Terrorism and tyranny : trampling freedom, justice, and peace to rid the world of evil
Transcription of Annotations
Notes on front endpapers reflect the author’s opinion of President Bush - his glorification of the military, his decision to go to war against Saddam a year before it began, the warning he received about an impending attack from Osama bin Laden in August 2001. Also noted is Wolfowitz’ view that there was a 10 to 50% chance that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks, and two examples of the government’s spying on American citizens - Carnivore, an e-mail surveillance system, and Magic Lantern, a virus that would allow the FBI to record every keystroke anyone makes. Other notes record the author’s statement that historically governments have been by far the greatest enemies of freedom, include the breakdown of the vote on the Patriot Act in both the House and the Senate, and mention that more FBI agents are involved in the war on drugs than in fighting terrorism. This statement is part of the notes: "License for tyranny: many countries take the lead of 9/11 for getting tough with laws to supposedly fight terrorism." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. -- Examples: p. 51: "In July, the CIA issued a confidential warning regarding Osama bin Laden: "Based on a review of all-source reporting over the last five months, we believe that UBL will launch a significant terrorist attack against U.S. and/or Israeli interests in the coming weeks. The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made."" -- p.60: "Apparently, as long as the president was not pre-notified of the specific names and addresses of the hijackers and the dates and flight numbers of their intended attacks, the administration could claim it received no warning." -- p. 322: "Bush’s rhetoric on America as a force for freedom is impossible to understand without considering his assertions on America as the greatest force for goodness in the world."..."There is no doubt in my mind that this nation will prevail in this war against terror, because we’re the greatest nation, full of the finest people, on the face of this earth." -- p. 349: "Since 9/11, Bush often seems blinded by the glare from his own halo. The moral self-adulation at the heart of the war on terrorism is a danger both to America and the world."