Skip to comments.Exchange with John Linder re. Military Exercise
Posted on 07/07/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
My reply to Linder's letter follows his letter. db
Dear Mr. Bachert:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the use of foreign military personnel in local law enforcement operations. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
First, it is true that the U.S. Armed Forces will be holding training exercises in July 2009 with military personnel from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in the Southeast region of our country. These multilateral operations are a part of the government's strategy to prevent and manage terrorist threats and attacks.
Since the September 11, 2001, attacks on our homeland, the Pentagon has been discussing the idea of increasing our nation's military presence across the United States in order to respond more effectively to terrorist threats. There are some who share your concern that increasing the number of U.S. military personnel on our streets is a direct violation of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents our military from engaging in law enforcement functions. The DoD, however, is not suggesting that the U.S. military would routinely become involved in state and local law enforcement tasks. Rather, the troops would be trained to assist state and local responders when they must address terrorist threats and natural disasters on the home front. History has taught us that U.S. civilian authorities are oftentimes ill-equipped to handle a major domestic catastrophe, whether it is an act of terrorism or an act of nature such as Hurricane Katrina.
Our nation's military is undergoing a number of changes both at the cultural and technical level in order to adapt to the new types of threats we are facing here at home and abroad. Our military men and women may be called to play a more significant role in domestic homeland security efforts in the near future. Like many, I do not want our nation's armed services personnel patrolling our communities. What some do not understand, however, is that a terrorist attack on our nation's soil is nothing less than an act of war, and we must be prepared at all times to respond to such acts swiftly and capably. As a Member of Congress, it is my duty to help keep all Americans safe, and I intend to continue to provide our country with the tools and resources necessary to do just that.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If I may be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to call on me.
John Linder Member of Congress
REPLY Dear John, Re. your recent reply to my email concerning the upcoming joint multi-nation military exercise, several thoughts:
1. If domestic security is so important to the national government, WHY -- under both Democrats AND Republicans -- HAVE OUR BORDERS REMAINED VIRTUAL SIEVES?? With an estimated 20 million illegals here, how many Islamic "terrorists" do you suppose have made their way in here? More importantly, how many are poised to strike us again??
2. Why has the government allowed the creation of dozens of private and restricted entry Muslim enclaves around the country where, according to reliable reports, hundreds of men are receiving weapons and combat training? 911 was NOT carried out by Norwegians, Swedes or Irish. Will political correctness be listed as the cause of the death of the America envisioned by the Founders?
3. Many folks OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY are convinced that this is classic Hegelian Dialectic: The political elites create or allow the development of a "problem" then move to solve the "problem," the solution of which is deemed ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and takes a nation into a higher level of control by the elites and far less freedom for the greater population. "Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." (William Pitt, 1759‑1806)
If the terrorist attacks of 911 -- and those the feds have not yet admitted were conducted by Islamic terrorists -- WERE what you called "...an act of war...," may we conclude that the failure of the central government to prevent them could be correctly called an act of TREASON?
John, there ARE steps the federal government could take BEFORE putting foreign troops on American soil -- albeit allegedly "temporarily."
We DEMAND that those steps be taken FIRST! Unless, of course, SOME folks up there in Washington have another, unspoken agenda.
That's ancillary to supporting and defending the Constitution, there Johnnie. Besides, it sure ain't happening with a wide open border while co-opting foreigners to assist in our "safety".
Linder has always struck me as a weasel. At least he is pro-gun.
He seems to say...I understand you are one of many concerned with this but we’re doing what we want to do anyway...or am I wrong on that?