June 1, 2012
While the title itself is quite shocking, the ideas presented are definitely meant to desensitize guard member readers to the idea of pursuing and capturing Americans on American soil, thus finalizing the end of posse comitatus.
In the article, author Susan Katz Keating stakes the claim that the American people, and their military, can never let their guard(s) down due to advancing internal terrorist threats that constantly plague us.
Right from the git-go we know exactly what type of propaganda we’re in for. The article will attempt, through the telling of various narratives, to paint the picture that the few Americans that have orchestrated terrorist events inside the U.S. in the past are the norm.
The article introduction begins as follows: “The mission to prevent terrorism on U.S. Soil starts with al-Qaeda, but it doesn’t end there. Homegrown terrorists, hostile nations, and lone radicals present perils, too. And the methods of destruction are vast. Ask homeland security experts about the dangers, and you’ll get a range of answers. But one thing is clear: The hunt can never stop.” (emphasis Keating’s)
Before reading further, the introductory excerpt tells us it’ll hold the terrorist pretext that 9/11 provided as the basis for the never-ending war against the American public. Al-Qaeda will, yet again, serve as the boogeyman by which our rights will be stripped away, in our own country no less:
“And what threatens us most here at home, within our borders? A number of actors come to mind, but the primary “who” is clear, experts say. Most officials, including Sen. Susan Collins from the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, point to al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-inspired adversaries.”
The article’s layout can be predicted prior to even reading. It’ll begin by describing a terrorist event in which a crazed U.S. citizen plots a terror attack against Americans.
It will then be followed by a brief glance over the 9/11 attacks, using them as the basis for required military intervention against citizens. This has worked in the past and there’s no point in changing it up now: “With so many threats hovering, the question remains: Who, specifically, is likeliest to carry them out? The 9/11 style infiltrator from abroad still remains a threat.”
The article also dutifully pays homage to the disseminated fable of the bin Laden raid: “Following the American takedown of Osama bin Laden last year, the Pentagon worried that families of the SEALs and Air Force special operatives would be targeted.”
It doesn’t take a psychology major to realize that the avenue of constant fear will be the road this article takes to justify a militarily policed public.