Not exactly a religious themed blog, but I had to get it out of me. Okay, so rewind to shortly after 9/11. The nation is reeling from the attack, strong terrorist links are coming out, and almost at the same time the early cries of 'Government conspiracy' are heard. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but doing a basic back of the envelope math (I'll just suggest, you can do the math if you choose) we can come to a rather quick conclusion. Here we go. Suppose for the fun of it, 9/11 was Bush's idea. Let's suppose further that he began the process immediately upon assuming office. Now for the math. How many days was he in office when 9/11 happened. It wasn't long, I know that much. What would he have needed to get done in order to pull it off? Well, he'd have to convince everyone involved to go along with it. He'd need explosives experts, suppliers, and people to place the explosives without being noticed. He'd need to either work past the WCT security team, or replace them completely with his own people. Then we have to consider all the parts of the federal government that would have to go along with this as well. Then you have several members of congress on whatever associated comittees, then the cabinet members. Let's not mention all the people that worked in the towers that would have had to either not notice anything odd going on, or be paid off to keep quiet, or replaced with insider people. Now the math part is figuring out exactly how many people that involves that would have had to know at least something was wrong, yet didn't do/say anything about it. What are the odds of the federal government being able to keep such a large group of people quiet for well over ten years now? Here's where 'Fast and Furious' comes in. You see, by all indications, this actually could be an example of the federal government plotting against americans. What's the plot? Well suppose we had a president that was against private gun ownership. Suppose further that his Attorney General came up with a plan to implicate the US in foreign gun crimes. Then the cries would be for stiffer gun laws (face it, whenever criminals commit gun crimes, it is the law-abiding gun owners that get the restrictions and punishment, not the criminals) thus decreasing private gun ownership. So seized guns are sold to foreign criminals who are then free to use them in their criminal activities. Then the problem happens. One of the guns is used to shoot a Federal US law enforcement officer. Then another problem happens, another Federal US law enforcement officer writes a letter stating that he knows that the weapons were allowed to be sold with the full knowledge of Federal agents. Well, suddenly the whole plan is blown to pieces before the desired conclusion is reached. In other words, the conspiracy failed due to someone involved recognizing that something was wrong. It also was due to that person caring more for the truth than whatever consequences they would face due to their actions. What does all this mean? There's two things really that I want to point out. 1) If a small-time plan like Fast and Furious got de-railed after more than a year of development, how on earth did the '9/11 consipracy' a) get set up and in place in practically no time at all, especially during a time when President Bush was still involved in changing out the white house staffers and putting his own cabinet in place? b) go off without a hitch at all? c) Manage to have *nobody* come forward during the entire 8 years of Bush's presidency and state what they knew and how they knew it? 2) Fast and Furious is a valuable display of an undeniable fact that those who put it into place failed to take into account. That fact is that people are forever aware of what truth is, and how important it can be. When the right person is in posession of the right facts, that person will be absolutely unable to sit on them or keep them to him/herself. There is that person that is incapable of withholding truth, and the man that first reported what he knew of Fast and Furious is one of those people. Whatever the full consequences of this whole event may be, the sad truth is that an american citizen has lost his life. It was taken from him with the use of a weapon that his own government (the very government he worked for) deliberatly allowed to be placed in the hands of a known criminal organization. I cannot think of any other time that we need more people willing to stand for truth than we do right now.