terrorist manifesto?

Martin Schreader mschreader at npns.org
Wed Jul 3 11:26:39 MDT 2002


[Note: Sometimes the bourgeois media hits the trifecta. == MS]

A terrorist manifesto?

Ed Quillen
Denver Post Columnist

Tuesday, July 02, 2002 - As Americans prepare to celebrate a rare Thursday
holiday, high-ranking officials in the Bush administration announced their
discovery of a major new terrorism threat.

"This rates at least a bright orange, and it could turn red in an instant,"
according to George Hanover, an official in the Propaganda Ministry of the
Third Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

Hanover explained that the alert was based on the FBI's discovery of a
document that had been circulating on the Internet, and perhaps in other
places.

"The document is quite specific," he said, "and it could be construed to
call for violent action on this continent, and it might also involve suicide
bombers backed by a well-financed organization with international
connections."

Pressed for details, Hanover said that the originators of the document had
"pledged their lives," which indicated a self-destructive willingness to die
for their cause, as well as "their fortunes," which FBI analysts interpret
as "signifying that they are people of some means, or else they would be
talking about something other than their fortunes."

Hanover said he would not reveal other specific wording from the document,
at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney's request, which was
also passed on to press associations and the broadcast and cable news
channels, came about because he feared that terrorists might use some of the
precise phrases in the document as "triggers to activate some of their
sleeper cells."

However, the Attorney General's Office of Counter-Terrorism Investigation
did release some details when Attorney General John Ashcroft held a news
conference yesterday.

Displaying portions of the document on a screen, Ashcroft pointed out that
"in this place, where a good American would say "endowed by God,' the author
or authors of this terrorist manifesto says "endowed by their Creator.' And
toward the end, they say they have a "Reliance on the Protection of Divine
Providence,' rather than following the official American motto of "In God We
trust.' "

Ashcroft said that his experts had parsed and analyzed the document, and
felt confident that they could identify some of its authors and supporters.

For instance, he said, "we know that some of them have grown hemp - that's
just a code word for marijuana, and it is currently used only by the
advocates of legalization who would doom future generations of American
children - which means that these criminals are very likely using illegal
drug money to finance their terrorism campaign."

Another drug connection, Ashcroft said, lay in an unusual phrase in the
document: "the pursuit of happiness." Some names associated with the
document, the attorney general said, were suspected of involvement in
smuggling, as well as of participation in an attack by terrorists in
disguise on a ship in Boston harbor which resulted in the destruction of
much of its cargo.

"The similarities with the U.S.S. Cole attack are too significant to
ignore," Ashcroft said, "and we all know what other terrible things started
beneath the lax security system operated by the Port Authority of Boston."

The attorney general said there were other Boston connections. "I don't want
to give out this party's name, because we could be closing in on him," he
said, "but he is an attorney from the Boston area who has defended unpopular
clients before, and his name is associated with the document.

"In fact," Ashcroft continued, "he may have assisted in writing it, and with
our new Patriot Act Domestic Communications Surveillance System, we have
found several other messages which he either sent to his fellow conspirators
or attempted to present to the general public. In one, he wrote that "the
government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian
Religion,' and in another, he wrote that "this would be the best of all
possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.' "

While most media representatives were content to take notes or prepare their
hair for their soon-to-come standup shots outside the Justice Department
offices, one unkempt print reporter asked the attorney general if the
terrorist suspect was John Adams, second president of the United States, and
whether the terrorist manifesto was the Declaration of Independence, issued
on July 4, 1776.

Ashcroft said he could not dignify such an impudent question with an answer,
and ordered security personnel to remove the troublemaker to a special
counter-terrorism prison where he would be held incommunicado before
appearing at a closed military tribunal.

The attorney general closed by reminding patriotic Americans that, to stand
up against the security threats posed by terrorists, they should go shopping
on July 4, rather than attend any public celebrations.


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