As the United States has increased their military aggression towards ideological enemies rather than physical threats, it is not surprising that the evolution of enemy combatants has changed as well. From the Department of Homeland Security declaring honest Americans who simply want a Constitutional way of life to be potential threats, to our current government funding, aiding, and supplying known terror groups to fight guerrilla warfare against nations who threaten dollar hegemony, war is no longer a function of protection and survival against a known evil, but a means to increase power for the State over peoples domestically, and around the world.
Thus it should come as no surprise today that a new update from the Pentagon of their Law on War doctrine now includes the right to detain, arrest, or even kill journalists and reporters whom they feel is acting against the will and policies of the State.
The Pentagon has released a book of instructions on the “law of war,” detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled “unprivileged belligerents,” an obscure term that replaced “enemy combatant.”
The 1,176-page “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” explains that shooting, exploding, bombing, stabbing, or cutting the enemy are acceptable ways of getting the job done, but the use of poison or asphyxiating gases is not allowed.
Surprise attacks and killing retreating troops have also been given the green light.
But the lengthy manual doesn’t only talk about protocol for those on the frontline. It also has an extensive section on journalists – including the fact that they can be labeled terrorists.
“In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents,” the manual states. – Russia Today
In little more than a decade, the once great and moral country known as the United States has turned into a tyrannical oligarchy that no longer feels it needs to follow international laws regarding war, and can simply detain and imprison anyone under the spurious determination that someone is an ‘enemy of the state’. And with definition now including journalists and reporters, who from the very founding of this country were given the ultimate protections via the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, how soon until the government begins mass arrests of reporters simply because they write or report against the propaganda lines that the current mainstream media does to protect the political elite?
We know that during both the Civil War, and World War II, journalists were arrested and detained for speaking out against the conflicts, and for reporting things the government did not want spoken. This however was done against a real and viable threat, and not a concocted ideological war such as is being waged against drugs and terrorism. And in the end, ideological wars can be the most dangerous ones to the citizenry, as they are created to be never-ending, and as we have seen so far in the 21st century, can name anyone as a enemy simply if you oppose the State in any capacity, or are perceived as a threat even without firing a shot.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.