in Media Global Watch Bulletins
TiM Forum 2007-02
Aug 27, 2007
leave our rights behind when we enter a U.S. airplane: All
passengers are treated as presumed terrorists
re. "Terror in the Sky"
we don't protect our rights, they will go away. Our government
and the airlines are doing their darnedest to see that happens.
SCOTTSDALE, Aug 27 - Even before the final version
of "Terror of the Sky" was published
earlier today, initial reactions by my friends who had previewed the
article - all high-level, well-traveled business executives from around the
world - have been overwhelmingly positive. There was only one dissenting
view (see below). Which is great. Because only in totalitarian
countries there is alleged uniformity of opinion.
It seems my essay has struck a nerve. One New York executive said he was
hoping to see the piece on the front page of the New York Times. I won't be
holding my breath, knowing some of their editors, but I did send them a copy
of the story.
Anyway, here are some of the initial reactions to
the essay, more or less in chronological order as I received them. I
have withheld their full names even though most have given me permission to
use them, lest the governments or airlines are tempted to mess with the
people who speak the truth. You will also find see here a
response/apology I got today from American Airlines.
Thing" Also Applicable to Japan, China
Aug 27 - We received the first reaction from Japan, as befits the "country
of the rising Sun." Here's what a senior corporate vice
president with one of Japan's largest companies wrote:
I enjoyed your note attached. I have two comments to
(1) This Mafia thing is also applicable to Japan and
China. It seems Mafia thing works everywhere in the world. In
Japan they are called "Yakuza", and they do exactly what you wrote.
(2) I wonder if we can make comparison between
Airline carriers and passenger boats. In the passenger boats,
captain also has authority over passengers, the customers, for the
safety purpose. But I do not hear boat captains and boat attendants
being rude or authoritative. Maybe with their long history, they
just behave at the normal situation, and only in the unsafe
situation they work with given authority. But airline carriers have
still shorter history in their business, they do not know how to use
their authority. Maybe they feel they are elite. Or they just take
words from government and stick to government instruction as they
are more regulated than passenger boat business.
I agree with your notion to protect rights.
But in addition to it, I would recommend further that airline
carriers should work harder to lessen regulation, not in terms of
safety, but by competition among themselves. Cheers!
T.U., Senior Corporate Vice President, Connecticut
We Need to Wake Up Or We Will See Our Rights Further Diminished
Aug 26 - We received the following comment from a CPA in Arizona, who is
also a world traveler:
Your essay makes good points. The government and the airline
industry have done a good job of intimidating the flying public,
without really providing security. Unwilling to make the investment
needed for real security, they have been able to convince us that
relinquishing our rights as citizens is necessary to avoid the next
terrorist attack. What will happen when the next one comes? We need
to wake up or we will see our rights further diminished.
Much Abuse Is Enough? Friend Arrested for Crying!
Aug 26 - We received this comment from a senior female business executive
with a major IT company in the New York area:
Bob, I am so glad you wrote it.... I was just
thinking about the same - how much is enough? This type of abuse
goes on and on - and we have less and less rights as passengers.
You mentioned cream being taken off. Well, two
days ago, they took away my eyebrow tweezers. I am still
trying to figure out how I can do any harm with those - overpluck,
Before the same flight - we were flying (my husband
and I) from Mexico - they took away a bottle of water bought at the
gate, well after the luggage control, still icy-cold with a receipt
in hand. My husband could not take his medication until an
hour later, when the stewardess finally brought a glass of water (we
waited for an hour before the take-off which seems to be a norm
I can list numerous occasions when I was singled out
to be frisked. Whoever tells me it's statistical should go back to
school . When we flew to London on vacation last year and I was
singled out again my husband stood aside and counted: he counted 11
women singled out while waiting for me and not a single guy....no
I did send letters of complaints to Delta for being rude to - lucky
me, waited for landing to do it after I made the same mistake you
did: told the steward I would report him. Got an immediate promise
to be handcuffed 'for screaming at the flight attendant'. So I shut
up and sent a letter when I got back and got a standard letter back
with lots of customer-care talk, and not a word of apology.
Recently a friend of mine missed her flight because of Delta
overbooking their flight to NYC. So that she had to change
terminals with bags twice to get to Boston connection - apparently
no agent could give her a correct information of where to go. So she
ended up sitting on the floor crying. Guess what? She got
arrested and spent a night in jail for that. She is
preparing to sue the airline now.
So, it goes on and on.....good luck with your letter. I liked your
idea of writing to a senator - this is what I will do next time.
There should be a way to curb the airlines dictatorship masked as
Hope Your Story Makes the Front Page of the New York Times
Aug 26 - We received the following cryptic comment from senior business
executive with a major IT company in New York area:
It is all too common. I hope your story makes
the front page of the New York Times. It should...
B.D., New York
Threats to Our Freedom
Stem from Government's Failure to Do Its Job (9/11)
Moral of the
Story: Don't Travel by Air Unless You Absolutely Must
Aug 26 - We received the following comment from a corporate sales
representative from Scottsdale:
Bob, I’m sorry to hear
about your experience and to answer your question- yes it’s a story
worthy for publishing. I’m sure it will provide the genesis for useful
debate and sharing of similar stories by frequent travelers.
I feel that what’s happening
to our freedom rights stems from the governments failure to do its job in
the first place. Because the Federal intelligence and security agencies
dropped the ball, while asleep at the wheel, distracted and disabled from
internal squabbles for power- they allowed terrorists to pull off 911. And
now we all suffer through bureaucratic safety measures which look good, but
really don’t achieve anything but large scale hassle and the infringements
you’ve highlighted. The cost/benefit trade-off between liberty and security
is worth applying in my opinion, but the way things are going its very
difficult (if not impossible) to attribute any benefits to the costs. The
financial costs are staggering too.
My sense is that your
experience or incident of terror in the sky had more to do with the revenge
or preemptive strike by the flight attendant. Anyone that’s traveled will be
able to identify with your story, and there are probably many similar
stories (and worse) if someone wanted to research it. Good luck.
The moral of the story:
Don’t travel by air unless you absolutely must, or buy your own plane.
Our Country Is Becoming a Police State
Aug 28 - Alas, even flying your own airplane is no shelter from the
government's long intrusive arm. "The
security/surveillance/scrutiny is catching up now to private aviation,
too," writes D.G.S., former head of an aviation company in California.
Here's an excerpt from a comment
he has sent about "Terror in the Sky" to his own list of friends:
This (Bob's) account should alarm most of us,
but it will not. People have for too long been giving up
their freedoms for the illusion of safety/security, while our
country is reformed into a police state or ARMED MADHOUSE.
I use to travel by commercial airline 2+ times weekly in the
90's. I did not ever have problems and found it was a
flexible and convenient way to travel for my job. Since
9/11/2001, I've only taken one airline trip to Hawaii and do
everything I can to avoid airline travel now but would love to
take some international trips so I'll have to fly.
I don't like the incremental criminalization of
Americans (and myself). I don't like the feeling of being
molested and interrogated by taking off my shoes and belt. And
that was not even secondary or the 3rd check that many people
get. They are not going to take my liquids and gels, period.
It is a matter of principle, I have never been a great
feeling like cattle being herded (thus why I never-ever attend
It would not make me feel safer to be subjected
to what the masses seem to accept, to go through machines,
sniffers and be padded or wanded down. The county sheriff
deputies were standing there (in a courthouse), and I put my
cell/wallet/keys/pen through the detector in the little tray, I
felt they were more civil to me than the folks at the airports
who walk around like little Nazi people. Some even carry their
AR15s on their shoulders just to impress me a little more.
Just keep running the reruns from 9/11 of big shiny airplanes
hitting tall shiny buildings and then they all fall down, and I
suspect the people will eventually agree to standard strip
searches with body cavity inspections. You know, it is for our
safety. Another 9/11 and I'm afraid we will all be told to sit
down and not talk. You'll have your own neighbors taking video
of you with their cell phone when you are out after the 9pm
curfew that they will establish to of course (say in unison,
clap your hands) "keep us all safe."
For many foreigners coming here from suppressed countries or
dictatorships, they see this as something from their country of
origin. For those that came here with much more freedom from
their source, they see the differences here. For those like
myself that can still remember what it was like just a
short-decade ago, believe me, I see the development of a police
state and something far more sinister.
I've made some big mistakes in my life, the ones affecting
people directly ranks as most regrettable, but one of the ones I
do regret is shutting down my business in the jet charter
industry because that industry (charter, fractional shares and
full ownership of aircraft) has taken off incredibly since 9/11
because those with money and options, along with the desire to
maintain a sense of freedom, are not traveling on commercial
airlines unless they have to. One slight problem, the
security/surveillance/scrutiny is catching up now to private
You must read the account of Bob's experience below, on American
Airlines. It is detailed and hundreds of people go through this
every day now with the power Nazis who warn us that we should
fear the Muslims.
Great Read, But
You'll Be Pissing in the Wind
Aug 26 - We received this comment from a scientist who lives and works in
the Charlotte, NC, area. Here are excerpts from a longer letter:
You'll be pissing in the wind, my friend, should you send this
out, other than to those who you call friends.
I KNOW I have mentioned to you before, back in the late
1990s...hard to believe how fast time flies... what an NSA
fellow told us (US researchers here) about how things were going
to be changing in the U.S. up to the year 2050. He mentioned
that things were going to become draconian, and that by that
time there would not be a U.S. Constitutional government
because you can't have people being patriotic to a country when
you're trying to run a things from a global government
I said that the reason "they" were interested in our research
was to find a way to power aircraft carrier size crafts at
50,000 feet to patrol in both an offensive and defensive
posture. I mentioned how this was their way of "containing"
(their word) the masses as the economy was purposely
restructured (demolished for the average American and by
destroying the Constitution for all intents and purposes), and
demographically changing the landscape (legal and illegal
immigrants that don't share our Western value system) to bring
most of us to nearly a 3rd World level.
Bob, I was serious then, and I've never strayed from that...
Because since 1989, I have watched EVERY word that they spoke,
slowly but surely unfold before my very eyes. Even the wars in
the Middle East.... bar none, the NSA told it like it has
happened ever since.
So you write this up (YES, it is a great
read, like all
of your works Bob and believe me, I have the greatest respect
for you as both a human being and the professional person that
you are)... what do you honestly think will happen? I mean, do
you think everyone will get all bent out of shape and sell their
AA stock tomorrow? Not in my opinion.
Do you think they will
write their Congressman/woman? I don't. No Bob...because think
about it for a moment...I mean...really give this a
thought...you are NOW BRANDED! Oh, I know, they'll let you fly
onwards...but don't think for ONE MINUTE that they won't watch
you on every other flight from now on...
Welcome to my world Bob! :-) I'm educated, I've worked with
people that have worked with directly with Einstein and Von
Braun (as I've mentioned before)...but...when you learn too
much, discover too many "things" that they don't want you to
know...they make your life...well..."different."
The real players in this game of Conquer the World are way, way
up there...and they DON'T play nice. They don't worry about boat
rockers...they just sink the whole boat. It means nothing to
them. They have the means and the power to make things happen
S.L., Charlotte, North Carolina
TiM Edit: I replied to S.L. that my purpose in publishing this
article would be simply "to open some eyes, just as I do with all my other
Truth in Media activities." I can add to it now that "a thousand mile
journey begins with a first step" (Confucius). I encourage all TiM
readers to take it, as I just did, without fear or paranoia about
retribution. Fear is what the powers that be want to instill in us.
That's what Homeland Security warnings are all about. If we let them
scare us, they will win and we will be like vegetables. Do you want to
be a vegetable? I don't. I have faced communist guns and NATO
bombs and they didn't scare me. So why would practicing
constitutionally guaranteed free speech scare me? Truth in Media has
been doing it for 17 years now.
"Sink the whole boat?" I doubt it. But if so, fine with me.
Then they will have made a martyr out of a writer. What a glorious way
to go. Being scared sucks. Ask anyone who's been in wars.
But I think that my scientist-friend gives the ruling elite more credit for
their power over us, American citizens, then they deserve. All it
takes is standing up and saying, "enough is enough" - enough times. As
Winston Churchill said, "all we have to fear is fear itself."
Keep Up the Good Fight!
Aug 27 - We received the following comment from an Australian businessman
in Western Australia:
G’day Bob – very interesting commentary. It’s many years
since I’ve flown in the US, and so I don’t have a frame of
reference, but I do hear of these stories from time to time.
The same level of paranoia and control which drives these
behaviours thankfully still sits at the periphery here in
Oz, although in certain areas it is creeping in (there’s
fairly massive uproar in certain parts of Sydney about the
APEC conference next week which will effectively shut down
the whole Sydney CBD, and to which there is still some doubt
as to whether the leader of the free world will even
attend, but that’s another story).
The airline staff I experience here are very good, and
whilst Perth (domestic) airport has its fair share of goons,
in other Australian cities I visit I have a more friendly
experience. But at a broader level, as a society we are
regulated to the nth, particularly in the business sector.
Good luck with your story – I think that you should publish
it. There’s a very quaint Australian (I assume) expression
about “pissing into the wind”, and I think that’s probably
what you’ll be doing, but, hey, go for it. If enough people
did, maybe things would change. (And without in any way
siding with or condoning the actions of those who actually
do commit acts of terror such as 9/11, the reality as I
perceive it is that they have had a far greater impact
(win?) as judged by the all pervasive reaction of the
Western world to their initial activities than they ever had
with those activities in the first place.)
Keep up the good fight!
Perhaps, as Arlo Guthrie famously said in his Alice’s
Restaurant song in the early 70s, you’ll start a movement!
Keep me posted.
P.C., Western Australia
Your Story Says It All
Our Acquiescence Is More Scary Than Government's
Assault on Our Personal Rights
Aug 27 - We received the following comment from a retired banking
executive who has just returned to Canada from his native Britain:
from the UK, yesterday and must empathize with your
commentary. Heathrow, which is a nightmarish airport at the
best of times, has taken a progressively cynical view of
their passenger/customers. Their standards of care and
cavalier attitudes are slipshod and poor: the security
rigmarole has gone way beyond a joke, and the blasť attitude
to the personal rights of the clientele is actually quite
frightening. No, actually it is our acquiescence which is
more scary. In the name of the protection of our safety, we
are permitting abusive and ever increasing manhandling.
course, the pursuit of the almighty dollar is allowing us
less and less courtesy/service. Both airport staff and
management hide their dirt and incompetence under the
complained, yesterday, when I was asked for the fifth time
to produce id – and I had not left the secure area from the
first id check. I also complained when after having had my
hand luggage rifled and having gone through a personal
screening device, I and my fellow passengers were commanded
to remove our shoes and pass them through their x-ray
machine. Now, perhaps you and I are fit enough to remove
our shoes unaided: there are those who cannot and there was
absolutely no arrangement for people to sit to both remove
and replace their shoes. Unacceptable.
My words of
protest were ignored – it seemed I was creating a fuss,
which I was not and even fellow passengers were more
concerned with getting on with their day than voicing their
objection. I don’t blame the traveler not wanting to create
waves, but, like you, I think it mandatory we air our views
and complain when our liberties and personal rights are
I could add
my own version of your horror show, but it is unnecessary:
yours says it all.
As The Duke
of Wellington said, when Harriette Wilson threatened to
publish a biography of his life: “Publish and be damned”.
M.S., British Columbia
Base Problem Is Not Personal Liberties But Inability of Government to
Profile as Needed
Aug 26 - Here's an excerpt from the only dissenting opinion we received
from a senior business executive in Texas:
Maybe we are just two travelers looking
at the same thing and reading the situation differently.
While I think some of the airport security is silly, I think
the reason is quite different.
Somehow, the government and courts believe we cannot highly
profile terrorist, run that profile against all both in and
out of the airport, then check them out where ever
necessary. The actions and policy must say everyone must be
treated the same. Making an old black or white lady with a
crutch take her shoes off to go thru security is silly.
Neither is making me take my belt off, assuming it is a
normal belt. So the base problem is not personal liberties,
but the inability or unwillingness of the government to
profile as needed.
The courts don’t make it any easier for
the TSA, you, or me. Many judges being basic liberal wimps,
that allow the 10 Muslim guys out of Miami to huddle in the
airport, act strange on the plane, then bully the
attendants… then file law suits for discrimination against
the airlines and the government. That is wrong in my book.
I would guess of the 8,000 attendants
AA has that at least 200-300 of them are bad actors simply
from a statistical basis. So, I don’t think you throw out
all the rules, because of a few bad actors. I’ll bet over
the years, you have seen many people on flights that should
have had their hands slapped or worse, but did not under the
When I get upset and the airport
procedures, I get mad at the terrorists, not the TSA or the
AA attendants. I think you should not publish your
letter. While I know you and your background, the average
reader (99.9% of the people reading it) will have no
Metamorphosis of Sky Waitresses to Sky Cops with Unlimited Power
Aug 26 - We received the following comment from an IT manager in Arizona:
This is a very good story, and it has
tremendous amount of general public appeal. Everyone who
travels and has been experiencing this surreal metamorphosis
of flight attendants from sky waitresses to sky cops with
unlimited power, will appreciate your story. I see the
general public appeal in lot of things you mentioned but
primarily in the fact of dying politeness in this society
that sometime makes me wonder whether I'm teaching my own
kid a "wrong and dying skill."
Good luck in publishing this story.
Focus on the Airline, Not the Government
Aug 27 - We received the following comment from a business executive in
I read your article with great interest.
Of course, we are experiencing that over here all
the time. I have to admit that here in London
there is a great stink about it being made
principally by big business, celebrities, etc.
I know that the London airport is one of the worst,
but slowly, they are backing off, just because of
that organized protest campaign and media stories.
People are different and so we have different
observations. I would personally attach the
government less, and concentrate more on the fact
that AA may have unilaterally exceeded its
authority. And even if it stayed within it,
certainly that's not the way to handle a situation.
I also don't think that the article won't help
much. Instead, you should organize a meeting
with some senior execs at AA, place a story on TV
about how individuals misuse their power, etc.
TiM Edit: As my friend from London can
see below, a meeting with senior AA execs was not necessary.
My letter seems to have done the trick, even without this article.
U.S. Is Being Transformed into a Fascist Country
Aug 26 - We received the following comment from an architect and
accomplished artist (painter) from Toronto, Canada (as
you can see from the thumbnail
of his latest painting - a "still life"):
Publish your story. I am not sure if it will
resonate in America, as the U.S. is being
transformed into a fascist country. Communism was
"small potatoes" compared to these cowboys.
Injustices of All Stripes Abound
Aug 26 - We received the following comment from a journalist from Kent,
Hello, Bob! Asking the queen of lost causes whether
to publish a piece that rails against an injustice
and talks about our diminishing rights is like
asking a junkie if they want a fix.
Certainly the subject has broad appeal and many
readers can and will relate, judging from some of
the horror stories I have heard. Unfortunately, the
Internet is rife with tales of authority figures
overstepping their bounds. Flying since 9-11, seems
to be a favorite.
Injustices of all stripes abound. Have you gotten a
dose of the legal system lately? The lawyers, judges
and bureaucrats operating on your money, all seem to
relish their authority over you.
God help you if you come up against any cop having a
bad day in a situation where they want to teach you
a lesson. Resisting arrest? Like I noted recently,
customer service is similarly an oxymoron. I'm sure
that my last run-in resulted in the rep taking a
similar pre-emptive strike, pronouncing me a “very
rude" customer when in fact I was merely advancing a
I would be very interested to know what action AA
takes in this matter. I think in the “old days," you
could register a rational objection and the company
would have bent over backward to set things right,
and you the “good customer" would have been
vindicated. If that occurs, please let me know, as I
would want to put it in my Ripley's file.
In today's world, most companies it seems opt to
offend a “good customer" rather than an employee, or
more accurately the government or union that backs
them and has way too much muscle. In spite of
all my jaded views, I say PUBLISH!
TiM Edit: Well, we hope that our
journalist friend from Ohio will be heartened when she reads
the following letter we got today from American Airlines. No
need to stay jaded. :-)
American Airlines Responds, Apologizes, Takes Corrective Action
Aug 27 - Here's an excerpt from a letter I received today from American
Airlines. It was a response to my letter to them of Aug 24.
The response was short and the action swift:
Dear Mr. Djurdjevic:
Thanks for contacting Customer Relations, and please accept my
apology for the rude
and unprofessional behavior you report by one of our flight crew on
your August 24
trip with us. We expect our personnel to perform their duties in a
courteous and professional manner. Therefore, I am especially
concerned about your
comments. There is never an acceptable excuse for rude behavior,
and I've shared the
details of your experience with our Manager of Flight Service.
Again, please accept our apology for the
unsatisfactory service you reported, and rest assured that the
appropriate supervisory personnel have handled the matter.
Mr. Djurdjevic, although we disappointed you on this occasion,
please know that we
value your business. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Debbie Mahan, Customer Relations, American Airlines
TiM Edit: In my books, the closes the books on
this particular incident. I don't think a passenger/customer can
expect anything more than this. American Airlines reply was
professional and to the point, and their corrective action swift and
appropriate. But other higher level issues about our general rights
violations that were raised in my article remain. We must stay
vigilant in defending our rights. This is a good example of how
that sometimes pays off. It should encourage us all to exercise
our rights more.
It Pays to Complain, Denounce, Stand Ground and Fight Back
Aug 28 - Speaking of which, as if on cue, we received the following
comment this morning from an American ex-pat journalist/photographer who
now lives in Serbia (see one of his recent photos - an old Gypsy playing
"gusle," an ancient Serbian instrument, at a summer festival there):
Have had the same, from
security checks where I am always friendly, to check in, to up
in the sky. American Airlines I believe was a culprit as well.
And when treated like shit and I complained, they called the
cops, who asked judgmentally "what's your problem." I did file a
report and the staff involved got dealt with by their bosses. It
pays to complain.
Got a guy fired here from
Sava Centar (large conference center) for treating me like shit.
I threatened and used anti-Sava Centar reporting, which they
were very sensitive to. Next time I came I was treated with
It pays to complain, denounce,
stand ground and fight back.
Spread this far and wide, write
online review, and hit'm where it hurts, Bobo!
It's About Money, Not Security
Aug 28 - We received the following comment from Judith Moriarty, a writer
who lives in New Hampshire and contributes her columns to Internet
Bob - yes your article
'Terror in the Sky', did hit a raw nerve with many people (just as
the visual on the same subject 'No longer Free'
http://www.rense.com/general75/home.htm. That's because
people feel so angry and frustrated, with nowhere to put it. It's
senseless, as they've found out, trying to go the usual route of
complaints to the airlines - your Congressman etc. Under the guise
of 'security' one is expected to adapt to the inconvenience - abuse
- harassment - and invasion of their person. But then (we're both
agreed) this is NOT about security - it's (about) $$$$ of contracts,
to contractors who hire (sub-contract) to inept, stooges, setting
up these ridiculous security measures - alerts - daily fear theater
Once upon a time, I
worked on a farm for a summer. Early in the morning ( 5:00am) we'd
herd the cows all out to pasture - and at night bring them back.
There was always the rebel cow that when off on her own... electric
fences, and a cattle prod the farmer carried - brought the cow
quickly back in line.
That's the insulting
thing about all of this (and those instituting it know it ). Here
you have (some have been found to be felons for God's sakes) these
rent a cops - getting a thrill out of lording it over those who
(most ) are much more educated - moneyed (not having to work as a
security guard), off on exotic trips - well dressed - etc. The
people who've always screwed with them (so they think) and FINALLY
it's their turn.
Power - even imagined
power, is a sick thing. When I worked in an institution - there
were sick bastards who got their jollies off abusing helpless,
crippled people -- namely because their lives were so God awful
dreary - and hopeless - and powerless!
We are supposed to
believe, with the BILLIONS we've spent on supposed defense, that 19
Arabs left their caves - took some lessons on crop dusters (failed)
bought some $1.98 box cutters and pulled off this perfectly
orchestrated event with high tech planes etc. PLEASE. I know I
didn't just fall off the turnip truck last night. If this is how
damn (un)prepared we are security-wise, I say we surrender now.
No (amount of) foot
powder found in the support hose of an Alzheimer traveler is going
to have me thinking that we're ON TOP of things!!! When you're
building a global plantation, it is important to let the help -
indentured slaves - know the boundaries, (the) rules, etc. That's
why all this 'conditioning'... It's in preparation for modern day
'branding'... oops - ID chips - for security, mind you - something
that gosh, just can't be counterfeited.
You'll hear the
brain-dead mutants shouting, "Hey, if you don't have something to
hide (dumb ass people ) why should you care?" Cows are a lot like
that - stupid.
I'd like them to
find out who sent military grade anthrax to certain Senator's
offices - get the rent a cops down there, and while they're at it,
instead of searching the cabbage patch dolls of toddlers, they
might look for that
Donald Rumsfeld reported couldn't be found -
(guess that got lost in the chaos of Sept 11 – huh?).
Judith Moriarty, New Hampshire
Fighting for Freedom in Iraq While Losing It at Home
Aug 28 - We received the following comment from the head of an insurance
agency in Phoenix:
Bob, I just had the opportunity
to read your draft. I agree 100% with your feelings about our
rights and freedoms being taken away. It is a slow, creeping
approach but it is relentless. At one time, we were fighting in
Iraq to create a Democracy and freedom while we are losing ours
A little power in the hands of
the wrong people becomes a very scary situation - just as you
who would trade their freedom for safety deserves neither
freedom nor safety." (Ben Franklin)
Please publish your story.
We Are Getting Too Inured to All This Crap
Aug 29 - We received the following comment from the head of a consulting
firm in Sydney, Australia:
Well done. We might not see 100% on everything, but I agree
100% with everything you wrote on this one. I too have had
serious trouble with attendants simply for having the
temerity to answer back to arrogance and stupidity.
Why, I had an incident just last evening coming back
from Melbourne. My crime was to question the reason for
a stupid order “in front of other passengers”.
But in May, when I went cattle class Sydney – San
Francisco with United Airlines, it was like a big party.
The airline staff were happy and friendly, the
passengers were too. Customs & immigration were
easy – but that’s they way it should be all the time. We
are getting too inured to all this crap.
Aug 29 - We received the following comment from a Truth in Media reader in
Dear Bob, here in Australia a war vet was telling a
class of children his story, and when he finished a small girl put
her hand up to ask him a question. She told him how sad she felt for
all his suffering, and then asked him this: "If a war was held
tomorrow and nobody came, what would happen?"
So my question to you and your fellow Americans is
this: If the president elections where held tomorrow and nobody
came, what would happen?
History has shown what happens when slaves do the
opposite to what their masters expect.
N.P., Melbourne, Australia
TiM Edit: History has also shown what
happens when angry people rise up against tyranny, such as in 1776,
1788, 1917, 1941... They send the cruel masters packing. You may
also want to read George Orwell's "Animal Farm."
A Priest: This Is Outrageous
Aug 29 - We received the following comment from a priest in San Francisco,
This is outrageous... to be treated like that. You
do have the right to be treated respectfully. I don't think she knew
that you had such a broad base of people who read (your articles).
Now it is time to have them learn some compassion, if not some
So what some militant Moslems took planes and blew
them up? They (the airlines) shouldn't act is if everyone on board
would do the same thing. Security and manners are different things.
It is too bad the attendants are drunk with power. I
believe we have the right to a little bit of civility in the sky.
Thank God I don't have to fly to Reno to serve the Royal
Martyrs Church any more. It was such a hassle to go through security
I stopped traveling.
It is just like the Antiochean Orthodox Christian
Church that got burned down because the Moslems murdered on 911. It
seems you attack anyone that looks bad. The Syrian Orthodox
Church had Arabs going to church there, so you punish Moslems by
burning down the Christian Church. Good old American reasoning. I
pray that something is done before it gets out of hand.
It would not have killed the woman (flight
attendant) to say please sit down until I go by. If you need to use
the rest room I will inform you when it is empty.
With love in Christ
Also see... Hillary:
A DEMONcratic Candidate?;
"Toward a Nation of Morons"
(Washington Times); Sellout
of America - II
holders of U.S. securities increase their stakes to record
death and destruction);
York Blues Ring Hollow;
2004: Patriotic Dissent;
and History of the Electoral College;
Also, check out other Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese
Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An
Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's
Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?",
Up Another Crisis" etc.
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's
Crisis Factory," and "A
New Iron Curtain Over Europe"