On the Question of Use of Deadly Force against Citizens

From the Washington Times:

Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”

“Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.

“In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” under two conditions.

The conditions include military support needed “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order.” A second use is when federal, state and local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

“Federal action, including the use of federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the federal property or functions,” the directive states.

Read the rest here.

On May 28, our Holy Father addressed the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference. In the message, Francis generally discusses the issue of the matter of human dignity. He says that “human labour” is both a gift and duty, as well as a “continuation of God’s creative work”.

He says that expanding solidarity for the laborer requires a renewal of commitment to the “dignity of every person”, which in setting out improved labour standards globally requires “focused development on the human person as its central actor and primary beneficiary.” The Holy Father is very clearly saying that while work is both a good and a gift, it must be recognized that work exists for — and because of — peopleand not vice versaUnder our American system of government, the same can be said; we are a government of, by, and for the People.

However, this Directive arguably implies that the lives of American citizens are expendable in order “to prevent… wanton destruction of property” and also “…when federal, state and local authorities ‘are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.’”

Due to the inequality of our economic system, there is a widening of the gap between rich and poor. An economic system that permits an exceedingly tiny fraction of the global population to possess almost all of the world’s wealth and resources while billions of people lack essentials like food, clean water, clothing, shelter, and basic health care is not a defensible system in its current form, especially when the system is supported by governments that create self-perpetuating policies in preference for things and power versus………….. PEOPLE.

It isn’t the fact that the government gives itself the power to “quell civil disturbances” that is so troubling; rather, it’s the fact that pursuant to this Directive the government may use deadly force against people in order to protect its own stuff and control, even in situations where human life is not in danger.

In our Preamble, it is We the People who form a more perfect union to promote the general Welfare to ourselves and our Posterity. That capital “P” in Posterity refers to our offspring — the People who come after us.

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