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Hey Rube: Fear And Loathing In America 9/12/2001

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By Hunter S. Thompson
Page 2 columnist
It was just after dawn in Woody Creek, Colo., when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday morning, and as usual I was writing about sports. But not for long. Football suddenly seemed irrelevant, compared to the scenes of destruction and utter devastation coming out of New York on TV.

Even ESPN was broadcasting war news. It was the worst disaster in the history of the United States, including Pearl Harbor, the San Francisco earthquake and probably the Battle of Antietam in 1862, when 23,000 were slaughtered in one day. The Battle of the World Trade Center lasted about 99 minutes and cost 20,000 lives in two hours (according to unofficial estimates as of midnight Tuesday). The final numbers, including those from the supposedly impregnable Pentagon, across the Potomac River from Washington, likely will be higher. Anything that kills 300 trained firefighters in two hours is a world-class disaster. And it was not even Bombs that caused this massive damage. No nuclear missiles were launched from any foreign soil, no enemy bombers flew over New York and Washington to rain death on innocent Americans. No. It was four commercial jetliners.

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They were the first flights of the day from American and United Airlines, piloted by skilled and loyal U.S. citizens, and there was nothing suspicious about them when they took off from Newark, N.J., and Dulles in D.C. and Logan in Boston on routine cross-country flights to the West Coast with fully-loaded fuel tanks — which would soon explode on impact and utterly destroy the world-famous Twin Towers of downtown Manhattan’s World Trade Center. Boom! Boom! Just like that.

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive “figurehead” — or even dead, for all we know — but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye. Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.

Nothing — even George Bush’s $350 billion “Star Wars” missile defense system — could have prevented Tuesday’s attack, and it cost next to nothing to pull off. Fewer than 20 unarmed Suicide soldiers from some apparently primitive country somewhere on the other side of the world took out the World Trade Center and half the Pentagon with three quick and costless strikes on one day. The efficiency of it was terrifying.

We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.

This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.

Good luck. He is in for a profoundly difficult job — armed as he is with no credible Military Intelligence, no witnesses and only the ghost of Bin Laden to blame for the tragedy.

OK. It is 24 hours later now, and we are not getting much information about the Five Ws of this thing. The numbers out of the Pentagon are baffling, as if Military Censorship has already been imposed on the media. It is ominous. The only news on TV comes from weeping victims and ignorant speculators.

The lid is on. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don’t say anything that might give aid to The Enemy.

Absorb what Hunter had to say 9.12.01 with the perspective of time… My commentary later today.

The Last Templar

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Not a bad book, a bit derivative, but overall I liked it. Well now it seems that NBC has bought the rights to make a mini series out of it. It starts tomorrow night at 9pm EST. Check it out…

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2009/01/25 at 00:15

Speaking of film: Without Remorse 2011

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Singleton has signed on to adapt and direct the Tom Clancy espionage thriller Without Remorse for Paramount Pictures. The film, which Paramount envisions as part of a possible franchise, marks the Hollywood return of Michael Ovitz, who will serve as producer.

Without Remorse centers on former Navy SEAL and CIA operative John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, who first appeared in Clear and Present Danger (played by Willem Dafoe). The novel, which was published in 1993 by Putnam, spawned a previous film version, which was in development at Savoy Pictures and was shut down during preproduction in 1995.

Singleton said he aims to make the film in line with the Phillip Noyce-helmed Clancy thrillers he is a fan of, Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games.

I have been waiting for Hollywood to actually get it’s thumb out of it’s collective ass long enough to consider making this book into a film. Finally they seem to be serious about it and have it slated for a 2011 release date. At present it’s in the screenplay stage and there has been talk of some actors potentially to play John Clark.

Mr. Clark, for me, can really only be played by Willem DaFoe as he played him so well in “Clear And Present Danger”, but, who am I huh? One of the most horrifying things I saw on the net was that they were considering Keanu to play clark. Let me say this here and now…


I don’t want another wooden acting job by this man to kill, I mean KILL this film’s potential. PLEASE Hollywood NO! I mean first you did the whole Ben Asslick piece of improbable crap (you guys realllly mangled the book to fit this terrible screenplay for Sum Of All Fears) now you consider Keanu? Take the pipe out of the mouth.

This book really for me, was one of Clancy’s best works in my opinon. The genesis of John Clark, his taking out of the drug gangs as well as his beginnings at the CIA leading to the RAINBOW operations group… Great stuff…

I guess we shall see what happens.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/24 at 01:14

Posted in Books, Hollywood, Movies


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Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Finally someone from the infosec field wrote a novel that is not only fairly well written, but also weaves today’s technology properly within the confines of the story. This is the first novel for Mr. Suarez  and so far I have been hooked from page one. It’s a murder mystery with a technothriller twist.

If you are in tech and like the genre of cyber/techno, get this one…

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2009/01/12 at 22:23

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