Friday, May 17, 2013

US Suspends Constitution in Permanent World War on Terror

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Eric Blair
Activist Post

Two disturbing developments have occurred in the last couple of days that have gone relatively unnoticed compared to the recent IRS, AP, and Benghazi scandals.

First, the senate is debating an expansion of the already broad powers of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) so the U.S. can essentially engage any area in the world in the war on terror, including America. Which brings us to the second development: the Pentagon has recently granted itself police powers on American soil.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Sheehan told Congress yesterday that the AUMF authorized the US military to operate on a worldwide battlefield from Boston to Pakistan.  Sheehan emphasized that the Administration is authorized to put boots on the ground wherever the enemy chooses to base themselves, essentially ignoring the declaration of war clause in the US Constitution.

Senator Angus King said this interpretation of the AUMF is a "nullity" to the Constitution because it ignores Congress' role to declare war.  King called it the "most astoundingly disturbing hearing" he's been to in the Senate.

Even ultra-hawk John McCain agreed that the AUMF has gone way beyond its authority.

"This authority ... has grown way out of proportion and is no longer applicable to the conditions that prevailed, that motivated the United States Congress to pass the authorization for the use of military force that we did in 2001," McCain said.

Glenn Greenwald wrote an excellent piece describing how this hearing reveals the not-so-secret plan to make the war on terror a permanent fixture in Western society.

Greenwald writes:
It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war - justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism - that is the single greatest cause of that threat.
A self-perpetuating permanent war against a shadowy undefinable enemy appears to be the future of American foreign policy.  How convenient for the war machine and tyrants who claim surveillance is safety.

But perhaps most disturbing of all of this is the military's authority to police American streets as if it was in civil war. For all those still in denial that America is a militarized police state, this should be the ultimate cure to your delusion.

Jeff Morey of AlterNet writes:
By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.
The most objectionable aspect of the regulatory change is the inclusion of vague language that permits military intervention in the event of “civil disturbances.” According to the rule: “Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”
A law from 1878 called the Posse Comitatus Act was put in place to prevent the Department of Defense from interfering with local law enforcement.  But now, the DoD claims they've had this authority for over 100 years.

"The authorization has been around over 100 years; it’s not a new authority. It’s been there but it hasn’t been exercised. This is a carryover of domestic policy," said an unnamed defense official who also emphasized that all soldiers take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies "foreign and domestic" indicating that citizens are a threat to the Constitution.

Yet, the Constitution is a document that polices the government, not the people. In other words, the only people who can be "enemies" of the Constitution are those who took an oath to defend it. Therefore, only government officials can be an enemy the Constitution.

This follows a recent West Point study that sought to define the American people as "domestic enemies" in order to justify soldiers breaking their oath to corral pesky citizens.

The West Point Terrorism Center wrote that "conspiracy theorists" who worry that local law enforcement will be steadily replaced by federally-controlled law enforcement could potentially be a domestic enemy:
Some groups are driven by a strong conviction that the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a “New World Order,” (NWO) in which the United States will be embedded in the UN or another version of global government. The NWO will be advanced, they believe, via steady transition of powers from local to federal law-enforcement agencies, i.e., the transformation of local police and law-enforcement agencies into a federally controlled “National Police” agency that will in turn merge with a “Multi-National Peace Keeping Force.” The latter deployment on US soil will be justified via a domestic campaign implemented by interested parties that will emphasize American society’s deficiencies and US government incompetency.
So, as the US military claims to have the authority to be a "National Police" force, researchers who claim there is an agenda to do just that are now labeled as domestic terrorists?

Does this make any sense? Will oath takers see through these ridiculous interpretations and engage the real domestic enemy to the Constitution? Or will they just follow orders when the time comes to crack down on Americans?

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Anonymous said...

The Constitution of the United States has no provision for suspending the document. The Constitution is the law of the land, the compact between the states and the federal corporation. The feds have no authority to suspend our law, unless they are declaring their sucession from our union? They have no authority to use military force against citizens, period. This makes them all legitimate targets if tey attempt to use force against us. The consequence of war can and will be used against them if they attempt to do so. Then all of the conspirators will be rounded up and face the consequences for high treason and sedition - death.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty obvious that the US is totally out of control. It kind of reminds me of the ol' west days when the gun was the only law the mattered.

We need Wyatt Earp to ride into Washington and clean up the garbage.





Anonymous said...

And history repeats itself again.

Hide Behind said...

There has been no Valid leggal congress since they surrendered and gave the Executive Branch the "With all mean".
That was the last act of a broken government and that is day all who voted for it should of been lined up on Capital steps and shot for treason.
All present and past that voted away congress since that day are war criminals and have no Constitutional authority left.
Hanging is too good a penalty. Since they have aided in toture and terrorist acts in other nations. lets just draw and quarter themEho gives a damn what that toad Mc Cainsays he has beena criminnal since he aided and abetted the North Vietnamese when he was a POW.
they say the apple does not roll far from the tree? His Daddy was the US Naval Admiral that led the Liberty coverup.
Oh don' t worry no one is going to get violent out of a uniform of officialdom.

Anonymous said...

Wow...this is just amazing! Talk about some serious doublespeak going on here by "OUR" government and military. Okay, let me get this straight...

The American citizens, at least some of them, they might not like the fact that laws are continually being passed by all branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, and these laws on face value seem not to be in the best interest of everyone in this nation, but only for a few select elite psychopaths intent on destroying this country from within. Patriot Acts 1, 2, & 3; NDAA; and now this crazy logic?

Why are "We the People" are considered an domestic enemy? I'll tell you...Because the 'powers that be' that are hiding behind the politicians are getting scared as more people become aware of what is really going on in this country. I think the sheeple are starting to wake up and notice that the criminals pretending to represent the people, well...they really represent the muti-national corporations and financial companies that call themselves "banks" who are weakening America every day.

One by one, with every law passed or the "interpretation" of existing laws changed...our rights are being swept into the dustbin of history. Why can't we citizens be concerned about that? I know I am.

Anonymous said...

It must be a requirement for every elected official to put on his dunce cap , sit in the corner and memorize and repeat until he can write the entire Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. THEN REPEAT HIS PLEDGE TO ACT ONLY WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION, UNDER PENALTY OF LAW. PERIOD

Anonymous said...

I wish I could say I felt confident that the American people would do what the Constitution not only allows but demands of it's citizens to correct the abuses from corrupted Government representatives and incarcerate and set in motion law and order as outlined by the Constitution not these illegal laws and signing statements both Bush and Obama have made.

But there has been no active demonstration that this going to happen.

Writing and talking affects nothing in the real world, myself included.

I have the resolve to answer my founding fathers call and make arrests of these traitors but I know exactly how that would play out right now and it would more harmful to the people to see someone made out to be a nut and arrested for trying to do the right thing.

With an equally corrupt media that sway public opinion as directed by their true masters the corrupted Government reps and big business, including and especially the big banking industry, they would use their powers to stifle any real movement to restore the United States to Constitutional rule.

Unfortunately we haven't reach the point where we are really doing something about this yet, we just keep drawing lines in the sand and talking big but the abusers and bullies keep crossing each and every line so far and all we do is draw another line and say" You wouldn't dare cross that one".

Unless there is some great clever plan to lead the bullies to a cliff that they can't see with these lines, I don't know how this is going to do anything to stop them.

There are basically two types right now.
The ones who are trying fool themselves that it's not that bad (and this is a form of escapism through denial).

And those who see what is really happening, and speak the truth about it no matter how uncomfortable it is.

So how bad is it?

This is just one indicator and it is from the mouths of top people in Washington.

The war on terror was started by an attack upon the US on 9-11 by our declared arch enemy Al Quida (incorrect spelling)

Washington top leaders now openly state we are backing Al Quida and its affiliates in syria and other places with finances and arms.

Did you catch that.
Our great mortal enemy that thwarted all of our defenses and all of our security agencies with 11 men armed with box cutters by the way, and the whole reason we are fighting all over the world, is now our friend and we are helping them.

If this isn't enough to show Americans how twisted, sick and evil the people running the country are well nothing will.

You have two paths before you America.
Choose wisely.

David Purcell said...

Of course, the "War on Terror" was always meant to be permanent because it is used as an excuse to wage war on the American people until we acquiesce to tyranny! Well I have news for these tyrants; many of us will never tacitly submit to tyranny, these tyrants will be fighting a fiercely recalcitrant population never before seen in history.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face… forever.” - George Orwell, from “1984”

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." JFK

Joe said...

Please, can someone explain to me when the Pentagon gained the power to change the USC? What was the date? When did congress cede its power to make and alter laws to The Pentagon?

Anonymous said...

Werner von Braun, the father of NASA, repeatedly warned that once all other methods of control and manipulation through fear, or ‘threat cards,’ have been played out by the powers that be, (communism, then terrorism, then ‘crazy’ third world leaders, then asteroids,) “the alien card is the final card.

3 down....2 more to go!!!

Hide Behind said...

Sorry but the towers attack was not the begining of the war on terror; It. the towers, was a part of the terror that was being used by the US against many places.
When I say US what I mean is a portion of US.
One since Ikes time that became a very real second US; "One" that was outside of Constitutional scrutiny but aided and abetted by those Elected who were supposedd to be oversight.
So much power to be on inside with high fonance sevret ongoings that only they knew that meant life and death throughout nations but not close to their home tpwns.
Hpw many can remember Bush I and Shadow goverent and where and the hell were the shadows that "Cheneys government" hid behind.
I leave it to sociologist and psychiatrist to explain how minds get warped, much like the painexperiments, but into multipe corrupt ways so that the "PATRICIANS" become one and same and what's goof for military pharma or whatever is good for each cliwue.
The unlimeted printing of money and corrupt buidness outside government.Which jas aleays been rife with grafy. became an accepted norm.
As to military it grew into just what the military withoutt any supervision. will fo. it became its own lord and master and dold its death dealing expertise to highest bidder and its once National military became no more than a corporate mercenary force.
Regan Nixon Ike all had their wars of liberation and ideas of world dominion by US and each contributed to our new Empiracle. Form of government

Mainly because americans are good bullshitters and bullys but can' t take the hard mental choices.

Unknown said...

just forget that we once had an unamerican activities commision

Anonymous said...

To answer your questions, Joe, it was when the Pentagon was privatized under the Reagan administration. Although these days were widely seen as the golden era of conservatism, the privatization did not "save money" as advertised, but rather shifted control to the same private hands running every other national institution as a wealth transfer from the nation at large. Defense, housing, media, healthcare, education, and markets and finance - a few bucks kicked back to fund the auction house in Washington.... Easy peasy. They hollowed out the wealth of the country like a financial neutron bomb.

Anonymous said...

"Which brings us to the second development: the Pentagon has recently granted itself police powers on American soil."

And, pray tell, how did they do that? Would somebody explain how they could legally do such a thing? Jesus.

Chris Butilier said...

If you review FM 3-39.40, INTERNMENT AND RESETTLEMENT OPERATIONS, publication for the Army. It is very clear throughout its outlined operations that DoD will be involved as will the Army in operations on American soil.

"1-8. Key personnel category terms are defined in the following paragraphs. These terms include detainees and their subcategories, U.S. military prisoners, and DCs and their subcategories. For the purposes of this manual, I/R populations refer to detainees, U.S. military prisoners, and DCs.

1-9. Detainee is a term used to refer to any person captured or otherwise detained by an armed force. (JP 3-63) Detainees may also include enemy combatants (EPWs and members of armed groups), RP, and CIs. (See DODD 2310.01E.) Detainees do not include personnel being held for law enforcement purposes, except where the U.S. is the occupying power.

Civilian Internees
1-10. A CI is a civilian who is interned during armed conflict, occupation, or other military operation for security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power. (JP 3-63) CIs, unless they have committed acts for which they are considered unlawful combatants, generally qualify for protected status according to the GC, which also establishes procedures that must be observed when depriving such civilians of their liberty. CIs are to be accommodated separately from EPWs and persons deprived of liberty for any other reason.

1-11. Protected persons are persons protected by the Geneva Convention who find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a party to the conflict or occupying power of which they are not nationals. (AR 190-8). Protected persons who are interned for imperative reasons of security are also known as CIs. Protected persons under the Geneva Conventions include—
- Hors de combat (refers to the prohibition of attacking enemy personnel who are “out of combat”).
- Detainees(combatants and CIs).
- Wounded and sick in the field and at sea.
- Civilians.

Note. If protected persons are detained as spies or saboteurs or are suspected of or engaged in activities hostile to the security of the state or occupying power, they may be interned or imprisoned. In such cases, they retain their status as a protected person and are granted the full rights and privileges of protected persons.
Retained Personnel

1-12. RP are enemy medical personnel and medical staff administrators who are engaged in the search for, collection, transport, or treatment of the wounded or sick, or the prevention of disease; chaplains attached to enemy armed forces; and staff of National Red Cross Societies and that of other volunteer aid societies, duly recognized and authorized by their governments to assist medical service personnel of their own armed forces, provided they are exclusively engaged in the search for, or the collection, transport or treatment of wounded or sick, or in the prevention of disease, and provided that the staff of such societies are subject to military laws and regulations. (JP 3-63)

1-13. RP is a special category for medical personnel and chaplains because of their special skills and training. These individuals may be retained by the detaining power to aid other detainees, preferably those of the armed forces to which they belong. (See FM 27-10.) The Geneva Conventions require that RP receive, at a minimum, the benefits and protection given to those with EPW status. The Geneva Conventions require that they be granted the facilities necessary to provide medical care and religious ministry services to the I/R population. (For a complete discussion on RP, see AR 190-8.)

1-14. Privileges and considerations extended to RP because of their profession include—

Anonymous said...

Worry, worry, worry....America is simply going through another cycle of fools and idiots "in charge" who, think they know the way.

But, like the many before them, they will pass on and America will still be here. Give it 50 years and all this will be dust on the balls of history.

These are not men of virtue or humanity. They are driven by ego and carry a very low self-esteem. They have nothing to offer America, they can only take from it.

They have no value and have no worth. They are without souls. They are God's disappointment and Satan's highest achievement.

Pitiful examples of humans.

Hide Behind said...

How many of the rich and powerfull hide behindthe National government of US.
80 million, their clai not mine,hide behind the pseudo religion of Christian Zionism with their Christian Embassy influensing the militarys top brass actions , and who owe more allegiance to Jerusalem than US.
Actually a hige corporation of some 100+ billions yearly of dollars of tax free incomes and as an NGO freely influense spending that because of its unswerving protection and love of military panapoly were rewarded by becoming an para military adjunct to the US military and especially important position wirhin Homeland Securitys intelligence network.
Pelosi who should by Constitution be in top cjain of command if pres and vice(good word for both or all three) jas been reduced to whomever os in charge of US militarys Central Command.
Each military command center now does not need immediate executive or congressional permission to declare war upon any one they deem a threat to US interest.
Wake up you live within and under a military police state that is more a financial dictatorship than democratic.

Fungus Exterminator said...

Hegelian Principle at work.

The Problem Reaction Solution Paradigm

The Hegelian Dialectic used recently...

Problem, Reaction Solution.

1) (Problem)The government creates or exploits a problem blaming it on others (WMDs-Bush, 9/11-Obama)

2) (Reaction) The people fearful, react by asking the government for help, willing to give up their rights (War On "Terror")

3) (Solution) The government offers the solution that was planned long before the crisis, people must give up freedoms for "peace and safety", new laws contradicting Constitution.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone verified that this is true??? I know the government wants this, but a lot of stuff keeps floating around that isn't true.

Anonymous said...

Attacks on Obama used as insurance to ensure he complies with his handlers orders. Do as we say or face your 5 watergates. A prelude to world war 3.

Anonymous said...

When are you people in the US going to reign in your psychopathic MIC. I mean, you already have the largest military in the world (x7) which seems to be a rot filled with porn watching pedophiles at the pentagon, to the 'rapists' running amok in the rank and file...enough is enough, don't you think? All i can say is "Live by the gun, Die by the gun"...and make no mistake...they are coming for yours.

Anonymous said...

Moral men pitted against the immoral have this advantage, primary allegiance to loyalty and honor. Predators and parasites have low latancy loyalty if any. Moral men draw from a deep well of everlasting water while immoral sup dew and tears. No way can they maintain a cohesive esprit de corps only on plunderous gain; men that subscribe to such venality have none of the other qualifying virtues with which to maintain their power. Like the USA, betrayed from within by self-servers instead of men of majesty, (the bankers) will be brought down by the decrepitude of avarice.

Money is an instrument which conveys man's goodwill service to fellow man in furnishing him the essentials of survival and luxuries of hard won age in grade. Losing sight of that, men seek profit in algorithms, sneakery, subtle diminishment of the institutions and exchanges.

They never prosper long. It is like an error in genetic code which destroys the creature with cancer. Men who trade without the final object (increase of joy for their fellow are in the wrong path, and sabotage their own futures. Here and in eternity.

Gypsy Marlowe said...

This is the "trickle down effect" of knee jerk legislation.

Kitty Antonik Wakfer said...

As long as human beings (and not robots) are soldiers/sailors/marines/etc, governments - and especially the US Gov - can only make war if many are willing to be government enforcers, members of the military. Politicians, including the President and his various appointed bureaucrats, only issue decrees/mandates/edicts/laws/etc. It is the Enforcers, those willing to threaten and actually initiate physical force at home and abroad, who turn these WORDS into HARM. Without humans willing to be Enforcers for them, politicians are merely word-mongers.

Don't want WAR? Don't be an Enforcer and dissuade others from becoming or remaining one. Make Enforcerhood a VERY unpopular position. For those who will not respond to reasoned logic by ceasing to to remain one or to not become one, reduce or even withdraw your voluntary association until s/he does so. Few individuals will want to be or remain the objects of shunning, socially isolated from peace-wanting people. Support those who resist enticements to become or stay Enforcers with words and assistance towards truly productive work.

"Terrorism" is for the most part a creation of the US Government through its interference via Enforcers in areas beyond its own self-declared borders. The solution to "terrorism" created by this Enforcer-Harm is to cease Enforcer-Harm. The Enforcers are the key - as long as the vast majority of them are humans, all of whom have the ability to choose to become and/or stay in those positions. Let Enforcers (and would-be ones) experience the non-violent consequences of disapproval from each and every individual who thinks these WARS are WRONG!

Anonymous said...

Outside this vid there is a discussion of being willing to take the battlefield where ever the enemy wants it. Wrong ! Which ever force decides the battlefield WINS. The senator(s) and general(s) who voice otherwise should stand in that battlefield and experience it. While they stage their defense the other side always one step ahead.

Anonymous said...

I admit, I contributed to the demise of the Republic until 1991. Once I realized that both of the major parties were power-hungry thieves, I registered first as an independent, then as a Libertarian.
If you all are willing to keep voting for the criminals in the two major parties, you will be helping them bring this nation under their heels.

Anonymous said...

Do YOU have a VOICE???

Can you say IMPEACH???
Can you say BENGHAZI???
Can you say FAST AND FURIOUS???
Can you say IRS???
Can you say AP???

Where is the RULE of LAW?
Where is CONGRESS? Didn't you take an OATH? Well, DIDN'T YOU?

Anonymous said...

Americans – Like Nazi Germans – Don’t Notice that All of Our Rights Are Slipping Away (Part 8)!
“Food For Thought”
God Bless America.
Semper Fi!

Anonymous said...

What if they held an election and no one showed up? What if no one showed up for work? What if no one paid taxes? What if no one used printed paper we call money. What if communities worked for their own benefit rather than a centralized false power? What if no one obeyed?
Ghandi knew this and he won..Game over....

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The Constitution might as well be dead. It's not like we are governed by the people FOR the people or of the people. We are governed by international special interests, private banking interests and multinational corporate special interests.

Anonymous said...

Can we say Monsanto?

Anonymous said...

Huh... 100 years..hmm. Well, would everyone do me the honor and YouTube - Woody Guthrie Ludlow Massacre. Something I just happened upon, something we were never told or taught. Music was a way for us to pass along history, despite what our government decided to put in the books. Music was our way of passing the truth and hard lessons learned down through the generations. Well before books, paper or of course Internet. Heartbreaking really :-/

Anonymous said...

Writing to our Government and talking affects nothing in the real world, everyone included.

With an equally corrupt media that sway public opinion as directed by their true masters the corrupted Government reps and big business, including and especially the big banking industry, they would use their powers to stifle any real movement to restore the United States to Constitutional rule.

Unfortunately we haven't reach the point where we are really doing something about this yet nor can we, save by all of us downing our tools and refusing to work/do anything for the corrupted Government. Nothing else will work.

Rudy Campilii said...

I don't know how much more proof we need. They are telegraphing their intentions, plain and simple.

Unknown said...

So at what point does our Congress say ENOUGH???? What is it going to take? Stand up!

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