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Total Gun Control Under Obama Administration

Total Gun Control Under Obama Administration

Noworldsystem.com / Infowars.com
May 24, 2009

We are witnessing the last vestiges of freedom vanish before our very eyes, 3 bills have been introduced to the House that will completely lock-down the 2nd amendment for good. The U.S. Government has the 1st and 2nd amendment by the throat, if any of these Orwellian bills pass the Senate we will see the last chapter of the American Republic.

Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush introduced “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009” (HR 45) which will create a federal licensure system of gun owners who must fill out an application that includes a photo, address, all previous aliases, thumb print and will make all buyers undergo a mental health screening in order own a “Blair Holt” gun license. The bill gives U.S. Attorney General complete power over who gets permission to obtain a gun license, those who have permission will be required to unload the firearms and lock them up in gun safes, thus completely rendering the owner from using the gun for self-defense.

H.R. 45 will also make it illegal for a licensed gun owner to fail to report a missing gun or theft within 72 hours or fail to report a change of address within 60 days. If a minor obtains a firearm and injures someone with it, the owner of the gun will face a multiple-year jail sentence. [Source]

Another anti-gun bill introduced by House Democrat Carolyn McCarthy called the “No Fly, No Buy Act” (HR 2401), if passed the Senate it will merge the TSA’s no-fly list with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a point-of-sale system that determines the customer’s eligibility to purchase a firearm in the United States. The NICS was created in November of 1993 when the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (Brady Act) was signed into law. The permanent provisions of the Brady Act went into effect on November 30, 1998 and required the U.S. Attorney General to establish NICS.

H.R. 2401 sponsor, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy stressed the importance of passing the No Fly No Buy Act, saying: “For far too long, the terror gap has left a wide open loophole in our nation’s gun safety laws that could allow terrorists to acquire guns the same way any law abiding citizen can. The No Fly, No Buy Act uses existing TSA data to update the NICS system with the names of known or suspected terrorists to disqualify them from passing the Brady Background Check. This is a common sense gun bill that will prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands,”. Co-sponsor of the bill, Steve Israel agrees with her sentiment, stressing “the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of people that are known or suspected terrorists”. [Source]

On May 15, 2007, former Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) now Obama’s Chief of Staff, speaks at DC’s annual “Stand Up For a Safe America” event sponsored by the Brady Center. Emanuel is quoted saying that we need a president that will “make sure we have once again an assault weapon ban, a Brady Bill with a full force of the law of the land,” “if you are on the No-Fly List because you are known as maybe a possible terrorist; you cannot buy a handgun in America.” “If you’re on that No-Fly List, your access to the right to bear arms is cancelled because you’re not part of the American family, you don’t deserve that right, there is no right for you if you’re on that terrorist list.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJBZZKlvrP4

There is over one million Americans on TSA’s no-fly database and the list continues to grow at an astronomical rate. These people are not Islamic terrorists this War on Terror fraud would make you believe, these are Americans, people like Sen. Ted Kennedy, CNN reporter Drew Griffin and even an 8-year old child!

Another recent bill that will give the A.G. complete control titled the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009” (HR 2159) to the House Committee on Judiciary. The bill would “increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist.”.

Executive director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt is worried that this bill will be used in correlation with Homeland Security’s domestic terrorism memos that label the alternative news media, returning veterans, activists in support of the Constitution, Gun Rights, activists against the Iraq war, illegal immigration or the New World Order as potential terrorists.

Pratt says, “This bill would enable the attorney general to put all of the people who voted against Obama on no-gun lists, because according to the DHS, they’re all potential terrorists. Actually, we could rename this bill the Janet Napolitano Frenzied Fantasy Implementation Act of 2009.” Obama’s Attorney General pick Eric Holder is rabidly anti-gun, during his tenure with the Clinton administration he aimed at driving the nation’s gun dealers and manufacturers out of business. [Source] If any of these anti-gun bills pass it will give Eric Holder absolute power on who gets to own guns, these bills have absolutely nothing to do with stopping Islamic terrorism but all to do about oppressing the American people.

After 9/11, Eric Holder wrote a Washington Post op-ed titled “Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists” arguing that a new law should give the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) a record of every gun sale. He also stated that potential gun buyers should be checked against the secret “watch lists” compiled by various government entities. To strengthen his point he concluded that Osama Bin Laden would be able to purchase unregistered firearms at American gun shows if these measures were not met.

This year, Second Amendment attorney Stephen Halbrook during Attorney General Eric Holder’s confirmation hearing made it clear that Eric Holder is vehemently opposed to the right of the American people to bear arms. Unfortunately there was no mention of Holder’s role in the Waco and the Ruby Ridge massacre during his Clinton tenure.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkw3X8RIsno

Obama and his administration will most likely obliterate the 2nd amendment with staunch anti-gun creatures like Rahm Emanuel and Eric Holder. Lou Dobbs just recently reported that Obama is in favor of ratifying CIFTA, an International Gun-Control Treaty that prevents ‘illicit’ manufacturing of firearms, ammunition and explosive materials. According to Gun Owners of America ‘illicit’ manufacturing includes the simple task of reloading or modifying a firearm in any way. [Source]

Obama has also refereed the D.C. handgun ban as ‘constitutional’, he also leaked a gun ban list that would make millions of Americans potential criminals and placed anti-gun legislation in his stimulus bill.

In other news, a dire warning was sent to the Alex Jones show by an 11B Infantryman based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky shows that active duty military personnel are being secretly ordered to submit all information to their Chain of Command on all firearms they own privately, their location as well of details of any Concealed Carry permits. [Source]

In an e-mail with the attached document the soldier writes: “I live off post, with my firearms (which I don’t bring on post for any reason). A very frightening thing happened at work yesterday, I was ordered to fill out a list containing my firearm information. This included make, model, caliber, and serial number of all firearms I currently posses. In addition, I was also required to list registration information, location of all weapons individually, and information regarding any CCW permits I posses.”

The infantryman continues saying he had been in Fort Campbell for almost 8 years and never encountered anything like this before: “I don’t know how high this goes, but I am hearing that this is going on in other units at Fort Campbell as well. It just seems a little coincidental to me that within 90 days: the most anti-firearm President in history is inaugurated, some of the nastiest anti-firearm laws are put on the table in Washington, and then the Army comes around wanting what amounts to a registration on all firearms, even if they are off post, and doesn’t provide any reason or purpose as to why. I fear something really nasty is blowing in the wind here.”

Indeed, we aren’t in Kansas anymore, Homeland Security and the U.S. Government are making it crystal clear its agenda to stifle all dissent against the U.S. Government, if you do not obey, you will be considered a potential terrorist extremist and you will no longer be “apart of the American family” as Rahm Emanuel put it. You will be denied of owning any firearms but even if you do have permission to own firearms you will have to follow many procedures in order to own guns or face harsh penalties.

There is One Type of Total Gun Ban that We Need, Jefferson Would Agree, and It’s the Key to Bringing Back 1776
http://www.infowars.com/there-is-one-typ..ng-back-1776/

LAPD Implies Owning Guns Is “Illegal”
http://www.prisonplanet.com/lapd-im..s-is-illegal.html

 



Government Wants To Choose Who Can Own Guns

HR 2159 Seeks To Disarm Individuals The Government Suspects Of Being Terrorists

Lee Rogers
Rogue Government
May 11, 2009

The terrorists in the federal government are continuing their push to infringe on everyone’s natural right to defend themselves. More specifically, a new bill has been introduced that would allow the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearm to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist. The bill is HR 2159 or the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009. This legislation is incredibly disturbing because since the 9/11 false flag terror attacks, the government has been utilizing the bogus war on terror as a pretext to label a myriad of people as domestic terrorists. In this Orwellian world that we live in, supporters of the Constitution, liberty oriented individuals and even anti-war protesters are now being considered domestic terrorists. With this in mind, this legislation will allow the government to deny an individual the right to bear arms by simply stating that they are a suspected terrorist. In this world we are moving into, everyone will be a suspected terrorist, so it is convenient that something like this would be proposed.

The purpose of the bill is described below. The language clearly states that its purpose is to authorize the government to deny firearms to anyone who they consider to be a known or suspected terrorist.

To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist.

Section 2 of the bill grants the Attorney General the authority to deny the sale or transfer of firearms or firearms/explosives licenses to so-called dangerous terrorists. They can do this based on the sole discretion of the Attorney General. So if the Attorney General believes that an individual is in some way, shape or form engaged in terrorism or suspected of terrorism, they will be given the authority to deny access to firearms from this person.

SEC. 2. GRANTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE AUTHORITY TO DENY THE SALE, DELIVERY, OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM OR THE ISSUANCE OF A FIREARMS OR EXPLOSIVES LICENSE OR PERMIT TO DANGEROUS TERRORISTS.

(a) Standard for Exercising Attorney General Discretion Regarding Transferring Firearms or Issuing Firearms Permits to Dangerous Terrorists- Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended–

(1) by inserting the following new section after section 922:

‘Sec. 922A. Attorney General’s discretion to deny transfer of a firearm

‘The Attorney General may deny the transfer of a firearm pursuant to section 922(t)(1)(B)(ii) if the Attorney General determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support thereof, and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the prospective transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism.’;

In Section 922B the bill provides a definition for terrorism which is defined as the following.

‘(36) The term ‘terrorism’ means ‘international terrorism’ as defined in section 2331(1), and ‘domestic terrorism’ as defined in section 2331(5).

The Attorney General would use this definition of terrorism in their decision making process. Looking at just the definition of domestic terrorism in U.S. Code, it becomes obvious why we should be concerned. Below is the definition of domestic terrorism.

(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that –

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended –

(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

With this broad definition of domestic terrorism in mind, a radio talk show host or an individual operating a web site could be considered a domestic terrorist because they could be considered to be coercing a civilian population. This bill would then authorize the Attorney General to disallow someone from owning a firearm based upon this insane definition of what constitutes a domestic terrorist.

This is an incredibly insane piece of legislation. Unquestionably anyone who attempts to undermine an individual’s natural right to defend themselves by owning a firearm using lawyer tactics and hard to understand legislative language and references is a terrorist. An unarmed population is an enslaved population, and that’s exactly what these nihilistic scumbags in Washington DC want to do. They want to make all of us slaves.

 



Obama Supports Global Gun-Control Treaty

Obama Supports Global Gun-Control Treaty

Infowars
May 3, 2009

Lou Dobbs notes that Obama is in favor of ratifying CIFTA, the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms. The treaty would “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives and other related materials”. According to Gun Owners of America; “Illicit manufacturing includes reloading and modifying or assembling a firearm in any way, This would mean that the Obama administration could promulgate regulations banning reloading on the basis of this treaty”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9X2VbhSH9o

Obama has promised Mexican President Felipe Calderon that he would urge the Senate to take up CIFTA. He is doing this under the cover of the drug cartel violence in Mexico. Obama and Calderon quoted a statistic echoed by the corporate media that 90% of the weapons seized in Mexican raids were purchased from U.S. gun shops and a reason why the U.S. needs to ratify this treaty. In fact, this is a lie — only a mere 17% of guns found at Mexico crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

CIFTA would bury the Second Amendment under “pertinent resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.” It would criminalize ammunition reloading (defined as explosives manufacture) and gun assembly (including firearm kits and presumably breaking down weapons for cleaning or transport).

Language contained in the CIFTA treaty insists it respects “the principles of sovereignty, non-intervention, and the juridical equality of states.” Not mentioned is the fact the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties has a superior rank to national laws. If the CIFTA treaty is ratified without exception, it would kill U.S. sovereignty and lead the way to destroying the Second Amendment.

It should be noted that only the Senate needs to ratify the treaty. Article II, section 2, of the Constitution states that the president “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.”

The United States was one of the first signatories to CIFTA in November, 1997. The Convention was transmitted to the Senate in June 1998 and to this day awaits the Senate’s advice and consent. 29 of the 34 OAS member states have ratified CIFTA. Only the US, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines have yet to do so.

Despite Obama promising before the election that he was not interested in going after the second amendment, his first action as president was appointing rabidly anti-gun Eric Holder as his Attorney General.

Obama quietly leaked a gun ban list that would make millions of Americans potential criminals for owning certain types of rifles or pistols. Anti-gun legislation has sneaked its way into Obama’s stimulus bill and other unrelated bills as pork barrel.

Obama has made it clear that he supports the D.C. handgun ban calling it constitutional, but denies filling out a questionnaire answering “Yes” in supporting state legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and assault weapons. [Source] Obama also co-sponsored a bill that would have limited American’s handgun purchases to one per month (fortunately it did not pass).

The result of Obama’s outward support of gun control, record firearms purchases and ammunition purchases across the country has skyrocketed. In San Francisco at a Daly City gun show people rushed gun tables buying up everything they can find, “everybody’s panic buying,” said a wholesale ammunition dealer, “when the doors opened people we’re running in,” “people are afraid the Obama administration will ban assault weapons.”. [Source]

If that’s not all, a new bill has been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives titled the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009” (HR 2159). The bill would allow the Attorney General Eric Holder (the anti-gun creature that Obama appointed) to deny firearms to anyone that is suspected a terrorist. This is very disturbing because Homeland Security is currently assaulting free speech, flat-out calling U.S. Constitution supporters as domestic terrorists. [Source]

 



The Obama Deception Full Movie

The Obama Deception Full Movie

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7886780711843120756&hl=en

 



Tell the Truth About Obama, Go to Jail

Tell the Truth About Obama in Missouri, Go to Jail

Kurt Nimmo

Prison Planet.com
September 27, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iStZAbf47FA

In Missouri, if you “lie” about Barack Obama the cops may arrest you. “The effort appeared to be part of a move by the Obama campaign to block advertisements to which it objects. The campaign also sent ‘threatening’ letters to several news agencies in Pennsylvania and Ohio demanding they stop airing ads exposing Obama’s gun stance, according to the National Rifle Association,” writes WorldNetDaily, never mind Obama is a gun-grabber who claims to support the Second Amendment.

Obama told ABC he supports the D.C. handgun ban. His campaign told the Chicago Tribune “Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.” Obama served on the board of the Joyce Foundation, probably the largest private funder of anti-gun and pro-ban groups and research in the country. In addition, Obama voted for a bill that would “expand the definition of armor piercing ammunition” and “support[ed] banning the sale of ammunition for assault weapons,” including 223 and .308 caliber bullets, the most common rifle ammunition. He supported the Illinois Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) Card, mandatory for residents when they buy any firearm in the state. (For more information on Obama’s assault on the Second Amendment, see Analysis: Fact-Checkers Fall Short in Criticizing NRA’s Anti-Obama Ads.)

In other words, if you cite Obama’s voting record or his publicly stated opinions and this rubs his “truth squads” wrong, they will sic the cops on you. “We want to keep this campaign focused on issues,” Jennifer Joyce, a Missouri prosecutor, told told KMOV (see video). “We don’t want people to get distracted. Missourians don’t want to be distracted by the divisive character attacks,” that is to say she does not want the sheep distracted by the truth — Obama is a gun-grabber who pretends to respect the Second Amendment. In addition to Joyce’s warming, Obama lawyer Robert Bauer threatened Missouri television and radio station managers that he would rat them out to the Federal Communication Commission if they dared tell the truth.

This is precisely how political campaigns are run in despotic third world countries and dictatorships that pretend to be democracies. In Bolivia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Burma, Georgia, Haiti — there is no shortage of recent examples — the opposition is routinely arrested, even killed, but we are supposedly above such tactics here in America. Instead, we just fix the voting machines and nix thousands of voters from the rolls.

It appears all of this has changed under Obama. Isn’t this the sort of behavior Hitler’s goons engaged in before he swept into power and killed millions of people, beginning with his political opponents? Isn’t this the sort of thing Stalin and Mao did, eventually graduating to mass murder and genocide? Didn’t East Germany’s Stasi encourage people to turn in their neighbors, even their family and friends, for holding the wrong political opinions?

Of course, Obama is no Stalin and his opponents are not showing up dead on the side of the road. But with this effort to silence the critics through coordinated police action we can see such fascism in a germination stage. Remember, Hitler’s brownshirts started out by intimidating communists, anarchists, and Social Democrats and then graduated to beatings, murder, and finally death camps.

 



Government won’t remove rocket fuel from drinking water

Government won’t remove rocket fuel from drinking water

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
September 23, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency says there is no need to act on the fact that a toxic rocket fuel ingredient, which has been proven to lead to a loss of IQ and an increase in behavioral and perception problems, has long been present in drinking water across the U.S.

In a remarkable reversal of it’s position, the EPA, has ditched six years of effort into persuading the government that perchlorate contamination poses a serious risk to the public and should be regulated.

Perchlorate, has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses, reports AP. The toxic chemical has also been found in lettuce and other foods.

It is used by defense and aerospace contractors in conjunction with the Pentagon in rockets and missiles.

Blogger Rick Attig at the Oregonian succinctly explains why the EPA has suddenly decided to back down and drop it’s efforts to address perchlorate contamination:

It’s obvious what’s going on here. The administration wants nothing to do with a cleanup that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars or more. Nor does the Pentagon want to expose its friendly defense contractors to the costs of cleaning up the contamination they are responsible for leaving behind to seep into drinking water in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Attig also points out that the Bush administration and the Pentagon are preparing to fix the science to justify not regulating perchlorate by setting the maximum contamination level at 15 times the figure the EPA suggested in 2002.

The revelations first appeared in a Washington Post report Sunday, after the paper received a near final EPA “preliminary regulatory determination” document.

That document revealed that the government opted not to use a National Academy of Science formula for determining safe levels of perchlorate in drinking water, the model preferred by the nation’s top scientists, instead opting to use a computer model developed by the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology.

No conflict of interest there then.

The report also revealed that the White House deleted references to scientific studies which highlighted the link between perchlorate’s impact on thyroid function and an irreversible loss of IQ and perception in young people from babies to those in the 20s.

The document estimates that up to 16.6 million Americans are exposed to perchlorate at a level many scientists consider unsafe; independent researchers, using federal and state data, put the number at 20 million to 40 million.

Robert Zoeller, a University of Massachusetts professor who specializes in thyroid hormone and brain development, told reporters that the government amendments to the EPA proposal “have distorted the science to such an extent that they can justify not regulating” the toxic chemical.

“Infants and children will continue to be damaged, and that damage is significant.” Zoeller said.

Perchlorate is just one toxic horror readily found in the drinking water of people all over America. We have previously reported on studies that have found that numerous pharmaceutical drugs, from antidepressants like prozac to sex hormones, currently contaminate the water supplies of millions.

In addition millions more are being being mass-medicated against their will in many water districts by way of sodium fluoride, which is classed as a poison, being added to water supplies without their consent. The latest scientific reports have pointed to strong evidence of the waste chemical’s link to disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland, as well as lowering IQ.

Despite these facts, the government continues to aim to have 75% of American water fluoridated by 2010.

It is now clearly the responsibility of people everywhere to lobby representatives at the state and local levels to implement their own drinking water regulations in response to the combination of negligence, cronyism and downright criminal actions of the federal government on this matter.

Several states have already acted on their own. In 2007, California adopted a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion for perchlorate, while Massachusetts has set a drinking water standard of 2 parts per billion. Meanwhile other towns and cities across the country have voted to remove fluoride from their water.

Given that states like Pennsylvania have passed laws making it illegal to remove fluoride from a community’s drinking water supply once such fluoridation is started, It is essential that action is taken on this matter before others follow suit.

 

Media Cries Foul When Fluoride Removed From Water

Natural News
September 22, 2008

A recent newscast delivered some great news for natural health advocates while portraying it as a bad thing. On July 19, 2008 Channel 9 News (ABC) in Seminole County, FL reported that “Soon, a natural element will no longer be added to county drinking water, find out how the county tried to avoid telling customers until Channel 9 got involved.”

After a commercial break it was revealed that the “natural” element they were referring to was Sodium Fluoride. The idea that the fluoride added to municipal water supplies is “natural” is a common myth. While Calcium Fluoride is the 5th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, it is Sodium Fluoride (Sodium Hexafluorosilicate), a toxic by-product of Aluminum production, that is added to the drinking water of most states in the U.S.

Sodium Fluoride has been shown to cause brain damage, ADD, Alzheimer’s disease, various types of cancer, kidney problems, thyroid problems and (ironically) tooth problems. An uninformed man was shown on Channel 9 complaining that his children would no longer have the fluoride that they need for their teeth.

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Estrogen Flooding Our Rivers
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Estrogen_Flooding_Our_Rivers_999.html

EPA Won’t Remove Rocket Fuel From Water
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/22/tech/main4470126.shtml

 



761 U.S. Military Bases Across the Planet

761 U.S. Military Bases Across the Planet

Alternet
September 8, 2008

Here it is, as simply as I can put it: In the course of any year, there must be relatively few countries on this planet on which U.S. soldiers do not set foot, whether with guns blazing, humanitarian aid in hand, or just for a friendly visit. In startling numbers of countries, our soldiers not only arrive, but stay interminably, if not indefinitely. Sometimes they live on military bases built to the tune of billions of dollars that amount to sizeable American towns (with accompanying amenities), sometimes on stripped down forward operating bases that may not even have showers. When those troops don’t stay, often American equipment does — carefully stored for further use at tiny “cooperative security locations,” known informally as “lily pads” (from which U.S. troops, like so many frogs, could assumedly leap quickly into a region in crisis).

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military “sites” abroad.

The fact is: We garrison the planet north to south, east to west, and even on the seven seas, thanks to our various fleets and our massive aircraft carriers which, with 5,000-6,000 personnel aboard — that is, the population of an American town — are functionally floating bases.

And here’s the other half of that simple truth: We don’t care to know about it. We, the American people, aided and abetted by our politicians, the Pentagon, and the mainstream media, are knee-deep in base denial.

Now, that’s the gist of it. If, like most Americans, that’s more than you care to know, stop here.

Where the Sun Never Sets

Let’s face it, we’re on an imperial bender and it’s been a long, long night. Even now, in the wee hours, the Pentagon continues its massive expansion of recent years; we spend militarily as if there were no tomorrow; we’re still building bases as if the world were our oyster; and we’re still in denial. Someone should phone the imperial equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous.

But let’s start in a sunnier time, less than two decades ago, when it seemed that there would be many tomorrows, all painted red, white, and blue. Remember the 1990s when the U.S. was hailed — or perhaps more accurately, Washington hailed itself — not just as the planet’s “sole superpower” or even its unique “hyperpower,” but as its “global policeman,” the only cop on the block? As it happened, our leaders took that label seriously and our central police headquarters, that famed five-sided building in Washington D.C, promptly began dropping police stations — aka military bases — in or near the oil heartlands of the planet (Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait) after successful wars in the former Yugoslavia and the Persian Gulf.

As those bases multiplied, it seemed that we were embarking on a new, post-Soviet version of “containment.” With the USSR gone, however, what we were containing grew a lot vaguer and, before 9/11, no one spoke its name. Nonetheless, it was, in essence, Muslims who happened to live on so many of the key oil lands of the planet.

Yes, for a while we also kept intact our old bases from our triumphant mega-war against Japan and Germany, and then the stalemated “police action” in South Korea (1950-1953) — vast structures which added up to something like an all-military American version of the old British Raj. According to the Pentagon, we still have a total of 124 bases in Japan, up to 38 on the small island of Okinawa, and 87 in South Korea. (Of course, there were setbacks. The giant bases we built in South Vietnam were lost in 1975, and we were peaceably ejected from our major bases in the Philippines in 1992.)

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