OBAMA'S PERSONAL SECURITY FORCE
By Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Curry (ret'd)
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we have set. We have got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded," said Barak Hussein Obama on July 2, 2008. His words require a bit of translating, however.
In plain English, President Obama has set national security objectives which he has yet to share with the American people. According to his statement he is convinced that the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, constituted as they are, are either unreliable or unable to accomplish the national security objectives he has chosen. So, he intends to ask Congress to authorize, fund and build a civilian national security force that is, "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded," as America's military forces.
To be as strong as our current armed forces, Obama's civilian army will have to be able to match the Army and Marines tank for tank, missile for missile, and battalion for battalion. It will have to match the Navy and Coast Guard ship for ship, and the Air Force fighter plane for fighter plane and bomber for bomber.
His civilian force's congressionally approved budget will require appropriations that match the Pentagon's current budget level dollar for dollar. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obama expects to fund his private security force with a $6 billion allocation over the next five years. Though that is not equivalent to the nation's current military budget allocation, it is still not a paltry sum.
That is how we must interpret Obama's words if we take them and him at face value. But does Obama really mean what he said or was it just campaign rhetoric? If it was only rhetoric, there should be no effort to follow up with concrete proposals or appropriations.
So what is one to think about H.R. 1388, Obama's National Civilian Security Force bill which is slowly working its way around Capital Hill? It is formally named the "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act." It provides for uniforms to be worn by the young volunteers (up to 250,000 of them) and for the establishment of a 4-year "public service academy" to train new public service leaders. From this it is reasonable to conclude that there must be fire somewhere in the middle of all of Obama's rhetorical smoke.
Where is there an historical example of a nation having a civilian national security force that rivals the size of its military forces? Why, in the early 1930s Germany, of course. The force was called the "Brown Shirts" and was used to bully, intimidate, and indoctrinate individuals and political parties that opposed the German government's policies, in much the same manner as ACORN's (The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now) thugs for hire do in Chicago today.
We can safely assume that such an organization would take its orders directly from the President just as the Brown Shirts did in Germany and just as do Obama's current White House Czars today. Left alone to develop and mature on its own, such a national security force could prove to be quite dangerous to our Constitution and to the liberty and freedom of all Americans.
Only the U.S. Military could control such a civilian security force if it went rogue, and that would have to be by brute force. For the Administration to counter the military's use of force, it would have to somehow subvert the military so that while its forces are declining in power, the brown shirts are increasing in power.
In the process, the President would become a law and a power unto himself - whom no one could control -- with a civilian army or security force readily at hand to do his personal bidding, unchecked by Congress or the Courts. Eventually there would no longer be the separation of powers that our Founders so wisely established. And as history teaches us, under such a scenario the President would become a de facto dictator.
But the descendants of those who survived Valley Forge, Gettysburg, and Bastogne are neither easily fooled nor easily misled. While a few misguided politicians may stupidly or maliciously agree to form a sizeable civilian national security force and even plot to upset the constitutional system we so cherish, they will not succeed.
Having spent most of my life in the U.S. Army, much of it in foxholes, I can say without hesitation that the U.S. military will not stand idly by while the Constitution is being abrogated and destroyed. So let us remain vigilant and never forget, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
H.R. 675: Building Obama's Civilian National Security Force
June 23, 2009
In January, without any recognizable corporate media coverage, Rep. Bob Filner, a California Democrat, introduced H.R. 675. The bill would amend title 10 of the United States Code and extend to civilian employees of the Department of Defense the authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms. The bill was referred to the Armed Services Committee on January 26, 2009.
Rep. Bob Filner
Filner's bill would amend the United States code with the following: "Sec. 1585b. Law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense: authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms. for any offense against the United States." (Emphasis added.)
The Posse Comitatus Act, passed on June 18, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction, limits the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits members of the federal uniformed services from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property within the United States.
H.R. 675 sidesteps Posse Comitatus by defining "law enforcement officer of the Department of Defense" as "a civilian employee of the Department of Defense," including federal police officers, detectives, criminal investigators, special agents, and game law enforcement officers classified by the Office of Personnel Management Occupational Series 0083 (the United States Office of Personnel Management is described as an "independent agency" of the U.S. government that manages the civil service of the federal government).
In 2005, the Office of Personnel Management partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to create a "21st century human resources management system that fully supports the Department's vital mission," according to then Office of Personnel Management Associate Director for Strategic Human Resources Policy Ron Sanders.
At approximately the same time, the DoD issued a Defense Directive 1404.10 (read PDF) that establishes a "DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce" and rescinds a prior Clinton era directive dealing with the emergency use of civilian personnel. The Obama administration describes the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce as follows:
Members of the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce shall be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by the military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster relief; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations of the Department of Defense in accordance with DoDD 3000.05
"This new directive is odd, coming as it does after campaign promises by Obama to establish a paramilitary 'civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded' as our military," writes Doug Ross.
According to Sec. Def. Robert Gates, defeating terrorism will require the use of more "soft power," with civilians contributing more in communication, economic assistance, political development and other non-military areas. "Gates called for the creation of new government organizations, including a permanent group of civilian experts with a wide range of expertise who could be sent abroad on short notice as a supplement to U.S. military efforts. And he urged more involvement by university and other private experts," the Associated Press reported in late 2007.
It should be noted that the original Civilian Expeditionary Workforce directive mentions the term "overseas" no fewer than 33 times, while the Obama revision does not mention "overseas" at all. In other words, the revised directive is designed for "emergency operations" in the United States.
Both H.R. 675 and the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce directive will establish civilian "soft power" under the direction of the Pentagon. Obama is now actively working to create a paramilitary "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. In order to skirt Posse Comitatus, Obama's paramilitary brownshirts will be organized and run out of the Office of Personnel Management with orders coming from the Pentagon.
In the recent past, the Pentagon sent operatives to snoop on anti-war and patriot demonstrations - for instance, Alex Jones' protest at the Federal Reserve was monitored by the Pentagon . In the not too distant future they will likely send "civilians" with firearms and the power to arrest "rightwing extremists" who represent, according to the Department of Homeland Security and numerous federalized police agencies, "offense against the United States."