July 11, 2012
Officialdom in Miami-Dade is working with the U.S. Air Force to spray mosquitos.
“This newest round of mosquito control involves a large C-130 cargo plane based in Ohio to spray Homestead ARB and communities of Doral, West Sweetwater, Kendall, Homestead, Florida City and areas east of U.S. 1, where heavy concentrations of mosquitos have been reported,” CBS Miami reports.
While a more or less moribund Posse Comitatus Act forbids the military from participating in state and local police functions, the use of the military in activity that is the responsibility of local government is another example of how the military is being systematically integrated into civilian operations.
The founders harbored a deep antipathy toward standing armies. The Third Amendment to the Constitution deals specifically with the quartering of troops in private homes, but its inclusion in the Bill of Rights reveals the mindset of the founders regarding standing armies.
“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty,” James Madison wrote. “The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
Standing armies “in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power,” Patrick Henry wrote.
Residents of Florida may not easily see the connection between the tyranny of a standing army and the Air Force spraying pests. However, using the military in an operation that is the responsibly of civilian government reveals that the warnings of Madison, Jefferson and Henry are no longer heeded or for that matter relevant.
Since September 11, 2001, the government has devised an elaborate plan to merge civilian and military operations, most notably under the aegis of a coordinated response to terror attacks and natural disasters and other emergencies.
Military troops have appeared on the street in response to a murderer at large and as security personnel at the Kentucky Derby. The Pentagon now routinely cooperates with the Department of Homeland Security and state and local law enforcement and has worked locally to oversee and man traffic checkpoints and even arrest civilians.
This is not coincidental. The federal government has a keen interest in merging military and local government operations in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment. If the founders were alive today, they would recognize this for what it is – the very essence of tyranny.