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49 Years Ago Today, the US Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, & Children

Forty-nine years ago today, in one of the most heinous and grisly acts against civilians during wartime, as many as 500 unarmed men, women, children, and the elderly — nearly the entire population of the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai — were slaughtered, raped, and brutally tortured by United States troops.

As the U.S. military continues to deploy boots on the ground in additional nations — and as specters of totalitarianism and even greater militarism materialize as if pulled from a century ago — the lessons of My Lai should not be relegated to history’s ignominious dust bin.

History, after all, doesn’t repeat itself — ill-fated actions are carried out like déjà vu, by those who refuse to examine past mistakes as if they are sleepwalking through life.

“The My Lai hamlet, part of the village of Son My, was located in Quang Ngai province, which was believed to be a stronghold of the National Liberation Front (NLF) or Viet Cong (VC) and was a frequent target of U.S. and South Vietnamese bombing attacks,” History.com explains. “In March 1968, Charlie Company [or, C Company] of the Americal Division’s 11th Infantry Brigade received word that VC guerrillas had taken control of Son My. Led by Lieutenant William L. Calley, the unit was sent to the village on a search-and-destroy mission on March 16.”

Officials told C Company villagers had been informed they must evacuate by 7:00 a.m. on March 16, meaning soldiers would assume anyone they encountered should be considered enemy Viet Cong or sympathizers.

After an air assault was completed, Charlie Company — fully expecting to clash with VC fighters — burst into the village, spraying gunfire indiscriminately. But it quickly became apparent no militants were present, and women and children the soldiers found insisted no enemy forces remained in My Lai.

But that didn’t stop the dejected troops of C Company — who had only recently been reduced in number to around 100 men — from carrying out one of the most abominable wartime massacres of civilians in modern times.

At Calley’s command, the troops rounded up the unarmed residents and proceeded to burn the village. Soldiers dragged the innocent into ditches and shot whole groups with machine guns, while others raped, pillaged, and brutalized the community.

“The three death sites were about 200 yards apart,” one survivor of the massacre said of the scene that day for a November 17, 1969, New York Times report. “When the houses had been cleared, the troops dynamited those made of brick and set fire to the wooden structures. They did not speak to the villagers and were not accompanied by an interpreter who could have explained their actions. Then the Vietnamese were gunned down where they stood. About 20 soldiers performed the executions at each of the three places, using their individual weapons, presumably M-16 rifles.”

According to Ameriforce Media, “Lieutenant Calley gave explicit orders to kill and participated in the execution of unarmed villagers standing in groups and lying in ditches. There were also accounts of soldiers mutilating bodies and raping young women. Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson watched the massacre from his helicopter. Realizing that civilians were being killed, he landed his helicopter near one of the ditches and rescued some survivors.”

Thompson later told a congressional panel he had only witnessed a single, armed, draft-age male — seen fleeing the village shortly after troops arrived — throughout the entire day, even though he flew repeated passes over the area once shooting began.

From his bird’s eye view, Thompson and his men began to realize the only bodies on the ground — and there were bodies everywhere — were infants, children, women, elderly villagers, and some men. But none of those men who had been slaughtered were of fighting age.

Hawaii Reporter recounted, “Around mid-morning Thompson and his crew watched in horror as an American Army officer walked up to an injured Vietnamese girl, flipped her over with his foot — and shot her dead.”

In a 1998 Associated Press interview, the pilot recalled seeing dead bodies piled in ditches, with soldiers approaching everywhere, and felt he could not sit idly by.

“These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them,” he asserted.

After landing the helicopter amid the carnage, Thompson threatened to shoot any troops who continued attacking the retreating villagers — the heroic humanitarian move effectively ended the barbarous massacre at My Lai.

U.S. officials immediately moved to hide the disgraceful bloodbath from the public it knew would be appalled enough to demand an end to the war; and it wasn’t until a year later the gory details of the officially-sanctioned military assault began to trickle out — thanks, again, to the actions of a single man.

Ronald Ridenhour, a former soldier, caught wind of the gruesome events at My Lai from other soldiers and began writing letters to political leaders in Washington, D.C., demanding answers and more information. When Ridenhour failed to receive responses from President Richard Nixon, the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, several congressmen, and the State Department, he turned to award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh for an interview — and the story finally broke in November 1969.

A fierce backlash quickly — and rightly — ensued.

“Amid the international uproar that followed Ridenhour’s revelations,” History.com continues, “the U.S. Army ordered a special investigation into the My Lai massacre and subsequent efforts to cover it up. The inquiry, headed by Lieutenant General William Peers, released its report in March 1970 and recommended that no fewer than 28 officers be charged for their involvement in covering up the massacre. The Army would later charge only 14, including Calley, Captain Ernest Medina and Colonel Oran Henderson, with crimes related to the events at My Lai; all were acquitted except for Calley, who was found guilty of premeditated murder for ordering the shootings, despite his contention that he was only following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Medina. In March 1971, Calley was given a life sentence for his role in directing the killings at My Lai. Many saw Calley as a scapegoat, and his sentence was reduced upon appeal to 20 years and later to 10; he was paroled in 1974.”

The My Lai massacre constitutes one of the most egregious of many abhorrent actions undertaken in the name of the government of the United States — yet 49 years later, the American populace continues handing over more of the already-shortened reins of control and allowing the lines between military and civilian police to blur beyond recognition.

What took place on March 16, 1968, could as easily occur on a modern battlefield — or could be performed by proxy, thanks to the U.S.’ notorious drone bombing program.

Considering Calley’s defense he simply ‘followed orders,’ coupled with the burgeoning authoritarian climate in the U.S., a repeat of such odious actions is far from impossible — and as the heroic efforts of Thompson and Ridenour show, all it would take is for someone with knowledge to stand by and say nothing.

  • tz1

    No one remembers the Turkish genocide of the Armenians.
    Or Stalins Holodmor against the Ukranians – he was a commie.
    Nor Pol Pot.
    Nor https://infogalactic.com/info/Massacre_at_Hu%E1%BA%BF the Hue massacre since they too were commies.
    Then there was the Rawandan of the Tutsi’s by the Hutu, but since we’re apparently all racist and this happened in Africa with blacks hacking other blacks with machetes, we can shrug.

    The Drone wars, and the death from destabilization of Libya was Clinton’s and Obama’s fault, but it won’t be mentioned here.

    Selective outrage. Very selective.

    Mai Lai – 500. 9/11/01 3000. Abortion 60,000,000, so far and we aren’t slowing or stopping that – not pro-life, but pro-certain, selected lives.

    • suz33

      youre defending the indefensible. by pointing to other atrocities, in the hope of making the usa atrocities seem less so.

      youre a dispicable person.

      the usa has been at war with others for almost the entirety of its existence, murdering millions of innocent men women and children who were never a threat to anyone, based on lies.

      and on and on it goes. the usa is a shitstain on the underpants of the world.

      • permalink

        “and on and on it goes. the usa is a shitstain on the underpants of the world”

        So you say…

        Why on god’s green earth then does everyone who was not born here, want to come here?

        • Maurice Dutton

          Go to where America. You are fucking dreaming aren’t you. What the fuck would any one want to go to your country at the moment. I have relatives and friends in the States but give me Australia any day. Or Germany. Or New Zealand. Fuck they are clearing out quicker than you can say Obama tapped my phone.

          • permalink

            Is that profanity all you can add to the conversation?

            Do you lack education to converse in a civil manner?

          • Maurice Dutton

            No go fuck your self.
            B/A james Cook Uni majors is Political Science & Psychology
            cert 4 in occupational health and safety
            cert 4 in training and assessment
            and others
            get a life wanker

          • permalink

            Yet all the public sees is name-calling and profanity…

            Which renders any supporting facts presented moot…

            SMH

          • Maurice Dutton

            Look obviously you can’t think fast so I will write this slow. Words are just words. You know ;ike when we were kids sticks and stones sought of. If you are offended at my language too fucking bad. I have super good Karma and treat nearly all people with respect. I am in the period of my life which is terrific. I have a great life am super fit about to publish on Academia so you are just a pimple on my arse. Get a life and get over any ones language perhaps you would prefer this Ma-Va fungullu testa da minkya

          • permalink

            In all your name-calling and profanity, you have not explained why everyone seems to want to travel to the US…

            Can you think of an idea?

          • Maurice Dutton

            Are you on drugs or medication perhaps. Here are some links that clearly show people clearing out of America because Trump is too over the top. To assume people want to come to your country is to deny the facts . Germany has taken more refugees than any other. Turkey carries a heavy burden. Australia is disgusting in its treatment of people wanting to come here.
            http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/90350041/many-foreign-tourists-say-theyre-afraid-to-visit-the-us-after-trump-travel-ban
            http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/01/no-warm-welcome

          • permalink

            See…

            I knew you could come up w/ an original thought!

            Hope your weekend is going as good as mine is.

            Smile!

        • MostOfYouRBrainwashed HAHA

          “Why on god’s green earth then does everyone who was not born here, want to come here?”

          WOW you really believe that?

          • permalink

            30 million illegal immigrants can’t be wrong…

          • MostOfYouRBrainwashed HAHA

            earth’s population minus USA ~ 7.1 billion
            illegal immigrants ~ 30 million

            Your weird conclusion: “Everyone who was not born here wants to come here”

            On another note, you shouldn’t have used a comma between “here” and “want.” It’s a non-restrictive relative clause, which means it’s not separated by commas. If it weren’t, then you would have needed 2 commas.

          • permalink

            Why then does Donald Trump want to build, a border wall, then?

            I put 2 commas in, like you, said…

      • tz1

        I’m not in any way defending Mei Lai. I’m only observing there is a continuum of evil, and Roe was in 1973, on our soil, and responsible for murdering SIXTY MILLION babies who could never be a threat to anyone, based on lies. And Mei Lai was a one-off, though echoed in the current drone wars. The Abortion holocaust is ongoing and few want to recognize it, much less end it. 6 times as many innocents died today than died at Mei Lai. And will die tomorrow, and the next day.

        If you don’t care about what has been going on daily for a generation, but only about some event when half haven’t been born, you are the despicable one.

        • Maurice Dutton

          Abortion is a woman choice. Full stop. Fuck how many times have we got to go over this. It is traumatic and to continually drag it up. No one wants to end a pregnancy they want. No one wants to bring a unwanted child into the world either. As hard a decision it is the mother is the primary carer of the child at least until around 16 or 17. Sorry buddy but its clearly the woman right to choose.

          • tz1

            To have sex is a woman’s choice. She has no right to murder to deal with a known consequence of the sexual act.
            If I stupidly listen to some marketer and regret the decision later and they won’t give me a refund, can I kill him?
            Either women have moral agency or they do not.
            If they do, they can just choose to say no.
            If they do not, their guardian men should choose say no for them, but they are incapable of “choice”, only instinctive reaction.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Sex is two Ro copulate. Nature or God in their wisdom have decided that the female of the species is best equipped to carry and deliver a child. I honestly do not know one man that wants to carry all that weight around for nine months and then change shitty nappies ( diapers ) wash and feed. Wipe shitty arses. Oh fuck that. No I believe that as much as men can they should but I hated the dirty work and still do. Must be a sexist. Cheers and have a great weekend.

        • Ed Young

          a baby doesnt have a fully developed brain until the end of the 2nd trimester. abortions cant b done after that point either. when a persons brain no longer functions they r brain dead & r considered gone. 89-94% of ALL abortions r done within the 1st trimester. i believe n the sanctity of life…ALL LIFE. it doesnt matter whether they r Iraqis or Americans or S. Africans or whatever, WHEN they R ALIVE. without conscious thought we dont exist. to say life begins at conception is the same as saying my skin could live without me or my heart could. cells NEED a directing force to CONTINUALLY do what they do, which is why when the brain dies the body follows(barring life support or a miracle). the people that committed the stated atrocity CHOSE to do what they did. syaing they were just following orders is a cop out. if an officer was told to kill u, or ur family, by their superiors (or a military person for that matter)even if they-or u-were NOT breaking ANY laws, would u be ok with that? would u NOT ask them to think for themselves & not blindly follow orders? its the same thing. not only THAT, how many other stories such as THIS that have NOT come out do u THINK there r? my dad served n Nam. he had MANY stories to tell & MANY more he didnt, or couldnt. my grandfather had an aneurysm & was brain dead & the docs said it was time to let him go cuz hed NEVER come back from it cuz when the brain goes thats it. i have kids, & after my 1st & before my 2n & 3rd my gf had an abortion. she HAD to. so i have a bit of an idea of what im talking about here. that bit about when the brain becomes fully formed, ANYONE can look THAT up as well as what is medically considered to b alive or dead(again barring a miracle). i add the “miracle” part cuz im also a Bible-believing Christian. those that wish to claim that ALL life is sacred(which it is to me too)should remember that saying THAT means that u believe that there should b no more wars for that same reason: people die n wars & ALL LIFE IS SACRED. btw im NOT a republican but im NOT a democrat either. i belong to NO party cuz BOTH spread propaganda that NEITHER fully follows.

          • tz1

            You arbitrarily define “life” as brain activity, but also miss that left alone, the baby will develop brain activity.
            You are saying if I put you into a deep coma first, then kill you, it isn’t murder. There will likely be some battery in the first act, but even if you would 100% recover in 9 months, you could still be killed (and maybe your organs harvested).
            And I’m totally against any war (since I believe in the 2nd amendment, I can and will defend myself, and individual self defense is better), and I don’t believe in capital punishment, nor most other forms currently practiced even when it is for violating one of the few just laws.
            We shouldn’t have gone into Vietnam at all. Nor Afghanistan (The Taliban wanted to hand Bin Laden to us, but we rather would go in and punish a people and nation build), nor Iraq. Nor these low level conflicts in Pakistan, Yemen, and overthrowing Quadaffi.

        • Maurice Dutton

          And you run an orphanage for unwanted children then. Thats great otherwise I would think you a keyboard warrior hypocrite.

          • tz1

            I contribute to crisis pregnancy centers – most mothers want to keep their children, but there are also so many couples who are waiting long periods to adopt so go to foreign lands. Orphanages aren’t needed, only removing uncaring bureaucracy that is more interested in a sufficient number of LGBTQ adoptions so Catholics – who have been doing it for centuries – aren’t allowed to place them.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Yes well my wife had an abortion when we were just hitched. We already had one child and there is not a day she does not think about it. It’s a terrible burden we place on our lovers and partners and perhaps it was my fault for not being more supportive. I have no problem with LGBT adopting or others having children for those who cannot. It’s just one of those areas where no one wins but we should give as much support to women as we can. Cheers mate.

      • Rob_Drury

        Funny how that doesn’t detract from it being far and away the greatest nation that has ever existed.

        • Maurice Dutton

          Which nation are you referring too ?

          • Rob_Drury

            You strike me as quite intelligent. Please don’t play stupid.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Well Rob, I admire your patriotism and I have many American friends and even relatives in the States but and its a huge but I reckon your political system and the establishment is on the nose. You need to fix the system before it causes so much damage to your international reputation. Sorry Buddy but I most respectfully disagree. New Zealand is a nice quiet beautiful place. And there are others you could feel secure and welcome in. I admire your start up companies and the intensity of some of the youth but I still disagree. Have a great Sunday.

  • Olena

    Thanks, tz1 for remembering the Holodomor.

  • Rick Pursell

    As an Australian, Drafted, Vietnam Vet, having witnessed and contributed to the insanity and inhumanity of this contrived war, it is apparent to me now, how obsessive obedience can cause a person to lose total sight of their values. I had a choice; go to Vietnam, or 2 years in jail as a Conscientious Objector. Today I would choose the latter in a heartbeat. Nothing destroys a human being faster than waging war on our brother and sister human beings.

    • joe fowler

      Thanks for admitting you made the wrong choice – easy to do when you’re young.
      Maybe someone will read your post and choose otherwise.

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  • Tammy Kelly

    I haven’t read all comments. My thoughts my own. You in military you do as told. You are serving your country as has been drilled into you from day one. We are nothing compared to cruelty of other nations. You served. You obeyed. You protected. Thank you

    • elropo

      You say you haven’t read all the comments, well please do and also look for the book, “Kill Anything that Moves” and you will find this is not an isolated incident and all those committing suicide, it’s not for what they saw it’s for what they DID.
      By the way the book mentioned was heavily researched. And WO Thompson should have received the Medal Of Honor. I don’t know how anyone could show more honor than he did..

    • Cal

      “You are serving your country…”

      You are incorrect. If they were “serving our country” they would know the US Constitution and their own state’s Constitution – to which they take on the personal responsibility of their actions per their Oath – which is our government, NOT the people who serve within it. What is being done is for many reasons, but defense of our nation is NOT one of them. Since our US Constitution requires that we have NO standing (permanent) military, that the military trained and armed people as the Militia handle those duties unless a military is needed to defend us, then they are drawn from the ranks of the Militias and trained further. (Read “War is a Racket”)

      Only the Congress can declare War and call up the military. Yeah, we are ALL required to train as the Congress requires the military to train so that if needed we can be called to service, and until then we are the Militia which those who serve within our governments – state and federal – are required to use to
      — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme Law of this land) and each state’s Constitution (highest Law of the state),
      — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      George Washington: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”)

      So why are we kept in “wars”? Because there would be no Military Industrial Congressional Complex without wars of aggression. Because those high ranking Generals/Admirals, etc would have no power/prestige/less money. Because the corporations and banks make billions off of us dying in their wars.

      James Madison: “The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature … the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”

      George Washington: “The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”

      James Madison: “In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

      James Madison: “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these
      proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive
      is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same
      malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

      George Washington: “It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

      Thomas Jefferson: “I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war.“

      John Quincy Adams: “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve
      herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom.”

      Thomas Jefferson: “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

      Alexander Hamilton: “Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.”

      US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, the Congress has the power: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

      Clause 12 specifies that there shall be no military beyond that of two years. The Militia of each state is charged with our nations defense here within the USA until and unless the congress has declared war and a military is raised…

      Clause 12: “To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years”.

      War defined: ‘Open and DECLARED conflict between the armed forces of two or more states or nations’. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/war (caps mine)

      Mao Tse-tung, 1938, inadvertently endorsing the Second Amendment: “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

      The thing is that most people do not realize that we are to say “NO” to unlawful orders. But how can one say “no” when they do not know what is Lawful for our nation, for those who create orders? Easy, read the US Constitution, your state’s Constitution (for state orders it requires both). You see, the safety net for the USA is that the people are required to be involved. That they are required to know what those that serve within our governments are allowed to do. Yes, there is precedent where a US President gave unlawful orders that were NOT carried out. May where generals, etc gave unlawful orders that were refused. Today, that does not happen. But the Oath requires it of all who serve within our governments – not just the enforcement arm and military arm – but of all.

  • Maurice Dutton

    Why is it that so many vets commit suicide when returned ? Is it that the scenes of mutilated bodies of innocents play on their subconscious and the current methods for treating are inadequate. War unless it is in defence of homeland is murder and an extension of politics. We should only go to war when someone is kicking at our shoreline otherwise let the locals sought out their own shit. If they want arms to even the fight thats OK but I don’t want to nor would I want any one sticking their political views in my area.

  • joe fowler

    and it’s all happening still, right now…in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria…
    but when it happens in the present, it’s patriotic and OK.
    It’s only 30 or 40 years later that we allowed to look back, but unfortunately even then all we say is “oh well, too bad…the boys got carried away…war is very hard so who are we to judge, they’re so brave, and they’re all heroes for defending our freedom.”
    Somebody hand me a barf bag. Absolutely sickening.
    I say to all recruits:
    Just Stay Home

    The moment you sign up, you are guilty of war crimes by association.
    Black and White.
    War is oppression.

    • Rob_Drury

      Mistakes are made, and none of us really know what precisely ocurred at My Lai. Still, the United States military constitute the highest order of mankind.

      • Cal

        No they don’t. Here in the USA under the US Constitution, still our legitimate government, we have a responsibility to hold those who serve within our governments and who issues orders accountable. We also, when we serve, have the responsibility to say “No”. But to do so lawfully requires us to know the document that we are Oathbound to, and to which we give our allegiance. We owe NO allegiance to any person, they are in place whatever rank or position they occupy to carry out duties that are in writing. The US Constitution is a very short document, and like most contracts, it is in writing. The extra strength that it has is the Oath, making each of us responsible for our actions and for the actions or misactions of those over us. We have the Lawful power to say “NO”. What makes this worse is that those who KEPT their Oaths (military) are imprisoned today because they are a threat to the continued destruction of our government.

        Go read the US Constitution, and your own state Constitution as is required of all US citizens and denizens. Then go train as the Congress requires the military to train. Why? Because you, me, him over there, that lady walking her dog, we are the Militia, we are the defense of our country and our legitimate government. Go READ them. Become an asset to your nation.

        • Rob_Drury

          Your statements are entirely consistent with mine. My only point was that military service to this country is supremely and uniquely honorable. Most any senior military leader understands and generally agrees with your statement.

          • Cal

            When it is Lawful it is “supremely and uniquely honorable”.

            “Most any senior military leader understands and generally agrees with your statement.”

            How can they when they would be out of a military job/position? Actually they can, as the Militia needs trained leaders, but only those who understand the US Constitution. Why do they need trained leaders? Because the US Constitution REQUIRED that those who serve within the state and federal governments use the Militia (not military, not governmental law enforcement) to
            — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme Law of this land) and each state’s Constitution (highest Law of the state),
            — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
            — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
            — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

            The Militias need those willing to train more then the rest to be the first to be called forth by the Congress when a military is actually needed. Need added proof? Notice the placement of commas and semi colons. Both the Military and the Militia is called forth by the Congress, but it is the Militia that is to be used for the added duties listed above. Why the people for this action, why the people to all be trained? Because it stops a military takeover, a police state from being implemented by the power hungry. What is sad is that those that follow those orders do not realize that everything they own, they own under the Laws of our legitimate government. They no longer even own the clothes they wear when that changes, though they may be allowed to continue to wear them.

            Article 2, Section 2: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the
            United States, and of the Militia of the Several states, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES;..”

      • Maurice Dutton

        Thats not correct Rob. The people in the tribal belts have to paint the faces of the children that live in the house to save them from drone strikes. The US military has blood on its hands and you only need look at the IRAQ invasions to see what an unnecessary waste of American lives it was. Out of that fiasco can Al Qaeda, ISIL and other splinter groups. No way can you justify that the military constitutes the highest order of mankind. Are you sought of having a go at us or are you serious ? I can not tell.

        • Rob_Drury

          Oh, I was absolutely sincere. It is most certainly true; and you’re incapable of arguing otherwise, as the very concept of US military service is far beyond you. So, go on and enjoy your pathetic, worthless little life. Don’t forget to thank a vet for your right to do so.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Fucking moron.

          • Maurice Dutton

            And keep your militaryy complex out of my country. We went into Vietnam with you idiots and where did it get us. All fucked up with Asia. Where di it get America ? 50 000 dead and counting . You know have you been to Vietnam and seen the endless jars of the babies deformed by agent orange? I doubt it you were probably some fucking stores sergeant or the like. My father was 27 years a vet so go get fucked dick head. You and your military complex do nothing but destroyy innocent lives starting with the poor suckers asked to get involved. Thats why so many are committing suicide. Get a life and do some research.

          • Rob_Drury

            Dang, dude; strike a nerve? Good.

          • Maurice Dutton

            I can go any where on this planet in reasonable safety. You Americans try the same. Ha Ha

  • Every war throughout the entirety of Human history, has been caused by people following a leader or group of men.

    It is time to stop this insanity, it is NOT natural for you to be subservient to others, it is time for you to truly take your freedom back from those that oppress you and are causing all of the problems in this world today.

    The Choice is Ours (2016) Official Full Version
    https://youtu.be/Yb5ivvcTvRQ

  • Gary Smith

    War = Mass Murder

  • Eric Bolt

    Thanks to the terrorist run 9/11 Commission & Patriot Act there are no more My lai, Not in the Wrong Way Worrier False Flag terror chasers Hand book- of BShit-!

  • TOPDOG1

    If anyone out there is familiar with and studied the histories of civilizations they will see that is only a short time until such atrocities as this will be carried out in the U.S.against citizens by law enforcement. As all past great civilizations fell, great disorder led to countless slaughter of their populations. Just several generations past no one would conceive that this one would go as far as it now has. However; most have no idea how far it will and can and will go now. Because of lack of control The Authoritarians in position will ultimately overthrow and subjugate the elitists who hold public office.then they will be free to slaughter at will. Smaller examples are occurring with frequency in many police states worldwide and within this decade. These events have always preceded a dark age. None of the civilizations survived nor did most of the populations..

  • Thebob

    This is bad and stuff like this sucks, but this is and was nothing….500 people, go to Africa were 1000’s upon 1000’s have been slaughtered by Boko Haram…Or back to Darfur where 1 Million were slaughtered by Muslims….PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK…This is a joke right Matt Argorist? You a former brainwashed Marine would have been right there back in Nam with these guys….DON’T give me this crap… Our Gov’t has done and does do some bad things, but it is very limited in scope compared to the rest of the World….I don’t see the mention of the Red Brigade in China running around slaughtering MILLIONS….Give me a break….Maybe you could do a reminder of the Nazi Death Camps? Like I said this was bad but I am sorry War is War and war sucks…Do I think Civilians should be slaughtered no, not like this or ever but to rip on the US for a very minor action compared to others, this is an F’ing joke.