The senate shot down the onerous, statist Cybersecurity Bill — perhaps the best excuse for voting Joe Lieberman out of office — 52/48. That’s far too close a vote on a piece of legislation this dangerous to the freedoms of the people…assuming your elected officials care about that. The only reason this disastrous crap didn’t pass, guaranteed, was the last minute inclusion of a high-capacity magazine ban by Frank “He’s still alive?” Lautenberg.
But don’t worry! Your politicians are fully convinced after the drubbings they’ve take in 2006, 2008, and 2010 that you are far too hazardous to their careers. Case in point, the president is now considering passing the legislation by (unconstitutional) fiat.
What was so bad about the bill? Oh, only that it gave federal agencies enhanced power to “regulate” infrastructure like power, water, internet, food supplies, and allowed confiscation of pretty much anything you own in the case of “national emergencies.” Of course, this is only to protect the people by making sure the folks in power get to stay in power; we need their “expertise” to keep the nation safe and prosperous…as their actions the last decade have highlighted.
The cybersecurity bill, as with just about every post 9/11 action the federal government has taken for our “safety”, has one purpose: the creation of an environment that is safe for the political class. They aren’t even hiding it, anymore. Coming along at the same time is the latest example of how the security apparatus of the nation is being perverted.
Retired Colonel Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas write in Small Wars Journal “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future.” It is a chilling piece showcasing Benson’s “vision” of the future: Based on a 2010 report, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army Operating Concept 2016 – 2028, it redefines the military’s purpose and directs it toward the people it is supposed to protect. Using US Code 10, which allows the president to roll out the military to suppress rebellion, but also, as under subsection 333: “…the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.”the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.” Specifically in the scenario portrayed by Benson and Weber, the military would be used to contain threats of sedition and insurgency — “homegrown terrorists” like the Tea Party, or people who support a return to constitutional governance, or folks that just want to be left alone.
It isn’t just Benson pushing this idea. General Ray Odierno has been pushing the same idea, as well, as a means to keep the money flowing to the military.
It smells a lot like 1932, these days.