Posts tagged “9/11

Michael Chertoff’s Brave New World

On the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, various media outlets revisited the events of that fateful day, which caused me to wonder: how long it will be before 9/11 becomes a footnote in American history. After all, most of this year’s incoming college freshmen were entering kindergarten at the time the World Trade Center came tumbling down.

Nonetheless, it is the adults that I am most concerned about. The first group is the Obama administration, which seems hell bent on fulfilling George Orwell’s 1984 prophecy.  Americans are fortunate that the Constitution will force this group of misfits from power in the early days of 2017. Another troubling group is the cabal of neo-cons who have convinced Americans to surrender much of their privacy in the name of security.

Michael Chertoff is a member of the latter group. As a guest on Fox News last evening, Chertoff used the anniversary of 9/11 to chastise lawmakers’ efforts to marginalize the NSA’s Orwellian collection of Americans’ electronic data.

Now, Mr. Chertoff, a high-profile former prosecutor instrumental in New York’s Mafia crackdown, should know better. He is keenly aware that 99.999 percent of Americans using cellular telephones and the Internet have absolutely no relationship to terrorism.  Mr. Chertoff must know that government funded surveillance cameras at intersections in Sauk City, Wisconsin — a town with a population of 3,410 — will never capture an image of a plotting terrorist.  Still, Chertoff, Dick Cheney, President Obama, Janet Napolitano, et al, have spent billions and billions of dollars creating an American surveillance state in venues as small as Sauk City.  In the process, many of their special interest connections at corporations, such as Lockheed Martin, have received billion dollar government contracts paid for with borrowed money from China and quantitative easing.

And Michael Chertoff, Charles Krauthammer, Mark Belling, and the judges on the FISA courts, know full well that the NSA charter prohibits that agency from collecting information from American citizens while on U.S. soil. They further are aware that the Fourth Amendment requires warrants and court orders for searches to cite specific crimes that that have been or might be committed by specific persons before a search is authorized; yet they trample on the Constitution whenever it does not fit their political narrative.  When asked if the seizure of virtually every Americans’ cellular telephone and Internet data has stopped a single terrorist attack, members of both of the aforementioned groups refuse to answer, hiding behind national security concerns.  By refusing to answer, the members of these two groups are simply telling the public to shut-up, go away, and pay your taxes, as transparency is no longer needed in this republic.  Instead, American taxpayers should blindly trust the government, and leave our freedoms in the ever crushing grasp of the rubberstamps at the FISA courts, where an adversarial argument is NEVER heard.

Unlike this year’s incoming college freshmen class, I grew-up in an era when the United States was considered the land of the free and the home of the brave. Today’s youth have come of age in at a time when our nation is slouching, at light speed, towards China.  It is unfortunate these young people only know this nation as the land of the regulated and the home of the watched.

Class of 2018: it’s a brave new world out there.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2014

Majority of Americans: Surrender No More Rights for Alleged Security

Within the past three months, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars of his personal wealth to produce slick ads in support of gun control.  Just last week, America’s nanny-state mayor lectured his subjects by proclaiming that “…our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution I think have to change,” due to potential terror threats.

A new Fox News poll, however, illustrates that for the first time since 9/11, more Americans say that they are unwilling to concede additional freedoms to off-set the risks of terrorist attacks.

Reading between the lines, the reason for this shift in public opinion seems clear: Americans realize that, in the name of fighting terrorism, the federal government has hijacked the Bill of Rights to monitor them instead of focusing its efforts on Islamic Jihadists.

“Think about it,” I noted in an April 20 post, “how do the surveillance cameras mounted atop traffic control signals on 124th and Burleigh prevent acts of terrorism? Wasting taxpayer dollars to conduct surveillance of Americans diverts resources from the real problem: extremist groups and foreign nationals overstaying student visas that pose a real threat to this nation’s security.”

After all, the Boston Marathon bombings spotlighted the federal government’s intelligence failures. During one news report, an FBI source, a journalist explained, said that the bureau gets thousands of tips every year, similar to the ones provided by the Russian government, but lacks the resources to thoroughly investigate each one.


According to creditable sources, the U.S. government has spent $500 billion creating a nationwide surveillance state. Yet, we are told, this unprecedented amount of money, which flowed far too freely from our treasury, is not nearly enough?  To put things in perspective, this amount of cash is so large that could underwrite the budgets of the City of Milwaukee for the next 333 years.

Surely, $500 billion is an excessive amount, some of which was needlessly wasted placing surveillance cameras at intersections in locales like Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a city of 60,000.  Unless the bureaucrats at the Department of Homeland Security—the agency that disperses federal grant money to states and municipalities—believe that, when selecting potential targets, blindfolded Jihadists simply throw darts at a map of the United States, spending so much as a dime to place surveillance infrastructure in a city like Eau Claire does absolutely nothing to protect our nation from acts of terror.

Moreover, the federal government’s failures in Boston exposed the duplicity of politicians, as the current mayor of Chicago once said, intent on using a good crisis to funnel gobs of money to large corporations—members of the post 9/11 security-industrial complex—that either directly, or through their K Street lobbyists, write large checks to the campaigns of their supporters on Capitol Hill.

Telling the American people that the billions of dollars this country has literally thrown at 1,900 private sector companies, as well as the 800,000 people that take part in counter terrorism activities, is not enough is a scandal in itself. Clearly, some people have no shame.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

If your organization is on the lookout for an outstanding guest speaker, please consider the Spingola Files’ Psychology of Homicide presentation.

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013