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According to a Department of Defense document first revealed in the 1998 US Space Command document - Vision for 2020. Later released in 2000 as DOD Joint Vision 2020, it called for "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any adversary, including with nuclear weapons preemptively. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

I wish that somebody would tell me exactly why we need to defeat "any adversary" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems. Do we really need this? I mean really? Are we prepared to invest trillions of dollars to defeat enemies that might be a threat in the future? When will this paranoid delusional behavior end, more importantly how will it end? We are building new weapons frantically. The question I would like to pose is this; Have there ever been weapons developed that have never been used? Does anyone actually believe that? If we could devastate any adversary on the planet, would we then control the planet?

We can't even govern this country effectively. We have over one million people incarcerated, the highest percentage of prisoners per capita on the planet. So how is this working for us? Are we so gifted in governance that we could govern the world? Would we ever want to? If there was money involved, the powers that be will be right there insisting on it.

So let me sum this up for those that find themselves a wee bit skeptical of what I have written, or those who think this is over the top. Let's review some of the laws that have been passed that effectively kill The Bill of Rights contained in our Constitution.

The John Warner Defense Bill : Eliminates "Posse Comitatus" which is a provision in the Constitution that prevents the use of the nation's armed forces to be used for law enforcement. It also allows the President to call up National Guard members in the individual states over the objections of the governors of those states, and they could be Federalized and used in law enforcement in any state the President deems necessary. IE; The National Guard in Florida could be called up for law enforcement in Texas. (It's easier to shoot at civilians that don't live nearby) The President could effectively have a state of martial law without answering to Congress.

The Patriot Act: Anyone can have their homes searched without a warrant, without your knowledge even after the fact if you are deemed a "terrorist". It expanded the Secretary of the Treasury's authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act's expanded law enforcement powers can be applied. On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act:   roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the "library records provision"), and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves" -- individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups. One of the most controversial aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act is in title V, and relates to National Security Letters (NSLs). An NSL is a form of administrative subpoena used by the FBI, and reportedly by other U.S. government agencies including the CIA and the Department of Defense (DoD). It is a demand letter issued to a particular entity or organization to turn over various records and data pertaining to individuals. They require no probable cause or judicial oversight and also contain a gag order, preventing the recipient of the letter from disclosing that the letter was ever issued. There is so much more, the bill was over 2000 pages and at the time of its passage, no Senator had read the entire bill.

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National Defense Authorization Act: Declares that the United States is a "Battleground" in the "War on Terror". Authorizes the military to apprehend and detain anyone suspected of being a "terrorist" without a warrant. A suspected "terrorist" or anyone suspected of supporting an "associated force" can be held until "The War on Terror" ends or they can be tried by a military court and represented by a military lawyer. The government does not have to provide the fact that anyone has been picked up by the military. This bill gives the President the power to make anyone "disappear".

There are other laws that have been passed that violate the Constitution. To get a glimmer on exactly what laws have been passed that may violate your rights, you can find details on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at http://aclu.org .

Maybe the time has come to make sure you have a passport and a location where you can relocate. I have a plan and believe that the time to put it into action gets closer by the day. I want to be somewhere else when the U.S. attacks Iran. I want to be somewhere else when they begin to round up "dissidents". Since we all live in a "battleground" in "The War on Terror" it would be a good idea to have a plan. I have served almost 21 years in the U.S. Army. There is a saying that I attempt to live by. It's called the six P's, Prior planning prevents piss poor performance.

Even now the words "How did we let this happen" echo in my mind. How did we let this happen? We let this happen because we were not paying attention. When someone in the future asks you "How did you let this happen" how will you respond? All of this breaks my heart. We can change the game and change this nation, but we have to be aware. We are the ones that let this happen, all of us. We can turn it around, but to do so will be extremely difficult. Every day that we let this mindless conduct by the Federal government continues, the more difficult it will be to change it.

This nation is run by the military-industrial-banking complex. President Eisenhower warned us about this in his farewell speech. It was the last thing he did in office. He specifically said "Beware the Military Industrial Complex". Indeed.

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Former Chairman of the Liberal Party of America, Tim is a retired Army Sergeant. He currently lives in South Carolina. A regular contributor to OpEdNews, he is the author of Kimchee Days (or Stoned Cold Warriors).

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