Army to be active within the US borders

Posted on September 21st, 2008 by bile
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The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

Ah yes. After Hurricane Katrina. When they went around unconstitutionally taking people’s firearms and checking old women into walls.

As far as I understand using the military for policing was not legal. It had been made legal between 2006 and 2008 but due to the controversy it was repealed. Perhaps the Bush administration missed that.

Iraq war resister sentenced to 15 months, slavery alive and well in the United States of America

Posted on August 24th, 2008 by bile
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The first American war resister deported from Canada – where he had fled after refusing to be deployed to Iraq – was sentenced to 15 months in jail yesterday at a court martial hearing in Colorado.

Pte. Robin Long, 25, of Boise, Idaho, was also given a dishonourable discharge after pleading guilty to charges of desertion.

The sentence was the longest any convicted army deserter had received since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq war, said retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright, a former diplomat who resigned from her post out of protest at the war’s outset.

Wright testified against the legality of the Iraq war on Long’s behalf.

Of the thousands of soldiers sentenced for desertion or going AWOL – and the estimated two dozen tried for protesting the war – only former army sergeant Kevin Benderman received an equal sentence in 2005.

About two-dozen anti-war supporters gathered around the courthouse at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., yesterday afternoon as a military judge handed down Long’s sentence.

Though initially sentenced to 30 months in prison, that time was reduced to the 15-month maximum military prosecutors had agreed on when arranging a plea deal last week.

Long, 25, came to Canada in 2005 to flee a scheduled deployment to Iraq. While here, he was briefly engaged to an Ontario woman – with whom he had a child last year – before he moved to British Columbia, supporters have said.

He was deported and taken into the custody of the U.S. Army last month following a series of failed attempts to gain refugee status or permanent residency in Canada.

Late last week, Long’s lawyers reached an agreement with prosecutors that would see him plead guilty on charges of desertion with the intent to stay away permanently.

In return, prosecutors agreed not to move forward on the most serious charges of desertion with the intent to shirk hazardous duty.

Standing calmly and waiting for his sentence after three hours of testimony at yesterday’s hearing, Long appeared stoic and ready to serve his time in a military jail, supporters said.

“He was very calm and very measured,” said Wright. “He fully anticipated that he would be serving the entire 15 months.”

The dishonourable discharge he received could also go down as a felony offence and could restrict his future right to vote or carry a firearm, his lawyer said.

“(He) would pretty much become a second-class citizen,” his Oklahoma-based civilian lawyer, James M. Branum, told the Star earlier this week.

Like many of the other roughly 200 other American war resisters currently living in Canada, Long has said he opposed the conflict in Iraq on legal and moral grounds.

13th Amendment of the United States Constitution:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Unlike property, a man’s will is inalienable and therefore intransferable. Should a contract provide for payments upfront then breaking the contract would constitute theft which the person breaking the contract and therefore commiting the theft would be expected to pay back. However, that person would still be free to exit without the threat of violence against them.

Murray Rothbard covers this in better detail in The Ethics of Liberty.

Boy punished for T-shirt with gun image

Posted on March 12th, 2008 by bile
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LANCASTER, Pa. – The family of a middle school student who was given detention for wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of a gun has filed a federal freedom of speech lawsuit against the school district.

Donald Miller III, 14, went to Penn Manor High School in December wearing a T-shirt he said was intended to honor his uncle, a U.S. Army soldier fighting in Iraq.

The shirt bears the image of a military sidearm and on the front pocket says “Volunteer Homeland Security.” On the back, over another image of the weapon, are the words “Special issue Resident Lifetime License – United States Terrorist Hunting Permit – Permit No. 91101 – Gun Owner – No Bag Limit.”

Officials at the Millersville school told him to turn his shirt inside out. When Miller refused, he got two days of detention.

His parents, Donald and Tina Miller of Holtwood, have accused the Penn Manor School District in a lawsuit of violating their son’s First Amendment rights with a “vague Orwellian policy” that stifles both patriotism and free speech.

But an attorney for the school district said school must create a safe environment for students in the post-Columbine era, and bringing even the image of a gun to school violates the district’s policy.

“There’s a much higher level of sensitivity these days,” Penn Manor attorney Kevin French said. “But it’s based on reality.”

The lawsuit was filed in January. A federal judge will hold a conference on the case March 31.

This one is very familiar to me. I had a similar issue with Salem High School in Salem, NJ. I owned at the time (and still do) this Type O Negative t-shirt:

What the image here doesn’t show is that the back says “Express yourself” at the top of the image and “Just say yes” at the bottom. I was requested on a few occasions to not wear it. “Requested” is perhaps the wrong word. I was instructed to not wear it and threatened with detention and expulsion. To turn it inside out that particular day an never to wear it again. Me being such a troublemaker refused. I believe I may have flipped it to get out of the office and back to class but changed back later. Similarly I was told not to wear wallet chains or pocket watches with chains. I continued wearing the shirt (and others like Manson’s hangman and “God is dead” shirts) and the chains but I never bothered taking the issue this far. I did take an image of the principal (who really didn’t like me, the feeling was mutual) who had issued the decree to not wear the items and altered it so it appears she was wearing the shirt and some friends printed it and passed it around school. Of course I caught the shit for that and was in fact threatened by her to have any college recommendation letters and applications sabotaged. The furtherest it got was my parents being called and both my mother and father going off on how immature and ridiculous she was being. To hear nothing but “No sir, no, I do not think I’m being immature.” coming from the principals mouth was priceless.

Unfortunately, I very much doubt his case will succeed. The courts rarely rule in favor of those who bring these cases against the government. The court will likely claim that given the gun crimes which have occurred in the government schools it is reasonable to suppress speech in order to keep from startling other students or something. Given that a CA court just recently ruled that parents have no right to even homeschool their children and that the role of public school was to make good little state drones… I don’t see much luck in this family’s future.

Some Japanese not pleased with US presence after possible rape

Posted on February 21st, 2008 by bile
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Japanese officials are questioning a US army servicemen over an alleged sexual assault, adding to a series of recent accusations which have made locals more hostile to American troops.Japanese and US authorities said an unidentified servicemen was accused of attacking a Philippine woman at a hotel on the southern island of Okinawa.

Last week a US marine from the same area was arrested on suspicion of raping a 14-year old Japanese girl.

The incident compounded local anger at the heavy US military presence on the island.

A series of recent crimes such as drunk driving and trespassing have been blamed on American servicemen, and locals have for years complained of crowding and noise.

The latest case comes a day after American forces indefinitely banned 45,000 troops, civilian employees and their families from venturing off army bases, except to travel between work and off-base homes, in attempt to cut down on crime.

I thought our presence in other countries wasn’t a problem? We are their great protectors right? We’re the USA. How could we possibly upset anyone by having 45K troops in their homeland for 60+ years. Don’t these people understand we are there to help them. The Wilsonians told me they were fine with this. Perhaps these protesters are just confused.