posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 09:27 PM
Our government has declared 'war on terror'. That means the US is at war with terrorists, not with any specific nation or group, unless our
government has declared a group to be a terrorist group, or a nation to be knowingly and willingly harboring and supporting terrorists or terrorist
groups. Even then, that doesn't mean the US will necessarily attack said nation or group.
The amorphous declaration itself leaves great leeway for our government to act, or not to act. The fact that we are 'at war' gives the President
and the federal government special powers they would not have, and do not have, when we are at peace. I am coming to suspect that these powers
themselves, not the terrorist threat itself, is the reason war was declared. In my mind, this is not even a clear cut and legal definition of
'war', hence the declaration of war itself may not be legal under the Constitution of the US.
It is all designed to be very confusing and alarming to us the citizens, and I don't think my answer to your question has cleared up that confusion
one bit. The outcome of the decision to declare 'war on terror' though, has definitely been to erode the perception of safety and security here at
home, and by extension, around the world. Just look at the results.