Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
RONALD REAGAN, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
Emboldened words throughout this story are mine.
Drones are flying above us to spy on us and DHS is calling groups of everyday people, namely Tea Party members – terrorists, while the real terrorists, the Occupiers, are ignored or glorified by the press and the government alike. It might be time to become concerned about a police state arising in our country.
Gen. Petraeus recently spoke with great anticipation about a new means of spying on Americans through their TV sets.
Are we losing the safeguards put in place by our Constitution?
Obama and some members of Congress are attempting to pass the The Cybersecurity Bill of 2012, S.2414, which will allow the President to regulate infrastructure like power, water, internet, food supplies and confiscations of just about everything in the case of “national emergencies.” The definition of national emergency is very broad and ill-defined.
The bill enjoys bipartisan support and is also known as the Lieberman-Collins bill. Its original intent was to reduce cyber attacks through monitoring and broad regulations to be implemented by the National Research Council, FBI, Department of State, Homeland Security and Defense.
Complaints by some Senate Republicans and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who helped bring it to defeat, say it gives federal regulators sweeping new powers and it does not protect businesses that would be required to share information on cyber threats with the government.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said on the Senate floor Wednesday that “The people who are directly affected by this, and that’s the business community of the United States of America, is unalterably opposed to the legislation in its present form.”
While it failed, President Obama, who already has enough Executive Orders in place to do pretty much whatever he wants, is threatening yet another Executive Order that will give him these powers.
In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in an email.
“Moving forward, the President is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that,” Carney said.
Read more at The Hill, Defeat of the Cybersecurity Bill
The cyber bill allows those in power to stay in power because their expertise will be needed. It adds to the already monumental power being given to the political class and its all in the name of safety. We all want to be safe, right? The bill is the Patriot Act on steroids.
Consider this bill in light of the following.
Remember when the Tea Party became a small but vocal force in 2009? DHS included them in their manual and listed them as terrorists despite the fact that none have ever been involved in any violent acts.
There is an attempt to change the thinking of our military in small ways as exemplified by one seminar leader, Kevin Benson.
Recently Retired Colonel Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, writing in a non-governmental journal, called, Small Wars Journal had a chilling article called “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future.”
Based on a 2010 report, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army Operating Concept 2016 – 2028, it redefines the military’s purpose and directs it toward the people it is supposed to protect.
Using US Code 10, which allows the president to roll out the military to suppress rebellion, but also, as under subsection 333: “…the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.”the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.” Specifically in the scenario portrayed by Benson and Weber, the military would be used to contain threats of sedition and insurgency — “homegrown terrorists” like the Tea Party , or people who support a return to constitutional governance, or folks that just want to be left alone.
Small Wars Journal, run by a large corporation and which includes at least one writer ***who runs seminars for our military published their first report on the matter in 2010 and now they’re back.
In 2010, they listed three goals for the U.S. Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028, which they repeat in their latest article of July 25, 2012, all of which sound reasonable.
We could have terrorists launching attacks here at home especially since we let them in through our open borders policies. There is a problem however. They never mention Islamic terrorism. They see the Tea Party and mainstream Americans as terrorists to be lumped in with the KKK and other domestic terrorists.
Nothing better exemplifies that thinking than this article. It uses a scenario in which the Mayor of a South Carolina town does not quell a domestic insurrection. DHS and the military are brought in.
The scenario they see as plausible is worth reading. It includes the Tea Party with the KKK, the militias and various other dangerous groups as inciting the insurrection.
The not-so-subtle wording places the political class and leftists in the “mainstream” by contrast. Of course the opposition are all racists, the Tea Party too of course.
A highlight from the story:
…A high-profile and vocal minority has directed the public’s fear and frustration at nonwhites and immigrants. After almost ten years of race-baiting and immigrant-bashing by right-wing demagogues, nearly one in five Americans reports being vehemently opposed to immigration, legal or illegal, and even U.S.-born nonwhites have become occasional targets for mobs of angry whites.
In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina, occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council, and placing the mayor under house arrest. Activists remove the chief of police and either disarm local police and county sheriff departments or discourage them from interfering…
..While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other right-wing groups.
At the press conference the masked militia members’ uniforms sport a unit seal with a man wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a musket over the motto “Today’s Minutemen.” When a reporter asked the leaders who are the “red coats” the spokesman answered, “I don’t know who the redcoats are…it could be federal troops.” Experts warn that while these groups heretofore have been considered weak and marginal, the rapid coalescence among them poses a genuine national threat…
The article goes on to say that the Mayor, who had sympathized with the Tea Party and enjoyed their political support, is reluctant to call in the National Guard and other support services. Privately, he seeks help and DHS complies. The President invokes the Insurrection Act [will be still have guns by then?]
In the end, this scenario depicts the insurrection as dispersing peacefully with no violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Another chilling phrase from the scenario –
While invoking the Insurrection Act must be a last resort, once it is put into play Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas. The Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment.
The article talks about the need to collect and gather intelligence about Americans in the case of such an event.
I don’t know what to make of these kinds of things, but it’s concerning.
Read a synopsis at The Examiner
Read the article from Small Wars here.
***Kevin Benson, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, is currently a seminar leader at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. from The Catholic University of America, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. During his career, COL Benson served with the 5th Infantry Division, the 1st Armored Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps and Third U.S. Army. He also served as the Director, School of Advanced Military Studies. He works for AECOM.