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CAPITALISM AT ITS FINEST... A Modest Proposal for Citizen's War
$1 Billion Terrorist Bounty Fund to be Set Up by L.A. Telecom Executives ^
| September 14, 2001
Posted on 09/14/2001 11:15:24 PM PDT by Uriel1975
CAPITALISM AT ITS FINEST
A Modest Proposal for Citizen's War
As you've probably heard, Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist organization is estimated at as many as 20,000 followers in a loose-knit collective spanning as many as 37 countries. While Federal military action is entirely justified against the actual nation-States proven to be active sponsors and harbors of organized terrorist operations, surely we do not expect to declare National War on all of these countries where recruitment, support, and training cells exist. Nor should we trust the (shall we say, not 100% perfect) resources of US counter-terrorist Intelligence, hamstrung in their operations by the "rules of engagement" imposed upon them by the nature of their work and by their host countries to effectively eliminate these cancers. So -- what are we to do?
The Issuance of Letters of Marque and Reprisal is a fully-Constitutional Federal Power which was specifically intended for the prosecution of Vengeance against the "stateless terrorists" of the Founder's day -- Pirates, Brigands, private armies, military adventurers, etc.
The purpose of a Letter of Marque and Reprisal is to create a financial incentive for private-sector military professionals -- trained mercenaries with an ability to travel individually or in small groups without detection -- to bring justice to those "stateless terrorists" identified as enemies of the citizenry. To gather intelligence on the ground, hunt these individuals down where they are hiding, and apprehend or eliminate them in their nests. The advantages of these private, paramilitary units (which are NOT mutually exclusive to a purposeful and directed Military response against defined physical targets) may suggest themselves already; so let's address the disadvantages first:
-- so does the US Criminal Justice system, every year... but we still prosecute Murder, because Murders must be avenged. But - bearing in mind for a moment that this is not a perfect world - ask yourself this: Who is likely to kill more innocent people -- a private mercenary unit who is looking for a specific individual so that they'll get paid, and knows that getting caught "in-country" could leave them at the mercies of a hostile foreign kangaroo court if they hit the wrong target..... or a B-52 bomber at 20,000 feet??
- They'll kill the wrong people!!
-- They already did try to kill the President (and Congress, too), and the soon-to-be-coming mass bombing raids against diverse and sundry Jihadistans aren't very likely to make them cozy up to us and play nice.
- The bad guys will play turnaround, and try to kill the President!!
-- September 11, 2001. And what is stopping them from doing it again, using different tactics, against different civilian targets is... what? The point is bloody well moot.
- They'll respond by indiscriminately targetting our innocent citizens!!
-- Yes, and I'm proposing to pay them a heck of a lot more than the average 18-year old infantryman we're about to put into harm's way - and only if they volunteer for the mission, at that.
- You're encouraging American citizens to put themselves in harm's way!!
-- Puh-leeze. Congress just busted the budget to the tune of $40 Billion for what may turn out to be the preliminary battles in a long war. We could bounty the heads of every single al-Qaeda operative at $1/2 million apiece for a quarter of that. And amounts averaging that level are probably appropriate, given a desire for swift and effective retribution, and the dangers that private contractors will face.
- How much is this going to cost??
Those objections addressed, let's now consider a proposal.
WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
Agents and Operatives of the Al-Qaeda Terrorist Organization
RESOLVED, That the Senators and Representatives of the United States in Congress Assembled, acting by the Powers granted them under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution of the United States of America, do hereby issue and grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal against those agents and operatives of the Al-Qaeda Terrorist Organization, such as the Department of Defense acting on the direction of the President in consultation with this Congress, shall specify. Terms:
The Congress shall appropriate the sum of $20 Billion for the Material Organization, and Payment of Bounties, as this Resolution shall require.
- The acceptance of these letters of Marque and Reprisal shall only be granted to such citizens of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel, as register their acceptance of these Letters with the United States Department of Defense, excepting those contractors whose services the Department of Defense shall consider prudent to refuse; the identities of such registered contractors to be classified for their own protection.
- The Department of Defense shall determine and specify the identities of the agents and operatives against whom these letters of Marque and Reprisal, are hereby issued.
- Upon the Apprehension and Delivery, or the Proved Termination, of these agents and operatives by any of the registered contractors, the Congress of the United States shall disburse to that contractor such Bounty as the Department of Defense has, by its identification of that target, deemed appropriate, according to the terms specified below. DOMESTIC RESERVATION -- No bounty shall be paid for Apprehension or Termination of any of these targets within the domestic borders of the United States, excepting that the contractors shall alert the domestic authorities of the United States to the suspected whereabouts of the target (in such case, the domestic authorities may accept the assistance of these contractors if offered); in which case, upon Apprehension or Termination of the Target, Bounty shall be paid.
- Upon the Apprehension and Delivery, or the Proved Termination, of a listed target of these letters of Marque and Reprisal, the Congress shall disburse such Bounty as the Department of Defense has deemed appropriate, according to the following schedule of Payment:
- Al-Qaeda Cell Operative: $250,000
- Al-Qaeda Cell Leader or low-level political Agent: $1,000,000
- Al-Qaeda regional commandant or high-level political Agent: $10,000,000
- Usama Bin-Laden: $100,000,000
In support of the prosecution of these Letters of Marque and Reprisal, the Congress of the United States directs the Department of Defense to provide registered contractors with such armaments, equipment, logistical support, and intelligence as the contractors shall reasonably require; and may provide such discrete transportation and assistance in the prosecution of these contracts as the Department of Defense shall deem appropriate. However, in the case of capture by a hostile agency, the Department of Defense shall have the right to disavow any knowledge of, or responsibility for, the contractors in question; especially in the case of any contractor action against targets not specified for Reprisal by the Department of Defense.
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If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. -- Deuteronomy 32: 41 - 42
posted on 09/14/2001 11:15:24 PM PDT
To: StealthChild, Demidog, DAnconia55, tex-oma, OWK, Lurker, Travis McGee, PoohBah, Jeff Head
posted on 09/14/2001 11:16:56 PM PDT
I want to buy a piece of this action. I can raise $5k cash and gold before the markets open Monday. I assume this will be a cash deal. Can I buy options?
Invest in America. LOL. Thomas J. rests easy in his grave tonight.
For a credible effort, venture capital should be available.
The financial mechanisms after that point are pretty well oiled.
posted on 09/14/2001 11:42:59 PM PDT
I like it.
posted on 09/14/2001 11:43:44 PM PDT
I want to buy a piece of this action. I can raise $5k cash and gold before the markets open Monday. I assume this will be a cash deal. Can I buy options? Invest in America. LOL. Thomas J. rests easy in his grave tonight.
Sorry, this is to be a pay-out arrangement (read the terms), not an investment opportunity.
$250k per dead/captured al-Qaeda grunt, $1 million apiece for the cell leaders (do the math, we can easily afford this against an organization of 10 or 20,000) -- and up.
Now if you were thinking of investing that $5k in ammunition and travelers checks...
Seriously, I think that congress should consider this option for asymetrical warfare against isolated, hidden cells (though I don't have the language/cultural skills to pull it off myself, I'm sure we have plenty of ex-military who'd be willing to try).
posted on 09/14/2001 11:44:29 PM PDT
venture capital should be available.
Ever since the Baptist Church in Boston bought it's first cannon and loaned it to the Continental Army, America has had capital. If I can make money and get a bang for my buck, I'm in.
To: OWK, Lurker, Travis McGee, Poohbah, Jeff Head
I like it.
Thanks. I pinged you, Lurker, Travis, Pooh, and Jeff to try to get a "military" read on the idea (I'm just a civilian, not counting the outside possibility of a Draft)....
posted on 09/14/2001 11:47:10 PM PDT
If I can make money and get a bang for my buck, I'm in.
No, the idea is to get you a buck for your bang.
(as I said, read the terms)
posted on 09/14/2001 11:47:58 PM PDT
If this were enacted-using that price list,
dustbinladen & his organization
would be history in less than 30 days!
posted on 09/14/2001 11:49:41 PM PDT
For a credible effort, venture capital should be available. The financial mechanisms after that point are pretty well oiled. 4 Posted on 09/14/2001 23:42:59 PDT by meta
Re-read it. I'm proposing that Congress issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and provide the Financing (you provide your own private seed capital for the particulars of the missions, but Congress pays the Bounties)
If this were enacted-using that price list, dustbinladen & his organization would be history in less than 30 days! 10 Posted on 09/14/2001 23:49:41 PDT by NoClones
Now, understand -- This does not exclude a Military response against any Nation-States which can be factually proven to support and harbor these terrorists, but it is designed to provide for the liquidation of the 1 - 2,000+ individual terrorist Cells which may exist world-wide.
You pay your money for the best, and you split the purse.
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and provide the Financing
Big difference between financing and bounties. I finance the squads. (Already have names in mind). Congress pays the bounty for the scrum we bring back. Got it. Congress does not put the captital out to finance it, I do. Risk I take. My guys don't do well, I eat the cost. My guys do well, Congress pays off. I can live with that. Not much different than owning a race-horse. Just cheaper.
Beautiful. I agree almost entirely.
How about we either greatly extend that list of nations (Australia, Germany, France...etc)
... Or remove that requirement. I'd be willing to pay an Afghan 100,000,000 out of the treasury for Ossama's head.
What about you?
LOL options... yeah. I'm in for 5K...
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