Thursday, October 28, 2010
This drives me nucken futs.
Has it gotten to the point that persons that are not authorized to be in this country are now demanding that they receive the benefits of citizenship with out having to go through the process of properly becoming a citizen.
These ingrates need to go the hell home.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
There is much noise out there in this interweb thingie reference the pending closure of Club Gitmo and the campers currently vacationing on the American taxpayer's dime.
Lets start at the beginning. The enemies of the west (the United States) have conducted operations against US interests at home and overseas for decades. Just because one side is slow to pick up on the clues does not change the fact that a defacto state of war has been in effect. Sense 2001, the left in this country has been all pissie when "all of the sudden" the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America goes before the Congress of the United States and requests formal authorization. The Congress authorized the use of force. Apparently, The democrats in the Congress did not think that the POTUS would exercise that authority (although POTUS already had congressional authority to use force, given to the last administration).
So, in response to the attack of 11 Sept, 2001, POTUS ordered up a large can of woop ass opened up on the piles of human wreckage the was fingered as the ones responsible.
The Taliban falls as a government in 3 weeks. The US put less than 15,000 sets of boots on the ground for that little party.
That little bag of camel shit in Baghdad was giving the world the finger for the last 10 years. Refusing to live up to it's Cease Fire obligations. TO wit, fully account for all WMD. He did not. HE paid the price for the games that he played. Remember that the 42’nd POTUS allowed the Baghdad punk to act like a spoiled brat by failing to comply with the cease-fire agreement of 1991. This is the reason that you will find it difficult to negotiate with instable leaders of countries hostile to the interests of the United States.
Now on to the meat.
The 225 or so piles of “human” wreckage have a problem. Are they or are they not EPW’s as defined by international treaty. That will depend on who you ask and the details of the manner of how the person comes to be in the custody of the US Military. For the most practical reasons, US forces in the field are trained to treat by default all persons captured/detained in the theater of operations (battle field) as EPW’s (enemy prisoner of war). The guy at the vary point of the spear doesn’t have to time to sort all the different treaty classifications of persons that are found on the battlefield. We have been trained to use the 5 “S’s” search, silence, segregate, safeguard and speed. We are also trained to treat all captured or detained persons as EPW’s. It is not up to the capturing element to make that determination as to their status according to the law of war. That’s the job of the MI/MP unit that runs the PW collection point.
Like I said, we use the 5 S’s
Search – Search the captured person to insure that there is no weapons or any other item of intelligence importance. All items removed from the PW are to be tagged with the date/time and location of capture, capturing unit and evacuated though the S-2 chain. All items of a purely personal nature are to be returned to the person. The PW is to retain any personal safety equipment (helmet, protective mask).
Segregate – Separate captured persons (enlisted/NCO/Officer, male/female)
Silence – keep them quiet. Do not allow them to talk amongst themselves.
Safeguard – The capturing power is now responsible for the personal safety of the PW. Do not allow anyone to harm, harass, or otherwise injure the PW.
Speed – Evacuate the PW to the PW collection point ASAP.
See, at the pointy end of the stick, the options available for the classification of the captured person is zero. Any person grabbed is treated as a EPW the people higher will sort it out at their leisure.
Now, moving right along, when the EPW arrives at the PW collection point, usually at the brigade trains, they are further sorted, initial interviews conducted personal classified and the other treaty required actions are taken care of.
Under international law, (an interesting concept) over time rules of the ‘game’ have evolved to keep the confusion to a minimum. One set of rules is what makes up an ‘authorized player’. Lets go look at the generally recognized rulebook – the Geneva/Hague conventions:
Likewise, there are rules that make a ‘civilian’ into a person deserving of the protections of the above provided they comply with the following:
So, to be on the battlefield is not always a bad thing as long as the rules are followed. Break the rules and things can go very poorly for you if captured by the other side. Set the way back machine to 1945-1946. The city of Nuremburg. It’s post war Germany. The allies are in a foul mood and decided that the persons responsible for certain acts are to be called to account. So trials were set up, held, evidence heard, judgments rendered. Some acquitted, most were convicted. Those convicted were sentenced to long prison terms or to hang by the neck for the crimes that they were convicted of.
So we now have the stage set for the 21st century replay of the military tribunals. The persons (loose definition) being detained at Gitmo were to be tried by duly authorized military tribunals based on the detaining power (US) rights and duty under the laws of war.
According to treaty, any non-military person who violates any portion of the relevant provisions are subject to trial and be sentenced to up to and including death.
There is no ambiguity in this point of the LAW of WAR.
Friday, January 02, 2009
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Thursday, January 01, 2009
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I's in a reflective mood this morning. I could not sleep last night. Been up sense 2 AM, was thinking about what is important to me at this time of year. The biggest thing is the fact that I get to make another trip around the sun. Ya, I's a man of simple pleasures. I have a wife and 3 children that I love (not that they detect much). A crazed cat and a faithful dog. I'm a bit of a odd fish. I don't express emotion well. I have always been a private person.Intend to keep most people at a distance to keep myself from getting hurt. I've been burned too many times.
There is nothing more important than family. Cherish them wile you still can.
Enough of this Madlin stuff. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for the new year.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Lets start pulling this apart and look at this from the perspective of plain English.
WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES: A hopeful declaration of who this document is from and for.
IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION: This statement of fact presupposes that the people who came up with this were aware that perfection is an unattainable goal; but, a goal to strive for nonetheless.
ESTABLISH JUSTICE: to make firm or stable or to put beyond doubt; the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2): conformity to this principle or ideal.
INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY: to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions; of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country; the quality or state of being tranquil (free from disturbance or turmoil).
PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENCE: to take precautionary measures; for the ; relating to a community at large; the act or action of defending or capability of resisting attack.
PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE: to contribute to the growth or prosperity of, or, to help bring (as an enterprise) into being; the; involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole or not confined by specialization or careful limitation; the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity.
AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY: assured in opinion or expectation: having no doubt; the a thing conducive to happiness or welfare; of freedom from arbitrary or despotic control or the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges or the power of choice.
TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY: those identical ones that are we —used reflexively
DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law; to fix or resolve conclusively OR o establish or secure permanently OR to take up an ordered or stable life; the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it b: a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization; being in agreement; a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory ; especially : one that is sovereign b: the political organization of such a body of people c: a government or politically organized society having a particular character state>
The Preamble to the Constitution is an interesting collection of words and thoughts. It reflects the hopes and dreams of the people who first put this to paper back in the 1780’s. The authors had the experience with a monocracy and wanted nothing more of it. The earlier Articles of Confederation were also found to be sorely lacking. The authors knew that they could do better. This is their effort to bring order to chaos. As so many others have offered, this document is the Great Experiment in Self Governance. After the Constitutional Convention concluded, a man asked Franklin “what form of government have you given us?”, Franklin responded “A republic, if you can keep it!”.
The Constitution is the instructions to how to set up and manage the machinery of government. The Preamble gives us the ‘What’ and the ‘Why’. The rest of the document is the ‘How”
Your mileage will vary.