By Thomas R. Horn
October 11, 2013
In the days leading up to the reelection of President George W. Bush in 2004, in one of several conversations I had with a fellow evangelical who couldn’t understand my waning enthusiasm for the administration, I listened as the highly educated and very successful publisher said the dumbest thing I’d heard in a while—a statement that is unfortunately being repeated by many sheeple these days. “But Tom,” he said in response to my concern about the erosion of civil liberties, “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to worry about!”
Maybe it was because he was recently returned from a private dinner with then Attorney General John Ashcroft—which included a night of bulletproof limousine rides and exquisite dining locations under the ever-present protection of secret service agents—that my friend seemed asleep at the cerebral wheel.
Or perhaps it was due to the three of us—me, my friend, and Ashcroft—having history and credentials in the same organization, or the fact that one of my co-authors was an old college pal of John’s, or Ashcroft’s winning personality and the afterglow of the piano-playing and gospel-songs-crooning they had shared at the Attorney General’s private residence that night that had disarmed my buddy’s brain.
After all, I’m sure all of this would make it difficult for any hardcore evangelical to understand my point of view: that the nation’s top cop was at that time a scary man working with a group of even scarier men on some pretty scary policies.
Whatever the case, in the days following the election, I was pleased to learn that Ashcroft was stepping down. Almost immediately my bubble burst when insiders told me the celebration had come a bit early, and that John Ashcroft’s pro-abortion replacement was bringing some equally menacing qualities of his own to the thoroughly neoconned White House. Multilateralism was being deemed outmoded, they said, and the new assertion would be that freedom from terrorism would only occur through preemptive action against “enemies of democracy” not only abroad, but also inside the United States.
I knew what they meant, and that it was bound to come sooner or later. I even predicted it; not that I’m a prophet you understand, and not that anybody was listening way back then.
It was 1990 when, as keynote speaker to a packed house of religious delegates (including TBN [Trinity Broadcasting Network] officials), I howled, “If America doesn’t wake up and teach it’s kids to think, we will have a dictator in this country within ten years!”
I still remember the looks on their faces, as if they were musing, Here he goes with that “loss of liberty” speech again. Does Tom really believe that in just ten years Americans will be microchipped, body searched at airports, and detained without warrants?! Doesn’t he know his “evidence gained through torture will soon pierce the heart of the Geneva Convention” line is getting old?!
Of course they were right. I miscalculated. A dictator didn’t take control of the US within ten years like I’d predicted. It now appears he will need a bit more time. But with leading members of the increasingly political and spiritually anemic evangelical community now spouting phrases like, “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to worry about,” it shouldn’t take too long. The eradication of fundamental rights including the presumption of innocence, which my friend either didn’t understand or didn’t cherish, will be easy fodder for the emerging Beast as he plows the inevitable intrusion by federal bureaucrats into every corner of our lives.
Students of the Revolutionary War and the French Revolution will see the irony here. In 1789, while Americans were at long last rejoicing in newfound religious liberties and hard-won freedoms, more than twenty thousand citizens prepared to be executed in Paris’ guillotines beneath the horrific persecution and torture of Maximilien Robespierre. France would witness an unprecedented reign of terror leading up to totalitarianism and Napoleon (whose name, ironically, means “the new Apollo” or “spirit of Antichrist” in the New Testament), in which the masses would in effect be told, “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to worry about!”
In case you’re interested in how today’s preemptive action against “enemies of democracy inside the United States” might likewise materialize, here are the signs I warned of—right from my sermon notes—twenty-three years ago:
Signpost #1—The erosion of privacy:
As you learn to march in cadence to the New American Dream, changes to federal privacy laws will see you watched, monitored, investigated, patted down, detained, harassed, and suspected of criminal activity until you can prove otherwise. To ensure everybody’s uncontested compliance along the new chain-cobbled highway, national ID and exhaustive databases will be networked to track continuous individual whereabouts and activities. Your car, television, computer, sidewalk, and building cameras will assure that Big Brother’s benevolent eyes are watching everything you do.
Signpost #2—The erosion of property rights:
During the coming years, personal property rights will be vastly undermined. Why? Because of sustainable society ideas and also because when government accumulates power in responding to a crisis, it brings with it the authority to commandeer resources. The roof over your head is yours only as long as the government doesn’t want it; every Real Estate agent knows this. It’s called eminent domain, and I watched my grandfather lose his campground as a result of this law. How long will it be before similar principles apply to those hard-earned bucks you have in the bank? Already there is a global push for biometric body-parts-scanning in order to verify your rights to access your own money so that you can buy and sell. Does this sound prophetic to anybody but me?
Signpost #3—The erosion of fundamental fairness and US due process:
Election “mandates” that are given or assumed could waste little time changing valuable court resources. To “make this country safer and to protect our mutual interests,” citizens could expect a gradual decline in constitutional rights including the misuse of laws and regulations by government officials as well as the implementation of new rules for domestic engagement—such as detention without formal charges.
Signpost #4—The erosion of free speech:
Any criticism of the US president and members of the government are currently being viewed as hostile. To speak your mind or disagree in the current political climate can malign you as a terrorist or at a minimum an unpatriotic radical. Like those worried pilgrims who fled in their little boats so long ago to escape totalitarianism in search of America, in the near future dissenters will be viewed as enemies of the state if they challenge the status quo.
Well, I was such a radical back then.
On the other hand, it does seem everything I worried about has come to pass, and much worse in recent days.
Just consider the headlines currently filling daily news stories in which patriotic American citizens are increasingly defined as enemies of the state if they dare challenge the status quo.
For instance, a recent article at the Digital Journal titled, “CTC Says Opposition to a New World Order is Terrorist Activity” states:
West Point is the U.S. Military Academy that trains, educates, and prepares Cadets for their service in the U.S. Army. The CTC (Combating Terrorism Center) at West Point…provides a unique terrorism-based education and since its creation, the program has received international recognition for its studies, reports, and teachings on terrorism and terrorist threats. A new report from the CTC, however, suggests that far right wing political activists, not radical Islamic groups, are the new terrorist threat in America and even goes so far as to say that those who oppose a “New World Order” are potentially violent terrorists [emphasis added] (Alex Allen, Digital Journal, February 2, 2013; viewable here).
Even more to the point was a recent article from the British newspaper, The Guardian, titled, “Chilling Legal Memo from Obama DOJ Justifies Assassination of US citizens,” in which Glenn Greenwald noted how, “The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice.”
Greenwald goes on to cite several examples of US citizens killed under Obama’s orders, including a sixteen-year-old American citizen, and then adds:
Not only is the entire process carried out solely within the Executive branch—with no checks or oversight of any kind—but there is zero transparency and zero accountability. The president’s underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president—at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as “Terror Tuesday”—then chooses from “baseball cards” and decrees in total secrecy who should die. The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark. (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, February 5, 2013; viewable here)
Last but not least, as the book Beast Tech heads to editing, US Defense Department documents were obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, that warns of “extremists.” The government paper actually describes these as people who “talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” The astonishing manuscript goes on in a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” to say, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples” [emphasis added] (See: “Defense Department Guide Calls Founding Fathers ‘Extremist,’” The Daly Caller, August 23, 2013).
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Say what? The colonists that came to America to escape extremism and to demand personal freedoms, sovereign states (the United States of America), and constitutional protections from big government are now to be perceived as examples of radical terrorists? This seems to have been taken right from the warnings of my twenty-three-year-old sermon, which evangelical leaders at the time thought could never happen in this country. Yet, now it’s at our doorstep.
Still, until I took time to investigate Beast Tech with my friend Terry Cook, even I had no idea how far down the rabbit hole we had fallen and how close we really are to a single event that could give rise overnight to the era of Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast.
It is my earnest prayer the research in this upcoming special series and book awakens every reader to the need to draw near to Jesus Christ and to trust Him for their tomorrow.
Time is less than most understand.
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Over the last decade, he has authored three books, wrote dozens of published editorials, and had several feature magazine articles. In addition to past articles at NewsWithViews.com , his works have been referred to by writers of the LA Times Syndicate, MSNBC, Christianity Today, Coast to Coast, World Net Daily, White House Correspondents and dozens of newsmagazines and press agencies around the globe. Tom's latest book is "The Ahriman Gate," which fictionalizes the use of biotechnology to resurrect Biblical Nephilim.
Thomas is also a well known radio personality who has guest-hosted and appeared on dozens of radio and television shows over the last 30 years, including "The 700 Club" and "Coast to Coast AM." When looking for a spokesperson to promote their film "Deceived" staring Louis Gossett Jr. and Judd Nelson, "Cloud 10 Pictures" selected Thomas as their spokesperson to explain the Christian viewpoint on UFO-related demonology.