Objective Met:DHSHas Become the‘Civilian NationalSecurity Force’Candidate Obama Promised in 2008
2013By Chet NagleIn 2008 candidate Obama said,"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achievethe national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security forcethat is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."Listento it.
After he was elected in 2008, President Obama never again mentioned his"national securityobjectives,"or the"national security force"he wanted to create. Was that 2008 statement justan applause line? Not really, citizen, not really.The president has never again mentioned his"national security force"or his"nationalsecurity objectives,"and because mainstream media has never questioned him, Americanshave two choices: Forget it and trust the White House, or examine actions of the Obamaadministration over the last five years.If we look closely, a pattern emerges.To begin, there are those massive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ammunition buys.One contract is for 450 million rounds,according to the ammo company, ATK.With just thisone contract, DHS buys 90 million rounds per year of 40-caliber pistol ammo.There are other contracts, some with parts blacked out by DHS, but that cover ammunition for 9mm pistols,shotguns, .308-caliber sniper rifles, and other weapons.These ammunition contracts surfacedlast year, and some analysts calculated the total to exceed 1.6 billion rounds!There arewebsiteslaced with links to DHS ammo contracts. [http://www.infowars.com/dhs-purchases-200-million-more-rounds-of-ammunition/] The official explanation for these contracts is thatDHS agents need the bullets for "mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions."No explanation is given for the bullets that have expensive and deadlyhollow-points that are not used for target practice, and no explanation for the sniper rifleammunition.Interestingly, a comparison of these amounts with records of ammunition usedby U.S. forces in battle in Iraq 5.5 million rounds per month gives a rough calculation thatDHS has enough ammo to fight a thirty-year war. Since DHS does not operate in Iraq, who isthe enemy inAmericathey plan to shoot?There are many other DHS contracts for things like: armored fighting vehicles, bullet-proof booths for street check-points, bullet-proof vests, riot gear, 7,000 fully automatic AR-15 rifles,and over $30 billion in grantsto cooperating local police forces for military-style equipment. In2011, the DHSbudgetwas$98.8 billion,but they spent only$66.4 billion.
Then there are those viral internet rumors about internment camps. Before you think,"Rightwing extremist propaganda,"remember those 110,000 Japanese-American citizens in 1941. ByExecutive Order of President Roosevelt, they spent four years in"relocation" campsbuilt inrural areas from the Mississippi to Hawaii. Even Canada, our very liberal northern neighbor,uprooted 27,000 Japanese-Canadians from their homes and scattered them into 22 campsacross western Canada.Of course, "It can't happen here."Nevertheless, KBR (former Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg,Brown & Root) is soliciting support teams for Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) camps. The KBR descriptivedocumentis for services for the camps in five FEMA"regions" of the United States. (It has a map of those regions.)And the U.S. Army issued a 326 page manual,Internment and Resettlement Operations? Itmight be just a manual for army camps holding foreign prisoners of war, except for thesections under "Civil Support Operations,"and how the Army will handle"DCs," that is,Dislocated Civilians.It details howPsychological Operations Officerswill"reduce or removeantagonistic attitudes," including "muffling" (gagging) agitators.The manual clearly states itapplies within "the U.S. and its territories," and that the Posse Comitatus Act prohibiting usingU.S. soldiers as a police force inAmericacan be sidestepped by the president"invoking hisexecutive authority."Some argue President Obama and DHS will not ignore constitutional limits on their authority.They are wrong.For example, theFourth Amendment guarantees "the people have a right tobe secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches andseizures..." and a warrant is required that describes the place, person or thing to be seized.The Obama administration don't need no stinkin' warrants. Instead, DHS states that if you livewithin 100 miles of a U.S. international border, DHS can seize and search all your electronicdevices including cell phones, tablets, and laptops without probable cause or a warrant. Theycall it"the border security search zone."This ‘search zone' includes entire states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine,Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, plus large parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.Take them to court, you say? It might be difficult to do after you are arrested under provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), anddenied habeas corpus and a public trial before a jury of your peers.Rob Natelson, former professor of law at the University of Montana, has written a masterfulanalysisof howCongress surrendered the right to due process to President Obama, givinghim power under the NDAA to detain American citizens indefinitely.Now look at the president's Executive Orders (EO). On 16 March 2012, President Obamaissued EO,National Defense Resources Preparedness.It states the president can seize all theresources in the nation (food, water, transportation, etc.) "to promote the national defense,"another undefined phrase.On 6 July 2012, this power was combined with EO,Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functionsthat gives DHSthe power to control the internet to "satisfy priority communications requirements through theuse of commercial, Government, and privately owned communications resources, whenappropriate." The words "when appropriate" are not defined.