December 4, 2008
Contact: Andrew Davis
Barr Condemns Government Plans for Domestic Troop Deployment
Had Warned of Such Domestic Military Involvement Since 1993 Waco Tragedy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr says government plans to deploy 20,000 uniformed soldiers inside the United States “ignores all the tragic lessons we have learned from using the U.S. military in domestic crises.”
“When combat troops are used for domestic law enforcement, rights are inevitably violated and tragedies occur, such as when the military was improperly activated to assist in the tragedy at Waco, Texas in 1993. This domestic use of the military resulted in the loss of some 80 men, women and children,” says Barr, the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nominee. “The government’s plan to deploy initially 20,000 uniformed military personnel inside the United States goes against everything we have learned about using soldiers as police officers. Not only do these plans appear to be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act—which forbids the use of the military in law enforcement on non-federal property—but it also opens up the American public to dangerous Constitutional violations.”
Barr says his concerns are greatly heightened by the conclusion reached by the current Bush Administration in a classified 2001 Department of Justice memo. The memo stated that the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, does not apply to the U.S. military when it engages in “domestic” operations.
“When the military operates in the United States, as the federal government now intends it to do, it does so without respect or deference to the Constitution,” says Barr. “The federal government plans to render every American citizen defenseless against government abuse during any crisis situation—be it a flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster—where U.S. military personnel will be used to supplement local law enforcement.”
“We do not need to militarize Mayberry,” says Barr.
“I fought against this type of gross expansion of government authority while I was in Congress,” says Barr. “I called for a full investigation of the Waco Siege when it became clear that government used excessive force in their raid, which cost the lives of many innocent Americans. The ‘culture of militarism’ in the federal government turned Waco into anAmerican tragedy. Should this trend of militarism be allowed to continue, it will only be a matter of time before we have another avoidable tragedy on our hands.”
Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath released a similar statement on Tuesday of this week, saying the government’s plans represented “evidence of a disturbing trend of militarism in today’s society.”
Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. Congressman Barr was the 2008 Libertarian Party Nominee for President, receiving the second-highest vote totals for a presidential candidate in the history of the Libertarian Party.
For more information on this issue, or to arrange an interview with Congressman Barr, please email Andy MacPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-BOB-BARR. The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting http://www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
With Senator Saxby Chambliss’ victory in the Georgia US Senate runoff election the Obama administration will not have a guaranteed 60 votes in the US Senate to prevent full consideration and debate of issues.
Of course, just lacking 60 Democratic votes in the Senate is no guarantee that the Republicans will stand up to the Obama administration on issues that are of importance to you and me.
For instance the Bush-Obama-McCain Bailouts (BOMB) are an example where a rush to spend our tax dollars was poorly thought out and even more poorly implemented. Where they will stop no one knows.
As the auto industry stands in line with their hands out for your hard earned tax dollars and the states and cities start lining up for federal help to continue their irresponsible spending, the end is nowhere in sight.
We have other issues that are also going to go unheard if we do not organize and become a vocal advocate, like privacy issues. Remember that then Senator Obama voted for the expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) when it came up this past summer including retroactive immunity provisions.
The Bush administration used the mantra of Terrorism to undermine our Bill of Rights. Will the Obama administration use the mantra of Economic Emergency (“They’re too big to allow to fail!”) to continue eroding not only our civil rights but to confiscate our income?
Where is the money going to come from for all these ‘bailouts’ and ‘stimulus packages’?
Two months ago there was a suggestion circulating in Washington for the Federal Government to takeover all private 401k type retirement accounts and fold them into the failed Social Security system. That terrible idea died – at least for now – but might it be resurrected? Again, the question is, where is the money for all these bailouts, stimulus packages, and guarantees, going to come from?
On May 12th when I announced my candidacy for president our national debt was $9.366 trillion. Today, less than 7 months later, our national debt is $10.681 trillion. Can’t you just see Washington politicians salivating over getting control of your private retirement account?
There is a lot of work ahead of us to insure a voice of reason is heard during the policy debates that are looming. But before I can fully engage in these matters, I have to pay off the remaining expenses of the campaign.