Weeding Out the Wolves
As Janet Napolitano preps her departure from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), some past skeletons are falling out of her closet during the move.
Now, these discoveries aren’t scandals exactly… However, they’re glimpses into the new era of government surveillance that she single-handedly created during her tenure.
You see, there’s a reason she’s referred to as “Big Sis.” Under her reign as head of the DHS, the country has seen a rapid increase in both government-sanctioned spying and audacious disregard for basic Constitutional rights.
According to Big Sis, in order to fully beef up national security, civil liberties are a necessary trade-off. Not only that, but the American populous should embrace the change! This is a conclusion that Napolitano has drawn time and time again…
Unfortunately, you’re probably unaware of just how much that conclusion has affected the rights of American soldiers – the very defenders of American freedom.
In fact, there’s a DHS operation even soldiers themselves are in the dark about… It’s called Operation Vigilant Eagle, and it’s the most shameless measure of Napolitano’s legacy.
The Eagle Has Landed
“God and soldier, we adore, in time of danger, not before.
The danger passed and all things righted, God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.”
When the parade passes and the confetti is swept off of the streets, the returning soldier’s celebration is over – and soon forgotten.
It’s disgraceful, isn’t it?
To think, these brave men and women stake their lives abroad protecting freedoms that simply don’t exist anymore… not even for themselves.
Instead, they return home, often with mental and physical trauma, extreme impoverishment, unemployment, homelessness, deplorable health benefits, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and family and marital strain. Keep in mind that this is just the short list.
The United States is home to roughly 23 million veterans who’ve served in wars spanning from Afghanistan all the way back to World War II. And if you talk to the majority of them, they’ll tell you how the country they sacrificed so much for has swept them under the rug.
I know first-hand. While I was with the McCain campaign, we worked closely with several veteran associations, and I had the honor of shaking hands with some of the nation’s most honorable men and women.
But here’s the scary thing about the recent DHS revelations…
Soldiers aren’t forgotten. In fact, they’re remembered in a manner they’d never wish on their worst enemy. You see, soldiers are the focus of an American law-enforcement effort called Operation Vigilant Eagle, tasked to the FBI by Napolitano back in 2009.
Its aim (i.e. how the government chooses to disseminate its aim) is to prevent “lone wolf” extremists from aiding terrorist organizations.
So how do they go about doing this?
Well, when soldiers return home from war, they’re immediately branded as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats by the DHS.
Why? Because they might be suffering from the psychological effects of war… They might be disgruntled with the U.S. government… And they might be disillusioned by the inner workings of the U.S. military system.
An obvious solution would be to just fix the broken system immediately, to provide our troops with the proper funding and support they deserve, but I digress…
Instead, Napolitano’s solution is to instantly strip returning American soldiers of a freedom they just came home from defending.
First, returning service men and women, like the rest of Americans, are being monitored – only much more intimately. Sure, our data is collected, but whether it’s examined or not is up for speculation.
In a soldier’s case, every bit of it is read, examined and recorded by the DHS…
Text messages… emails… social media posts… you name it, the federal government is monitoring it all. They’re determined to carefully control the anti-government conversation these men and women tend to have when touching down on home soil.
And it’s to the point where it isn’t even targeting selectively… The government isn’t specifically supervising injured soldiers or prisoners of war – individuals who may have more of a reason to be disgruntled.
With Operation Vigilant Eagle, every veteran is deemed disgruntled until their actions indicate otherwise – even the most decorated of soldiers. They’re all guilty until proven innocent.
Second, the men and women who initiate anti-government conversation are threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment to mental institutions.
Take Brandon Raub, a 26-year-old decorated Marine, for example…
On August 16th 2012, a SWAT team swarmed Raub’s house based on the conversations he was generating on Facebook (FB). He was arrested, deemed mentally unstable and labeled a potential terrorist threat solely because of conspiracy-driven, anti-government Facebook posts he made.
The underlying nature of this type of government action is alarming when you consider the fact that the government isn’t just targeting average citizens voicing their disgruntlement… they’re literally locking up men and women trained in military warfare who are voicing their discontent… men and women with inside knowledge of how the federal system really works.
Think about that the next time you hear someone criticize the Bush administration’s increased surveillance measures post-9/11.
Obama and his crew make that supervision seem like an afternoon spent in high school detention.
Your eyes on the Hill,