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Randall M. Packer on Tue, 25 Nov 2003 10:58:31 +0100 (CET)

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Fear Incorporated
November 24, 2004

How can we win the war on terror? Isn't terror an indelible part of the
human condition? Does anyone really think it can be eliminated?  The Bush
Administration, in its religious fervor to stamp out terror, is bent on
stamping out terror (and winning the next election) by terrorizing its own
constituency into submission. Strike three for reason.

Yesterday, the Republican Party released its first ad that drives the nail
of 9-11 deep into the hearts of unsuspecting Americans who still operate
under the media-influenced opinion that the Bush Men are busy protecting
us from their bunker in Washington, DC. The fact is, as I stated in my
"Speech for the End of Time" last April, "the gravest danger facing
America and the world, [is] the existential darkness that has possessed
our government, that grips its soul.

In the ad, Bush chimes, "It would take one vial, one canister, one crate
slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever

Clearly, the US government is intent on instilling a deep fear in the
American psyche for political gain. Maureen Dowd, in her recent op-ed
column in the New York Times, entitled "Scaring up Votes," warned,
"Instead of a shining city [referring to Ronald Reagan's famous
statement], we have a dark bunker. But the only thing we really have to
fear is fearmongering itself."

Homeland insecurity is on the rise and the real terrorists who have the
capability of carrying out the most lethal damage with their weapons of
mass destruction (real, not virtual) are the Crusaders and Fanatics who
inhabit the White House.

Through this political ad, they continue to accuse those who dissent of
not being patriotic. The ad continues: "Some are now attacking the
president for attacking the terrorists.'' In the 2004 presidential
campaign, which has now fully descended upon us, we must combat this
deadly reign of terror by openly expressing our views, and acting on them.

As I stated last spring, "No mental infection, no derangement, will divert
us from our mission. They [Bush Men] are blind to the fact that, with all
their rationality and efficiency, they are possessed by "powers" that are
beyond control. We will not stop until their hidden desires and dark
fantasies are revealed."

It is only reason that can win the war on terror, and they are trying 
desperately to take even that away from us.

Randall Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

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