Archives for category: Welcome Home Troops

DSCN5999No matter how advanced the surveillance state becomes- it doesn’t seem to be able to prevent the sorts of crimes that concern communities across America.

Maybe the benefits of the War on Terror are sold to us from a Land of Make Believe.

 

Official: Multiple shots fired at NJ mall

“Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall, which was put on lockdown. New Jersey State Police landed a helicopter in the parking lot of one of the state’s largest and most popular shopping malls.”

No shootout with the good guys-

Madman found dead hours after shooting

 

Ever notice that the surveillance society, fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc. seems to fail at stopping hardcore bad guys?

Related-

Three women held captive & raped repeatedly in Cleveland house for over a decade-

More here:

Surveillance society fails again-

Soon, the worries will be over…

Security camera activated?

Proud War on Terror- unable to keep heroin out of the US

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

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If you have any thought of doing 20 years in the US Armed Forces in order to make use of the traditional DOD military healthcare benefits that were used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan- please read comments following this post.

 

Just spent the past 30 mins. trying to pay TRICARE annual dues on the web.

Keep getting directed to a new page that asks me to upgrade my account- then tells me I already have an account- then asks me what page I want to go to.

Extremely frustrating.

If the TRICARE payment option was as easy as ordering retail products/booking travel reservations, etc. on the web- you would never hear me complain.

Just trying to send money- that is all.

I liked the old system- write a check once a year and mail in time to arrive prior to the end of Sept.- never had a problem.

Take a look at what The Troops have to say here.

 

 

Photo- Hardbody way to the top-

Thursday at Artist Point

 

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Elected officials preside over waste & decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas- then tell us there is no more money for the traditional DOD military healthcare benefits that were used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Pentagon Frets Billions in Sequester Cuts But Wastes $1.5 Trillion on Non-Working Fighter Jet

 

Pentagon Claims $757 Million Overbilling by Contractor in Afghanistan

 

IG: $5M Wasted On Incinerators, Troops At Risk

 

Multiple military camouflage uniforms an example of government waste, GAO finds

 

Google:

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud

& see where savings are available to pay fees for healthcare earned by people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again.

Make us proud guys-

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

DOD Inspector General finds $900M stockpile of Stryker parts

 

Many people have risked their ass in far off lands to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland.

Love to see a reporter ask The Joint Chiefs of Staff how all that can be justified while the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable keep heroin out of the US.

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Think terrorists are smart enough to pose as drug traffickers- then cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

 

Welcome Home Troops

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA-

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors.

Security breach at Coast Guard base examined

 

More from the Blaine Sector:

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

 

Related:

Heroin continues to make it past the drones-

Discuss on facebook

 

 

Photo: Mystery Bay scene

 

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“Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.”

 

$97 Million Drug War in Central America

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Google:

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud

& see where savings are available to pay fees for healthcare earned by people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again.

Make us proud guys-

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

 

Elected officials preside over waste & decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas- then tell us there is no more money for the traditional DOD military healthcare benefits that were used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

No union rep. No grandfather clause.

 

Many Americans may associate free medical care with people who stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces.

Recommendation-

Insert language into recruiting literature and enlistment documents stating that rules concerning benefits may change at any time & that no definite benefit package will be provided in exchange for 20 years of unrestricted worldwide service. No grandfather clause will apply. Have unit leaders refer to this disclaimer when promoting retention drives, giving re-enlistment speeches, etc.

Stop spending federal money on meaningless support the troops promotions, campaigns and VIP photo ops that are not connected in any way with public policy.

 

Instant, non-experimental jobs program/revenue generator requiring zero tax dollars-

Allow U.S. farmers to answer the global demand for Industrial Hemp.

 

Related-

No Draft

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

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Positive Examples in Law Enforcement

 

May, 2013-

Five suspected heroin-overdose emergencies at Port Angeles in the past 10 days.

 

Domestic heroin trafficking makes a mockery of all war on terror crime fighting efforts, tactics, tools, & technologies.

Welcome Home Troops

 

Feb 28th, 2013-

Port Angeles man gets 20 months for selling heroin

If the Border Patrol has the manpower to establish a 50 agent station at Port Angeles- how does heroin get into the US?

 

“According to reports from the U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials interviewed by the Tribune, meth became harder to produce in Mexico, so the cartels and their gangs turned to producing heroin. Needing a distribution route into the western U.S., the Mexican gangs chose the Interstate 5 corridor.”

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government:

Local Real Estate section-

Patrolling the nation’s borders – the Real Estate section?

More from the same local paper:

‘A gateway to death’

Heroin: Sequim’s drug of choice

 

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

DEA agent says heroin use on the rise in Northwest

 

“Heroin poses a significant problem to Washington, particularly in larger cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Yakima. The drug is readily available, and heroin abuse is a significant problem. Violence associated with heroin distribution and abuse is a concern to law enforcement officials. Mexican black tar heroin is the predominant type available in the state.”

 

“Heroin trafficking is at the core of the Mexican cartels,” he said. “It isn’t sexy. It isn’t pretty. But they’ve been moving heroin for decades, and they make money at it.”

 

Mexican Heroin Causing Deaths All Over U.S.

 

As poppy fields flourish in Mexico, heroin use surges in U.S.

“…Mexican heroin now might hold two-thirds of the U.S. market.”

 

U.S. cities become hubs for Mexican drug cartels’ distribution networks

 

“Federal law enforcement officials say the heroin that shows up in Minnesota comes to the state across the U.S. border from Mexico. For the most part, it is heroin from the Sinaloa drug cartel that is trafficked to Chicago and then to points around the Midwest.”

 

Elsewhere in the US- heroin use is on the rise.

 

Related-

Heroin continues to make it past the drones-

A Very Effective Information Suppression Campaign

Secret arrest statistics are un-American

Surveillance society fails again-

Discuss on facebook

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

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It is unfortunate that the American people seem to want to support the troops, but lack a basic understanding of public policy related to the troops.

To be fair- public policy in this area can be confusing- even to people who did time in uniform.

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This confusing article seems to indicate that people in highly respected and specialized units, or people involved in high-profile operations would be eligible for a different benefit package than the average people who were in average units over the years. Investigative reporters may not have had a clear understanding of public policy in this case.

A less confusing update here.

 

This very popular marketing device for a US auto manufacturer is not connected in any way to public policy:

Take a look at comments below the video and you will see that people truly feel connected to supporting the troops by watching a made for TV car commercial.

 

The First Lady has made an effort to support military families. Unfortunately- these efforts appear to be completely unrelated to public policy.

Here is a hand selected lady who was surprised (1:12) to get a phone call of support from The First Lady- even though cameras were rolling in her home when the phone rang:

 

No definite benefit package is offered for people who stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces.

Honest management of public information could improve the situation.

 

Many Americans may associate free medical care with people who stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces.

Recommendation-

Insert language into recruiting literature and enlistment documents stating that rules concerning benefits may change at any time & that no definite benefit package will be provided in exchange for 20 years of unrestricted worldwide service. No grandfather clause will apply. Have unit leaders refer to this disclaimer when promoting retention drives, giving re-enlistment speeches, etc.

Stop spending federal money on meaningless support the troops promotions, campaigns and VIP photo ops that are not connected in any way with public policy.

Background here:

Thanks for your Service

Related-

No Draft

 

I am no longer recommending the US Armed Forces to young people.

I would have- maybe 10 years ago.

 

What’s changed in the past 10 years?

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud.

Multiple tours for the National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan while benefits are cut back.

Heroin inbound.

 

Security Theater

Harpist on Port Townsend-Keystone ferry silenced after 17 years

“State ferries officials say they had no choice but to fairly enforce security policies that were stepped up in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the East Coast on Sept. 11, 2001.”

Security policies?

The Washington State Patrol uses dogs to check vehicles at some ferry terminals on some days. Walk-on passengers are not checked at any terminal- at any time.

 

Puget Sound port security-

Doublespeak?

July, 2012-

Port security: U.S. fails to meet deadline for scanning of cargo containers

April, 2006-

“CBP screens 100 percent of all maritime containers that pose a risk for terrorism at foreign ports before they are shipped to the United States.”

If a 100% screening was conducted at the foreign port- how did human cargo make it to downtown Seattle?

More here:

Making sense of the War on Terror-

 

What sort of ID is required to prove innocence away from border crossings and ports of entry?

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.” 

“But another audience member noted that her husband, while fishing, was checked out in one day by the Coast Guard, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol.

“That seems ridiculous if all you’re doing is fishing,” she said.”

 

More here:

Suspicionless local ID checks?

 

Troop suicides.

 

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale-

Question to ask:

How do sensitive DHS documents leave the workplace without being signed out for official business?

“We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their hard work, commitment and dedication to this case” said Chief Patrol Agent John Bates of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector.

More here:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

Secret arrest statistics

US Border Patrol- secret arrest statistics on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Nov 2011- “The report is always limited to one page regardless of the number of arrests made, includes only those arrests selected by the agency for public release and does not include apprehensions that result in ongoing investigations.”

Sounds like something out of the Soviet Union.

A free and independent press plays no role here in questioning public policy- simply passing down dictates from above.

So, if this guy is arrested it might be done in secret if the one page report is already full, the arrest is not selected by the agency for public release or is an apprehension that results in an ongoing investigation?

 

Suspicionless checkpoints on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula- away from border crossings and ports of entry-

Border Patrol checkpoints came to Jefferson County, WA in 2008.

 

“Federal law allows the border patrol to conduct the checkpoints and stop and talk with any motorist and passenger of any vehicle, said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano.”

“No cause is needed to converse with anyone in the car,” Giuliano said. “Zero, zilch.”

 

A month later-

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists.

The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50

At that same forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Checkpoints ended here in 2008- possibly due to well-informed citizens and local protests. Looks like they weren’t vital to national security after all.

War on Terror- credibility squandered.

More here:

Good luck with your all-volunteer military

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

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Google:

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud

& see where savings are available to pay fees for healthcare earned by people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again.

Make us proud guys-

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

 

Elected officials preside over waste & decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas- then tell us there is no more money for the traditional DOD military healthcare benefits that were used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senator McCain speaks about military healthcare benefits-

“I have not yet met a single 18-year-old, including my own son . . . who said, ‘Gee, I want to join the Marine Corps because of TRICARE.’ No, they joined the military because they want to serve their country.”

Background here:

Thanks for your Service

 

Senator McCain,

There was a time when Moms & Dads, friends, relatives, folks at church and school- and people with years of military experience- encouraged a younger generation to take a favorable look at making a career of the US Armed Forces.

Even if there was another draft- people would be drafted for an enlistment- not a career.

Good luck with your all-volunteer military.

 

Related-

Popular slogan- Support The Troops

No Draft

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

 

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Spending just a few moments at major sporting events honoring the troops covers for cutting benefits for those who hung in for multiple tours in Iraq.

 

Please make the proper retail purchase if you support The Troops-

 

Any public policy related effort to support the troops?

 

Welcome Home Troops

Public Policy-

TRICARE News:

“The Pentagon is moving ahead with plans to slash its network of Tricare Prime providers, starting by eliminating the Prime option in three states and two cities in the Tricare West region.”

 

Military Update

Retirees far from bases to lose Tricare Prime

 

TRICARE Fees May Increase Again

 

Google:

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud

& see where savings are available to pay fees for healthcare earned by people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again.

Make us proud guys-

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

 

Senator McCain-

“I have not yet met a single 18-year-old, including my own son . . . who said, ‘Gee, I want to join the Marine Corps because of TRICARE.’ No, they joined the military because they want to serve their country.”

They didn’t sign up for TRICARE Senator McCain.

They stayed for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and kept reenlisting until they had 20 years in for TRICARE.

They could have left the armed forces to stabilize their lives Re: children in school, home ownership, a chance at decent local jobs for a two income household, family separation, getting shot at, etc.

They stayed in based on what they thought was an honest understanding of the benefits they were earning.

 

Traditional DOD military healthcare benefits used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan should be written in stone.

More here:

Thanks for your Service

 

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$20 billion later, drug war in Latin America-

 

In Washington State-

Police seize 32 pounds of heroin, 4 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in Lakewood apartment where homicide occurred

 

Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling Rise in Heroin in Spokane

“A growing number of people who’ve started abusing expensive prescription drugs are now switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy.”

 

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep illegal drugs out:

Spokane Police: Repeat Offender Arrested! Drug House SHUTDOWN!

“During the execution of that warrant Detectives found cash, heroin, crack cocaine, and indication of drug sales.  While searching a room in the basement detectives located a handgun and ammunition.”

“Additional subjects arrested at the scene were:

Molly E. McBride 3/30/74 Possession of Cocaine
Lonnie R. Goin 8/27/47 Possession of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Deliver (Heroin)
William J Higgins 4/19/72 Possession of Heroin”

Domestic heroin busts are reported as some sort of law & order success-

Each one is evidence that- 11 years after 911– the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent criminal traffic from entering the US.

Think terrorists are smart enough to pose as drug traffickers- then cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

INVASION OF THE DRUG CARTELS

SOURCES: U.S. NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER REPORT 2011, THE U.S. NATIONAL SEIZURE SYSTEM, AND THE JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROJECT

 

Why hasn’t the US Department of Homeland Security been able to stop cocaine and heroin from crossing into the US?

 

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It looks like terrorists are not very active inside the US.

 

Random Thoughts-

Bank robbers and drug traffickers appear to try harder than terrorists.

No major terror strikes since 911? How did the federal government wipe out an entire crime category? Has this ever been done before?

There have been several attempts on the lives of US Presidents since the early 1960s, even the most intense security available has not been able to wipe out an entire crime category in this area.

Maybe they have caught terrorists, but they keep it a secret?

Doubt it.

Undercover agent details terrorism-sting specifics

“Two who caught a bin Laden cohort in Port Angeles relieved by top terrorist’s death”

Even agencies that maintain secret arrest statistics instantly lift such policies when there is something to brag about:

“Customs and Border Protection agents on marine patrol apprehended the Canadians unloading 547 pounds of “B.C. bud” marijuana off the Deep Creek area about halfway between Port Angeles and Neah Bay at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.”

Secret crime fighting in the US probably doesn’t happen much anywhere away from Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

 

Still can’t figure out what stops terrorists from entering the US.

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

Think terrorists are smart enough to pose as drug traffickers- then cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

Why hasn’t the US Department of Homeland Security been able to stop cocaine and heroin from crossing into the US?

Domestic heroin busts are reported as some sort of law & order success-

Each one is evidence that- 11 years after 911– the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent criminal traffic from entering the US.

INVASION OF THE DRUG CARTELS

SOURCES: U.S. NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER REPORT 2011, THE U.S. NATIONAL SEIZURE SYSTEM, AND THE JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROJECT

 

People trafficking counterfeit sneakers are trying harder than terrorists-

DHS manages warehouses of seized goods- safe enough to walk around in. What if it wasn’t fake handbags, but terrorists and terrorist weapons that were showing up?

 

It appears that the surveillance society & magic, war on terror crime fighting powers do not work.

 

Urban Shield SWAT event- Preventing Terrorism Aim Of Operation ‘Urban Shield’

Preventing Terrorism?

More like reacting.

 

It will be easy to spot an attempted strike. Expect the bad guys to be sloppy- the packages they send will look like they were put together by drunken 3rd graders, or Wile E Coyote.

 

If all the bank robbers in North America decided to become terrorists instead- how would the Dept. of Homeland Security stop them?

Buzz around in gunboats and helicopters?

Check ID cards?

NORAD/US Air Force radar?

Scramble fighter jets?

Inspect cargo shipments at US port cities?

Internal Suspicionless checkpoints and roadblocks?

 

Politicians tell us we are in a life and death struggle with terrorists who will not stop until they destroy the American way of life. If there is a military solution to this problem-why no draft?

 

Possibly of interest:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

 

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Ruby Beach preview

 

DOD public relations nightmares roll on.

It’s been a tough couple of years out there.

 

In recent news-

Marine SNCO accused of sexual behavior with neighborhood dogs

 

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

 

Marine GySgt beats up taxi driver

 

Okinawa-

U.S. troops in Okinawa on curfew after arrests in rape case

Drunk Marine Lieutenant breaks curfew- then enters private residence to hide out. He later admits to trespassing.

 

Generals being investigated

All this while traditional DOD benefits are under review.

 

Credit to the US Navy- they hold their people accountable-

Navy commanders relieved of duty in 2012

Please compare to your US Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

Photo- The Pacific Coast at Ocean Shores, WA

 

Welcome Home Troops

TRICARE News-

GAO study: Civilian doctors wary of accepting Tricare

 

“The Pentagon is moving ahead with plans to slash its network of Tricare Prime providers, starting by eliminating the Prime option in three states and two cities in the Tricare West region.”

 

Military Update

Retirees far from bases to lose Tricare Prime

 

Tom Philpott: TRICARE Rx Fee Hike Planned for February

 

TRICARE Fees May Increase Again

 

Google:

$60 billion in DOD contracting fraud

& see where savings are available to pay fees for healthcare earned by people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again.

Make us proud guys-

Army Corps of Engineers can’t produce $1 billion of fuel receipts in Iraq

“The total amount of funds unaccounted for has now reached a staggering $7 billion, officials say — and they warn that the Iraqi government is likely to demand at least some of that money back.”

DOD Inspector General finds $900M stockpile of Stryker parts

 

Senator McCain-

“I have not yet met a single 18-year-old, including my own son . . . who said, ‘Gee, I want to join the Marine Corps because of TRICARE.’ No, they joined the military because they want to serve their country.”

They didn’t sign up for TRICARE Senator McCain.

They stayed for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and kept reenlisting until they had 20 years in for TRICARE.

They could have left the armed forces to stabilize their lives Re: children in school, home ownership, a chance at decent local jobs for a two income household, family separation, getting shot at, etc.

They stayed in based on what they thought was an honest understanding of the benefits they were earning.

 

Traditional DOD military healthcare benefits used to entice people to stay for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan should be written in stone.

 

Many Americans may associate free medical care with people who stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces.

Recommendation-

Insert language into recruiting literature and enlistment documents stating that rules concerning benefits may change at any time & that no definite benefit package will be provided in exchange for 20 years of unrestricted worldwide service. No grandfather clause will apply. Have unit leaders refer to this disclaimer when promoting retention drives, giving re-enlistment speeches, etc.

Stop spending federal money on meaningless support the troops promotions, campaigns and VIP photo ops that are not connected in any way with public policy.

 

Here is a hand selected lady who was surprised (1:12) to get a phone call of support from The First Lady- even though cameras were rolling in her home when the phone rang:

 

My concerns are not specific to any political party or personality.

Here’s the Republican position Re: making good on healthcare benefits for The Troops:

“Pulling the TRICARE Prime idea from a recent Congressional Budget Office report, McCain said forcing retirees under 65 to use TRICARE Standard, the fee-for-service option, or health insurance from civilian employers, or space-available care at base clinics or hospitals, could save DoD medical accounts up to $111 billion over the next decade.”

 

Senator McCain,

There was a time when Moms & Dads, friends, relatives, folks at church and school and people with years of military experience encouraged a younger generation to take a favorable look at making a career of the US Armed Forces.

Even if there was another draft- people would be drafted for an enlistment- not a career.

Good luck with your all-volunteer military.

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

Update:

Report savages terrorism ‘fusion centers’ for high cost, low value

“In the new Senate report, investigators found that with the lack of oversight, fusion centers spent money wildly, including a San Diego fusion center that bought 55 flat-screen televisions at a cost of $75,000 to watch the news and display calendars.”

Welcome Home Troops

 

Ever notice that the surveillance society, fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, monitoring of e-mails and text messages, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc. seems to fail at stopping hardcore bad guys?

The federal government must have magic crime fighting powers to stop terrorists. The magic powers don’t work on crimes like bank robbery or drug trafficking.

It appears the federal government has been extremely successful in preventing major post 911 domestic terror strikes.

If the federal government has the crime fighting skills to wipe out all major terror strikes since 911- why wouldn’t they use those skills to shut down other categories of violent crimes?

 

Why does the federal government maintain a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine from entering the US?

The people who move heroin & cocaine into N. America do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

 

INVASION OF THE DRUG CARTELS

SOURCES: U.S. NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER REPORT 2011, THE U.S. NATIONAL SEIZURE SYSTEM, AND THE JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROJECT

 

Fusion centers unable to slow down these bad guys:

 

Suspects On The Loose After ‘Take Over Style Robbery’ At The McDonald’s

 

Lone madman shuts down Mount Rainier National Park & ties up 200 law officers for 24 hours.

Park remains closed for almost a week– madman not found until after he succumbed to the forces of nature- not a shootout with the good guys.

 

Josh Powell blows up house & kids

 

“The Sheriff’s Office estimates there are 300 to 700 gang members in our community operating in about 30 different gangs.”

 

41-year-old Peter Keller-

Victims shot to death prior to North Bend house fire

“After working for hours in the rugged terrain, West said some crew members needed IV infusions for exhaustion.”

“Four officers were taken to the hospital for exhaustion and dehydration overnight after navigating the rugged terrain around the bunker.”

 

60+ rounds fired in four Seattle drive-by shootings

 

Home invasion shooting

 

Planned Parenthood bomber

 

Boy, 5, brings heroin for show and tell

 

In a general sense- are fusion centers able to stop mass shootings, serial killings, or drug trafficking?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

War on Drugs Hasn’t Stemmed Flow Into U.S.

 

Urban Shield SWAT event- Preventing Terrorism Aim Of Operation ‘Urban Shield’

Preventing Terrorism?

More like reacting.

 

It will be easy to spot an attempted strike. Expect the bad guys to be sloppy- the packages they send will look like they were put together by drunken 3rd graders, or Wile E Coyote.

 

If all the bank robbers in North America decided to become terrorists instead- how would the Dept. of Homeland Security stop them?

Buzz around in gunboats and helicopters?

Check ID cards?

NORAD/US Air Force radar?

Scramble fighter jets?

Inspect cargo shipments at US port cities?

Internal Suspicionless checkpoints and roadblocks?

 

Related:

Working to prevent another 911

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

 

Possibly of interest:

The Garage Sale Incident

Port Angeles Border Patrol Mysteries

 

 

 

 

Photo- Amphibious landing- Blaine Sector

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

These are the folks with the special IDs and background checks-

 

Convicted TSA Officer Reveals Secrets of Thefts at Airports

 

Why hasn’t DHS been able to keep cocaine and heroin out of the US?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

The Garage Sale Incident

Drugs, guns and child porn at Homeland Security

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

Insists on dividing people up into groups– then assigning a separate value to each group.

 

Cheers on military forces that are not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars in distant lands.

Credits The Troops with defending American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Stopped supporting a draft a long time ago.

 

Spends money on gunboat escorts for ferries on Puget Sound while terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry.

 

Spends months promoting the idea of buying stuff to celebrate Christmas.

 

Brags about freedom- then goes with a control freak approach on individual liberty.

 

Lies about the stories associated with federal holidays.

Celebrates independence from a powerful central government.

Tries to make people feel guilty for not properly observing some federal holidays.

 

Talks about legalizing marijuana while including restrictions that leave prohibition and the drug war in place for adults age 18-20, those who want to grow a plant at home, possess more than an ounce, or possess marijuana from non-state sanctioned outlets.

 

Talks about placing high taxes on legal marijuana.

Dealers, traffickers and cartels are good with this idea.

 

Supports a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

 

Tolerates reporters who do not ask questions.

 

Tolerates politicians who lie about clean energy.

 

Supports a Drug War that places us all at risk.

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

Several months ago, I found information posted by the DEA Re: heroin and cocaine availability in the US-

DEA-

“Today, traffickers operating from Colombia continue to control wholesale-level cocaine distribution throughout the heavily populated northeastern United States and along the eastern seaboard in cities such as Boston, Miami, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia.”

“Heroin is readily available in many U.S. cities as evidenced by the unprecedented high level of average retail, or street-level, purity. Criminals in four foreign source areas produce the heroin available in the United States: South America (Colombia), Southeast Asia (principally Burma), Mexico, and Southwest Asia/Middle East (principally Afghanistan).”

Looks like this info is no longer available on the DEA website.

 

Interesting that the DEA would post info indicating that they’ve got a big job to do. Over at DHS- the message is more like- we’ve got a handle on it all-

Never forget-

“…one vulnerability or gap anywhere across the globe has the ability to impact security thousands of miles away.”

Looks like some vulnerabilities and gaps are present here:

Law officers seize 26 pounds of cocaine in car stop near Bellingham

Oregon State Police have seized 55 pounds of heroin in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Ashland

 

Meanwhile-

Grand opening of the $9.8 million, 50 agent US Border Patrol station at Port Angeles- access restricted “only to media with credentials and invited guests

This local story has been developing for years now. There has been plenty of time for people with the advantage of a press credential to schedule appointments, do interviews & ask questions. Unfortunately- local reporters are not in the habit of doing so.

 

 

Photo- Wooden Boat weekend at Port Townsend

 

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Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

Never Forget-

The US Armed Forces were irrelevant in defending American rights and freedoms, our physical security, & The Constitution on 911.

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

Think terrorists are smart enough to pose as drug traffickers- then cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

Domestic heroin busts are reported as some sort of law & order success-

Each one is evidence that- 11 years after 911– the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent criminal traffic from entering the US.

 

Conspiracy Theory-

More information is better- this is how science and medicine works. Over the years some people have been freed from prison based on new DNA evidence becoming available.
Are the people who took steps to discover that new evidence conspiracy theorists?
Apply this same curiosity and desire for knowledge to some controversial topics and you’ll be labeled a conspiracy theorist.

Why the effort to suppress ideas?

 

 

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

Think terrorists are smart enough to pose as drug traffickers- then cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

 

Never forget-

“…one vulnerability or gap anywhere across the globe has the ability to impact security thousands of miles away.”

Looks like some vulnerabilities and gaps are present here:

Law officers seize 26 pounds of cocaine in car stop near Bellingham

Oregon State Police have seized 55 pounds of heroin in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Ashland

 

911 should have been a drug trafficker’s worst nightmare. The US Dept. of Homeland Security- a whole new federal department- was created to stop terrorists and prevent another 911.

Today- fusion centers and police state tactics are the norm to keep the US safe from terrorists.

Why hasn’t the US Department of Homeland Security been able to stop cocaine and heroin from crossing into the US?

Every domestic heroin bust is evidence that the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent hardcore criminals from crossing into the US.

 

INVASION OF THE DRUG CARTELS

SOURCES: U.S. NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER REPORT 2011, THE U.S. NATIONAL SEIZURE SYSTEM, AND THE JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROJECT

 

If the federal government has the crime fighting skills to wipe out all major terror strikes since 911- why wouldn’t they use those skills to shut down other categories of violent crimes?

War on terror crime fighting tactics, the surveillance society, fusion centers, drones, license plate scanners, Behavior Detection Officers, tracking cell phones, reading text messages- none of it appears to work to stop crimes like bank robbery or drug trafficking.

 

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta travels to Bremerton to motivate the USS John C. Stennis crew prior to another War on Terror mission.

Mr. Secretary- what are your thoughts on the Post 911 National Security/War on Terror progress chart?

 

Welcome Home Troops

Drugs, guns and child porn at Homeland Security

The Garage Sale Incident

 

 

Photo- a symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

Bad news-

Port security: U.S. fails to meet deadline for scanning of cargo containers

Good news-

CBP Agriculture Specialists Detect Asian Gypsy Moth at the Port of Tacoma

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking cargo after it shows up in downtown Tacoma?

 

Seattle men busted at the border with illegal candy

Meanwhile- the people who move heroin into N. America do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

Waiting in line policy to show special biometric ID fails to prevent hardcore criminals from crossing into the US- even while packing large quantities of contraband. Maybe an enhanced driver license or U.S. Passport Card will keep terrorists out- they wouldn’t be smart enough to just ride on in with shipments of illegal drugs.

Terror watch lists fail to prevent illegal drug shipments from entering North America.

 

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep drug traffickers out-

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

Don’t forget-

“…one vulnerability or gap anywhere across the globe has the ability to impact security thousands of miles away.”

Looks like some vulnerabilities and gaps are present here:

Graphic: Mexican drug cartels’ spreading influence

Hey VFW, Hey American Legion, Hey Joint Chiefs of Staff- what are your thoughts on all this?

 

Possibly of interest:

Port Angeles Border Patrol- $9.8 million facility move in day

The Garage Sale Incident

Gunboat escorts on Puget Sound

 

 

Photo- Coast Guard moves south through the Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

View the chart here

SOURCES: U.S. NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER REPORT 2011, THE U.S. NATIONAL SEIZURE SYSTEM, AND THE JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROJECT

Welcome Home Troops

 

Meanwhile- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff motivates USA basketball teams

 

Port Angeles Border Patrol assists with major drug bust- any connection to the US/Canada border?

“…nearly three pounds of black tar heroin.”

 

Possibly of interest:

 

Port security: U.S. fails to meet deadline for scanning of cargo containers

 

Keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out?

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in? 

 

Not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars overseas

 

Legends of the War on Terror

 

Military suicides

 

Hey VFW, Hey American Legion, Hey Joint Chiefs of Staff- what are your thoughts on all this?

 

 

 

Photo- Happy Hour at North Beach, Port Townsend, WA

 

 

 

How come the magic crime fighting powers used to stop all major terror strikes after 911 don’t work on crimes like bank robbery & drug trafficking?

 

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

 

The NYPD Overstated Their Counterterrorism Record?

 

Hey VFW, Hey American Legion, Hey Joint Chiefs of Staff- what do you think about all this?

 

 

 

Photo- fog clears at Port Townsend

 

 

Military suicide rates are up. Value of benefits is down-

 

I have an acquaintance who has had a positive, long term relationship with a mental healthcare professional.

That healthcare professional will not contract with TRICARE after United HealthCare takes over.

 

It sounds like the tortuous paperwork processing requirements are not worth the low reimbursement rates provided to the mental healthcare professional.

People who have the ability to help others find internal peace realize the strain will be unbearable when the next lowest bidder moves into place.

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

What is likely to happen in the case I am familiar with is a continued patient/client relationship based on negotiating a fee- same as people did 100 years ago. This way- none of the patient’s money & none of the healthcare professional’s money will be chopped out by a middleman agency staffed with people who enforce mind-numbing paperwork mandates.

 

“…low reimbursement rates are the number one reason physicians say they turn away TRICARE beneficiaries.”

 

TRICARE enrollees face obstacles finding mental health providers

 

Healthcare fees going up for The Troops who stayed for 20 years-

TRICARE Prime fees to increase Oct. 1

Here is $6-8 billion that could have paid for healthcare fees for people who volunteered to go to far away places and maybe never come back again & those who stayed for multiple tours in Iraq.

Here is another $60 billion that could have gone to pay healthcare fees for those who made a 20 year commitment to whatever wear and tear came their way.

 

 

Photo- pre-tsunami debris scene on the Washington Coast

 

A local letter writer suggests sort of a Thanksgiving Day for federal workers on July 4th this year-

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Join federal workers in celebrating the Fourth of July

 

A salute to federal workers out at the airport:

Grandpa’s ashes scattered at TSA checkpoint

 

A salute to a federal Drug Czar & all subordinate employees-

Federal Marijuana Policy

 

A salute to federal workers who monitor family farms and dairies-

 

A salute to all federal employees associated with The War on Terror-

War on Terror?

 

A salute to federal workers serving the US Department of Homeland Security-

The Garage Sale Incident

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

Gunboat escorts on Puget Sound

Suspicionless local ID checks?

Secret arrest statistics & the warehousing of Border Patrol agents at Port Angeles

 

Independence Day essays here and here

 

 

“A man’s attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.”

Welcome Home Troops

 

The more tortuous inspection procedures become out at the airport- the more I wonder what prevents terrorists from disrupting security in that crowded part of the airport just outside of the screening checkpoint.

What stops hardcore terrorists from blowing themselves up in crowded airports just prior to being questioned at security checkpoints?

Terrorists have access to hundreds of crowded public places in the US- free of federal supervision, screening, scanning, pat downs, etc.- why aren’t they blowing themselves up at these locations?

 

No inspection of personal items for those moving illegal drugs into North America-

 

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

 

Waiting in line policy to show special biometric ID fails to prevent hardcore criminals from crossing into the US- even while packing large quantities of contraband. Maybe an enhanced driver license or U.S. Passport Card will keep terrorists out- they wouldn’t be smart enough to just ride on in with shipments of illegal drugs.

We’ve got the upper hand-

It will be easy to spot an attempted strike. Expect the bad guys to be sloppy- the packages they send will look like they were put together by drunken 3rd graders, or Wile E Coyote.

Terror watch lists fail to prevent illegal drug shipments from entering North America-

DEA-

“Today, traffickers operating from Colombia continue to control wholesale-level cocaine distribution throughout the heavily populated northeastern United States and along the eastern seaboard in cities such as Boston, Miami, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia.”

“Heroin is readily available in many U.S. cities as evidenced by the unprecedented high level of average retail, or street-level, purity. Criminals in four foreign source areas produce the heroin available in the United States: South America (Colombia), Southeast Asia (principally Burma), Mexico, and Southwest Asia/Middle East (principally Afghanistan).”

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

Just in time for your summer travel plans-

Suspicionless DHS checkpoints- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

Some people object to living in a police state- even if an illegal alien or fake terrorist might be captured:


 

 

 

 

The man who made the video above just won a related court action.

 

 

 

 

From the description below the video above:

“You don’t catch illegals with drug dogs….they can’t sniff that you’re Mexican or Canadian.”

 

Related-

NMA Position On Roadblocks

Discuss on facebook here.

 

http://tinyurl.com/OakBayStarfish

 

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

 

Post 911 National Security/War on Terror progress chart-

 

Domestic heroin busts are reported as some sort of law & order success-

Each one is evidence that- 11 years after 911– the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent criminal traffic from entering the US.

 

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

June 06, 2012-

Lead-Contaminated Children’s Shoes Seized at Seattle Waterfront

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking cargo after it shows up in downtown Seattle?

 

Old news-

Lead tainted toys show up in Seattle-

While our priority mission is to prevent terrorists and their weapons from entering the country, we are also responsible for keeping a wide variety of harmful products from reaching the American marketplace,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Roland Suliveras Jr. said in a news release. “Lead-contaminated toys are one such product.

Do we wait to check for terrorists and their weapons until they arrive at the Seattle waterfront?

We did in 2006-

22 Smuggled Chinese Arrested at the Seattle Seaport

Note- the headline reports the arrest- further into the article we see that prior to the arrest- people released themselves from a shipping container and wandered around the pier in the wee hours.

“Once again, CBP was on the scene as the first line of defense in cargo security and against dangerous illegal activity posing a threat to our nation’s security,” said Tom Hardy, CBP director of field operations for Seattle. “CBP screens 100 percent of all maritime containers that pose a risk for terrorism at foreign ports before they are shipped to the United States.”

But not the containers used to transport human cargo?

Hey VFW, Hey American Legion, Hey Joint Chiefs of Staff- what’s your take on this?

 

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula-

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep illegal drugs out:

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

Port Angeles- 50 agent US Border Patrol station fails to keep the heroin out

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 


 

Stop and frisk abuses in the news.

 

Remaining Silent At A Sobriety Checkpoint

 

 

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

 

American culture is OK with lies told about US foreign policy and where military service fits into our way of life.

Somewhere after 911- many patriotic Americans seem to have embraced the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms– as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Memorial Day 2012-

“Memorial Day used to be held on May 30 regardless, and was moved to the last Monday in May in 1968 to create a three-day annual weekend. Interestingly there are those who oppose the weekend idea and advocate its return to fixed date, including the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW). In the Eighties Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, himself a WWII veteran, introduced legislation (unsuccessful) to return the original date. The idea is that if Memorial Day was not simply a long weekend holiday for going to the beach and grilling, more Americans might actually realize that it has a deeper and much more somber meaning.”

Perhaps less Americans are buying into the idea that overseas military operations are somehow connected to American rights and freedoms.

Perhaps some question a departure from the old tradition of a formal congressional declaration of war prior to sending the troops into combat.

Perhaps some see that Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still are unable to keep illegal drugs out.

Some may have come to the point where they just think of it as a Fake War on Terror.

 

“Let us never forget those who bravely gave their life blood or paid the ultimate price so we can have our freedom and the right to vote.”

It turns out “The Troops” were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

 

How about the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984– it stripped the 50 states of the “freedom” to set their own minimum drinking age- where were “The Troops”?

 

Memorial Day 2011-

“…take this time to recognize those currently serving in the Armed Forces as they continue to fight to protect the liberties that we have come to appreciate.”

 

Memorial Day 2009-

Still more than 2 weeks away and here is a letter that reminds us of the meaning of this important day.

The letter writer and several of those who commented made mention of the troops “fighting for our freedom.”

When we were told that our concealed carry permit was void on local, federal National Parks lands– did the Joint Chiefs of Staff send out “The Troops” to restore American rights and freedoms?

Any support from The Department of Defense Re: various state’s efforts to legalize marijuana?

Are The Joint Chiefs of Staff working to reverse a federal ban on online poker games?

Are “The Troops” standing in the way of warrantless searches of homes and apartments?

How about Delayed-Notice Search Warrants?

How about a federal law that requires social security numbers to be submitted for fishing licenses? A totalitarian- guilty until proven innocent scheme to track down dead beat dads– as if digging a bucket of clams has anything to do with child support payments.

 

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

 

When we return from an undeclared war or military conflict without a victory- what becomes of American rights and freedoms?

 

One person wrote: “…spend this Memorial Day honoring those who have defended your right to have an opinion on this matter.”

As if we are wards of the state or mindless drones– somehow dependent on people in military uniforms to enable us to think or to have an opinion.

 

If the troops are fighting for American rights and freedoms- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

 

US foreign policy goals and objectives are mapped out at the very highest levels of government.

Ask yourself- is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to protect American rights and freedoms?

Does someone make sure the mission is to defend the constitution?

Is there anyone who verifies that the mission is to protect our physical security?

 

How does the executive branch of government defend the constitution via US foreign policy?

Many veterans refer to their oath of enlistment Re: defending the constitution- when & how do The Troops act on behalf of the executive branch of government to defend the constitution?

 

If the US Armed Forces are somehow connected to defending the constitution- how did public policy serve up due-process-free assassinations?

 

Never Forget-

The US Armed Forces were irrelevant in defending American rights and freedoms, our physical security, & The Constitution on 911.

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

People who question US foreign policy on newspaper websites are told:

“You wouldn’t have the freedom to post your nonsense if people were not giving their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom”, etc.

Some will say people in uniform “give” http://www.iwvpa.net/provincecm/ us our freedoms- totally disregarding the concept of inalienable rights.

Others will say we’d be speaking a language or practicing a religion not of our choosing- if not for veterans:

“Support your troops.  Support all military,” Mowl said. “If it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be here.  It’s the same as the World War II vets – if it weren’t for them, we’d be speaking German now.”

The free and well armed people who populate the North American continent could be forced to speak a language not of their choosing?

Doubt it.

 

The world’s most modern & powerful military force has had their hands full for years now trying to pacify the locals in the Greater Middle East.

We’ve got such a good handle on the situation- National Guard units are doing multiple tours in distant lands– absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

 

We’re not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars overseas– why would we think they have any bearing on the language we choose to speak- or on American rights and freedoms in any sense?

 

Public policy stands in the way of freedom- a situation completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

Military service is honorable. In some cases, it provides for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Best thanks for a veteran-

Reach for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

USMC ’79-’99

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

 

 

We’re just weeks away from the grand opening of a new, $5.7 million 50 agent US Border Patrol station at Port Angeles- an area sharing no land border with Canada.

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring the 50 agent facility- due to open in the spring of 2012.

 

We are told the #1 US Border Patrol objective is to stop terrorists. The US Border Patrol explains this objective at a local public forum- this YouTube video covers Border Patrol objectives at 3:50.

 

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep heroin out-

Waiting in line policy to show special biometric ID fails to prevent hardcore criminals from crossing into the US- even while packing large quantities of contraband. Maybe an enhanced driver license or U.S. Passport Card will keep terrorists out- they wouldn’t be smart enough to just ride on in with shipments of illegal drugs.

Terror watch lists fail to prevent illegal drug shipments from entering North America-

Preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States fails to stop heroin from coming in-

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula

Warrant issued for alleged heroin dealer

Warrant nets suspected heroin dealer

“McLennan, also known as Ashleigh Dodge, allegedly sold an eighth-ounce of heroin to an informant in Port Angeles for $140 on July 12 and 6.3 grams of heroin to an informant in unincorporated Clallam County just southwest of Port Angeles on Oct. 6, according to court documents.”

Narcotics team reports drug sentences for four

“Port Angeles police say they capped a nearly year-long investigation into heroin delivery with the arrest of a Port Angeles man.”

Sequim woman charged in heroin bust

 

Hey local reporters-

When can we expect to hear from you on all this?

 

 

Photo- looking towards the west end of Crescent Bay, WA. – Vancouver Island in the distance.