Gut-Check Chertoff and the Mississippi Dem

Almost every American knows that Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, which effectively gave birth to the United States of America.

Michael ChertoffBut what Homeland Fascist was a principal author of the Patriot Act, which effectively polished off the Great Experiment in ordered liberty?

Correctamundo! It’s Gut-Check Chertoff.

Only 8 days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Chertoff and Assistant Attorney General Viet D. Dinh had the 342-page Patriot Act written, printed, bound, and sitting on the desk of every member of Congress. From these facts alone, dear Watson, we can reasonably deduce several standard deductions, depending on your state’s tax code:

  1. Michael Chertoff can sho’ nuff type fast.
  2. There’s gotta be a 24-hour Kinko’s in the basement of the Capital.
  3. If you mail the anthrax about two days before introducing your 342-page legislation with lots of boring stuff on pages 9-11, NOBODY’s gonna get to the part where you eradicate a nation’s cherished liberties, and NOBODY’s going to notice how much you plagiarized from the Reichstag Fire Decree.

(Bonus points: “USA PATRIOT Act” is an acronym. What’s the full name of the law? The answer’s at the end of this post…)

An Abusive Relationship

Homeland Security czar Chertoff knows that chaos and mixed messages breed fear. And fear is the Bush administration’s best friend.

Americans have a relationship with their executive government — one that’s supposed to be built on trust, respect, and mutual good. Lately it’s been an abusive relationship.

If BushCo is the abusive narcissist husband, then Joe Public must be the battered wife. And yet, the public seems reluctant to impeach and get rid of these fiends. Why?

From people who’ve studied abusive relationships, we know the number one reason abused spouses don’t leave a relationship is because of fear. Furthermore, FBI statistics tell us up to 40% of female homicides occur when the spouse decides to leave the abusive relationship. So, the closer we get to throwing BushCo out on their backsides, it’s true we run an increased risk of them striking back, be it a false flag op, declaring martial law, sending more of us to Iraq, bombing Iran, or all of the above.

Chertoff is also aware — and it’s been independently documented — that raising the threat of a terrorist attack boosts the President’s approval rating. And with Bush’s approval rating dropping into the Nixon/Watergate/Time-to-resign zone, somebody HAS to bring it up or the recent American great experiment in dictatorship is over.

Gut-Check Chertoff

Main Stream Media ABC NewsThat brings us to Tuesday, when BushCo’s go-to accomplice, the Main Stream Media, did the equivalent of yelling “fire” in a crowded theater:

Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.

We were also told:

The White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday afternoon to deal with the new threat. Top intelligence and law enforcement officials have been told to assemble in the Situation Room…

Piling on top of the paranoia and subterfuge, Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune he had “a gut feeling” that an attack was coming.

Then, piling all the way over the top, former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said:

It suggests they have information that the cell or cells coming this direction want to attack a government facility.

And then, ensuring the message was a mixed one so as to crank up the fear and paranoia, on Wednesday, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said:

There continues to be no credible, specific intelligence to suggest that there is an imminent threat to the homeland. There is no emergency meeting.

Turns out the “emergency meeting” was just a regularly scheduled meeting with no national security bigwigs scheduled to attend.

Mississippi Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson to the Rescue

Bennie ThompsonResponding to Chertoff’s careless (or well-placed?) “gut-check” comment, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent Chertoff a letter with some of the most memorable literature to come out of a government office this year:

What color code in the Homeland Security advisory system is associated with a “gut feeling”? What sectors should be on alert as a result of your “gut feeling”? What cities should be asking their law enforcement to work double shifts because of your “gut feeling”? Are the American people supposed to purchase duct tape and plastic sheeting because of your “gut feeling”?

Chertoff Backs Down, Fear Accomplished

A day after delivering a message that translates as “I’ve got a gut-feeling that Americans will die on American soil at the hands of terrorists, very soon! This summer! And it’s already July!”, Chertoff said:

We don’t have specific intelligence about an attack, that is, a particular attack against the homeland, that is imminent or scheduled for the summer.

And most Americans don’t have plans to drag Chertoff, Bush, Cheney, and Rove into the street and tar and feather them. Soon. This summer. Honest, they really don’t.

Oh, yeah…”USA PATRIOT Act” is an acronym for “The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001“.

Heil, mein F├╝hrer!

[tags]Michael Chertoff, Bennie Thompson, Patriot Act, Terrorism, gut-check, abusive relationships[/tags]

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12 Responses to Gut-Check Chertoff and the Mississippi Dem

  1. Xman says:

    Nice post, Joe.

    This “gut check” thing could be a lot more sinister than it looks.

    This administration is the one where the president talks to god and god talks to him in biblical verse “God told me to smite Saddam, so I smote him”.

    They have decided to replace science with religious dogma at every opportunity.

    Rather than basing a staff members value on facts, Bush gets a feeling that “he’s a good man”. “Browie’s a good man”.

    Now Chertoff decides to reduce our entire security apparatus to a pile of wires and warm bodies and instead decides to abandon all deductive reasoning and listen to the paranoid voice in his head…or his “gut”.

    All this rejection of critical thinking, and reliance on feeling could be an attempt to train us all to abandon all rational thought and behavior and make it easier to be led like the mob we largely have become.

    Perhaps there is nothing sinister in it at all. Maybe that’s just the kind of in bred, brother marries his sister, heads are for hanging your hat kind of people they are.
    It sure is easier just listening to the rumble in your gut, or the little green man in your head, than all those liberals talkin’ about “that god damned piece of paper” (constitution) all the time.

    Is it just me or are odd ducks like chertoff, cheney, bush, gonzo, goodling, kyle, mcconnell, etc. starting to look like the same kind of tragi-comic characters we now associate with the Third Reich? Chicken farmers, paper hangers, strutting little corporal, spittal blowing death heads (Chertoff).

  2. Xman says:

    Great Artwork, btw.

  3. Pete says:

    What amazes me is that they always say these things with a straight face.

  4. Suzie-Q says:

    They continue to lie and try to rule with FEAR!

    Btw.. Thanks for the great post! ;)

  5. JoeC says:

    “Is it just me or are odd ducks like chertoff, cheney, bush, gonzo, goodling, kyle, mcconnell, etc. starting to look like the same kind of tragi-comic characters we now associate with the Third Reich?”

    No, Xman, it’s not just you. I must be wearing the same glasses you’ve got on. I call them “see overwhelming bull excrement for what it really is” glasses.” :-)

    Can’t take credit for the artwork, but I like it, too. Came up in a google image search…when I get sued for copyright infringement, then I’ll know who to credit it to.

    “What amazes me is that they always say these things with a straight face.”

    Me, too, Pete. And then I remember: They’ve had a lot of practice keeping a straight face. I’ve heard the best way is to believe your own lies…sort of brainwash yourself. Like, just keep repeating, “They hate us because of our freedom. They hate us because of our freedom. They hate us because of our freedom.”

    “They continue to lie and try to rule with FEAR!”
    Suzie-Q…speaking the truth…and we have to continue repeating the truth more than they rehash their lies, or the wrong version will “stick” when current events morph into history. Not to mention, when they lie, it’s just a lot of fun calling them out on it. :-)

  6. La Sirena says:

    Excellent post. Thanks!

    The problem is most people don’t want to think about what’s going on. It hurts their heads, and knowledge comes with a certain amount of responsibility, which some might view as a liability. Act or be guilty by default, perhaps. It’s much simpler to do what one is told, let the patriarchs make the decisions and cloak oneself in warm, fuzzy ignorance.

    The “BushCo” (great moniker, btw) likes to style itself as kind of a latter day caudillo. Like Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Diaz or Santa Ana of Mexico, etc., etc. they portray themselves as men’s men who follow their instincts, won’t allow their egos to be insulted by things like negotiations or reason — that’s for panty-waists. Shoot now and ask questions later because they’ve been ordained by god to lead us.

    (Interestingly since at least the Wilson administration, U.S. foreign policy has used the caudillo system to install dictators that serve the interests of the U.S. government and corporations. I guess it worked so well everywhere else, they’ve decided to do it here, too.)

    This “gut-check” nonsense is a classic example of the sterotypical language of caudillismo. Sure, we all have gut instincts. We can understand that. No need to explain, Your Excellency. Anything you say, sir. You know what’s best.

    The thing is, it’s a well-acted portrayal, but most of these guys come from generations of privelege. The disguise is wearing thin — if I have to look at Bush’s cued forehead-rumple of feigned concern once more, I’m going to hurl — but too may people are afraid to upset the status quo, so…

    Someone once said that in a democracy the people get the government they deserve. To use your abused spouse metaphor, it looks like the American people believe they no longer deserve a democracy.

  7. JoeC says:

    La Sirena: The disguise IS wearing thin, isn’t it? The big question right now for me is: Is Bush playing a role to win his family and friends as much money and power as he can? Or does he really believe he is saving the world and must become an American dictator to do it?

    I think it was Seymour Hersh who said from his inside sources that Bush really does actually believe he is doing a necessary thing to save America. Either way, he needs to get impeached and out of there quick, but still…I wonder what drives the chimp in chief…is he really as stupid as he looks? Intelligence masquerading as the village idiot? A bad actor stumping for the neocon Big Oil companies? I really dunno…

    But it does annoy me that so many Americans not only believe they no longer deserve a democracy, but are openly going along with handing over rights thinking it will make us all safer. And then, there are other Americans who are blissfully ignorant of what a precious tiny island of light a democracy is in the world’s ocean of history.

    They say, “Oh, lighten up. It’ll all work out.” Well, statistically, you look at history, and no…statistically, it probably won’t work out. Statistically, freedom rarely comes for long, and more than not, it’s snuffed out by people like…you know, people like Bush who say, “Trust me, just a little longer” as they suck the blood out of your neck. Yes, it’s true…BUSH IS A VAMPIRE MONKEY! :-) (Hey, I’m depressing myself…really did have to lighten up a little…)

  8. Pete says:

    I could understand if people in New York, Chicago. Los Angeles and all the other big municipalities were so worried about terror that they were willing to give up their freedoms. But it’s rural America where the biggest danger is stepping in a fresh cow pie, they worry about the terrorists the most.

  9. Mary Bryant says:

    You are all a bunch of idiots . . . there will be another attack . . .
    Clinton didnt do anything to stop all the attacks in
    the 90s . . . .and they will continue . . .
    there is not one poltician I can stand . . .all have money
    and most are arrogant and obnoxious especially Hillary
    Clinton . . . .just wish they woud give us poor folks some
    of their money . . . .

  10. JoeC says:

    “Clinton didnt do anything to stop all the attacks in the 90s.”

    I disagree, Mary…Clinton tried to make love (just not with his own wife…) not war, and then he bombed an aspirin factory in Sudan. These two events alone drastically prevented many terrorist attacks ;-)

    “…there is not one poltician I can stand…”

    I can think of a few that are trying to do a good job, trying to compromise enough to get as much as they can accomplished without tossing too many of their principles (Rep. Bud Cramer, for one…), however I do agree that most by the very nature of the nation we’ve grown into, are forced to bow down to the military industrial complex. Others, like Lieberman, have totally sold out to war interests. And still others, like the Bush regime, are totally raping the country and taking any remaining voice from the non-elites in this country AND around the world.

  11. La Sirena says:

    Bush IS a vampire monkey! ;~)

  12. JoeC says:


    Yep, that’s definitely Bush on the left; gotta be Cheney to the right?

    (This may be the only time you will ever encounter the phrase “Bush on the left.”)

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