Notes for Sunday – September 11, 2016

September 11th is, of course, the anniversary of the 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S., but it is also the anniversary of the Benghazi Embassy attacks in 2012. Please remember the sacrifice of J. Christopher Stevenson, Sean Smith, and CIA (former Navy SEAL) agents Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Between them, Woods and Doherty reportedly dropped at least 60 of the attackers, before their position was overwhelmed. Please also remember the spineless worms in Washington, D.C. who decided to not back up the embassy staff when they were in dire need of help. Eventually, they will pay for that. Time wounds all heels.

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Today, as we recognize the 15th anniversary of the dreadful Islamic 9-11 terrorist attacks, please pause to reflect and pray about both the loss of human lives but also about the loss of human liberty that has occurred since then. What we really needed to institute was a new closer scrutiny of Islamic military-age Middle Eastern non-citizens coming into our country. But what we got instead was an unconstitutional pervasive Surveillance State that monitors and permanently catalogs nearly every aspect of the public and private lives of our entire citizenry: our travel, purchases, relationships, e-mails, scans of the exterior of every piece of mail (showing both “to” and “from” addresses), keyword searching and archiving of telephone and Skype conversations, hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras, license plate scanners, targeted tax audits, and much more. Today is a day of mourning, in more ways than one. – JWR