What If It Were Us - What If It Were Me...
When even the most liberal lost balls in the whole Senate of the United States (no small accomplishment) – like Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) of the left coast – figure out that we are exposed right now to ISIS terror cells operating inside our country, ya gotta figure the evidence must be pretty conclusive. I mean really, she’s no rocket scientist when it comes to matters of national security; but say it she did, and from her seat on the Select Committee on Intelligence one has to assume she has access to the information that backs it up. And as I mentioned in the first in this short series, the FBI has previously advised all in the broadcast world that we are targets as well.
Alright then, for just a moment imagine it is us; of course there isn’t a journalism outlet in the Free World that is really “hardened” against attack – too much money and not productive of a visitor-welcoming atmosphere. And besides, Paris is so far away or something like that all born of that same old “it can’t happen here” mentality. But of course we all know that’s just not factual.
Look then for a moment at our own operation when it does happen here. In a moment everything we think we know about broadcast radio and TV is changed. Anchors sit in studios where armed men hawk every avenue in and out; every reporter doing live or taped broadcast from the streets is either confined to particularly safe locations or they don’t go at all. Hard to imagine an easier target for the terrorist that a lone satellite truck parked at Ohio and New York with one young lady, her camera guy beside her on the sidewalk.
Ya see, folks, as of yet we find ourselves only modestly inconvenienced at the airports when we have to take off our shoes or stand in a long line to get through security, but in the main we have adapted to it pretty well. But when everyday life starts to change, when school busses have to be followed by armed protection, military personnel have to watch their backs wherever they go, or newspapers, radio and TV facilities have to be hardened and guarded 24 hours a day, we will know things have changed.
And this one, not to be overlooked—what will we do if these bastards are successful in killing a bunch of us? What happens to the free exchange of ideas, the flow of information and the exercise of the First Amendment? How do we deal with the loss of all that human capital? I can’t get there just yet, but I’ll wager this much; if these things happen America will be changed (our president likes “transformed” better) for all time.