I am a military man, and I have had a degree of counter-terrorism training. So I have a unique perspective of national security. There is no greater government importance than national security. Breaches in national security costs countless lives, money, and it puts us at risk far greater than you could ever imagine. As children, our parents had to protect us from the weird guy up the street, or the “bad kids”. Now, the biggest threats come from internet perverts and technology. Install one of those tracking apps secretly on your child’s phones and prepare to be horrifically surprised to find out the truth about where they’re REALLY doing. Remember, you were kids once, and you weren’t angels either.
Now if you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with privacy and security. I live in a concierge building that requires a key fob to enter at night, a code to use the elevator, and even with the code you can only go to specific floors. Even if you live in my building, you can’t just access my floor; and I love that. During my military career, I was privy to see just how bad people can really be to each other. And as bad as you may think people can be, they can be exponentially worse.
My mom always told me, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.” Contrary to how important you may think you are, the government doesn’t care about your side pieces, affairs, dirty sex pictures, or fantasy football picks. They don’t care if you surf bible websites or porn sites. But they do care if you communicate with terrorists. And I do too. There are a lot of people in this world, that I care about; and I would be devastated if anything were to happen to them. I like knowing that the government is doing all it can to protect them. I like knowing that if a group of people are planning to make a statement like in Boston, that there is a chance they can get them before it happens, or at least minimize the damage if it does. I’m sure Bostonians didn’t initially like that there were cameras watching them all over the city, but I’m sure they appreciated the fact that those same cameras they complained about helped the perpetrators be quickly neutralized. Imagine what could’ve happened if they didn’t find them. How much more damage could have been done.
It would be great if we didn’t need this protection. It would also be great if we didn’t need locks, police, a military or attorneys; but we do. We do because there are bad people out there. People that would do harm. People that want to inflict pain. And they coordinate despicable acts of violence via email, phones, and the internet.
As for these leaks in the White House, I want them investigated. Those leaks put lives in danger. Freedom and protection of the press, and it’s sources, should not come at the expense of the lives of our service men/women that are protecting us. I don’t like reporters being embedded with our military. The ability to trace satellite signals, and just watching the news reports makes our military’s jobs hard enough as it is. Some reporter trying to make a name for him/herself gives added pressure to an already stressful situation, and makes it harder to stay ahead of the enemy. If you pose a threat to national security, the government should have full reign to investigate and remove that threat.
I don’t think the government should be in our personal business. But the problem is, terrorist use the same form of communication to conduct dangerous business, as we use to conduct innocent personal business. It’s easy to say the government is going to far, until one of our loved ones is lost. Then we want to know why they didn’t do everything they could have done to protect them. I am fully aware that there are some words in this post that will trigger an alert, for someone in a room somewhere, to read this blog post. And I’m glad. I’m glad they are protecting me. I’m glad they’re there, and you should be too. If I were a terrorist, I would now be on their radar, and they would potentially keep me from hurting you, your child, or a loved one. But I’m not. I’m just a vet saying let’s look at the big picture. Think about it, there is finally an issue in DC that both Senate Republicans and Democrats agree about. That’s a feat all into itself. So bravo to you President Bush for starting this, and President Obama for continuing it. You did, and are doing, what you can to keep us safe. Bravo Zulu sirs. Bravos Zulu. Until next time…….
God bless and dress well,
William Wilson, CEO
William Wilson Clothing
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