So I’m looking at the footage of the protest on the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday. You know, the “Free Tibet” banners that were hung from the bridge? Nice to see a bit of the old home, remember just how politically active the Bay Area is compared to the rest of this great nation.
But… wait. Isn’t the Golden Gate Bridge one of the high priority targets for protection by Homeland Security? If a group of protesters can mount these banners on the bridge with this sort of ease, what does it say about our ability to protect the bridge from terrorism and sabotage?
It’s just as I have always believed: terrorism in this country is built on fear, a fear perpetrated by our own government for its own political ends. We’re not any “safer” than we were before 9-11, just as we’re in no greater danger than before. The fear and terror are created within and come from the top down. If we were serious about securing the homeland (which always sounds a little too close to the Fatherland for my taste) then things like this protest on one of the most visibly public American structures couldn’t have happened with such ease.
Americans should be afraid. Of their own government. The founding fathers said so.