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Quotable: James Madison

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.James Madison
Founding Father, Fourth President of the United States

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Pentagon to destroy Posse Comitatus Act

For those who have forgotten their basic civics, the Posse Comitatus Act is a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military’s role in domestic law enforcement. Namely, they can’t take part in it. The idea originally sprung from the South wanting to get rid of the Union army after the civil war. Since then, most have agreed that it is a great way to prevent the military from overstepping its mandate (defending our borders) and it makes military coups illegal in the United States. Silly me, I still think those are good things. Enough history…

Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, dedicating 20,000 troops to domestic response — a nearly sevenfold increase in five years — “would have been extraordinary to the point of unbelievable,” Paul McHale, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense, said in remarks last month at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But the realization that civilian authorities may be overwhelmed in a catastrophe prompted “a fundamental change in military culture,” he said.

The Pentagon’s plan calls for three rapid-reaction forces to be ready for emergency response by September 2011. The first 4,700-person unit, built around an active-duty combat brigade based at Fort Stewart, Ga., was available as of Oct. 1, said Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

If funding continues, two additional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state officials nationwide. All would be trained to respond to a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attack, or CBRNE event, as the military calls it.Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writers

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I’m with Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy. He warned of “a creeping militarization” of homeland security. I mean, isn’t this what the National Guard is supposed to do? Perhaps this is why we shouldn’t have them guarding other nations, n’est-ce pas?

“There’s a notion that whenever there’s an important problem, that the thing to do is to call in the boys in green,” Healy said, “and that’s at odds with our long-standing tradition of being wary of the use of standing armies to keep the peace.”

Here, here, Healy! Just like when Bush suspended Habeus Corpus (see video below), we are seeing our long-standing freedoms eviscerated before our glassy eyes. Make sure you note that this is already happening. The first troops were deployed inside the United States in October. The Pentagon saw no protestors in the streets following that “soft open,” so they are now expanding their program. Don’t let this lamest-of-ducks President or the terrified flock of ducks in Congress inflict our military upon us at home. Take a moment to contact your own, personal lame duck. Use the handy form above.

Take back the reins! Demand your freedoms! Anything less is un-american!

Keith Olberman on the death of Habeus Corpus

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David Letterman: Real American Hero (and journalist?)

McCain vs. Letterman from The Late Show, 10/16/2008
As soon as complete footage is available, I'll get it up here.

I’ve written about Dave before. I’ve been a fan of his since the days of Toast on a Stick. My parents used to let me stay up late to watch him when I was in kindergarten. Perhaps that explains my warped sense of humor and poor sleeping habits, but I don’t regret it for a moment. I am truly proud after watching his show with John McCain tonight. He held McCain’s feet to the fire in a way that no mainstream journalist has ever done and certainly not since the presidential campaign began. With Keith Olberman looking on from the wings, Dave questioned his judgment in picking Sarah Palin and called him on the campaign bullshit on Bill Ayers and Palin’s hate mongering. Dave also sharply pointed out Palin’s total lack of qualification, but that isn’t in this video. I guess CBS thought it was too intense.

It is not hyperbolic to call Dave’s work tonight spectacular. It was unquestionably some of the best journalism I have seen in years. McCain faced tougher questioning than in any of the three debates this year and tougher than any interview of him I’ve seen.

McCain used to be an American hero. Tonight, there was only one hero on the screen.

Great job, Dave!

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