For some unknown reason the authors of the U.S. Constitution believed that the civilian head of the Federal Government should be in charge of the military. Thus President Obama is commander in chief of the military. Funding and declaring war were supposed to be in the hands of the congress:
War Powers Act
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the Congress the power to declare war, in the following wording:
[The Congress shall have Power…] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
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American Presidents often have not sought formal declarations of war, instead maintaining that they have the Constitutional authority, as commander in chief (Article Two, Section Two) to use the military for “police actions”. According to historian Thomas Woods, “Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution — which refers to the president as the ‘Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States’ — has been interpreted to mean that the president may act with an essentially free hand in foreign affairs, or at the very least that he may send men into battle without consulting Congress.”
The Korean War was the first modern example of the U.S. being taken to war without a formal declaration, and this has been repeated in every armed conflict since. Beginning with the Vietnam War, however, Congress has given other various forms of authorization to do so. Some debate continues as to the appropriateness of these, as well as the tendency of the Executive Branch to engage in the origination of such a push, its marketing, and even propagandizing or related activities to generate such support.
Thus in light of the speculation concerning the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the possible abuse of the authorization that followed, in 1973 Congress passed the War Powers Resolution, which requires the President to obtain either a declaration of war or a resolution authorizing the use of force from Congress within 60 days of initiating hostilities with a full disclosure of facts in the process. Its constitutionality has never been settled, . . . ”
In the beginning the Army, Marines and Navy were considered a defensive military force. According to my unreliable U.S. history books.
There is a very good reason that the founding fathers did not want a military dictatorship. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely. Case in point look at the military officers who are in charge of spying every bit of electronic data of civilians. The military is spying on civilians with the full support and knowledge of the executive branch of the government as well as congress and the supreme court. Hey Houston we have a problem. Constitutional crisis sort of problem.
The Black Agenda Report is concerned about the military’s use of social science researchers –
U.S. Funds “Terror Studies” to Dissect and Neutralize Social Movements. Indeed! This trend of using social science research to push a military agenda should be distributing to all of us.
The military’s use of tax payer funds to fund research to suppress or eliminate citizen’s opposition to a world wide war is very Orwellian 1984. Pacifists are being spied on and neutralize by the word warriors. War is peace. Pacifists are terrorists and they must be spied on. Cecily McMillan is in jail and not the Wall Street bankers who caused the financial melt down. Those creeps got bonuses for thieving from the U.S. Treasury.
Continual war and spying on the world’s population is very expensive. Is the goal total world domination and then a declaration of Peace? That didn’t work out very well in Iraq. There is something called home field advantage. The patriots of 1776 won against the Red Coats because the patriots had the home field advantage and they learned some new fighting tactics from the Indians.
Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military. .
Warfare is a complex subject – it is likely there will always be warriors. My Quaker genes tell me that there will always be pacifists. As the world’s population grows the resources of this planet can not sustain life as we know it. There have already been resource wars, land, oil, gas, and water.
For some reason the U.S. military believes that they can now rely on whores in the social sciences to find a way to target pacifists who are now called terrorists in this upside down Orwellian world. Social Scientists are the whores in this new war on civilians. This news doesn’t surprise me. Academics have to get their funding somewhere so that they can publish their research which will be placed behind payrolls – so that most people don’t know that the military is paying whores to stab civilians in the back. Being a whore for the military is the path of least resistance.
Civilians are not all pacifists. The military needs brain washed civilians who get pumped up on patriotism to join the military ranks to fight wars for resources. The younger the civilians the better for this volunteer army. Contact with pacifists must be avoided so any message other than eternal warfare must be erased from the potential recruits minds. Bring in the academic whores to do a mind wipe. (Or the modern version of the science fiction mind wipe). Guess what we are almost at the mind wipe stage. Recent neurological research has learned about memory storage and how to modify memories – to aid with post traumatic syndrome / PTSD – replaying of traumatic events. However I can point you to Sci-fi books where altering memories is used for other reasons.
The fences of the military bases I grew up on have been extended. The fences are virtual fences now. The gates – as in passing through the guarded gates from one world to the other world are now invisible. We live in interesting times. The military police have invaded the civilian world.
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