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America: A Military Nation

Public Policy

Americans like to think of their country as different from those run by military regimes. They are only fooling themselves. Ever since the federal government was converted into a national-security state after World War II (without a constitutional amendment authorizing the conversion), it has been the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA that have run the government, just like in countries governed by military dictatorships.

Oh sure, the façade is maintained — the façade that is ingrained in all of us in civics or government classes in high school and college: that the federal government is composed of three co-equal, independent branches that are in charge of the government.

But just a façade. It’s fake. It’s a lie.

It’s true that the federal government used to consist of three branches. But that quaint notion disintegrated when the federal government was converted to what is known as a “national-security state” after World War II. Even though it was done without a constitutional amendment, that conversion effectively added a fourth branch of government to the federal government — the national-security branch, which consists of the NSA, the CIA, and the Pentagon.

The addition of that fourth branch fundamentally altered the original three-branch concept, especially because the fourth branch quickly became the most powerful branch. The reason is because ultimately government is force, and the fourth branch is where the most force was concentrated within the new, altered governmental structure.

As law professor Michael Glennon has pointed out in his book National Security and Double Government, the result is a federal government in which the military, the CIA, and the NSA are in charge. They are the ones actually calling the shots. But they permit the other three branches to maintain the façade that they are in charge, including periodically going along with decisions in the other three branches to keep Americans thinking that everything is the same as it always has been.

Consider the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s torture center, prison, and kangaroo tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They set that up with the aim of establishing a place to hold people and do whatever they wanted to them, without any judicial interference. Guantanamo was a dream-come-true for the military and the CIA. Like most conservatives, they had long lamented those “constitutional technicalities” that let people go free. If only America stopped coddling criminals, we could finally establish order and stability in our land. Guantanamo was going to be their showcase, their model for the United States and the world for dealing with criminals.

That model, as we now know, entailed kidnappings, bounties, torture, indefinite detention, no criminal defense attorneys, denial of speedy trial, kangaroo military tribunals, use of hearsay evidence, use of evidence acquired through torture, denial of due process of law, and other violations of long-established criminal-justice procedures that stretch back to Magna Carta in 1215.

Contrary to what the Pentagon and the CIA and their acolytes within the mainstream press have long maintained, terrorism is a criminal offense, not an act of war. If you don’t believe me, go look up the U.S. Code. That’s where all federal crimes are listed. You’ll see that terrorism is in fact a federal criminal offense.

Alternatively, go into any federal courtroom in the land where a federal criminal prosecution for terrorism is being held. Ask the judge why he’s hold such a trial. He will tell you that it’s because terrorism is a federal criminal offense.

The Pentagon-CIA torture-prison-tribunal center in Cuba didn’t change that fact. It simply meant that the CIA and the Pentagon were now getting into the law-enforcement business, which would enable them to punish people they were certain were guilty of terrorism.

Now, let’s turn to President Obama, the president who vowed to shut down this Pentagon-CIA model torture-prison-military tribunal facility. He made that vow at the very start of his presidency, if not before.

Obama was a two-term president. That meant 8 years in office. When Obama left office, he still had not fulfilled his vow. The Pentagon-CIA torture, indefinite detention, and kangaroo center at Guantanamo was still open. It still is.

The reaction of Obama supporters and the mainstream press? “Oh, poor President Obama. He meant well. He really wanted to shut down Guantanamo. He just wasn’t able to pull it off before his 8-year term ended.”


Hey, this guy was commander-in-chief. No, not of the American people but of the federal government’s military and para-military forces. That means that he is supposedly the head honcho. As such, he gives the orders to everyone below him. In a military structure, the superior officer gives the orders and the subordinate officers obey and carry out the orders.

That means that all that President Obama, as commander in chief, had to do was issue an order to his military subordinates: “Close it down. Now!”

But that’s not what happened. The Pentagon and the CIA obviously would not let Obama issue that order. And he understood that if he did, it was a virtual certainty that they wouldn’t have obeyed it.

Then what?

Some Obama supporters say it was all Congress’s fault because Congress passed a law that forbade the president from bringing any Gitmo prisoners to the continental United States.

But Obama is president. He could have vetoed that law. And even if the veto was overridden, he didn’t have to bring any prisoners to the United States. As commander-in-chief of the military and the CIA, he could have simply said, “Close it down and release them all.”

After all, that’s how our regular constitutional system — the one whose principles the CIA and the Pentagon rejected — works. Government officials have to charge a person with a crime and try him within a reasonable period of time or they are required to release him.

The real question is: Why was Congress so intent on keeping Gitmo open, over the president’s objections? After all, keeping a U.S. kidnapping-detention-torture-kangaroo tribunal center in place in a foreign country, over the president’s vehement objections, is not the type of thing that we would ordinarily expect from the elected representatives of the American people.

There is only one explanation that makes sense: That the national-security establishment told Congress that it wanted Gitmo to be kept open. We know that the CIA has assets in the mainstream press. We know they have assets in state and local governments, including police departments. It would stand to reason they would have assets in Congress, ones that they can call upon whenever necessary to protect the interests of the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA.

And there is also the matter of military bases, programs, and projects in the district of every member of Congress. Congressmen knew what would happen to them if they bucked the Pentagon and the CIA on Guantanamo. All that the Pentagon would have to do is announce a closure of major military bases or other facilities in that Congressman’s district. Immediately, the press would denounce him as an “ineffective congressman,” one who was incapable of bringing home the political bacon to his district.

What about the Supreme Court? Early on, they rejected the Pentagon’s arguments that they had no jurisdiction over Guantanamo. The Court held it did and said that the federal courts would entertain habeas corpus cases brought by Gitmo prisoners. The Pentagon acceded to the ruling but it was all part of the façade.

After all, given that there is no constitutional authorization for the federal government to have a bifurcated judicial system — one run by the federal courts and the other run by the military — the Court should have ordered an immediate closure of the facility and a termination of the kangaroo judicial system that the Pentagon and the CIA established.

Instead, unwilling to cross any red lines when it came to the national-security branch of the government, the Supreme Court has left Gitmo standing. That’s why dozens of prisoners have been held there for more than 10 years without trial and without the hope of a trial, much less a fair one.

Look at the people who surround President Trump: U.S. “Defense” Secretary: A general. National Security Council advisor: A general. Trump’s chief of staff: a general.

Think about those flyovers and all other glorification of the military and U.S. sporting events and in U.S. airports and churches and most everywhere else. Think about how so many Americans profusely thank the troops for protecting our rights and freedoms by killing people abroad who aren’t threatening our rights and freedoms. Think about how Trump wants to have “patriotic” military parades, which would undoubtedly feature the latest missiles, rifles, tanks, and planes.

Remember President Trump before the election? He was criticizing the Pentagon’s forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East. He was criticizing NATO and the UN. He was fighting a political war against the CIA. He was all for making friends with Russia.

Today? Trump is expanding the Pentagon’s forever wars. He let the CIA continue its decades-long secrets in the JFK assassination. He’s extolling NATO. And he’s imposing sanctions on Russia. Trump has been absorbed into the national-security establishment blob.

Consider Egypt or, for that matter, Chile under Pinochet. In Egypt, the military-intelligence establishment runs the government. Same for Chile under Pinochet. America’s system is not much different, at least not in principle. The only difference is that in Egypt, the military-intelligence role is overt, just like it was in Chile. Here in the United States, the role is more disguised, with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches being permitted to have a fig leaf of ostensible control.

Welcome to America, one of the world’s premier military nations.

The Future of Freedom Foundation

29 Comments on "America: A Military Nation"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 7:36 am 

    “… by killing people abroad who aren’t threatening our rights and freedoms.”

    THAT is Amerika. A murdering, plundering, immoral, insane people, who are supporting the world-wide terrorism of their government in the name of greed. It is coming home in the form of suicides, drugs, mass shootings, immorality and collapsing infrastructure/economy/life expectancy, etc.. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving people. Third world Amerika.

  2. deadly on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 7:39 am 

    No shit, Sherlock.

    Who cares and tell somebody who gives a shit.

    A tune by The Fugs:

    C.I.A. Man

    Who can kill a general in his bed?
    Overthrow dictators if they’re Red?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can find a counter-agent quick?
    Especially the ones, themselves, of it?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can plan a riot in Vietnam?
    Who can have the troops restore the calm?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can buy a government so cheap?
    Change a cabinet without a squeak?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can get a budget that’s so great?
    Who will be the 51st state?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who has got the secret-est Service?
    The one that makes the other service nervous?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can cypher anything with zeros?
    Not well known, but simply worth the heros.
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can take the sugar from its sack
    Pour in LSD and put it back?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can squash republics like bananas?
    Simply if they do not like their social manners?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can train guerrillas by the dozens?
    Send them out to kill their untrained cousins?
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can mine the harbors Nicaragua?
    Out hit all the hitmen of Chicag-ua.
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who can be so overtly covert?
    Sometimes even covertly overt.
    Fucking-a man!
    (Fucking-A! C-I-A!)
    CIA Man!
    Who’s the agency well-known to God?
    The one that copped his staff and copped his rod?
    Fucking-a man! CIA Man!
    Fucking-a man! CIA Man!
    Fucking-a man! CIA Man!
    CIA Man! CIA Man!
    CIA Man! CIA Man!
    CIA Man!
    C I A

  3. Darrell Cloud on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 7:41 am 

    We Americans are just like everybody else. We have no control over the ship of state. Our so called elected officials don’t even declare war any more. We have this new contrivance called a police action. Congress in theory is in control of the purse strings, but if they shut down the government for six months the military will still be provisioned and sustained. There is no liberal and conservative bent to the MIC. Every major war in the 20th century was fought under democratic leadership. Wilson got us into WW I. Roosevelt took us through WW II. Truman took us through Korea. Kennedy got us into Vietnam. Clinton rolled us into Somalia and blew the hell out of Christian Serbians. Obama expanded the war in Iraq and took down Libya. When up to bat, the Republicans took their turn. Reagan invaded Granada, got us into Lebanon and wrapped us up with Iran Contra. Bush 1 took us into Iraq. Bush 2 took down Iraq and marched us off to Afghanistan. Trump is trying to take down Syria and the wars go on. Nothing changes until the money system collapses. The moment the checks bounce, the wars stop overseas and start up here at home.

  4. deadly on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 7:46 am 

    CIA Man

  5. eugene on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 7:58 am 

    The government plays a role but the reality is it us, the people. When the war drums begin to pound, we all jump to the “patriots” tune and joyfully so. I am 76 yrs old and cannot remember a time that the “patriots” tune was sang daily. If one talks against the “patriots” tune, he/she is, often, punched in the face. It’s who we are and were from the very beginning. Slaughter/plunder is us. Christianity is our cover. Church on Sunday singing of goodness, forgiveness, sharing and cut aid on Monday to feed the war machine. We’re not controlled, we’re volunteers.

  6. Davy on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 8:14 am 

    Eugene, your little place is not the whole country. While some will sing along most people I know around here are too busy trying to make ends meet. You can’t generalize such a big topic across a continental size country. That is the problem with you all with obsessive agenda people. You project them as if they are everyone. You say how old you are and that means you have seen so much. I am seeing more and more as I get old how friggen stupid old people get in their ways.! Yea and me included but at least I admit it the many of you old white guys don’t.

  7. Shortend on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 8:16 am 

    God Bless America…without the military machine in our Industrial complex we here in the US would be barefoot and eating grass
    Trump just increase their budget for our boys and gals serving freedom!

  8. Cloggie on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 8:32 am

    No further questions, your honor.

    (That was 2010, global share US “defense” expenditure is meanwhile descending rapidly)

    220 million aging European-Americans and 110 million non-whites, dominated by a few million neocon youknowwho’s, are not going to conquer the world, no matter how hard they try.

    Once a larger number of European-Americans begin to understand that the American Era (=American global hegemony) is over…

    …as even this CFR-Jew Charles Kupchan has to admit, expect the European-Americans to throw away their silly MAGA-hats and begin to act like the Serbs did, after the end of communism, when they met Albanian-Muslim insurgency.

    In the early 20th century, the Serbs loved to steal all these smaller tribes from the Austrian-Hungarian empire, which was the official reason for WW1 to commence (the real reason was that mastermind UK plus sidekicks France and Russia could begin their long-planned war against Germany, but I digress)… because they could and would dominate the “South-Slavian” lot, but when they no longer could, they accepted Yugoslav dissolution and the subsequent war was about who got what.

    Won’t be different with the US.

    Just like in 1918 Serbia used the Great European Power Rivalry to get their country started, so did the European colonialists in America around 1776 exploit said European Great Power Rivalry (mainly Britain vs France & Holland) to get their country started.

    In the end Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia fell apart b’cause the Serbs, well, no longer could dominate.

    Won’t be different with the US. In the age bracket below 10 years old, white America is no longer in the majority and, thanks to the parallel media aka the internet, white Americans begin to discern some big patterns, like who brought all these non-whites into America, into what once was (until 1965) a 90+% white country. The future reasoning will be: “if this won’t be a majority white country anymore, we are going to create a majority-white country from the rubble of the old country”. The 1-percent Anglo-Zionist globalists a la Davy will shout “racist nazi pigs!”, but the secessionists won’t be deterred by this verbal bullying anymore and take a hike.

    Yugoslavs no longer exist. Yugoslavs wiped their shallow 65-year old fake Yugoslav identity from their faces like a cheap mascara and rediscovered their millennia old tribal identities underneath.

    Exactly the same thing will happen to European-Americans.

    Welcome home, folks.

  9. dissident on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 9:27 am 

    I do not think the US is a real militarist nation like Japan was before WWII. It is engaged in wars on weak targets that don’t cost Americans too much blood and treasure.

    The real problem is that Americans trust their transparently biased, lie factory MSM. Warsaw Pact residents never trusted their MSM. The US MSM is not independent and objective. It clearly serves to push agendas and paves the way for every war with hysterical propaganda campaigns clearly designed to incite support from the American public.

    Perhaps the anti-Trump witch hunt will open up the eyes of enough Americans about the true state of the US MSM.

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 10:09 am 

    I do not think the US is a real militarist nation like Japan was before WWII.

    Absolutely correct.

    Pat Buchanan: “Americans are lousy imperialists” (as in: not motivated).

    The trouble is: the OWNERS of the country are very war-like and very imperial. There is a yuge mismatch between Washington and the rest of the country.

    Before the November 2016 elections a Dutch television anchor woman Eva Jinek (Czech parents, born in Oklahoma, raised in Holland), traveled through the US to get a grasp of the mood in the country:

    She is now making a follow-up to assess the impact of the Trump presidency.

    She is “shocked by the level of poverty” in the US:

    But the main point I remember from the documentary is how anti-Washington the majority of (white) Americans are, Republican and Democrats alike.

  11. sunweb on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 10:19 am 


    Our economy is underwritten by war, weapons and killing. We don’t want to know what is happening in our name, with our tax money, sustaining our lifestyle.

    The question is not simply who benefits from the end result of the wars but from the total action of the wars. The bottom line is the bottom line. Our men and women have lined the coffers of big business and the very wealthy. And often the result of the conflict also lines the coffers of big business and the very wealthy while the common people live with wounds physical, psychological and spiritual.
    Blinding ourselves, some of us gain employment, some gain access to materials and goodies from the low paying labor and natural resources purloined as a results of our bullying, aggressions and our arms sales. Dulled by inertia, seduced by promises of “trickle down”, conned by propaganda, we are numbed by the narcotic of things. Grabbing the coat tails and gladly distracted by the “red carpet glitter”, we aspire to emulate the merchants and bankers of war. And we keep silent.

  12. Boat on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 10:40 am 


    The US gov lost a lot of it’s political capital and trust over Vietnam. Nixon and Watergate didn’t help. After that Iraq caused distrust for new generations. The backlash was big enough to get a black man elected.

    What happened to Iraq oil shortly after Saddam was hung? The world was invited to compete for development of it’s oil. That is not imperialism or an attempt at controlling what could have been the spoils of war.

  13. Dredd on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 12:15 pm 

    “America: A Military Nation”

    Yes, a.k.a. a “Wartocracy” (The “Genes” of Culture In Civilizations – 2).

  14. Anonymouse1 on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 4:37 pm 

    Source: The Future of Freedom Foundation: AKA

    An amerikan libertard website.

    The site does point out a few glaring problems in the land of freedom fries that most amerikans are oblivious to, such as…

    >Amerika is not controlled by its so-called ‘president’, or congress even

    >Amerika is a permanent war-state.

    All true, but not exactly secrets, and others have done a much better job articulating those problems than this guy.

    Still, I found it interesting this ‘liberatarin’ is upset about the uS’s activities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Fair enough. But he does not seem at all upset that the uS’s presence in Guantanamo Bay, is itself, illegal. He appears to be bothered by what goes on there, but not all that the uS is illegally squatting on Cuban territory where its torture center is located. And that it refuses to return the area to its rightful owners. He is so..untroubled by this, that he never mentions THAT dimension of the problem, at all. Not even once.


  15. Dooma on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 9:45 pm 

    An Aussie song by band TISM-1988
    “Kill all the flag-waving, red-blooded, young Yankee boys
    String their torsos up and use their dicks as toys
    Nuke every U.S. city, blow them to the sky
    Every single fucking Yank deserves to fucking die

    Then get all the mothers and every apple pie
    And gun them down with M-16s, aim ’em at their eyes
    Round up every U.S. citizen, all except the Jews
    Take that lot to Israel and wipe that lot out too

    And then get all the Vietnamese that were napalmed to death
    And everyone from El Salvador and Cuba and Chile and the rest
    And say “Look, the Yanks are gone, the world is once again free
    No more napalm, no more CIA, no more Wounded Knee”

    And when they are all celebrating, nuke the fucking lot
    And there’ll be lots of jellied gasoline in every baby’s cot
    And then load an M-16, give it plenty of feeling
    Put it to your temple, blow your brains onto the ceiling”

  16. makati1 on Sat, 17th Feb 2018 10:43 pm 

    “…The government plays a role but the reality is it us, the people.” Right on eugene. ~300,000,000 firearms in the hands of the citizens, who outnumber the military/security force by at least 100 to 1 and they still allow/support their masters as they are turned into dumb debt slaves. Amerika deserve its fate. And soon.

  17. DerHundistlos on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 2:42 am 

    Well said, Eugene. At one time, a more sane time, we respected the wisdom of our elders. Experience comes from living.

  18. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 5:48 am 

    “Well said, Eugene. At one time, a more sane time, we respected the wisdom of our elders. Experience comes from living.”

    At one time the world had elders worth listening to. It is the current elders that left us in this position. They could give a shit now they are close to death anyway. Looking at the old farts here very few are worth listening to. You old farts here have a responsibility for what you have done. Think about that with your last breath.

  19. Anonymouse1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 1:22 pm 

    You’re one to be playing the ‘old fart’ card, dumbass. What is it now, do you imagine you are far younger than you actually are? Its one thing to imagine you are some kind of self-styled ‘1%’ er (lol sure). And that is just the tip of vivid fantasy life you have constructed for yourself, but now you can’t even face your own advanced age?


  20. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 2:15 pm 

    Hey, weasel, I must have pissed you off good. Lol. I like when you give me attention. It is good promotion. I am soon to be grey and old and never in denials of it like billy 3rd world. This is probably my best period in life. I am not young and dumb like you and not yet old and senile like billy 3rd world.

  21. makati1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 5:45 pm 

    Anon, age and a back-woods lifestyle are killing Davy one brain cell at a time. He only has a few left before going totally bonkers. Davy is a master of self-delusion. Owns no mirrors. Supports his masters with fervor. He is even willing to die for them in the gulag. I’m not.

    Question: Is he actually a “he” or…? After all, you can be anything on the internet if you are careful enough to not make mistakes noticed by the more intelligent here. After all, any 3rd worlder can take care of goats.

  22. makati1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 5:47 pm 

    Back-woods lifestyle: Low education, drugs, booze, tobacco, inbreeding, misc. sexual habits, etc. LOL

  23. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 5:55 pm 

    There you go billy 3rd world reach into your dark side for that repressed anger. LOL. Call out your enablers, help me, help me. You know you can’t stand on your own two feet.

  24. makati1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 6:05 pm 

    “Many people think that patience is a sign of weakness. I think this is a mistake. It is anger that is a sign of weakness, whereas patience is a sign of strength.”

    Dalai Lama

  25. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 6:07 pm 

    billy 3rd world, that was inspirational. how about some more.

  26. Anonymouse1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 6:22 pm 

    Maybe his shack is built on top of an old, unmarked mine tailings pit or something similar. Maybe he is suffering from mercury, or lead poisoning? He can sort-of function, but has gone stark-raving mad of course. Whatever the cause, it given him a vivid fantasy life, in which he has an exotic foreign wife, a jet-setting lifestyle, which he (claims), he gave up for the simple life of a genteel, or not-so-gentle, goat abuser. Now, he has apparently undergone some form of age regression, where all the ‘old farts’ are to blame for the world’s ills, while, he, the young dynamic ‘smartest guy in the room’ (ROFL), is, of course, completely blameless.

    Interesting how such a disturbed mind as the exceptionalists, can create such an elaborate fantasy world for him to inhabit. I suppose it’s easy when they only exist as words in the comment section.

  27. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 6:31 pm 

    The canadian weasel joins in with his gang. Another pussy who can’t face someone except in a group. The weasel talking beastiality again and we know why and that is because he doesn’t get any. He is a pervert that is a millennial basement dweller. Probably another drop out like billy 3rd world. A year are two ago he told us he was struggling to be an engineer. No doubt just listen to him talk.

  28. makati1 on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 7:10 pm 

    Anon, sometimes it would have been better if the father had used a condom that night. lol

  29. Davy on Sun, 18th Feb 2018 7:25 pm 

    Billy 3rd world, there you go reach deep for that hate. Why don’t you tell greggie how much happiness you feel when Americans die. We already know this but gun freak greggie is not willing to achnowledge your sick enjoyments.

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