on the DHS

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”  ~ Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, when he went off teleprompter at a speech in Colorado Springs, CO, July 2, 2008

There has been much ado lately on the militaristic antics of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In case you haven’t heard, they have put out a requisition for 1.6 billion hollow point bullets and 7,000 select fire 30-round capacity defensive (their words) weapons (keep in mind that these are called assault weapons if we have them). For a department whose stated goal is to prevent terrorist attacks, Americans are beginning to wonder why a domestic non-military agency needs to be armed in such a manner. While I understand the whole idea of buying in bulk to save money, and of needing ammo to practice, why not use the standard ammo, which is far cheaper than the deadly hollow points & which our own military practices with? And why the large quantity, which is greater than even what our military needed at the height of the Iraq war? Not only that, the Social Security Administration, the USDA, the US Fish and Wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, the IRS, and the Department of Education have all also put out requisitions to purchase ammo. Do all these bureaucratic agencies really need to have para-military wings armed to the teeth? Who is it that they see as so threatening to need ammo like this?

Given the lack of transparency in this administration, and its flippant attitude to inquiries from its boss, the American people, I am growing ever more suspicious of its real intentions for the DHS. Did you know that the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act allows our own American military to arrest and detain Americans here indefinitely without warrant or trial, just on the President’s say so (section 1031 & 1032)? Or that our President ordered the drone execution of an American teenager in Yemen because he happened to be the son of a terrorist, even though no evidence existed that he was in the process of, or even committed, a terroristic act? In fact, it took a 13 hour filibuster by U.S. Senator Rand Paul just to get the DoJ to confirm in writing that it will not do the exact same thing here in the U.S.; namely, use drones to kill Americans on American soil on order of the President. And let us not forget, that this Administration allowed four Americans, including our Ambassador, to be killed in Benghazi and then lied to us by blaming it on a video – and we still don’t know why they prevented our own military from coming to their aid.

There seems to be a dramatic shift in this administration from just being against those that want Americans dead – radical Islamic terrorists – to being against Americans themselves. DHS warns about right wing terrorism (including  veterans, pro-life activists, illegal immigration opponents, gun-control opponents, and Constitutionalists all in that group), yet ignores the abundant evidence that the real threat to Americans is radical Islam. In fact, in 2011, in Pottawattamie County, Iowa DHS planned a mock school shooting drill where folks upset by illegal immigration and gun control were the terrorists, only to cancel it after public outcry. Their TSA continually targets women, children, the elderly and the disabled in airport security lines, yet lets twenty-something middle-eastern men walk right through (witnessed this myself in Phoenix). In fact, the airline security Pre-Check system will now be opened to Saudi Arabians, even though 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens. This administration has shut the White House to citizen tours and cut funding to our military families, yet still throws parties while sending funds to Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority. It is pushing to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans, yet sends weapons and fighter jets to Egypt & Syria, whose people have openly said that they want to kill us.  And, they have released hundreds of violent illegal immigrants back into American society, instead of just deporting them.

While these examples are not exhaustive, it certainly makes one wonder exactly whose side this administration is on. The DHS seems to be growing into the very thing our Founders feared: a standing army to control and harass the people in order to further a leader’s agenda.  Given that Obama has already said that this is ultimately what he wants, we would be wise to take him at his word and stop this behemoth in its tracks.

Next week, I will show what our military could look like if it was actually structured according to the U.S. Constitution.

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.” ~ James Madison, in a speech at Constitutional Convention, Jun. 29, 1787

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