Thursday, January 31, 2019

DOD Official: Department Can Begin Wall Construction Without State of Emergency

Via Billy

A top Pentagon official testified before Congress on Tuesday President Donald Trump would not have to declare a state of emergency in order to direct the Defense Department to erect barriers at the U.S. border with Mexico.

GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri raised the matter with Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood during his appearance before the House Armed Services Committee.

She pointed to Title 10, Section 284 of the U.S. Code, which authorizes the DOD to provide support for counter-drug operations, if requested by the appropriate federal and state authorities, CNSNews reported.

Among other provisions, the law allows for the “construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.”

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  1. Then "just do it". --Ron W

    1. I don't see how that could be stopped in the courts.

    2. Now it seems that judges, especially federal, have arbitrary power. I suppose this stems from them supposedly being "independent", but independent of what? They are certainly not independent of the Law since Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution reads "judges shall be bound thereby". At most they are only independent of whom they were appointed, but must like all other officials obey the law or their rulings be ignored lest they become a "despotic branch" as presciently predicted by Thomas Jefferson. --Ron W

    3. their rulings be ignored lest they become a "despotic branch" as presciently predicted by Thomas Jefferson

      Way above the intellect of our leaders today.

    4. Perhaps, but intellectual understanding shouldn't be a problem if they can read and comprehend with very basic English grammar skills. The problem is one of attitude by which obedience to Constitutional delegated powers is rejected. Delegated powers are always from the greater (People and States) to the lesser (government officials and agents). They are operating, criminally in my opinion, as our superiors. The following quote explains this, but is charitable and mild. --Ron W

      "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." --Daniel Webster

    5. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

      :( Yup.

  2. According to our Declaration of Independence principles and Constitutional Law, there are no "good masters" except over minor children, one's animals, possessions and piece of land. Government officials and agents are EMPLOYEES of the People administrating their government UNDER delegated powers. --Ron W