Posts Tagged ‘Militarization’

The Militarization of Outer Space: The Pentagon’s “Space Warriors”

By Tom Burghardt – BLN Contributing Writer

It’s not as if things aren’t bad enough right here on planet earth.

What with multiple wars and occupations, an accelerating economic meltdown, corporate malfeasance and environmental catastrophes such as the petroleum-fueled apocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico, I’d say we have a full plate already.

Now the Defense Department wants to up the stakes with new, destabilizing weapons systems that will transform low- and high-earth orbit into another “battlespace,” pouring billions into programs to achieve what Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has long dreamed of: “space dominance.”

Indeed, Pentagon space warriors fully intend to field a robust anti-satellite (ASAT) capability that can disable, damage or destroy the satellites of other nations, all for “defensive” purposes, mind you.

Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that General Lance W. Lord, then commander of AFSPC, told an Air Force conference that “space superiority is not our birthright, but it is our destiny. … Space superiority is our day-to-day mission. Space supremacy is our vision for the future.”

Five years on, that “mission” is still a top priority for the Obama administration. While some might call it “net-centric warfare” on steroids, I’d choose another word: madness.

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*Why a pro-draft Chief of Staff is a big deal.

-”America’s Army” war recruitment tool video games going to US high schools.

The story didn’t surprise me when I seen this the other night, but I found these NYTimes photos mindblowing:

“Before it was more about the basics,” said Johnny Longoria, a Border Patrol agent here. “But now our emphasis is on terrorism, illegal entry, drugs and human smuggling.”

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.


That said, the Explorers have faced problems over the years. There have been numerous cases over the last three decades in which police officers supervising Explorers have been charged, in civil and criminal cases, with sexually abusing them.


The law enforcement posts are restricted to those ages 14 to 21 who have a C average, but there seems to be some wiggle room. “I will take them at 13 and a half,” Deputy Lowenthal said. “I would rather take a kid than possibly lose a kid.”

Of course they make children being trained as domestic military officers as a good thing:

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

“Our end goal is to create more agents,” said April McKee, a senior Border Patrol agent and mentor at the session here.

They have 2,000 “law enforcement posts” nationwide, with 35,000 stooges.

Infowars:

Given recent concerns over the DHS definition of “right wing extremists” and the agency’s penchant to affiliate veterans, gun owners, Ron Paul supporters and even those who question the mainstream media with terrorists, one wonders exactly who the boy scouts are being trained to target.

The Explorer program also touches close to home with recent concerns regarding President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force”.

In Nazi Germany, the Hitler Youth succeeded the Boy Scout movement. Hitler Youth training was militarized in comparison to the Boy Scout network, which was largely based around education. Boys aged fourteen and upwards, as well as a separate branch aged 10-14, were trained at preparatory schools to become future Nazi leaders. At its height in 1940, and after it had become mandatory to join, the Hitler Youth boasted no less than 8 million members.

Apparently in a shift away from the traditional Boy Scouts activities of sports, camping, survival skills and team leadership, the government is now training children “to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence” under the banner of the Explorers program, with the aid of military-style exercises aimed at subduing insurgents.

The 2007 film, Riddles In Stone” sheds interesting light on the founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

MORE:

Boy Scouts Train to Become Homeland Gestapo


Ignorance Is Futile:

Bush’s former Chief of Staff Andrew Card unwittingly explains why Obama’s CoS being a supporter of a “civilian national security force” might even be worse than Obama supporting it.

In an old Daily Show interview Andy Card explains how a CoS literally serves as the gate-keeper to what the president is told and who he talks to. Click for video. So what this means with Obama, in the sense that maybe the “civilian national security force” he mentioned isn’t an actual agenda, if it is his CoS’s agenda then he may help guide Obama’s perceptions into unwittingly but consciously entering into the same agenda.

Now with Obama‘s CoS-elect, Rahm Emanuel, it turns out that that’s been his agenda for several years. In fact, that seems to be the sort of thing that has gotten him spots, in the past before Obama, on the news. Besides, Obama did explain that as an agenda, so even if some of the other cabinet members might be able to guide other perceptions from outside of the bubble, it’s irrelevant anyways.

So it’s as simple as that, just so long as you’re aware of the details in the other links in this post.

Danger Room:

Today, only experienced Air Force pilots are allowed to remotely-operate the American fleet of killer drones. Tomorrow, the heavily-armed robotic planes could be flown by 19 year-olds, barely out of basic training.

The Army and Marine Corps use Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to spy on suspected militants. Not only are they smaller, cheaper, lighter, and lower-flying than the Air Force’s array of missile-laden Predator and Reaper drones. But Shadows are considered a “tactical assets,” meant to watch over relatively small patches of ground, for relatively small units. Predators, on the other hand, are “theater” or “operational-level” assets — controlled by generals, and sent all over.

Continue reading “New Killer Drones Could be Piloted by Teenagers” »

Italian Translation HERE.

By Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Amidst all the potential nasties, I fear one thing most. And this one reason alone is why I’ve deeply felt for some time that he will surely be the one “elected”. And I’ll premptively point out that the list of reasons that precedes this one thing almost wholeheartedly applies to McCain as well (worse in many cases).This won’t be a reason any Liberal or Conservative would ever expect, nor is the preceding list hardly particular in any ‘wedge issue’ topic. Vote None of the Above!

So is it…

…because Obama & Biden voted on the economic bailout bill ?
This is so massive I don’t even know where to begin.

…because Obama has set campaign funding record history in donations from the corporate & banking establishment(s) ?
It’s striking that for the first time a Democrat has recieved more investments in these areas than the Republicans. Why would they invest in him?

…because Obama constantly talks about ‘giving the little guy (YOU) a fair shot’, and then refuses to attend a Presidential debate featuring nominees from the other ‘third’ parties ?

…because he’s calling for a Stasi-like “national security force” consisting of middle & high school children that is larger than the US military ?

…because Obama’s proposal for a civilian national security force “just as well funded” as the US military means costs somewhere towards the $1trillion per year that the Pentagon already enjoys ?

…because he “believes” in the delusional “War on Terror” ? Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

…because Joe Biden is a “War on Terror” fearmonger who during the Dem debates spouted off the same fearmongering rhetoric as the GOP’s Neocons were using ?

…because Obama lies about al Qaeda being “stronger than ever” in order to fear-monger the population into supporting the Establishments foreign policy with him as the only solution ?

…because Obama is just another pawn of the privately-owned tyrannical Federal Reserve ?
The FR has devalued the dollar to being worth less than 4 cents since its inception in 1913. The monetary system orchestrated by the FR is designed to suck the wealth from the lower & middle classes while preserving the riches of the wealthy. When the system is designed to exploit the weaker, limited tax cuts for the poor have a marginal effect, meanwhile an expanded war machine adjusts the tax losses for a marked portion of the elite, and an ever increasing National Debt ensures more profits for the bulk of the national bankers.
The Federal Reserve helped create the original Great Depression, and now they’ve done the same by helping to cause the ‘New Great Depression’ via the Subprime Mortgage disaster. Now “the Fed” is gaining more power in the fallout.

…because Obama, like McCain, supports the notion of a military draft (sounds similar to annual legislative proposals from another Democrat -who endorsed him- for a ‘universal’ military draft that includes all women ages 18-40) ?
“If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some” – Barack Hussein Obama.

…because VP Biden is a War on Drugs hawk, a “war” which in practice undermines and persecutes minorities in particular ?

…because Obama gloats about mentioning the Middle Class while ignoring the ‘Lower Class’ in the same event and showing disdain for them on other occasions ?

…Biden voted for the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which abolished education grants for prisoners ?

…because Obama voted for the new FISA Act, which granted immunity to telecommunication corporations for illegal wiretapping , and runaway governmental wiretapping ?

…because Barack didn’t support Dennis Kucinich’s drive to impeach Bush & Cheney, stating that “impeachment is not acceptable” ?

…because Obama has pledged to let Bush’s crimes remain buried for all time ?

…because Obama & Biden disregard the fact that the primary motivation for 9/11 terror attacks on the US is US foreign policy itself (meaning that continuing the perpetual war policy literally means never ending perpetual war) ?

…because Obama talks about ending the occupation of Iraq, but then votes to fund it ?

…because Obama claims to advocate closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, but has not supported two specific bills that would have done so ?

…because Obama wants to expand taxes in general, but in particular implement a “global tax” ?

…because Zbignew Brzezinski, his chief foreign policy adviser, is a flagrant neoliberal global imperialist who essentially created “Osama Bin Laden” and the “War on Terror” ?

…because he supports BushCo.’s Russian border missile “defense shield”, which is their ‘solution’ of creating a “New Cold War” to ensure perpetual wars even with an eroding notion of a never-ending “War on Terror” ?
Link

…Obama & Biden voted for the PATRIOT Act, which dissolved majority of the Bill of Rights ?

…because Biden drafted legislation after the Oklahoma City Bombing, which was defeated for being too radical, and later claimed the PATRIOT Act was virtually the same bill ?

…because Obama told his supporters to “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face ?

…because Joe Biden supports what amounts to runaway copyright laws expanding “Big 5” media content protection ? Because Biden bends over for expanded FBI powers, and supports banning private citizens rights to using software encryption ? Because Biden has about the most dismal Cyber Rights voting record possible including Dept. of Justice prosecution of file sharers and making it a felony to record Internet radio ? Link

…because Obama was soft on HR1951 / S1959, which was the open embracement of the modern day COINTELPRO which was used to violently repress civil rights groups (Black Panthers, etc) in the 60’s and 70’s ?

…because Joe Biden supports stripping US citizens rights & ability to defend itself (from tyrannical government) with firearms ?

…because Obama in Illinois as a state legislator supported banning the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic firearms, and then some ?

…because VP Joe Biden promised a Supreme Court ruling on mandatory “Verichip” implants for the US population ?

…because he’s just another front for NAFTA, even though he pretends he isn’t ?

…because despite criticising the “Politics of Fear”, he still supports both the War on Terror & Global Warming ?
After years of propaganda from each side on these matters he doesn’t even have to directly engage in pure fearmongering. He merely needs to mention the issues and support them. The effects of others fearmongering is already there to invoke. FACT: there isn’t an actual consensus on man made “Global Warming”.

…because he’s for an expanded global government UN ?
(This goes without saying)

…because Obama is a first term Senator, meaning we don’t even have a clear record of who we’re dealing with ?

…because he doesn’t speak about nor does his campaign respond to the Depleted Uranium US munitions issue ?
It turns out that most US military tank rounds -amongst many other munition types- are made from DU, which has a 4 billion year half-life and causes birth defects in now multiple countries where it has been used by US forces since the first Gulf War.

…because Obama hasn’t answered the question whether or not the President can declare war without the Congress ?
US Constitution says that “Congress shall have the power.. to declare war”. After WW2 the 2 Party System hasn’t declared a single war although fighting in dozens, arguably hasn’t won any, and many of them last to this day (Korea for example). The “Authorization” process has resulted in Vietnam & Iraq as prime examples.

…because, despite all the ‘Strengthening the Middle Class” & “regulations” rhetoric, Obama fronts for Wall Street’s corrupt infrastructure ?
The old axiom ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ sure comes to mind, but it goes further than just that. Link 1 Link2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5

…because Obama dodges the new 9/11 investigation issue, and for sure doesn’t speak about it whatsoever ? Or because Joe Biden rabidly opposes a real investigation ?
Regardless of your view, it doesn’t take much research to conclude that the 9/11 Commission “investigation” was a total farce, and that the stakes are so high in this regard that to not insist on a full investigation goes beyond mere national suicide.
UPDATE: The day before 9/11, Joe Biden predicted 9/11’esque attacks, and then, in the days following Sept. 11th, he met with the Pakistani General who funded Mohammed Atta. Mahmood Ahmed, the General and head of the CIA-linked ISI, that was in Washington DC meeting with majority leaders of Congress during the attacks of 9/11, was never even mentioned during the 9/11 Commission hearings.

…because his wife and he are both Council on Foreign Relations members ?
The CFR is the ideological powerhouse organization in which te past 90 years worth of never ending “American Imperialism” perpetual war may be mostly to attributed to. The list of some members of this group should speak for itself: George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Allen Welsh Dulles, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Walter Lippmann, John McCain, David Rockefeller, Fred Thompson, Herbert Hoover, Michael R. Bloomberg, Sandy Berger, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Robert M. Gates, Gary Hart, John Kerry, Irving Kristol, John D. Negroponte, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, James Woolsey, Gerald Ford, Rupert Murdoch, Porter J. Goss & Newt Gingrich. BUT, not only does the CFR steer American Imperialism, its the powerhouse driving one world government. One example is the whole “North American Union” controversy. The NAU is driven almost completely by the CFR, whose mission resembles the dictatorial European Union. Much more can be said of this but these entries are meant to be short. NAU Link 1 NAU Link 2 NAFTA Link 1 SPP Link 1

…because he preached fearmongering to a foreign crowd in Germany about rampant border-less ‘threats’, where he in effect called for a “New World Order” without using those particular words ?

…because Obama and Dick Cheney of all people on earth are cousins (in a similar vein to how Bush & John Kerry are cousins) ?
So a few of these might seem flimsy, but that doesn’t discount my other points while when you add them in its just gets uglier and uglier.

…because his economic adviser (since Barack’s Illinois Senate campaign), Austan “the ghoul” Goolsbee, is Skull & Bones the same as the Bush’s and even John Kerry, despite there not being more than 900 living members of this nefarious organization at any giving time ?
At one point, during its rule, the Bush administration contained 11 S&B members, not to mention his dad and brother Jeb.

…because he’s another in a long line of Israel Lobby politicians ?
This is another touchy subject, but the fact remains that the Palestinians weren’t the ones who expelled the Jews from Israel, and in the modern sense there are ‘private citizen’ Zionist terrorists who commit the same atrocities as the Muslim extremists. And even though the Israeli government performs ‘Big Brother’ operationsagainst the Zionist terrorists -who literally call for genocide against their enemy- the vast majority of policies and actions by said Israeli government still complement their work just the same. The legacy of the Israeli government has been compared to the ‘apartheid’ South African regimes of decades past, but name calling happened in those decades. So for Obama to support the Israeli government has rammifications paralleling supporting the confederate leadership during the US “Civil” War. Now for the touchy side, Israel means lots of things for lots of different people.There are lots of different justificiations or rather rationalizations for continuing blind support for Israeli policies , that I don’t have time to get into here. But suffice to say, many assume it has to do with Biblical scripture, but the part that doesn’t make sense is we still find the same support by the so-called ‘heathen’ Liberal elitists. The answer to this paradox is the key to understanding the whole point of Israel: Israel is simply a US imperial beach-headfortress in the Middle East, to ensure American Imperialism over the Middle East. Which means their tyrannical policies get the blind eye, not that the Israeli Lobby runs the United States.

…because advanced computer analysis of his speeches has him as the “king of spin” compared to even the likes of Bush and Giuliani ?

…because BushCo. has already spent 8 years on turning the White House and the Imperial Presidency into a centralized dictatorial powerhouse, but Obama has failed to make sweeping & itemized promises to undo it all while he’ll be quite busy doing all of his other “change” to assume he’ll actually focus on cleaning up the dictatorial presidential executive orders, congressional legislation and over 1100 executive signing statements ?

NO! None of those are the reason.

I’m quite ‘used to’ those sorts of travesties & tyrannies already.

The reason is actually more simple and subtle: Crowd Control.

The Answer: Nobody can possibly subdue the masses like Obama can. That’s why he’s the Ruling Establishment’s man. After 8 years of BushCo. over half the population aren’t just pissed, they’re in complete distrust of the government in general. The control scheme to keep us ignorant and asleep is falling apart at the seams. And even more important than just having a pissed off political party the nations youth are waking up at an ‘alarming’ rate. The youth are the ones who protest. And Black’s have a history of rioting, while the current economic meltdown promises to underhand Blacks in particular.

Only Obama can can get the bulk Democrat’s, The Youth and Minorities under his wing, while at the same time not having too much of the GOP base pissed to all whits end. Consider if Hillary would have “won”: virtually the entire GOP base would have been up in arms. While there will still be an us vs. them sense of defeat and so forth, the same amount of hate wouldn’t exist, especially not right away. And since Obama is apparently in a position to start taking on Neocon foreign policy positions he seems poised keep even some of the staunchest Neocon types content.Besides Hillary wouldn’t have ever had the Obama effect on The Youth.

Meanwhile, it’s The Youth in particular that must be put under wraps. Further, considering African American voter disfranchisement in the past 2 presidential elections, I’d say that they’re already a whits end. What better way to garner their unbridled support than to allow them to ‘vote’ for a ‘Black’ man? For the majority of the population to be willingly controlled, we must trust, we must “Believe In” the system in general and the election process in particular.

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Let’s say you happen to be amongst the puppeteers who run the big show from behind the scenes. Like if you were one of the many deeply embedded in the Military Industrial Complex, the central banking scheme, the Big 5 Media, etc. You know, the people that steer (electioneer) and even rig the elections. The “Disaster Capitalists” whose portfolios are set to make profits off of any and nearly all disasters. The people who seek world government aka global domination, and who use the United States as the machine to make that a reality.

Well if you’re one of these people then you face a serious problem: you can’t control a system when most of its population doesn’t trust you. Likewise, you can’t control an alert population. Most importantly: you can’t maintain a system of quiet domination when the youth of it are angry, and are making noise in the streets. Enter Obama.

To maintain a hegemonic system of never ending perpetual war -bent on global domination- you need a subdued and dumbed down citizenry. In particular, you need the youth not only ignorant to the hard truth, but you also need them to believe in your government. Therefore, the more cult-like you can get them the better.

For a spell Bush enjoyed such a scenario. But where it lacked, especially after the invasion of Iraq, was only about half the population idolized he and ‘his’ government. It wasn’t too long before one half of the population cursed his name to the ranks of Hitler, and nowadays maybe half of his own ‘cult’ doesn’t dodge him like the plague. Many who once gobbled up his every breathe as truth handed down from God Almighty now have awoken to the morbid truth of a nightmare that runs much deeper than Bush and his cronies. That nightmare is best known as the “American Dream”.

Back to the ‘criminal profiler’ view, as central social engineering planners, by necessity of career and worldview, you see the ’08 election coming. You’ve had several years to study ‘your’ ‘market’ and ‘your’ ‘audience’. So as you and your think-tanks contemplate the best way to ensure your future goals, it would already be obvious that you need your masses truly on board. Total subservience; Total acquiescence; Or at least as close as possible.

But now, during the final stages of your plot for world control, of true militaristic technological totalitarianism, you face the youth in new ways. Many things, but 2 things in particular, besides ‘the war’ itself, compel them. First, the nation is barreling towards being $10 trillion in national debt, which means its the youth in particular in trouble. Second, there’s this pesky new thing known as the Internet helping the masses wake up to the reality that your controlled media ‘pentopoly’ would normally divert them from.

In this 21st Century reality you need a 21st Century ‘leader’ to whip the 21st Century masses into an all-time cultish fervor. The obvious choice would be Barack Hussein Obama. You really couldn’t ask for more from your position. It’s the best of both worlds, and after-all, thanks to careful engineering over many decades, there are only 2 realities for the masses to pick from (Left or Right).

After nearly 8 years of rabid hatred from most of the one half, and the youth of the typically marginalized masses beginning to wake up, you must get these segments of your control scheme under wraps. Especially considering each have the War doctrine among the top items of their lists. When you’re executing Vietnam’esque policy you can’t have a repeat of the response to such. You’ve already learned that lesson.

The solution to maintaining your policy goals is not to actually strip away the policies, but rather send in the perfect man to convince the masses that the policies will “change” and therefore they can go back to bed. You need the perfect oratory hitman, from your own ranks, of course. And the masses need him, because after most of a lifetime of deep-concerns revolving around ballgames, TV commercials and power-shopping they are a strained citizenry in light of the painful truth of modern years.

So with Obama its a slam dunk. By gearing the foreign policy just right, you’ll be able to keep much of the Right at least content. You will only be able to please the some of the staunchest pro-war-mongers so far, but that’s ok because many of them are already over with “BushCo.” obsession. Meanwhile, again, most Youth & Democrats & Minorities will be put back to sleep.