Friday :: Apr 8, 2005

Who Are The Real Traitors?

by pessimist
The capitalists will sell the very rope from which we will hang them. - Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)

One of the things that the wrong-wing of this country likes to daub all over us progressives is that our opposition to King George's Oil War is tantamount to treason. Instead, we are to be more like this person and find a reason for liberals to support King George.

Well I'm not so sure that we really are the traitors no matter what Ann Coulter says! We aren't waging war against our own nation - THE WRONG-WINGERS ARE!

According to this definition of treason: treason covered acts that constituted a serious threat to the stability or continuity of the state, including attempts to kill the king, to counterfeit coins or to wage war against the kingdom.

What then are we to make of this open declaration of war against The Kingdom of George???

A marketing brochure from Barrett Firearms boasts that its 50 caliber sniper rifles are capable of destroying aircraft with a single shot. The company brochure released today by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence states that jet engines and helicopters "are likely targets for the weapon [50 caliber sniper rifle], making it capable of destroying multi-million dollar aircraft with a single hit delivered to a vital area."

The marketing brochure from the late 80's has now become a damning and embarrassing admission by the gun lobby and 50 caliber manufacturers who are now attempting to deny and obfuscate the terrorist threat posed by these lethal weapons. Although Barrett Firearms still markets and sells the model 82-A1 .50 caliber sniper rifle -- the model highlighted in the company's brochure -- Barrett Firearms has tried to mislead the media by stating that the brochure referred to rifles only available to the military, an assertion that is simply not true.

I know for a fact that these rifles are available to the general public. One of my NRA-member coworkers has seen them in the gun shops.

Lest anyone think this threat is mere hyperbole, check out the last weapon on this page from Barratt's own website:

Military Model XM109 Semi Automatic 4 Round 25MM Payload Rifle: Providing Light Fighters with AP lethality out to 2000 meters, [approximately 1 mile] the Barrett XM109 25MM Payload rifle will allow soldiers to engage and quickly destroy enemy light armor.

Has anyone heard whether Boeing has started putting armor on the nation's airliners?

Maybe they should!

Perhaps the starkest wake-up call to anti-terrorism officials is the admission from Barrett Firearms that the "Cost-effectiveness of the Model 82A1 [.50 caliber sniper rifle] cannot be overemphasized when a round of ammunition purchased for less than $10 can be used to destroy or disable a modern jet aircraft."

Fifty caliber sniper rifles were designed as battlefield rifles to puncture armor, attack personnel carriers and fuel tanks, and to be used for assassination due to the rifle's astonishing range and firepower, which the Barrett brochure also boasts of. Barrett stated in the brochure that .50 caliber sniper rifles have "the ability to engage the enemy at ranges far beyond those at which small arms can return fire."

A recent study by the Rand Corporation found that there were no adequate defenses to prevent a terrorist from using a .50 caliber sniper rifle to attack civilian airplanes at long range while taxiing on the runway or during takeoff or landing.

This is a better reason than the new fuel surcharge on airfares not to 'fly the friendly skies'.

Fifty caliber sniper rifles are easier to obtain than a handgun in Illinois, and can fire highly lethal armor piercing and incendiary ammunition, which are currently legal and easily obtained. Al-Qaeda purchased Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifles in the United States in the late 1980's, and other extremist groups such as the Irish Republican Army and anti-government militias have obtained the anti-armor sniper rifle as well.

Most recently, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that 47 suspects on a terror watch list were able to purchase firearms, although it is not known what types of firearms were obtained.

This report only mentions purchases made in the United States by terror suspects. What about when our own companies are selling these weapons to be delivered overseas? Is it only the money with them? Sometimes!

Advocates say these facts should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to take swift action to restrict .50 caliber sniper rifles for use only by the military or law enforcement officials. "The gun lobby has been trying frantically to convince lawmakers that this deadly weapon that can destroy civilian airplanes is not a terrorist threat and is a standard hunting weapon," said Thom Mannard, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. "But this brochure from the leading manufacturer of 50 caliber sniper rifles demonstrates the clear and present danger to our national security and civil aviation if these weapons of war are used in a horrific attack."

The Illinois State House of Representatives is expected to vote on the "Anti-Terrorism and Aviation Protection Act," (H.B. 1098) in a matter of days. [Still pending as of post date - ed.]

The homeland security measure is part of a bi-partisan legislative effort to keep the most deadly and powerful sniper rifles on the market out of the hands of terrorists to prevent a deadly attack on Illinois aviation or vulnerable chemical or industrial targets.

Watergate's Deep throat insisted that the truth would be found if one followed the money. We already know that money - and lots of it - makes the Republican world go round. There is little in the world than can generate the sorts of profits that arms sales do. Just do a Google search for 'arms sales' and you will see what I mean. Even the US government is in the arms sales business!

Nothing is better for arms sales than an active war. "We are at war!" declares Koenig Georg Kriegsfuehrer after 9/11. The attack that the BFEE/PNAC Petroelum Pirate Posse allowed on New York and Washington resulted in increased profits for the defense contractors, major contributors to the GOP.

9/11 was also a way to free up passage of the USA Patriot Act and negate the US Constitution. With opposition to the Patriot Act growing, will Bu$hCo recall the advice of PNAC and allow a third "Pearl Harbor" at a national airport by someone using a Barrett Firearms Model 82-A1 .50 caliber sniper rifle? Or something bigger?

There are other benefits to a crime of treason than profit.

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