Liberal Legislators Connect
the War on Terror, the ’60s
and the National Guard
[Chuck DeVore] 8/25/05
What do plots
to blow up National Guard armories and synagogues, 9/11, well-intentioned
liberals, the War on Terror, and residue
from the Vietnam era have in common? They all are playing out
in California in three seemingly unconnected stories.
story is about three men arrested for plotting to attack California
National Guard facilities, the Israeli Consulate
and synagogues. The men, one a Pakistani national and the other
two, American converts to Islam, were found with weapons and “jihadist” material.
DeVore represents 450,000 residents of Orange County
70th Assembly District.. He served as a Reagan White House
appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988 and was Senior
Assistant to Cong. Chris Cox. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army
National Guard. Chuck’s novel, CHINA
ATTACKS, sells internationally and has been translated
into Chinese for sales in Taiwan. [go to DeVore index]
The second story involves a liberal Democratic California state
senator who has been making headlines with his allegations that
the California National Guard set up a spy unit that was engaged
in conducting domestic surveillance on Americans.
and final story regards the growing revelations that a Pentagon-based
military unit known as “Able Danger” identified
the 9/11 hijackers by name a year before the attacks but were
blocked by Clinton Administration Pentagon lawyers from alerting
the FBI to their presence in America. In addition, September
11th Commission staffers were told of this fact more than once
but chose to ignore the information, probably to cover for the
Clinton Administration’s bungling of information that could
have saved thousands of lives.
The common thread in all of these stories is how largely disconnected
both the elites and the person in the street have become with
their military. This disconnection, spawned in the anti-war days
of the 1960s, manifests itself in many ways, from a widening
gulf of perception between the defenders and the defended, with
everyday Americans content to simply live their lives while others
unseen carry the mortal fight to the enemy to politicians ready
to think the worst of military volunteers, both professionals
Today, only 31% of the members of Congress ever served in uniform,
compared to 13% percent of the adult population. In the 1970s,
more than 70% of all U.S. senators and representatives were veterans.
In California, the percentage of lawmakers with any military
service is even lower than in Congress, with only 11 of 120 members
of the state legislature, or 9%, being veterans.
Of course, this lack of first-hand familiarity with the armed
forces shapes the actions of opinion makers as they interface
with the military. Elected officials who came of age during the
Vietnam era often more readily believe that the U.S. military
is a seriously flawed institution composed of people who cannot
be trusted. After all, people who voluntarily join the military
signal their willingness to defend the Constitution, even if
that means killing the enemies of the Constitution to do it.
back to California, State Sen. Joe Dunn (D.-Garden Grove) has
an investigation into whether the California
National Guard was spying on a group of anti-war protesters.
The basis of Sen. Dunn’s concern is a chain of e-mails
between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s press office and a
now-retired Guard officer who wrote of a planned protest, that “our
Intell. folks ... continue to monitor” the event. In this
case, “continue to monitor” are the words of interest.
Sen. Dunn sees this as evidence of the military spying on Americans
while Guard officials assert that all they were doing was monitoring
television news and other media reports of the protests for any
indications of violence that might require the assistance of
the National Guard in its role of backing up the police if a
riot started and got out of hand.
the “monitored” anti-war groups did
not believe the military’s account and planned to protest
the Guard’s headquarters. Members of such groups will never
be satisfied with anything the U.S. military says or does, as
they see the armed forces as tools of death, repression, and
American world domination.
the armed forces know full well the restrictions under which
They swear an oath to defend the Constitution
and deeply appreciate why we have civilian control of the military.
Further, members of the intelligence community in America are
also well aware of clear rules in place since Ronald Reagan signed
Executive Order 12333 in 1981 that prohibited U.S intelligence
from conducting “Physical surveillance of a United States
person in the United States” unless that person is or was
employed by the military.
So, where does all this leave us today?
We are fighting
a war against Islamo-fascist terrorists. In this war, some
makers persist in reacting strongly against
any domestic action the military takes to protect America as
well as military assets from attack. Hence, the Able Danger unit
in the Pentagon was barred by lawyers under the Clinton Administration
from sharing information on the 9/11 terrorists with the FBI
a year before the 9/11 attacks. This parallels California, where
Sen. Dunn’s actions put the California National Guard on
the defensive as it tries to provide for a common defense even
as three terrorists were arrested for targeting California synagogues
and National Guard facilities.
Danger revelations tell us that the residue from the Vietnam-era
may have killed over 3,000 Americans
in 9/11 by immobilizing our ability to defend ourselves. Military
professionals on active duty or in reserve status have no interest
in spying on their fellow Americans. They know it is wrong. Let’s
allow them–no encourage them–to do the job they volunteered
to do in the first place. tRO
This piece first appeared at Human Events Online
2005 Chuck DeVore