The entire world is a battlefield

This may be reading too much into a few words but it bears watching. From, “How many Americans are targeted for assassination?”:

Dozens of Americans have joined terrorist groups and are posing a threat to the United States and its interests abroad, the president’s most senior adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security said Thursday. . . . “There are, in my mind, dozens of U.S. persons who are in different parts of the world, and they are very concerning to us,” said John O. Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. . . .

“If a person is a U.S. citizen, and he is on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq trying to attack our troops, he will face the full brunt of the U.S. military response,” Mr. Brennan said. “If an American person or citizen is in a Yemen or in a Pakistan or in Somalia or another place, and they are trying to carry out attacks against U.S. interests, they also will face the full brunt of a U.S. response. And it can take many forms.”

See also Congress Proposes Bill to Allow Worldwide War … Including INSIDE the U.S.

It’s may be important to note that exercise certain, perhaps any, rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights could cause you to be considered a “low level terrorist” and the DOJ, FBI, and JTTF will consider it justification to be watching you.

Via email from former co-worker Chet.


2 thoughts on “The entire world is a battlefield

  1. Below is the full text of section 1034 of HR 1540. I didn’t see the issues the ACLU raised in the text, but of course I’m not a lawyer and some lawyers seem to be able to find interesting things in the constitution that aren’t there as well as ignoring things that are clearly there.

    Can any one enlighten me?

    Section 1034—Affirmation of Armed Conflict with Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Associated
    This section would affirm that the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al
    Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force
    (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note). This section would also affirm that the President’s
    authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force includes the authority to detain
    certain belligerents until the termination of hostilities.
    The committee notes that as the United States nears the tenth anniversary of the attacks
    on September 11, 2001, the terrorist threat has evolved as a result of intense military and
    diplomatic pressure from the United States and its coalition partners. However, Al Qaeda, the
    Taliban, and associated forces still pose a grave threat to U.S. national security. The
    Authorization for Use of Military Force necessarily includes the authority to address the
    continuing and evolving threat posed by these groups.
    The committee supports the Executive Branch’s interpretation of the Authorization for
    Use of Military Force, as it was described in a March 13, 2009, filing before the U.S. District
    Court for the District of Columbia. While this affirmation is not intended to limit or alter the
    President’s existing authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force, the
    Executive Branch’s March 13, 2009, interpretation remains consistent with the scope of the
    authorities provided by Congress.

  2. Well the whole world is a battlefield. And the non-Americans have been having a run at me since I was a teenager living in Turkey. Two Libyan intelligence operatives tried to put an RPG into a DODDSS bus wandering around Ankara. Since then I’ve picked up tails in Indonesia (never ever show up at an embassy unless you have to ….), gotten in trouble in the UAE, Singapore (another set of tails from JI this time) and in various -stans …

    And I do telecom networks for a living not anything special. So the whole world is a battlefield and no question about it. Now if I could only carry concelaed overseas I’d be safe.

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