Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Anti-Terrorism Bill, A Must?

The U.S. Embassy lauded the Philippine Congress ratification of the anti-terrorism bill. (Philippine Star, February 21, 2007). The reported watered down version is called the Human Security Act which is more appropriate than the word “terror”. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a politically correct statement when she said that “the deal is a potent weapon and armor to shield not only the people but our economy as well from this global scourge”. Intelligence observers are now happy that the U.S. state sponsored terrorist like Osama Bin Laden, Ramzi Yousef and others are now either “erased” or jailed. Thanks to the Counter-Terrorism Forum hosted by the Asia foundation and the UAAP moderated by Muslim leaders like Amina Rasul and human rights lawyer Nasser Marohomsalic last year, where these so called “operatives” who metamorphosed into several monsters were tackled. We should also learn how to dismantle our own Frankensteins to avoid the full destruction of our good intelligence DPA’s or assets. After a good project some of them were displaced and others became assets and operators of few scalawags in uniform. Book author Webster Griffin Tarpley’s 911 Synthetic Terrorism, Made in U.S.A., said, it will be naive for everyone to believe that it’s only misery, oppression and desperation that give rise to terrorist organizations which is spontaneously expressed through these underlying moods. Tarpley added that we live in an era in which political and social reality are incessantly manipulated by intelligence agencies worldwide whose cumulative effect is to over determine or sub determine observed reality. He said that governments should be careful in recruiting assets which could be prospective terrorist from the immiserated masses and forming them into clandestine organizations. There should be constant guidance from the outside, behind and above. They require expert controllers. There ought to be a policy of a strict compliance in command responsibility. Who will police the police?

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