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Orange Terror In America

Karen Lyden Cox • February 8, 2003

The President of the United States of America, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Office of Homeland Security announced to America today that the Bush Administration is raising the level of terror.

President George Walker Bush "got credible intelligence" from "multiple sources" but none of them were members of his Cabinet.

Americans are instructed to "up their terror one notch from Yellow to Orange", today, or maybe from today until the end of Muslim Hajj in mid-February, or maybe longer or not that long. Valentine's Day celebrations should not be confused with a tweak to up-notch to the Red Condition. The Administration is unsure if Americans will be permitted to notch-down and resume Yellow terror after February 14th. The Orange warning did not specify why it is that there is an Orange alert in America, of all places.

If Americans are permitted to return to the Blue or Green Conditions during the 21st century, they will be commanded to remain on alert while "refining and exercising" in the event of sudden and likely Yellow, Orange or Red restorations. The Administration did not comment on the time frame in which they anticipate the much-desired Blue-ness and Green-ness will be restored to America, if ever. Certainly those color conditions are not expected to be implemented during the Bush Administration's and Allied Countries' protracted economilitary occupation of Iraq's oilfields and the concomitant occupation of other countries in proximity to the secret Caspian Basin oil reserves, or any other oil reserves.

While the Bush Administration is putting Americans in terror due to the holy Hajj, Muslim faithful making their sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are expected to be concentrating on preparing for the journey and for the welfare of loved ones remaining behind at home, redressing wrongs they have done to others, paying debts they have incurred, and maintaining proper conduct throughout the pilgrimage as per Islamic law.

The FBI said today they want Americans to "go out and find Mohammed Sher Mohammed Khan." One guy or two guys? The FBI said they do not have any evidence to link him/them with terrorism but the FBI wants Americans to find him/them anyway. A description of the person(s) did not accompany the alert.

The Office of Homeland Security, the FBI and the CIA are pinpointing target locations. The imminent attack will come from within the US borders or outside of them, the East Coast or the West Coast, somewhere in the Midwest, the South, perhaps Florida, or maybe someplace like Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gibraltar, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Straits of Hormuz, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, or elsewhere.

The Bush Administration announced that the attacks will be biological, chemical or radiological, all of the above, or none of the above. Soft targets could be attacked and they will be attacked hard. Hotels owned or frequented by Jewish people could be attacked. Hotels owned or frequented by non-Jewish people could be attacked. Transportation centers could be attacked. Economic centers could be attacked. Energy centers could be attacked. Apartment buildings could be attacked. Anything could be attacked and will be. Government sources have described the credibility of the information to be questionable.

Americans are advised not to change domestic, work, leisure or travel plans but are cautioned to maintain terror at all times; take some time in the next few days while at home or during work, leisure and travel to prepare for the upcoming emergency they will experience; study the methodology of the various types of terror attacks and what to do while experiencing one; refresh themselves on how to cover and duck; make a plan for where to meet family members after the terrorist attack is over; and, be aware of their surroundings and the events happening around them. Sources close to The President said that he is being made aware of his surroundings and the events happening around him.

Meanwhile, it is rumored that Attorney General John Ashcroft's draft of a bill to super-enhance the fight in the terror looming over America, Domestic Security Enhancement of 2003, 'Patriot Act II', is nearing implementation although it has not been released by the Department of Justice, the House Judiciary Committee "has not heard anything about it although [they] would be interested" and the Senate Judiciary Committee was told there was "no such legislation in the works" after making an inquiry during the same week that the Center for Public Integrity obtained a copy of the draft.

The replacement for Patriot Act I will give the US government more broad and more sweeping newer powers "to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review and public access to information."

Patriot Act II was analyzed by Dr. David Cole, Georgetown University Law professor, expert in constitutional law, criminal procedures and federal courts, and author of numerous books on civil liberties and democracy including Terrorism and The Constitution.

Cole said that the proposed legislation "would radically expand law enforcement and intelligence gathering authorities, reduce or eliminate judicial oversight over surveillance, authorize secret arrests, create a DNA database based on unchecked executive 'suspicion,' create new death penalties, and even seek to take American citizenship away from persons who belong to or support disfavored political groups."

Cole found it "troubling" that the US Congress has not been consulted regarding the proposed legislation. "It raises a lot of serious concerns and is troubling as a generic matter that they have gotten this far along and tell people that there is nothing in the works. What that suggests is that they're waiting for a propitious time to introduce it, which might well be when a war is begun. At that time there would be less opportunity for discussion and they'll have a much stronger hand in saying that they need these right away."

The Office of Homeland Security advised Americans today to "continue to persevere in the face of this evil."

We will.




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