Monthly Archives: January 2009

“Frau ist Frau.”

‘They raped every German female from eight to 80’

Now their great-granddaughters won’t breed and their race is dying.

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Marine Corps Information Operations Center

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“provide Marine Air-Ground Task Force commanders and the Marine Corps, a responsive and effective full-spectrum information operations planning and psychological operations delivery capability by means of deployable support teams and a comprehensive general support IO reachback capability to integrate IO into the Marine Corps.”

Information Operations Center informs Marines of new opportunities

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H. R. 645: National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (Introduced in House)

National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (Introduced in House)

HR 645 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 645

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2009

Mr. HASTINGS of Florida introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.

    (a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
    (b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure–
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      (1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
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      (2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
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      (3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
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      (4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.

    (a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate not fewer than 6 military installations as sites for the establishment of national emergency centers.
    (b) Minimum Requirements- A site designated as a national emergency center shall be–
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      (1) capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster;
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      (2) environmentally safe and shall not pose a health risk to individuals who may use the center;
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      (3) capable of being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures;
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      (4) capable of housing existing permanent structures necessary to meet training and first responders coordination requirements during nondisaster periods;
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      (5) capable of hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance needs;
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      (6) required to consist of a complete operations command center, including 2 state-of-the art command and control centers that will comprise a 24/7 operations watch center as follows:
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        (A) one of the command and control centers shall be in full ready mode; and
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        (B) the other shall be used daily for training; and
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      (7) easily accessible at all times and be able to facilitate handicapped and medical facilities, including during an emergency or major disaster.
    (c) Location of National Emergency Centers- There shall be established not fewer than one national emergency center in each of the following areas:
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      (1) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions I, II, and III.
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      (2) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV.
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      (3) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions V and VII.
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      (4) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VI.
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      (5) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions VIII and X.
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      (6) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX.
    (d) Preference for Designation of Closed Military Installations- Wherever possible, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate a closed military installation as a site for a national emergency center. If the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense jointly determine that there is not a sufficient number of closed military installations that meet the requirements of subsections (b) and (c), the Secretaries shall jointly designate portions of existing military installations other than closed military installations as national emergency centers.
    (e) Transfer of Control of Closed Military Installations- If a closed military installation is designated as a national emergency center, not later than 180 days after the date of designation, the Secretary of Defense shall transfer to the Secretary of Homeland Security administrative jurisdiction over such closed military installation.
    (f) Cooperative Agreement for Joint Use of Existing Military Installations- If an existing military installation other than a closed military installation is designated as a national emergency center, not later than 180 days after the date of designation, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense shall enter into a cooperative agreement to provide for the establishment of the national emergency center.
    (g) Reports-
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      (1) PRELIMINARY REPORT- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site–
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        (A) an outline of the reasons why the site was selected;
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        (B) an outline of the need to construct, repair, or update any existing infrastructure at the site;
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        (C) an outline of the need to conduct any necessary environmental clean-up at the site;
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        (D) an outline of preliminary plans for the transfer of control of the site from the Secretary of Defense to the Secretary of Homeland Security, if necessary under subsection (e); and
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        (E) an outline of preliminary plans for entering into a cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f).
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      (2) UPDATE REPORT- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site–
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        (A) an update on the information contained in the report as required by paragraph (1);
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        (B) an outline of the progress made toward the transfer of control of the site, if necessary under subsection (e);
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        (C) an outline of the progress made toward entering a cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f); and
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        (D) recommendations regarding any authorizations and appropriations that may be necessary to provide for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site.
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      (3) FINAL REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site–
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        (A) finalized information detailing the transfer of control of the site, if necessary under subsection (e);
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        (B) the finalized cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f); and
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        (C) any additional information pertinent to the establishment of a national emergency center at the site.
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      (4) ADDITIONAL REPORTS- The Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, may submit to Congress additional reports as necessary to provide updates on steps being taken to meet the requirements of this Act.

SEC. 4. LIMITATIONS ON STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.

    This Act does not affect–
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      (1) the authority of the Federal Government to provide emergency or major disaster assistance or to implement any disaster mitigation and response program, including any program authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.); or
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      (2) the authority of a State or local government to respond to an emergency.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There is authorized to be appropriated $180,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010 to carry out this Act. Such funds shall remain available until expended.

SEC. 6. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act, the following definitions apply:
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      (1) CLOSED MILITARY INSTALLATION- The term `closed military installation’ means a military installation, or portion thereof, approved for closure or realignment under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (part A of title XXIX of Public Law 101-510; 10 U.S.C. 2687 note) that meet all, or 2 out of the 3 following requirements:
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        (A) Is located in close proximity to a transportation corridor.
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        (B) Is located in a State with a high level or threat of disaster related activities.
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        (C) Is located near a major metropolitan center.
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      (2) EMERGENCY- The term `emergency’ has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
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      (3) MAJOR DISASTER- The term `major disaster’ has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
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      (4) MILITARY INSTALLATION- The term `military installation’ has the meaning given such term in section 2910 of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (part A of title XXIX of Public Law 101-510; 10 U.S.C. 2687 note).

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I made this comment on the previous post before seeing this.

Only those who prepared themselves mentally, physically and materially before the “event” will be empowered to rely upon themselves and evade the round up.

The camps may no longer stand on the cold deserts of Wyoming or the shimmering deserts of Arizona. But they’re there. In the executive orders. In the plans. In the memos. In the minds of those with a will to control.

It’s a will that has swelled through 50 additional years of unchecked power. A will that will burn children and shoot mothers and say the innocents were to blame for their own destruction. A will that engineers the survival of government while treating free people as resources or enemies.

Next time, I think, wind and loss won’t be our worst punishments.

The first WTC bombing, Waco, AWB, Elian Gonzalez. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Related post:   Violent, Strategic Dislocation Inside the United States

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Dumbass amateurs

Ever seen The Shootist?

There’s always some six-fingered bustard that couldn’t hit a cow in the tit with a tin cup.

Professionals don’t like amateurs, hobbyists or enthusiasts doing for free what they get paid for. A profession has to have entry credentials, some sort of officially recognized certificate of competency to practice, arcane jargon with which to baffle outsiders, and overweening certitude that nobody can do what they do as well as they do.

Yet it was the bar tender that finally killed The Shootist.

A recent post about the Alaska Territorial Guard in WWII got me to thinking about sub-national military and paramilitary capabilities.  Sub-national as in echelons below fedgov.mil.  The ATG had to be recruited because the Alaska National Guard had been mobilized for federal service and sent off to Washington State before the war started.  That could happen again to your state.  The Army National Guard and Air National Guard are Reserve Components of the federal armed forces, paid, equipped, and trained with federal taxpayer money, and if you have a Category 5 hurricane while the best part of your state’s National Guard is in Darfur delivering  pizza, well, DoD regrets the inconvenience, I’m sure.

Every state lost their National Guard during both World Wars.  The States tried to replace them with State Guard units recruited from men exempt from the draft.  They were better than nothing.  A little less than half the states still have State Guards or State Defense Forces.  Most of those are not armed.  My SDF forbids any weapons, especially  personally owned firearms.  When a buddy was trying to recruit me, he told me my main mission would be to prepare to assume responsibility for the armory of a GAARNG Mechanized Infantry Company in a town south of me.  That Company went to Iraq, and the SDF held the fort while they were gone.  Not high speed, low drag, but honorable service.  Better than nothing.

Because of their proximity to the Nation’s Capitol, Maryland State Guard in 1942 had so many missions Governor O’Conor needed yet another force, The Maryland Minute Men.

To these men, many of whom will be veterans of the last war, who incidentally may have “chafed at the bit” when they have observed their sons and younger men marching away recently to the Country’s defense, let me say that here is an opportunity that will make them truly an important part of the public defense forces. Here is a function of military organizations to which they can address themselves with enthusiasm, because it will be of utmost importance and will thereby release a number of regular Army forces for combat service abroad.

How Obsolete Is The Unorganized Militia? (Scroll down when you hit that link.)

The concept is not obsolete, it’s execution at the state level has become problematic, because self-reliance and the people’s confidence in the competence of local yokels are not as common as they used to be. Only professionals will do, you see. The Guild can always find imperfection in the craftsmanship of the hobbyist.

Back before lawyers litigated common sense out of existence, whoever could, did.  Amateurs, hobbyists and enthusiasts with useful skills were officially encouraged to lend a hand, and recognized for their contributions. Certification not required.  Professional perfection not required.  Good enough was acceptable back then.   Not great but Better Than Nothing immediately available was generally accepted as an improvement over Highly Professional Special Response Teams two hours out.   This elementary common sense is no longer generally accepted everywhere.  The idea that it is better the local citizens do it tolerably, now,  than waiting for the Feds or the State to do it perfectly, later, is more credible in Red States, and Red Counties of Blue States, than it is in the rest of the country.  It’s part of the rural vs. urban, renter vs. owner Culture War.

UPDATE: Saturday, 07 March 2009 The Militia: In History and Today

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Last Survivors of the Tundra Army

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Not that many of us down here in the Lower 48 know all that much about the ATG
That’s too bad, because back in the day, after Pearl Harbor, when the Japs seized the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska, the Alaska Territorial Guard was for many months the only force available to   protect the only source of the strategic metal platinum in the Western Hemisphere against Japanese attack and to secure the land around the vital Lend-Lease air route between the United States and Russia.

“Muktuk” Marston was something of an unsung American T. E. Lawrence.  He deserves to be more widely known among American students of Irregular Warfare.  The indigenous irregulars he raised and led are leaving us, along with the rest of the Greatest Generation, but the Last Survivors of the Tundra Army face one final test.

The Alaska Territorial Guard: A Debt of Honor Unpaid
That eminent Former Regime Loyalist the erstwhile Warlord of Castle Argghhh! points out that Since the failure is in the wording of the legislation and the Army’s initial read of it, the solution is legislative as well.

The Tundra Army: Patriots of Arctic Alaska

Muktuk Marston’s VJ Day Speech in Nome

Army Revokes Pay Raise for World War II ‘Eskimo Scouts’

Army plans payment to Territorial Guard veterans

The Secretary of the Army has authorized emergency funds for 26 surviving members of a World War II Alaska militia unit whose retirement pay was being reduced because of a legal technicality, Alaska’s congressional delegation said today.

Army Secretary Pete Geren will dip into an emergency fund to cover the pay for the 26 former members of the largely Native guard, according to the delegation. The one-time emergency payment will equal two months’ pay while Congress works on legislation to fix the law to allow the service in the unit to counts as active duty for calculating retirement pay.

 

UPDATE: Despicable: Barack Obama Orders Pensions Cut Off To WWII Veterans

This situation is incredibly disturbing. All indications are these brave WWII veterans served Alaska and the nation with honor. To purposely cut these aged men off, in the twilight of their lives, goes against everything America stands for. In fact, as this cuts off not only a substantial part of their paycheck, but other benefits, such as medical, one might even say this is sort of a death panel, especially knowing that winter is coming, and heating fuel is quite expensive in Alaska.

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An Integral Part of OEF

GUANTANAMO-HEARINGS/HAMDAN

Our Nation is at war, and JTF-Guantanamo serves as an integral component of OPERATION
Enduring Freedom. We are the model organization for safe and humane enemy combatant detention operations, and for the collection and dissemination of strategic intelligence supporting the Global War on Terror. We operate under the watchful gaze of the Nation and the world. We are a strategic asset operated by a highly trained and patriotic team of military and civilian professionals, dedicated to supporting our Nation’s interests in the Global War on Terror.

You have done a hard job well. Your new political masters’ “reward” for devotion to duty will be much less than you deserve.

Guantanamo Bay was chosen as a detention facility and site for trials because of its unique legal standing. The 45-square-mile U.S. naval base was liberated by U.S. Marines during the Spanish-American War in 1898. The indefinite 1903 lease for Guantanamo Bay grants the U.S. power to exercise complete jurisdiction and control over the base while leaving ultimate sovereignty with Cuba.  These distinct parameters were the basis for the U.S. Government’s early assertion that detainees had no access to U.S. courts and, therefore, could not challenge their detention using habeas corpus. — Jeffrey H. Norwitz, Defining Success at Guantanamo: By What Measure?

 

 

 

I thought it was brilliant to store ’em at Gitmo. The alternatives were Diego Garcia or prison ships in the Indian Ocean, and the Brits would have wimped out on DG, just like we’re wimping out now.

We keep these unlawful combatants alive for two reasons:

1) Intelligence from interrogation

2) Lawfare

If it weren’t for lawfare we could execute them when their intelligence value has been exhausted. Lawfare, according to Colonel Charles Dunlap,

describes a method of warfare where law is used as a means of realizing a military objective. There are many dimensions to lawfare, but the one ever more frequently embraced by U.S. opponents is a cynical manipulation of the rule of law and the humanitarian values it represents. Rather than seeking battlefield victories, per se, challengers try to destroy the will to fight by undermining the public support that is indispensable when democracies like the U.S. conduct
military interventions.”25 

 

They will end up turning most of them loose. Probably about 10% will go back to Jihad. They will kill people. The MSM will bury those stories. They’ll be too busy providing megaphones for the few we bother to try in court, who will probably go scott free.

And when an outraged American caps one of these assholes, the MSM will whine about vigilantes.

UPDATE 020220091720: Moe names names.

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Regime Change

Vaya Con Dios

Vaya Con Dios

Every four or eight years, regular as clock work.

Millions of my fellow citizens who previously couldn’t can now bring themselves to wave flags and cheer and support our troops.

Millions of my fellow citizens who previously didn’t now do think our Westphalian nation-state deserves to survive and is worth defending.

Millions of my fellow citizens who previously rejected with bitter cynicism and venomous ridicule all Administration strategic communications now Believe in Hope and Change.

For what millions of my fellow citizens are about to receive, may the Lord make them thankful.

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