Never forget September 11, 2001

Sixteen years.  That’s how long it’s been since the worst terrorist attack in American history.  A total of 2,996 people dead or never accounted for.  Symbols of American power struck without warning: both World Trade center towers and the Pentagon.  The actions of informed passengers on a fourth plane likely averted a strike on the White House or Congress.

An entire generation had horrifying visions of previously unimaginable events happening in their own nation, with memories firmly etched into their minds.

They say time heals all wounds. And for the families of those lost that day I hope there is some measure of truth in it. But there is a flip side: such events fade in the public consciousness, such that they no longer inform or shape how the nation acts. To quote the opening of the movie “The Fellowship of the Ring,”

“…some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend, legend became myth…” (click “continue reading” below to continue)

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How soon we forget

There is no other way to explain how, a mere 14 years after 9/11, our nation would allow its leadership to negotiate a “deal” that releases billions of dollars in assets to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, while failing to secure any meaningful restrictions on its drive to join the ranks of nuclear powers.

Even the New York Times chose today to run with the headline of Democrats (and Obama) “winning” over the deal, with no mention on the front page whatsoever about 9/11’s anniversary.  Such historical amnesia is a serious, often fatal condition.  And on this, the fourteenth anniversary of a day I will never forget, that is all I have to say about that.

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Department of Misplaced Persons

Next time you’re quietly fuming as you submit to a TSA patdown, think about this: the Department of Homeland (in)Security readily admits they haven’t kept track of thousands of foreign ‘students’ admitted into the country under student visas.

You know, the type of visa many of the 9/11 hijackers used to enter the country:

The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”

Gee, ya think?

I know I speak for many when I say I don’t expect anyone to, you know, lose their job over this, or at least face a demotion.  Accountability is so alien to our government anymore that it would be a shock on par with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to see it occur.  It’s nice that Peter Edge is frowning sternly over this issue, but that’s hardly a solution.  I’m sure DH(i)S will be happy to translate this revelation into a larger budget request next year, but that won’t be a solution, either.  And if we can’t keep up with several thousand ‘students’ we formally and legally processed into the country, why on earth would anyone believe the illusion that we somehow are tracking and will process the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants the Feds are continuing to release across the land?

I suppose the question is this: when you have a government spending over a trillion dollars a year–much of it borrowed–and it can neither secure its borders nor keep track of who it lets inside them, isn’t it time to ask what we’re getting for our money?  And why we continue to provide it?  Why are American citizens increasingly spied upon and put upon, if we’re just going to turn loose all manner of foreigners in our country with no accounting whatsoever?  There is no more important function for the Federal Government than national defense, but that responsibility is failed daily in spectacular fashion.

Sleep well tonight.  If you can’t, maybe it’s time to let Uncle Sam know and ask why he’s not on the job…