National Security Archive
Bamford himself writes that Operation Northwoods “may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government.”
FEMA, whose main role is disaster response, is also responsible for handling U.S. domestic unrest.
From 1982 to 1984, Colonel Oliver North assisted FEMA in drafting its civil defense preparations. Details of those plans emerged during the 1987 Iran-Contra scandal. They included executive orders providing for suspension of the Constitution, the imposition of martial law, internment camps, and the turning over of government to the President and FEMA.
By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly
and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
1920 statement by John Maynard Keynes
Eisenshower farewell speech
We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Q: Senator Levin, you and other Democrats in Congress have voiced fear that you simply don't have enough money for the large increase in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense, and you fear that you'll have to dip into the Social Security funds to pay for it. Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending, to dip into Social Security, if necessary, to pay for defense spending -- increase defense spending?
Levin: One thing where the committee was unanimous on, among many, many other things, was that the -- we authorized the full request of the President, including the $18 billion. So I would say that Democrats and Republicans have seen the need for the request.
Q: Mr. Secretary, could you describe what steps are being taken -- defensive measures -- beyond force protection, and whether there's been any operational planning for homeland defense and as to --
Rumsfeld: Those aren't the kinds of things that one discusses.
Rod Dreher recently published a book touting "Crunchy Conservatism" -- arguing that ecological awareness and a concern for sustainability is part of true conservatism, rather than unthinking acquisitiveness at the expense of workers and the environment.
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Every member of Congress, every president, and every federal judge has sworn an oath to that. And the Constitution itself declares its supremacy. But the federal government has repeatedly evaded, avoided, and contradicted the Constitution.
Today, more than ever, the federal government is defining the parameters of its own power, and the courts are supporting the power-grab, according to Judge Andrew P. Napolitano in his new book, The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land.
Thomas Jefferson once said that it is the natural order of things for government power to increase and human liberty to decrease. Now, best-selling author Judge Andrew P. Napolitano upholds that Jeffersonian tradition and shines a 1,000-megawatt spotlight on presidential, congressional, and judicial abuse of power.
o.p. by billybob
there is no justice. only money.
Don't fix it if it ain't broke, right? Well, once something breaks too much, and fixing doesn't seem to help. It is time for a new something.
Originally posted by ADVISOR
Nah, come on, there has to be better posts, by far there are.
Exactly, we are in Iraq, and at War. It would do nothing for us to pull our troops out, exept make more enemies, and seem like an easier opponent for the extremists.
One thing you are wrong about though, probably due to political propaganda, so it is not really your fault. But the US Armed Forces are NOT undermanned. By far we have more deployable troops than any other conflict or war prevously. The problem is ratios of placement, we have our forces scattered all over the place, and not composed as they should be. Stretched out over the entire world.
We havn't done that before, because it is strategically "suicide". Who would deploy their forces in such a way? Sure as hell not our predecessors, they used specialized teams for that. High speed low drag, in and out, like they are meant to be used.
No, what we need to do, is what one does in a street fight;
"Punch hard and then step back, to see what the situation is, before you decide to punch again."
Don't just look at the immediate, but the area around it. Situational awareness, know what is going on, "around you".
Don't know if I made any sence, but that is what was running through my head as a reply.
[edit on 31-12-2006 by ADVISOR]