Treaty on Open Skies

“Treaty on Open Skies”

by Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.

 

 

 

“The States concluding this Treaty, hereinafter referred to collectively as the States Parties or individually as a State Party,

Recalling the commitments they have made in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe to promoting greater openness and transparency in their military activities and to enhancing security by means of confidence- and security-building measures,

Welcoming the historic events in Europe which have transformed the security situation from Vancouver to Vladivostok,

Wishing to contribute to the further development and strengthening of peace, stability and co-operative security in that area by the creation of an Open Skies regime for aerial observation,

Recognizing the potential contribution which an aerial observation regime of this type could make to security and stability in other regions as well,

Noting the possibility of employing such a regime to improve openness and transparency, to facilitate the monitoring of compliance with existing or future arms control agreements and to strengthen the capacity for conflict prevention and crisis management in the framework of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe and in other relevant international institutions,

Envisaging the possible extension of the Open Skies regime into additional fields, such as the protection of the environment,

Seeking to establish agreed procedures to provide for aerial observation of all the territories of States Parties, with the intent of observing a single State Party or groups of States Parties, on the basis of equity and effectiveness while maintaining flight safety,

Noting that the operation of such an Open Skies regime will be without prejudice to States not participating in it,”

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Presidential Decision Directive #51 (PDD-51)

“National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive #51”

by the White House (Bush Administration)

 

“This directive establishes a comprehensive national policy on the continuity of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes “National Essential Functions,” prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency.”

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DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

“Department of Defense Directive #140410: DoD Civilian Expediation Workforce”

by the Department of Defense

 

“Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 1404.10 (Reference (a)) under a new title to establish the policy through which an appropriately sized subset of the DoD civilian workforce is pre- identified to be organized, trained, and equipped in a manner that facilitates the use of their capabilities for operational requirements. These requirements are typically away from the normal work locations of DoD civilians, or in situations where other civilians may be evacuated to assist military forces where the use of DoD civilians is appropriate. These employees shall be collectively known as the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce. Members of the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce shall be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by the military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster relief; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations of the Department of Defense in accordance with DoDD 3000.05 (Reference (b)).”

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A Stability Police Force for the United States

“A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification & Options for Creating US Capabilities”

by the RAND Corporation

 

“This study asks several questions. First, is a Stability Police Force (SPF) necessary? An SPF is a high-end police force that engages in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and investigations of organized criminal groups. In its ability to operate in stability operations, it is similar to such European forces as the Italian Carabinieri and French Gendarmerie. Its focus on high- end tasks makes it fundamentally different from UN or other civilian police, who deal with more routine law and order functions. It is also different from most military forces, which are generally not trained and experienced to conduct policing tasks in a civilian environment. Second, if an SPF is necessary, what should it look like? This includes considering such issues as: its objectives, tasks, and size; its speed of deployment; its institutional capabilities; where it should be headquar- tered in the U.S. government and how it should be staffed (standing force, reserve force, and hybrid force); and its cost……Our analysis clearly indicates that the United States needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission. Stability operations have become an inescapable reality of U.S. foreign policy. Establishing security with soldiers and police is critical because it is difficult to achieve other objectives—such as rebuilding political and economic systems—without it.”

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The Modern Militia Movement

“The Modern Militia Movement”

by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (2/20/09)

 

 

“A series of incidents in the early 1990’s caused a surge in militia participation. The 1992 standoff between federal authorities and the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho became a spark for the movement. On August 14, 1992, a 12 day standoff began that would result in the death of one federal agent and the wife and son of Randy Weaver. The following February, a 51-day siege would occur at the Branch Davidian [church] in Waco, TX, resulting in the death of 82 Davidians and 4 law enforcement agents. In November of 1993, the enacting of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1992 additionally fueled the movement. The movement reached its peak in 1996 with over 850 groups believed to be operating within the US.”

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KONY 2012

So im sure by now most of you have seen the “KONY 2012” videos on youtube. They have become insanely viral in the past week reaching upwards of 20 million views. Not to include all the “kits” that have been bought. Their website is now posting that they “kits” are sold out. They include a t-shirt, button, a flyer, and a  wristband. Its called an action kit. You buy it and raise awareness of whats actually going on in Uganda; a small country in Africa. With the research I’ve done in the past few days if found this so far.

Around 1987 a man named Joesph Kony started abducting children in the middle of the night in Uganda . Forcing them to kill their parents and loved ones. Once Kony has these children he turns the males into very young warriors; and the females become sex slaves. Joseph Kony formed the LRA (the Lords Resistance Army). And their numbers have been growing rapidly in the past 23 years. Most are abducted children. The violence doesn’t end there. These children have also mutilated not only each other but anyone Joseph Kony tells them to. These mutilations include burns, beatings, cuts, etc…. 

Now here in the United States a man by the name of Jason Russel created a film “Invisible Children” back in 2004. His youtube video posted on Monday March 5th 2012 has over 65,000,000 views. Making this a truly viral video. You see in the video the heart break of a child in Uganda and the struggles he has gone through. He watched Joseph Kony kill his brother, and you hear this child saying “i would rather be dead than be here on earth.” This video is a tear jerker and grabs you immediately; causing you to feel for theses children and angered that no one has done anything about it. Joseph Kony does indeed need to be taken out and or brought to justice for the in humane crimes he has caused in the country of Uganda.

Now that you know the back story if Invisible Children and Joseph Kony take one second to think about this…. The LRA has been around since 1987. 23 years later we finally get “involved”. That by itself is somewhat strange. So at first i was pissed because i couldn’t understand how no country in the world could just let this keep happening.  The United States wouldn’t get involved because there was no homeland of security risk factor and there was no economic gain or loss from what was going on. Then in 2011 President Barack Obama sent a small amount of troops to Uganda to help train the soldiers and plan for the capture of Joseph Kony. So i went on with my research some more just to find out that economists are saying the Uganda has a very high amount of oil un-tapped. This will lead to 20 times the amount of oil imported to our country if we can get it. This could be one of the reasons we actually did get involved after 23 years of this going on. 

Now i went back and did some research on Invisible Children Inc. In 2010 they received some where around $8,253,000. After factoring in costs for that year they were left with just under $200,000. Then the following year they received $13,765,000 in donations and had a cost of $8,894,000 leaving them with $4,870,000 left at the end of the year. The amount of money at the end of the year in 2011 was 25 times more than in 2010. All together they came out a little over $5,000,000 on top between the 2 years (2010 & 2011). I’m not exactly sure why we are getting involved in this after 23 years; but what i do know is Uganda has oil and Invisible Children made after all finance costs $5,000,000. Something doesn’t seem right between these two comparisons. I personally believe that Joseph Kony need to be captured and brought down; yet here at home we have too many problems going on. $15,000,000,000,000 in debt, gas prices skyrocketing, unemployment and poverty at an all time high, more kids dropping out of school every day, and this is not to mention the drugs and the drug cartels. Im a firm believer that America needs to not be the worlds force or police. I don’t think its our job to get involved. We as Americans need to worry about whats happening here first… Fix our problems at home. What gets me frustrated the most is hundreds of thousands if not a million people have stood up for this Kony 2012 thing, and not even half of the people involved have tried to help fix our country…..Take some time to do research.

————TVOT out