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The mandatory Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare session, which includes a discussion on St. Augustine's "Christian Just War Theory," is led by Air Force chaplains and takes place during a missile officer's first week in training at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
St. Augustine's "Qualifications for Just War," according to the way it is cited in a 43-page PowerPoint presentation, are: "to avenge or to avert evil; to protect the innocent and restore moral social order (just cause)" and "to restore moral order; not expand power, not for pride or revenge (just intent)."
David Smith, a spokesman for the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command, said that the program had initially been designed to “help folks understand why we’re doing what we’re doing. In the missile launch industry, it takes a certain mindset to be able to walk in the door and say, yes, I can do that.”
But he added: “Senior leadership looked at [the material for the course] and said, no, we could do better than this.”
The reversal marks a victory for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group that provided the documents to Truthout and that has waged a series of battles, legal and otherwise, to preserve the separation of church and state in the services.
One of Weinstein’s clients, Damon Bosetti, who served as an Air Force captain and attended missile officer training in 2006, told Truthout that he and his colleagues used to call the religious section of the ethics training the “Jesus loves nukes speech.”....Asked why it might have taken more than 20 years for someone to raise objections to the training course, Weinstein said he suspected airmen were simply scared to speak up.
The Air Force said a new course was to be developed.
A senior Air Force Space and Missile officer who reviewed the materials, said the teachings are "an outrage of the highest order."
"No way in hell should this have been presented as a mandatory briefing to ALL in the basic missiles class," the officer, who requested anonymity, said in an email. "It presumes ALL missile officers are religious and specifically in need of CHRISTIAN justification for their service.
One of the most disturbing slides quotes Wernher Von Braun, a former member of the Nazi Party and SS officer. Von Braun, regarded as the father of the US space program, is not being cited as a scientific expert, rather he's specifically being referenced as a moral authority, which is remarkable considering that the Nazi scientist used Jews imprisoned in concentration camps and captured French anti-Nazi partisans and civilians to help build the V-2 rocket, a weapon responsible for the death of thousands of British civilians.
"We knew that we had created a new means of warfare and the question as to what nation, to what victorious nation we were willing to entrust this brainchild of ours was a moral decision [emphasis in document] more than anything else," Von Braun said upon surrendering to American forces in May 1945. "We wanted to see the world spared another conflict such as Germany had just been through and we felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured." [emphasis in document]
The first requirement of the samurai is a readiness to give his life. Without this willingness even the best weapons are of no avail. First the spirit, then training wins victory. The spirit must from the beginning include the willingness to die. That does not mean that the Japanese soldier seeks death. Rather, in sacrificial death in battle he finds the most perfect fulfillment of his life. But he wants to achieve a goal through his death — the realization of justice, which is the highest manifestation of the divine will of the emperor. His first military goal is not his own death, but rather the realization of that for which he fights.
Chinese Army Training Video game Targets US troops
Glorious Mission (also known as Mission of Honor) is being used a training tool for PLA recruits treads on some dangerous territory by piquing U.S. concerns of nationalism and anti-American sentiments. Using video games for military training methods is nothing new; in 2008 the U.S. Army invested $50 million to develop games for combat preparation. What’s raising eyebrows with Glorious Mission is the choice to focus on American troops as China’s primary enemy.
According to the report, the Chinese military has made use of training via video games before, but the software was often developed by companies outside of the country. The PLA wanted to create a game closer to home in order to instill Chinese values and avoid any elements that could “mislead Chinese army officers and soldiers.”
Ironically, the Chinese game is modeled after the US Army developed first-person shooter game “America’s Army”.
But by this point, for those particular young people, it doesn’t matter why they joined up—it’s too late to change their minds. No matter how young or troubled and no matter how dishonestly they were recruited, they are now the property of the US government.
In the only form of enslavement that’s legal in the US, the military now owns them—body, mind and soul. And once they’re in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever the next war may be, they can be held against their will for as long as their leaders wish.
So much for all the Bush administration’s chatter about faith, morality and family values: It wants to take your children from you, change their moral values, and transform them into playing pieces for its global game of Risk.
...For all these teens who aren’t even old enough to buy liquor, the decision to sign up is considered irrevocable. If they grow up a bit, and realize that they have signed a piece of paper before they’d learned how to do their own laundry, they are given no opportunity to say, “I made a mistake; this isn’t for me”.
If they try to do so, they’ll be hunted down like dogs, held up in the media as a coward or a “deserter”, and court-martialed by that same military that lured them in with promises of fast cars and pretty girlfriends.
And so it goes with every youth who enters that cult-like world of radical authoritarianism and leader-worship. Rather than strengthening their minds and bodies through positive coaching and training, today's imperial armies need willing killers and cannon fodder in a hurry, so they've resorted to classic brainwashing techniques perfected by China and the USSR long ago, to purge conscience and instill the urge to hate, to kill without qualm, and to place oneself in harm's way without argument.
Originally posted by rogerstigers
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I agree with your sentiments in principle, but I don't see the benefit is using the single most bloodthirsty and destructive religion the world has ever known (personal opinion) as a way of convincing airmen to "push the button". In fact, I would hazard a guess that it makes them more likely attack when they shouldn't based on a convincing leader's personal moralities.
Originally posted by bekod
To launch or not to launch tis' the question that must not be spoken, turn the key when the time comes, with out hesitation, for after it does not matter, no one is left anyway, them that are would be better off dead.
Slow death for most, quick and unknowing for some, ME i want to be at the top hill watching it all , Glow glow glow the world below, for it is time to start a new.
This time do it right, do not open the box, man does not need to see in the night, if he does, let him do it by candle light.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Yes, it's called brainwashing. Or, as ex-military peeps like to refer to it, "transformation" from an ethical normal person into a killer.
Are you familiar with the way the infantry is trained (or was) years ago, in Japan? If I recall accurately, it had to do with wiping their ethics-mode out entirely. I'll see if I can find a link to it, but when I was in grad school I did a thesis on it. I learned about it by researching a guy's theory on how video games are destructive to ethics and humanitarian...if I can't find it online, I'll go down and dig out the thesis I wrote just as soon as my spine heals (I am crippled for the time being).
and, you say "we are asking them to commit suicide?"
Nono. That's the extremist-Al Qaeda-we-want-Sharia-law-and-ancient-religious-doctrine's way of training suicide bombers (the wackjobs with bombs strapped to themselves)....
Our guys are expected to push a little button and sit tight in a bunker while millions of others perish. Cuz Jesus says it's ok.
Ha! I'll get right on it.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by HolographicPrincipal
Soon as you print 'em up, I guess.
Make sure you put an Air Force logo on there somewhere.
You know, it's bothersome that this news was def not in MSM anywhere. Wonder why not?
Military/intelligence scientists learned cloning techniques from the extraterrestrials. After perfecting cloning techniques on animals, Dr. Wolf and his associates cloned an artificial-intelligence human being, "J-Type Omega", as part of Project SENTINEL, an effort to create a superbright, superpowerful soldier who would follow orders without fear or question. The J-Type clone was terminated, because he would not follow an order to kill an innocent dog, because Dr. Wolf had surreptitiously programmed ethics into his artificial intelligence.