In the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, war was declared, officially and unofficially, against terrorism – Islamic fundamental fascists – which the media insists in referring to them as mere insurgents. It is not a conventional war, as wars go; and requires tactics and strategies against an enemy that bears no specific national flag, wears no specific uniform, and kills women and children indiscriminately, utilizing fear to achieve their goal of Islamic world domination.
Yet, as the photo depicts at left, there are people who want freedom from tyranny and terror. Not everyone from a geographical place was raised in racist hate and religious fanaticism. They deserve help from free nations, and we must keep free nations from being overrun — internally and externally. The enemy of our enemy is not our friend. We must change with the conditions and deal with it on those levels.
The American Civil Liberties Union
, like too many organizations, began with a clear and honorable agenda – a reason to exist. Today, they have degraded themselves into an organization of hypocrisy and pettiness. The ACLU
filed a lawsuit according to Matt Spetalnick
, to seek Justice Department memos justifying the targeted killings, such as the strike against dual U.S.-Yemeni citizen Anwar al-Awlaki last year
They are trying to prove that the use of drone strikes against terrorists is “unlawful and dangerous”.
speech on the anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden
, as the chief counter-terrorism adviser to President Barack Obama, defends use of drones in modern anti-terrorist warfare.
, director of the ACLU National Security Project, who defends terrorists providing them more rights than their victims, stated:
We continue to believe, based on the information available, that the program itself is not just unlawful but dangerous. It is dangerous to characterize the entire planet as a battlefield.
|Out of Touch with Reality
Hello? Is anyone home, Shamsi? The Islamic fascist fundamentalists have not only MADE the world their battlefield, but their agenda is to dominate it!
One can understand that Shamsi is out of touch with reality when it comes to national security (of any nation) because she served as a Senior Adviser to the UN – another organization that not only outlived its usefulness, but has degraded its original purpose. Think of it: the Human Rights committee within the United Nations has members of nations that are guilty of transgressions against human rights.
The ACLU is stating that the United States anti-terrorist program is more in tune with killing militants than capturing them. Yet, the ACLU blocked procedures of treating captured militants kept at Guantanamo Bay as prisoners of war, in which the reality of international law under the conventions of Geneva – anyone committing acts of sabotage or related crimes can be executed with only a military tribunal as their trial. Like I have said all along, and is the problem with our justice system – we go far beyond the right to fair trial when it comes to seeking justice against someone who has committed violent crimes and thereby the victims and their family have less rights than the accused and convicted.
As Brennan stated:
We do not use force whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state’s sovereignty and the laws of war, impose constraints. The United States of America respects national sovereignty and international law.
Indeed. Our military is stringent upon what is called the Military Code of Justice – which means that our military is trained to take prisoners when they will offer surrender, and while there are elements of security and caution in handling them, it is unlawful to mistreat prisoners of war. History shows us that by using humanitarian methods, the enemy is more likely to surrender. If we mistreated prisoners in the Gulf War, the amount of those surrendering would have been far less. Most of those prisoners were not part of Saddam Hussein’s notorious Republic Guard, but men that were literally yanked off the street to serve – handed a uniform, a weapon, and a Qur’an and instructed to fight Hussein’s jihad. I know, I was present at several prisoner of war camps during that 100-hour war. Many prisoners came to us willingly, hungry and afraid they would be shot for failing their mission by the Hussein’s Gestapo.
Brennan also said, in response to concerns about other nations using the drone technology:
If we want other nations to use these technologies responsibly, we must use them responsibly. We cannot expect of others what we will not do ourselves. President Obama has therefore demanded that we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards – that, at every step, we be as thorough and deliberate as possible.
In my long service in the military, it always confounded me to see people try to make moral issues out of killing in warfare. When I say killing, I am not referring to My Lai of Vietnam or the recent alleged murder of 17 civilians in Afghanistan by a US Sergeant, who should not have been sent back after receiving head injuries in the previous combat tour, as warfare killing. In combat you don’t think about whether your opponent has family or any personal information – it is kill or be killed, but our military does not condone such actions – it has laws against it. However, in policy, that sergeant shouldn’t have been sent back without medical clearance and volunteering to go back for third time – not sent.
Many are glad that the engineer of the attacks upon America and Americans, as well as other people of the free world is dead – long overdue. The international bounty placed upon him was dead or alive anyway.
The ACLU, as usual, is out of line and out of reality. I have lost respect for that organization a long time ago. They deserve none.
To keep former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna behind bars until 2024 for the “unpremeditated murder” of an insurgent during the war in Iraq, U.S. military prosecutors have resorted to strange and disturbing twists of law, logic and morality. They were all on display again this week in Behenna’s final plea before the military’s highest court of appeals in Washington, D.C. It was enough to make the gold eagle on top of the American flag in the courtroom shake and then hang its head. Or so I imagined while listening intently as questions from the five civilian judges began to drill into a central argument advanced by the military prosecutor: that Lt. Behenna had “lost his right to self-defense” in the war zone when he embarked on an unauthorized interrogation of Ali Mansur, a suspected al-Qaida cell leader. Lost his right to self-defense? What does that mean to our soldiers at war, where extenuating circumstances are facts of life? At the hearing’s onset, however, questions from the bench peppering Behenna’s defense counsel, Jack Zimmerman, made it clear the judges weren’t interested in any such circumstances. For the record, these include the fact that: (1) Behenna, as a 25-year-old platoon leader, lost two of his men very likely to Mansur, who was strongly suspected of organizing attacks against Americans; (2) shortly after Behenna’s platoon arrested Mansur, he was released again; (3) Behenna himself, deeply affected by the deaths of his men weeks earlier, was ordered to take Mansur home; and (4) Behenna decided one more interrogation would net the confession necessary to find other al-Qaida members and put Mansur back in jail. … According to Behenna’s own testimony — and according to the corroborating hypothesis of one of the prosecution’s own expert witnesses — Mansur rose from the rock and lunged for Behenna’s gun. Behenna fired two bullets in self-defense, killing Mansur. And therein lie the seeds of appeal. One: Military prosecutors didn’t inform the defense team about their own expert witness’s exculpatory evidence, which is required procedure under the rules of discovery. Two: The instructions to the original panel (jury) were so convoluted that one of the appeals court judges said he’d read them four times and still found them confusing. … How twisted Uncle Sam has become. If we take this position to its shocking conclusion, in our government’s eyes, a terrorist with American blood on his hands merits more legal protection than does the U.S. soldier who breached protocol, however severely, in hopes of bringing said terrorist to book for killing Americans. Free Michael Behenna, yes. And free the rest of the “Leavenworth 10” — every one of whom is an Iraq War veteran-victim of unseemly prosecutorial zeal (for courtroom victory over justice), from former Master Sgt. John Hatley and Sgt. Evan Vela, to Pvt. Corey Clagett.
There’s nothing much to add to that except that how does America think they can keep a voluntary military with nonsense like this?
It is this and other circumstances that prompt me to agree with much of what Ron Paul has said since the 1980s … if we are going to send our American volunteers to war, let it be an official war, sanctioned by Congress, win it and get the hell out of there – leaving only advisers (if requested) to help build that nation into a democratic republic for the benefit of its people. Warfare is cruel and warfare is weird. I fought against Iraqi military, citizens aforementioned; but knew from history that the war truly isn’t against the common people, but against the tyrants that operate that nation; and while one cannot think in these terms when bullets are flying, when it is over we can.
Once upon a time we fought the British twice for our independence and sovereignty – the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Today, they are our most valued allies and academically, they were the original model for our language and colonial culture. Imperial Japan declared war by a surprise attack while their ambassador was still in Washington, DC – but today, they too are a valued friend, ally and trade partner. The same goes for Germany, who was once ruled by Nazi, one of the most ruthless and tragic periods of human history – yet, we helped the starving Germans after it was over and are on friendly terms. To end the war with the Imperial Japanese government, two cities were obliterated. Today we use technology to prevent such operations against the common people of an aggressive nation. Yet, we continue to read otherwise in the media — from foreign and domestic circles.
Yesterday’s enemies are today’s allies. Beware of citizens who take sides with enemies of the free world. Freedom of Speech does not include acts of treason in which an individual puts foreign interests and entities before the national sovereignty and security of the United States.
However, when an enemy of free nations is identified and no other option resolves the situation, we must never back down – especially after committing our men and women in uniformed services. We cannot tolerate injustices, whether in the civilian sector or in military environments; however, we must use common sense – something that America has lost somewhere in the past fifty years.
We need responsible leadership and return to our place as a role model for a democratic republic – inspiring and creative and not condoning or assimilating other nations’ mistakes; while learning from our past mistakes. This was our unwritten mission from the very beginning of our republic – to promote democracy everywhere and always attempt to keep peace; through negotiations and diplomacy and if that fails the alternative. It doesn’t make us imperialistic or the “world police” – it makes us responsible which comes from being a successful democratic republic, for which we must reform and return to those standards that made us great in the first place. It begins by reforming ourselves and our society – and then demanding those who wish to be elected that they adhere to their oath to support and defend the Constitution and the United States of America.
Organizations like the ACLU, UN, and any entity like them need to be “booed” off stage, maybe even pelted with a couple of rotten tomatoes. Their ideology melds in with Disney World instead of the real world. My ultimate favorite place to escape reality – along with Universal Studies, Florida. The media also is a problem. They are quick to scrutinize such incidences, but barely touch upon the horror that organized terrorism has reaped upon people of nations around the globe. Where is the outrage of that?
It’s also time to wind down Afghanistan engagement and let them tend to their own miserable affairs — they don’t appreciate or want us there. It’s a nation that refuses to rid itself of medieval mentality; unlike Iraq. And Pakistan? Well, the old saying “sh-t or get off the pot” applies.
Hey, objective analysis and “searching for Truth in a Sea of Misinformation” is the name of the game. The ACLU performs enough ridiculous actions without someone making them up.