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Terrorist Fears Pushing U.S. Toward Big Brother And One Big World Government

By Michael H. Brown

As we have noted previously, President Bush is a good man, and from what we can tell, a sincere Christian. As such, we urge him to take an important matter to prayer. It has to do with world government. Whether he knows it or not, his presidency, like presidencies before him, is falling into what seems like a irresistible tendency toward Big Brother and Big World Government.

We understand the need to defend our "homeland." It's a leader's obligation to do that (although we'd prefer a less Kremlinesque term). At the same time, we must be careful about the potential for abuse. We are concerned about certain aspects of a number of recent legislative initiatives, including the Homeland Security bill. If implemented in the extreme, and without amendment, noted New York Times columnist William Safire last week, every purchase we make with a credit card, every magazine subscription, every medical prescription, every website we visit, every bank deposit, every trip, every event we attend and every academic grade we receive will all go into a grand, centralized databank.

Whether or not it gets to that point, the fact that it could come so close is disturbing and allows in Big Brother at a time when terrorist fears make it seem legitimate and even righteous to do so. There are also now significantly expanded powers for wiretaps. Our legislators are good men who are trying to protect us, but we believe they have to realize that evil often slips in under the guise of good and that the situation can be used (if not now, in the future) by spiritual forces. It comes at a time when other bothersome trends, especially the move to insert microchips into humans, issue high-tech national IDs, or create systems that monitor citizens on the highway, are gaining momentum under the same or similar guise.

Once considered the paranoia of conspiracy buffs, these proclivities are dovetailing with the rise of a United Europe. A new superpower, the European Union, shedding its Christian past, is rising before our eyes. This could well begin to fulfill the time-honored prophecies of the resurrection of the old Roman Empire. It may also hearken to what we have called the "1990 prophecy," which cautioned on a leader rising from Eastern Europe. Last week brought news of a proposal that would extend the European economic block from Moscow to Morocco!

This comes at a time when the United Nations continues to gain in international importance (setting the tone, if not the actual mechanism, for world governance) and when a number of forces are converging to lessen the power of the U.S. -- which right now is more powerful than ever but is losing the main adhesive of its Christian roots. The result of that will be a splintering into several major regions (albeit with such subtlety as to be almost invisible).

Without the U.S. as a pre-eminent Christian nation, we would be left with a highly uncertain future and have to ask the question: Are there forces that seek to employ the new technological controls over citizenry and rearrange global power in order to make way for one pre-eminent government that could then be headed by a dubious personage (perhaps what the prophecy of LaSalette referred to as an anti-christian "forerunner")?

It's still too early to tell but seems more likely with each passing week. Some day we may look upon the way the world and its governments finally converge and see that the conspiracy -- including even terrorism, which has this thing moving now at such speed -- was not a human conspiracy -- was not a cabal hiding out in Brussels -- but was a trend orchestrated by an evil force.

Just this week, Father Piero Gheddo, a missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, warned not to attribute all aspects of globalization to the devil. He quoted the Pope as saying that "globalization a priori is neither good nor bad. It will become what people will make of it. No system has itself as ultimate aim, and it is necessary to insist on the fact that globalization must be at the service of human beings, of solidarity and common welfare." Indeed, as Father Gheddo pointed out, when we see how unification of the world can bring a move toward peace instead of war -- toward religious belief instead of superstition, toward human rights, and toward economic development (instead of poverty) -- we see how it can be good.

But let us always remember that there is evil to contend with and when there is evil -- as there is certainly in these times -- there's the chance that a unified system will fall into nefarious hands, without our leaders praying enough to notice.

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