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It is pretty clear that today the US military is an all volunteer force and it is not allowed to take people who are joining to avoid going to prison. Was there ever a time when a judge could sentence a criminal to prison or military service? If so, how did it work? Was it for a fixed time and what happens if the criminal was found not fit for duty and separated from the military?
Over the years I've read many accounts where people stated that they were told by a judge that they could spend X months in jail or they could join up. This could never hold up as a law in any state, but is more of an informal use of a judge's discretion. It's probably a lot less common today with today's very professional military. A simple Google search turned up only this one case on the first page of results: https://www.stripes.com/news/judge-said-army-or-jail-but-military-doesn-t-want-him-1.44417
This was much more possible during World War II when America needed "every man." Some years ago, I knew a man (born in 1925) who was arrested for "carjacking" who was sentenced to two years, with sentence to be suspended if he would volunteer for two years in the Army (and they would accept him.) That, in fact, did happen.
The judge probably figured that the rehabilitative impact of the one would be as great as the other, but the Army offered the more productive outlet for both the convict and for society.
My father punched one of his high school teachers. Justifiably, IMO, based on the story as he told it.
This occurred a few years before the end of the Korean "conflict". He was given the choice that day to go with the police or go with his parents (he was under 18) to an Army recruiting office.
It's not as easy to join the military these days so this tactic is no longer viable. A modern analog would be the courts sending people to AA meetings in return for a lighter penalty - they can't force anyone to go so they manipulate them into it.
This is intriguing because it's usually a "don't ask, don't tell" military thing. I was in the US Army for 2 years (2003 - 2005) and over time I've learned it definitely happens but probably a low percentage of military recruits. The compelling issue is what the exact percentage is. When I was in Army AIT, my AIT Drill Sergeant actually told us he was forced to join the Army via court order (a drug type of charge). Ah, but see Drill Sergeants are considered elite members of the military and so the Army successfully rehabilitated him. My roommate in Germany informed me he was also forced to either join the Army or go to Jail. He didn't tell me what charges he had but he had a serious criminal record/history. Even in basic training, they had a marching cadence: "Got a letter in the mail: Go to War / Go to Jail". Once in the Military, the secret is that the expendable criminals get the military equivalent of the death penalty as illustrated (but implied) in some war movies. My dad even once told me that this is the way it's always been and the way it always will be. He was retired Army having served 30 years and served in Vietnam (safe areas). Only the worst criminals get sent to the violent areas where low life-expectancy is expected. And from what I saw, this is incredibly true. Soldiers are expected to eventually have the choice to choose the Army as a life-long career, because anyone who served knows that after basic training stages, the military recruit is like a civilian and many work civilian-equivalent jobs.
Just to point out one more example: remember the movie "Platoon"? There was, for example, a brief scene showing US Army soldiers raping indigenous children and remember when Taylor tried to break it up? So… what happens to those rapists? They get sent to a very specific area with the only intention is to make them suffer or get killed and buried in a pile of corpses as if to imply not even worth an official burial.
Okay, one more example. In the movie "Full Metal Jacket," there was a part when the Drill Instructor said: "Marines are not allowed to die without permission." This is 100% true in other military branches as well.
The answer to the original question is YES.
"In 2007, it published information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that found the number of convicted criminals enlisting in the US military had nearly doubled in two years, from 824 in 2004 to 1,605 in 2006. In that period, a total of 4,230 convicted felons were enlisted, including those guilty of rape and murder. On top of this, 43,977 soldiers signed up who had been found guilty of a serious misdemeanour, which includes assault. Another 58,561 had drug-related convictions, but all were handed a gun and sent off to the Middle East. "The fact that the military has allowed more than 100,000 people with such troubled pasts to join its ranks over the past three years illustrates the problem we're having meeting our military needs in this time of war," said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center." (https://www.alternet.org/2012/10/dark-secret-us-military-neo-nazis-and-criminals-are-filling-its-ranks/)
Question: Was it ever possible to join the US military instead of going to prison for a crime?
Local Prosecutors and judges can do whatever they like. They can tell someone to join the army or face prison, etc. There are plenty of stories of these kinds of things occurring, especially in Korea and Vietnam. However; that doesn't mean the army willingly accepts folk as an alternative to prison. army recruiters are forbidden to participate in such arrangements and all branches of service will disqualify such candidates if they find out.
The Army's Recruiting Regulation, 601-210, paragraph 4-8b: Any "applicant who, as a condition for any civil conviction or adverse disposition or any other reason through a civil or criminal court, is ordered or subjected to a sentence that implies or imposes enlistment into the Armed Forces of the United States is not eligible for enlistment."
Still one can image that it has happenned and still happens. The army will make a man of him, kind of thing.
Jimmy Hendrix was given the choice of prison or military service. Wikipedia his name.
In July 1972, I was walking past the Army Recruiting office and I walk-in and ask the Recruiter if I could go into the Army with a pending drug charge. He told me that I would have to get an "unconditional release" from the judge. So off I went to the courthouse. The judge said, I was perfect for this program." I got the "unconditional release" and was in the Army the next day, did my ASVAB, physical and shipped to basic in one day. Most of the recruits then were draftees. I did 20yrs, 25 days and retired an E8 Master Sergeant. It would be very hard to do that in today's Army. You might make it in if you can get an expungement.
During the early to mid-1970s, I knew many young men at the Naval Base in Rota, Spain, who joined the Navy only to avoid jail (and departed at the earliest opportunity.)
I think it can be possible in some cases. Take the story of Hugh Glass, for example. Hugh Glass was a mountain man and was mauled by a grizzly bear in 1823, and he was left for dead by his fellow companions. When Glass crawled over 200 miles, he sought revenge on the men who betrayed him. One of the men who did leave him was named John Fitzgerald. Glass wanted to kill Fitz. But, Glass was unable to kill him because Fitz had joined the army. Fitz would have been charged with treason from the Fur Company, and would probably faced prison. Hope this helps answer your question.
10 Common Misconceptions About The US Military
With over 330 million people living in the United States, only 1.4 million people (0.4 percent of the population) serve in the US military. As of 2014, the number of veterans living in the US was estimated to be 22 million.
Most people never think of serving in the military, and their only interaction might be through Hollywood. Although some films have depicted military life accurately, most miss the mark entirely. So many people have a great number of misconceptions about service in the armed forces.
Review of Applicant History
The process begins with an interview by the Army recruiter, asking the applicant about any records of arrest, charges, juvenile court adjudications, traffic violations, probation periods, dismissed or pending charges or convictions, including those which have been expunged or sealed.
If the applicant admits to an offense or the recruiter has reason to believe the applicant is concealing an offense or a record is indicated during the Entrance National Agency Check (ENAC), then the recruiter will request a complete criminal record from local law enforcement agencies.
Some offenses can be waived, and others cannot. Recruiters themselves do not have waiver approval/disapproval authority. Some waivers can be approved/disapproved by the Recruiting Battalion Commander, other waivers must be approved/disapproved by the Commanding General of the Army Recruiting Command.
Can I Join the Military if I have a Felony?
The military has standards. Most people understand there are physical standards – it makes sense that a recruit should be at some base level of fitness in order to carry out a job involving physical strain. However, less people are aware that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines also have moral character standards.
This begins with a face-to-face meeting with a recruiter. The recruiter will ask if a recruit has a criminal record. It is important not to lie because the military will not take your word for it, they will run a background check.
If a person does have a criminal record the recruit can be disqualified. This is because the military does not owe each citizen that applies to join a spot. To serve is really a privilege – and recently the military has met all quotas.
Here are the 2009 Active Duty Recruiting stats. All four services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2009.
- The Army had 70,045 accessions, making 108 percent of its 65,000 goal.
- The Navy had 35,527 accessions, making 100 percent of its 35,500 goal.
- The Marine Corps had 31,413 accessions, making 100 percent of its 31,400 goal.
- The Air Force had 31,983 accessions, making 100 percent of its 31,980 goal.
Right now the military can be somewhat picky. It is clearly better not to have a criminal record to improve your chances of joining.
There are exceptions for those with records, sometimes a waiver is granted. The recruiter cannot grant the waiver, it is a recruiting command decision well above his or her pay grade. You cannot appeal this decision, it is final.
The waivers are available for some crimes, but not others. Here is a quick breakdown of crimes that a waiver might be possible for:
- Civil offenses
- Minor non-traffic related charges
- A combination of minor and misdemeanor charges
- A solo serious misconduct charge – a felony
The quantity of offenses and combinations of offenses are also considered. It makes sense because a lot of offenses point to shoddy moral character. The military wants people who can be trusted with life and death decisions and who will do the right thing when no one is around to supervise.
The waiver decision will be influenced by the conduct of the individual after a conviction – did they have a clean slate and learn their lesson or have they had subsequent brushes with the law?
Even if a person is arrested, but later is not charged, they must report this to the recruiter.
The same goes for arrests that result in a non-civil court penalty, such as admission into an adult first-offender program.
Even if you have your record expunged and you have no record, a waiver might still be required
Here is a list of crimes that there is no waiver for:
- Being drunk or on drugs during the enlistment process
- If you were kicked out of the military for drug/alcohol abuse
- If you have a history of marijuana use or if you have been convicted of selling drugs
- Three or more drunk driving convictions
- You cannot escape pending charges by joining the military.
- If you are on parole, probation or some type of restraint you cannot get a waiver.
- If you have a lot of serious civil convictions outside of traffic court, a lot being more than three
- If you have a bad or dishonorable discharge (known as a ‘Big Chicken Dinner’) you can’t get a waiver to join again.
- Five or more misdemeanors results in a disqualifying status.
There are a lot of ‘sea stories’ about Judges giving people on trial the choice of jail or the Army. This has been against the law for decades.
However, in the 1970s there were cases that this apparently did occur. This lead to problems as inevitably some of these recruits committed crimes while in the Army. Their lawyers tried to argue that the soldiers should avoid punishment because they enlisted as a result of the choice of prison or enlisting in the Army. Congress amended military law so that Army recruiters were banned from helping someone get out of pending charges by joining the Army.
Military-trained gang members also present an emerging threat to law enforcement officers patrolling the streets of US cities. Both current and former gang-affiliated soldiers transfer their acquired military training and knowledge back to the community and employ them against law enforcement officers, who are typically not trained to engage gangsters with military expertise. Gang members in the military are commonly assigned to military support units where they have access to weapons and explosives. Military personnel may steal items by improperly documenting supply orders or by falsifying paperwork. Law enforcement officials throughout the United States have recovered military-issued weapons and explosives -- such as machine guns and grenades -- from criminals and gang members while conducting search warrants and routine traffic stops.
- In June 2006 an incarcerated US Army soldier and active gang member identified 60 to 70 gang-affiliated military personnel in his unit allegedly involved in the theft and sale of military equipment and weapons. The soldier reported that many of the military personnel in charge of ammunition and grenade distribution are sergeants who are active gang members.
- A May 2006 interview with a former Marine and Gangster Disciple member incarcerated in Colorado detailed how easily soldiers -- many of whom were gang members -- stole military weapons and equipment and used them on the streets of US cities or sold them to civilian gang members.
- In December 2005 a National Guard soldier allegedly smuggled several machine guns back from Iraq and sold them to a gun dealer in Georgia, according to open-source information.
- In a May 2006 interview with the Colorado Department of Corrections, an incarcerated Gangster Disciple member and former Marine discussed the advantages of military training and how it assists gang members in bank robberies, home invasions, and confrontations with police.
- A 2006 news interview revealed that a Marine, who was a King Cobra member, stationed at MCAS Camp Pendleton, taught members of his gang how to engage in military-style ambushes and how to position themselves for tactical advantage. He further admitted that he joined the Marines "to learn how to shoot guns."
VA Disability Compensation
Your monthly payment will be reduced beginning with the 61st day of your imprisonment for a felony. If your disability payment before you went to prison was based on a disability rating of 20% or higher your new payment will be based on a 10% disability rating. If you were receiving disability at the 10% disability rate your new payment will be cut in half.
Note: If you are released from incarceration - participated in a work release or half-way house program, paroled, and completed sentence, your compensation payments will not be reduced.
VA Disability Pension
If you are imprisoned in a Federal, State or local penal institution as the result of conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, any VA pension payments will end on the 61st day of imprisonment.
If you are incarcerated for other than a felony, you can receive full monthly benefits. Convicted felons residing in halfway houses (also known as "residential re-entry centers"), or participating in work-release programs also can receive full monthly benefits.
If you are incarcerated for a felony conviction, you can be paid only the costs of tuition, fees, and necessary books, equipment, and supplies. VA cannot make payments for tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies if another Federal State or local program pays these costs in full.
If another government program pays only a part of the cost of tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies, VA can authorize the incarcerated claimant payment for the remaining part of the costs.
Disclosure: Beware, New US UFO reports not what they seem
Below you will find my last UFO interview, that being 12 years ago. There is a reason there weren’t more, the same reason that for every secret that hits VT, 30% are withheld, out of either danger to ongoing intelligence operations or simply that we would be eliminated.
If you want to see the minor price, sort of, paid for truthtelling, check our Wikipedia page.
See if any other publication is maligned like that by the worst assholes on the planet or at least in Haifa, prettymuch the same thing. (Wikipedia loves InfoWars)
So, now we know that the US military sees UFO’s “every day” and has for “two years.”
I don’t even remember this interview but it was 42 years ago when I was approached to work on a team “evaluating” UFO sightings. I knew about Project Bluebook and figured that “lying to rubes” might be a nice change from sending armed mercenaries to kill children in Central America.
Keeping it short…let’s see if some “facts” can be aired safely:
- There is no “truth” about UFOs as no one is “read in” on what is real, only in what those in power need some to believe, just like going to a service academy and learning fake military history along with Satanic practices.
- The “truth” that was told at whatever level I was at was so unpleasant that waking up in a Matrix movie might have seemed nice.
- There seem to be two different worlds, even two separate sets of technology…
OK, I can go from there. VT has, on several occasions, aired material that goes there, onto the other side of the mirror where dwells things like the Secret Space Program:
Here is another from Peter Lavender:
I have generally found both Dolan and Lavender largely credible.
As an aside, the “alien diplomacy and relations” organizations, under the guise of “economic development committees” spend much of their time looking at internet folks who make UFO claims that are too close to “truth” whatever that is.
There is enough material “out there” that come on the radar of organizations tasked with lying about UFOs and alien species and their alleged powerful impact on our culture and, most of all, our future.
Last thing anyone wants is an off planet society going “freelance” here on earth.
What is the “alternate truth” then? Well, it can be expressed in films to the extent that films and TV shows are, to an extent, used to give “soft disclosure.”
Which ones? X Files. Men in Black. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. All contain elements that are, according to that same narrative, real or not, but presented to the “elite privileged” as real, that are “dead on.”
What kinds of things, loosely, are supposedly true?
- Aliens eat folks and our governments keep them supplied and milk cartons decorated with victims
- Underwater bases are real
- We are aliens made in a “monkey experiment”
- Aliens vacation here and are terraforming earth to kill all of humanity
- Most supernatural issues are tied to “non-corporeal entities” that have guided much of humanity into sub-humanity
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Hi Gordon-great interview-do you know anything about Dr. Steven Greer? I’ve been following his work, can’t decide if he’s for real or disinformation. Thanks.
Our planet is old Billions of years. Lots of time for mischief. Civilizations have risen and fallen. Nothing would surprise me but I will try not to end up as lunch.
Covid makes perfect sense to me now as I have a “list” of the to stupid to live types that took the bio weapon. Perhaps a public service was done and maybe the barbecue tastes better with the special sauce? LOL
Prison Planet. Human emotions feeding unseen entities for thousands of years. A cross between Charlie Sheens “The Arrival”, “V”, and Carlos Castaneda.
Its as if they are preparing for some sort of “soft landing” to mold the narrative of something upcoming. Then again all we have to do is look around at the insanity around us that something is terribly wrong. Another example being the radiation increase around the nation.
correction, all we have to do is look at the insanity around us to realize that something is terribly wrong.
Americans always amaze me, they want to be known as the the world’s smartest nation. Almost every thing worth talking about always happens in US. But, to my humble judgement of the human behavior, I have found in my 64 years of life that their works show otherwise. Perhaps Hollywood has something to do with this feeling of exceptionalism, having been deeply embedded in the fabric of US society. I find it hard to believe a nation with such “advanced” knowledge and scientific know how, is slave to a Zionist cult in every possible way – to a point where even the president works for the benefit of the cult. What good is your knowledge and science, which in the end has made you subject to a political cult. Sorry to see what you say and what you do are two different things – this basically discredits all these super-human capabilities you seems to portray on the rest of the world.
Mihail, I was born in Iran and live in the West, a Christian of ME, still speaking in Jesus’ language. I don’t mean to lecture people, but I see what’s going on around the world and I comment on what I see as important issues.
@ Chask, you are spot on. They indeed have been sold out body and soul to the Evil Cult that run and control almost all countries and governments throughout the world.
But we are mere mortals. Don’t forget nasa lost the technology to go back to the Moon. “Now where did I misplace that pesky theory of relativity?”
There is an unseen realm, and elements of it can manifest in the physical world.
That’s why its evil dark-side human-ish representatives are tasked with camouflaging it as an entity “from-another-world.” But they and the humanoids who serve them are really just evil spirits, and evil incarnate. They are all of the anti-Christ(ian) persuasion.
You know what they say about leading a horse to water. There is more truth in the X Files and the other most popular show of the same time period than in the entire archives of the New York Times. No one drank the water. No one’s said as much as you have. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have bothered writing another word after I wrote my book. But tell me something Mr. Duff, I’ve always suspected, is that William B. Davis character you?
Jack, just because something is “true” from our human perspective, doesn’t mean its true.
why? you want morley cigarettes yourselve?
Just another HOAX , like COVID-19, ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, the Election’, “Whiteness is EVIL” WOKE etc. all came around, got fabricated/produced, ‘like a Hollywood SLIME Industry Project’, since /11/2001’ to ‘smoke screen’, divert attention, confuse the American People, about that IMMENSE CRIME of a ‘False Flag’ attack on the ‘Land of the Free’ on that DAY! Some DEMONIC Creatures, had the CHUTZPAH to place ‘Controlled Demolition’ into the, WTC. Towers #1,#2,#7 and pull them DOWN, murdering 2977 innocent Collateral Victims and DRAGGING the US, into the unending wars in the “Middle East HELL HOLE”, that the ‘Zionist Apartheid Talmudic-Supremacist TERROR State of Israel’ has created there! The American Military Personnel, the Blood and Treasure of the American has become, ‘The Sacrificial Lambs’ on the barbaric-bloody Altar of Zionism on the World Stage! Zionism is the CURSE of Mankind! What the Zionist Devils do to a friend? http://www.holocaustonthehighseas.com PRAY for America??
Imre, you are to be applauded for letting it all hang out, as they say. Thanks for letting us know exactly where you stand. I think you are far closer to the truth than the “disclosures.”
No offense intended.
I’m guessing that ETs are really ODs. String theory suggests that there are at least 11 dimensions, most of which we know absolutely nothing about. Death might just be a process of leaving the world of here and now and entering another dimension, but I’m with Socrates on that one, “I know that I know nothing.”
As for alien technologies, I’ve often wondered if the fabulously expensive yet underperforming F-35 is just cover for its secret ability to fly beyond time and space into another dimension. If our enemies think that we have saddled ourselves with a dog that doesn’t hunt, maybe they would be more inclined to take us for granted in the next war. But, I’m with Socrates on that one, too.
"Today the federal government employs more than three times as many contract workers as government workers, and state and local governments spend a combined $1.5 trillion on outsourcing."
Rising discontent with government during the 1960’s and 1970’s created fertile ground for privatization advocates like Savas and Robert Poole, founder of the Reason Foundation. Not only did they see opportunity for increased contracting out, but they seized the moment to recast existing municipal practices as living proof that their ideas were correct. Local governments had considerable experience contracting for basic services. San Francisco, for example, began contracting with private companies for trash collection in 1932.
The urban fiscal crises of the 1970s offered the perfect opportunity to create a rationale for contracting out public services. Cities across the country were facing declining revenues as middle class families and manufacturing companies fled to the suburbs and Great Society welfare programs increased costs. The lengthy 1973 recession pushed cities into crisis and toward Savas’ solutions. Privatization was no longer only a right-wing attack on popular government services, but increasingly becoming a managerial response to tight city budgets.
By the end of the 1970s, the table was set. Cities were in fiscal crisis and a new conservative think-tank infrastructure (Reason, Cato, Heritage, ALEC, and others) that embraced privatization as a core strategy to downsize government was ready for a frontal assault.
And then a new president was elected.
The Reagan Years: Privatization’s Coming out Party
Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election was the opportunity conservatives hoped for to downsize government and privatize public services. Reagan didn’t run on an explicit privatization platform, but he embraced the idea as central to his agenda once elected. The administration began to develop concrete proposals to sell off government assets. He also gave privatization a rhetorical lift by adopting the term “privatization” (still unfamiliar at that time) and softened opposition with Friedman’s argument that it simply represented using private means to pursue public goals.
By his second term Reagan had made privatization a centerpiece of his agenda. His 1987 budget proposal included more privatization proposals than any president had ever recommended, including the sale of two federally owned airports, a railroad, four regional power agencies and their electricity-generating dams, and weather satellites. “It’s going to be the greatest effort to return the provision of goods and services to the private sector that we’ve seen in this century,” Richard Fink, president of the David Koch-created Citizens for a Sound Economy, said.
Against a Democratic Congress Reagan only succeeded in privatizing Conrail, the northeastern freight railroad taken over by the federal government from the bankrupt Penn-Central. Undeterred, in 1987, he created the President's Commission on Privatization. The commission developed a comprehensive road map of federal functions to privatize, including low-income housing, federal loan programs, air traffic control (still debated today), education vouchers, the Postal Service, prisons, Amtrak, Medicare, and urban mass transit. But the commission’s recommendations were again thwarted by the Democratic congress.
Privatization as Economic Theory Becomes Privatization as Political Strategy
The ideologues regrouped. Fred Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute charged that privatization “had quickly been captured by the forces of the status quo in and out of government.” In a somewhat bitter article analyzing the reasons for failure, Smith tore into Reagan for failing to develop an effective strategy to take the offensive against core Democratic constituencies. Smith argued that in order for a privatization proposal to “make it through the political process” it is necessary to “create a viable privatization coalition” in favor of it.
“Thus a top priority,” Smith wrote, “should be to identify Democratic senators and representatives who might be persuaded to support privatization and convince them to take the lead on the issue.” The liberal think tanks were also targeted. In 1988 the conservative Olin Foundation provided funding to the Brookings Institution for a book on education vouchers, and, throughout the 1990s, to the program on education policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In the words of Olin’s executive director, James Piereson, “we were interested in getting these ideas ensconced at liberal places.”
Smith based his argument on the writings of Heritage’s Stuart Butler (especially his 1985 Privatizing Federal Spending) and Madsen Pirie (who had just published Dismantling the State, a handbook for his American audience), considered to be the two most important strategists of the privatization movement in the United States and U.K. Pirie is the founder and current president of the London-based Adam Smith Institute and was the architect of Margaret Thatcher’s privatization policy. Stuart Butler was an analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
The problem in the Reagan years, as Butler saw it, was not a lack of determination, but that the administration had failed to change the “underlying political dynamics that favor increased Federal spending,” specifically the influence of pro-spending constituencies.
Butler argued that privatization could alter the fundamental political dynamics that favored increased federal spending:
Butler argued for using privatization “to reshape the interest group environment,” for detaching key elements of the coalition supporting federal, state and local government programs.
Corporate America Weighs In
Governments had been contracting with private companies for many years prior to the privatization push. For example, Waste Management, Inc., - today a $6 billion company – formed in 1968 and grew rapidly in the wake of federal policy that increased waste disposal requirements.
American Water Works Company, later renamed American Water, the largest water and wastewater company (now worth $19 billion), has had municipal contracts for over a century. American Water faced growing efforts in the 1950s and 1960s by local governments to take over water systems American owned and operated. In response, American Water created new public relations programs to argue that supplying water was a task best left to private enterprise.
Federal agencies have been increasingly contracting with management consulting firms since the late 1950’s. McKinsey and Company was hired to re-organize NASA after Russia’s surprise launch of Sputnik. The solution, argued McKinsey, was that "industry should be given as extensive a role as possible” with government retaining only the “bare minimum of internal expertise.” Since then, McKinsey, Booz Allen & Hamilton and other consulting firms have baked in an ideological preference for using outside contractors throughout the federal government.
Stuart Butler’s strategy called for organizing these types of companies that would benefit from privatization by getting lucrative government contracts.
In 1985, a group of large firms created the Privatization Council. The driving forces were David Seader and Stephen M. Sorett, the privatization coordinator for Touche Ross & Co. a top-tier consulting firm that became Deloitte and Touche in 1989. Touche was involved because it wanted to change the tax codes standing in the way of private municipal sewerage work. Seader went on to lead the Privatization and Infrastructure Group of Price Waterhouse, the global consulting and accounting firm. (The Council was renamed the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships – a less politically charged term than privatization – in the early 1990s).
By 1990, The Privatization Council boasted 150 members, a who’s who of consulting firms, corporations, and industry associations that had their sights on contracting opportunities in water treatment, transit, prisons, trash pickup, airports and finance.
The other significant corporate voice came in through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which increased and operationalized corporate involvement in moving state-level privatization policy.
ALEC put together working groups of corporations, think tanks, and legislators, like one that brought together the Reason Foundation’s director of the Local Government Center, Heritage’s Stuart Butler, Seader from the Privatization Council, a private prison company (Corrections Associates, Inc.) and the National Solid Wastes Management Association to set priorities and draft legislation to make it easier to outsource public services. ALEC, too, has been funded by right-wing foundations like Scaife and Coors as well as major American corporations, some/many of which had an eye on public contracts.
Devolution - A Ticking Time Bomb
By Reagan’s second term, industry, political leaders and conservative intellectuals still hadn’t seen the broad-based acceptance and large government contracts they hoped for. Reagan’s privatization program wasn’t immediately successful but he had planted the seeds early in his administration that would ultimately force large-scale local, state and federal privatization.
Reagan spent much of his first term pushing what he called the “New Federalism,” which others described as the “devolution revolution,” shifting federal responsibilities to state and local governments. Despite pushback from governors, he was ultimately successful in reducing the amount of federal aid going to states and cities. Local and state governments were already dealing with the fiscal straitjacket created by the property tax revolt launched by California’s Proposition 13 in 1978. Governors and mayors were faced with a painful dilemma: raise taxes or cut services. Contracting out promised cost savings – primarily by cutting labor costs.
“Cities have been discovering that public services do not necessarily have to be reduced by government or paid for by taxes,” the Privatization Council’s David Seader told the Milwaukee Journal in 1986. Individuals can pay for what they use and private companies are ready to take their money.
Reason founder Robert Poole saw cutting costs as a means to fundamentally redefine the role of government. “Most local services have few attributes of true public goods. Most of them – garbage collection, park and recreation services, libraries, airports, transit, and aspects of police and fire protection – have specific, identifiable users, who are the services’ beneficiaries,” wrote Poole.
Disclosing Criminal History
Even if an offense is not found during the recruiter criminal background check, it is likely to come up during a possible (probable) security clearance criminal records check. If an applicant fails to disclose criminal history and it is later discovered, the individual may be charged under federal law, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice for False Statement, and/or Fraudulent Enlistment.
Any offense which resulted in a conviction or "adverse adjudication" counts. Usually, if the charges were dismissed (without conditions), or resulted in an acquittal (finding of "not guilty"), they don't. However, sometimes the military will "count" an offense which resulted in a dismissal. For example, if you were caught shoplifting, and the charges were dismissed because the store owner didn't want to press charges, the military might count it.
On the other hand, if the charges were dismissed because the DA determined there wasn't enough evidence to prove you committed the crime, the military probably wouldn't count it. When determining whether or not an offense "counts" for enlistment purposes, the services are primarily interested in whether or not the applicant actually committed the offense, not whether or not a "legal" conviction resulted. Criminal offenses that fall into one of the below categories "counts" when it comes to enlistment purposes:
Tucker Carlson: US military has gone full woke, waging war on those who disagree with them
Tucker: Our military leadership has gone 'woke'
'Tucker Carlson Tonight' examines the Pentagon's war on 'domestic extremism'
The Pentagon’s Special Operations Command recently made an announcement from its official Twitter account.
Special Operations Command is very significant in the U.S. military, and in our country. It oversees Delta Force, the SEAL teams and the rest of our most-celebrated, best-trained and most lethal war-fighters. The tweet announced that a man called Richard Torres-Estrada is now the, "Chief of Diversity & Inclusion" of America’s Special Forces.
They included his picture with the announcement. Then, at the very top of its website, the Special Operations Command included a link to its extensive new "diversity and inclusion strategic plan." The one thing we know about that plan is it will result in the dramatic lowering of standards within our elite ranks. It probably already has. How will that make America safer? The generals never said. You couldn’t find that on the website. Instead, they explained that "all of us understand that diversity and inclusion are operational imperatives." They didn’t say how, they just said they’re imperatives. This is the operation that Richard Torres-Estrada will be running.
The question is: wWho exactly is Richard Torres-Estrada? His Facebook page gives us some indication of who he is. On it, you’ll find an attack on the police, you’ll find crude BLM propaganda, you’ll find a picture of Donald Trump holding a Bible in front of a church. Next to Trump is a photograph of Adolf Hitler. The point is, they’re the same. So, this is the guy who now oversees hiring for the SEALs.
If you’re wondering whether our military leadership has gone woke, consider that question settled for good. The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles. That should concern you.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world rolls on and gets more menacing by the day. Tonight, the Suez Canal, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, is blocked by a stranded container ship. Was it an accident? Maybe. Maybe not. We don’t know. What we do know is the Suez Canal is vital to the world’s economy. That’s not an overstatement. The Suez Canal is one of about a dozen strategic choke points that control virtually all global trade. Now it’s closed.
This is a challenge to America’s critical national interests. How is the Pentagon responding to this challenge to critical American interests? They’re occupied with other things right now. For the last month, the entire U.S. military has been operating under a so-called "stand-down" order issued by the new Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, the defense contractor who is now running the military.
Lloyd Austin believes the real threat to America is not the Chinese government or paralyzed global trade. The real threat is people who didn’t vote for Joe Biden.
LLOYD AUSTIN, JAN. 19: And if confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault and to rid our ranks of racists and extremists . The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. But we can't do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.
Forty-three Senate Republicans voted to confirm Lloyd Austin, and they have said virtually nothing about him since, because they’re paralyzed. They’re paralyzed because Lloyd Austin has no problem calling his opponents racist immediately.
"Ridding our ranks of racists and extremists." The key question is, how does Lloyd Austin define a racist or extremist? The definition matters. This show has been denounced as a dangerous White supremacist organ for the crime of reading Martin Luther King quotes on the air. So it’s worth finding out what those words mean. But Lloyd Austin doesn’t provide a definition. That’s not accidental, because what you’re seeing is not an attempt to make the military better. What you’re seeing is a political purge of the military.
Consider what’s been happening during the military's training on "extremism." A lot of enlisted soldiers have asked a pretty basic question: Weren't the BLM and Antifa rioters last summer committed by "extremists?" It seems like they were – they murdered a lot more people than died at the Capitol on Jan. 6. They burned businesses. They wrecked cities. In some places, it took the National Guard to stop them. So why aren’t these people "extremists?"
A man called Ramon Colon-Lopez was called in to tell the troops why they were wrong. Colon-Lopez is the Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. These questions, he conceded, are "coming from every echelon that we’re talking to. Some people may think that, ‘All right, so the events of 6 January happened. How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?'"
Yeah, exactly. Kind of an obvious question. Well Ramón Colón-López has an answer. Actually, it’s more of a threat.
"I am concerned about the way that some people are looking at the current environment and what they are thinking, they can do and act upon based on their personal beliefs," he said.
In other words, if you ask questions like these obvious ones, you are, by definition, dangerous.
Colón-López said he was working hard to, "make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and Washington, D.C." What are those differences exactly? Here’s one: BLM, he explained, is a, "social injustice organization," and therefore not extreme. Also, "When the military was called upon to go ahead and support an effort [in Washington], we did. We never got called for the law enforcement issue that was happening in Seattle."
Oh. So the mayor of Seattle never called the National Guard to put down Antifa. Therefore, Antifa isn’t an extremist organization. That’s ludicrous, obviously. In fact, it’s not even true. In fact, the National Guard did deploy to Seattle during the riots last year. But whatever. Colón-López’s job isn’t to make sense. It was to send a political message from the Biden Administration: we’re in charge now.
This week, we spoke to a DEA agent who was fired for being in Washington on Jan. 6. He didn’t riot. He never went in the Capitol Building. In fact, he even defended cops against rioters. He’s on video doing that. But it didn’t matter. He didn’t vote for Biden, so he’s gone. And he’s hardly alone.
Earlier this month, the FBI arrested an Oklahoma man called Anthony Alfred Griffith. According to the FBI, Griffith’s crime was walking into the Capitol Building through open doors, taking some photos, then handing those photos to federal investigators. The FBI's criminal complaint accuses Griffith of "witnessing multiple people trying to break down a door." Oh, he saw it happen.
For the crime of witnessing other people committing a crime, Anthony Alfred Griffith now faces seven years in prison.
But don't worry. People like Anthony Alfred Griffith, our leaders tell us, are extremists. They're White supremacists. And our military needs to be laser-focused on making certain no one who votes like Anthony Alfred Griffith can ever serve in the armed forces again.
SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH, D-ILL., MARCH 18: We absolutely need to look at any type of White supremacists that are still members of the military and how they are being targeted for recruitment by White supremacist groups and we need to weed this out . This whole idea of police officer on police officer violence with those officers who have been turned by White extremists is really scary to me. And I know it's got to be scary for the other police officers.
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO, D-HAWAII, MARCH 9: I am considering legislation to create a standalone punitive article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice to address violent extremism in the ranks and to send a message of deterrence, that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated in the military.
REP DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ, D-FLA., MARCH 12: We've seen a lot of reports highlighting how many of the attackers were veterans, and there's been really a growing recognition that the military has to do more to address extremism in its ranks.
It’s really amazing. Hirono and Duckworth are extremists. They’re the most extreme members of the U.S. Senate. They went on television this week to tell us people with the wrong skin color couldn’t be hired for federal jobs. Did anyone at the Capitol on Jan. 6 call for that? Not one person that we’re aware of. And we denounce it immediately. So, they’re extremist by definition, and they’re lecturing us about extremism.
"The military has to do more to address" extremism. And in a way, they're doing that -- by aggressively promoting it. Every two months, senior enlisted leaders in the military gather for something called "the Commanding General’s Stewardship of the Army Profession forum." In January, the forum included a "professional dialogue" on the racist hate tract "White Fragility" by lunatic Robin DiAngelo. No one condemned Robin DiAngelo's obvious extremism. They celebrated it.
Just last month, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of the Air Force Education and Training Command, made it explicit. He acknowledged that the Air Force was recruiting candidates with a private pilot's license. That might seem like a wise course -- flying planes is what the Air Force does -- but to Lt. Gen Brad Webb, no, that’s systemic racism:
LT. GEN. BRAD WEBB: One of the other areas in line with that has been aptitude tests. In fact, the chief mentioned that one as well in his talk the other day. But we are deep underway updating pilot tests and also officer candidate tests that, at its root, you know, you get a weighted score . if you have a private pilot license. Well, that’s a socioeconomic influencer. In other words, if you’re rich enough to afford to have private pilot time, you can get a license. That ought not be weighted in such a way that you exclude, you know, various ethnic groups.
The real question is: how does a doughy moron like that end up with an important job in the U.S. military? This isn’t the Department of Transportation. It’s not the DMV. This is a serious thing. This is the federal agency to which we give the most money and exists to protect the rest of us from foreign threats. And guys like that have power?
That guy’s the commander of Air Force Education. And it's not just him. In October, the head of Air Force recruiting office, Major General Ed Thomas, published a piece on Yahoo entitled, "86% of Air Force pilots are [W]hite men. Here's why this needs to change."
You have to wonder what the families of the thousands of American White pilots who have died defending this country over the last hundred years think of that. Ed Thomas wants them to know their husbands and fathers and sons shouldn’t have been flying in the first place, because they were the wrong color.
We called Ed Thomas after his piece came out to ask about this, and he was kind enough to talk to us. We had a long conversation, but he never explained the only thing that matters: How his race-mongering was supposed to make the country safer. He obviously didn’t care. He clearly hadn’t even thought about it. How did someone like that get power in the U.S. military? There are a lot of generals like that.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., represents thousands of military personnel, people who joined the services because they love the country and they want to protect it. No one is speaking up for them right now. So at a hearing in Congress the other day, Matt Gaetz did.
GAETZ: How long until MAGA hats are considered an extremist symbol? How long until Catholic or pro-life groups or those who believe in two genders are too extreme for the ruling Woke-topians? Today is about nothing more than cancel culture coming for our military and it is disgusting.
Disgusting. Usually that’s hyperbole. In this case, it’s understatement.
This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson's opening commentary on the March 26, 2021 edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight."