Standing Armies, Eroding Liberties July 20, 2007

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

Addressing the Constitutional Convention on June 29, 1787, James Madison offered timeless insights about what is now called the Military-Industrial Complex:

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense [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."

USA Today recently reported that the US military in Baghdad ?is taking fingerprints and eye scans from thousands of Iraqi men and building an unprecedented database that helps track suspected militants.? This is being done in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which are quietly building a similar system of human inventory control here at home.

Rather than keeping us free, the Iraq war is hastening the extermination of our liberties.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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