“Database interconnectivity and mining may become the genie that we all one day wish we could put back in the bottle.”
These are not the words of one of those black helicopter fearing, privacy freaks. These are the words of Cameron G. Holt, Major, USAF.
Major Holt is concerned that policy changes since 9 11 and…
“Proliferating technology may well put the US on a collision course with the protections guaranteed by the Constitution, which every military officer has sworn to support and defend. At risk are the personal privacy protections of the Fourth Amendment, the due process protections of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the protections against self-incrimination–and perhaps also the “just compensation for takings” guarantee—found in the Fifth Amendment.”
He chose this as his topic for a 50 page dissertation in partial fulfillment of his graduation duties.
Every American military commissioned officer serving in uniform today took a solemn oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic ” As America’s military transforms to defeat current and future threats, could the pursuit of national security unwittingly endanger the very Constitution we are sworn to defend? What future scenarios must America’s military be ready for by the year 2020, and what are the implications for the current transformation effort throughout the Department of Defense? This paper explores these critical questions using the scenarios-based future planning methodology described by Peter Schwartz in his book The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World. The intent of this process is to encourage what Peter Schwartz calls an ongoing “strategic conversation.”
AGAINST ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC: FUTURE SCENARIOS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE CONSTITUTION
Cameron G. Holt, Major, USAF
A Research Report Submitted to the Faculty
In Partial Fulfillment of the Graduation Requirements April 2005
This one scenario he envisions before us;
Future Scenario 2: McCarthy’s Witchhunt
All erroneous ideas, all poisonous weeds, all ghosts and monsters, must be
subjected to criticism; in no circumstances should they be allowed to spread
unchecked. —Chairman Mao-Tse Tung
Chinese Communist Party’s National Conference on Propaganda, 12 March 1957
Setting: Suicide note found near the body of TSgt Jack Jones, USAF, suspected enemy agent,
apprehended 23 July 2020 in Phoenix, AZ Defense Zone via DHS unmanned intercept.
Dear Kelly, we both knew this moment might come ever since my brother John was
found to have transported a weapon shipment used in the third attack of this year—
the one in Atlanta. Apparently, I was already on the watch list and then one of the
web vigilante groups found that paper I wrote for my college course that was critical
of the surveillance methods we are using against US citizens these days. They must have turned me in and tipped my threat index score over into the red. I sure hope
they are happy with their reward money! People are getting turned in everywhere
It seems like killing Bin Laden in 2012 has only made things worse. Now he is
seen as some sort of martyred hero. It is hard to believe that so many sleeper cells
were right under our noses in the US and Canada. At first, I thought it was great how
everyone in the US rallied around our Government—the gadgets we got as Security
Forces to help the DHS were mind boggling. The unmanned combat air vehicle that
got me was one of those that the Air Force transferred over to DHS with all the
commercial data upgrades—some sort of legal reason for giving all those weapon
systems to the DHS. What a joke, it sure didn’t protect mine or John’s rights.
I can’t tell you how angry I am that it has to be this way. I really wanted to see the
boys grow up, but you know as well as I do that I’m damaged goods and will only
cause problems for you and the boys even if I do ever get out of the offshore
interrogation facility they set up. I hope the insurance money is enough for you to
find a new life…just follow the plan we talked about. Tell Mitchell and Luke I love
them. Love, Jack.
Major Holt begins his paper with this introduction;
As the sun set on September 11, 2001, America was forced to look at national security, and at least temporarily civil liberty, through a new lens. For the first time, asymmetric threats posed by individuals and networked non-state sponsored terrorist cells worldwide represented a clear and present danger to the US homeland. For all of its relative strength, America’s national security apparatus was wholly unprepared to wage war against these individuals, not only around the world, but also within its own borders. The inevitable “re-tooling” to fight a new kind of war began just weeks later with the passage of the now controversial “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” (USA PATRIOT) Act (Barr, 2001, 10). The act removed longstanding information sharing restrictions between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It also provided several new tools to investigate terrorism within the US, like facilitating delayed notice search warrants, relaxing wire tapping rules, and even suspending due process as deemed appropriate for individuals declared to be enemy combatants.
The next major national security policy shift came with the “Bush Doctrine.” Cast within the context of a global war on “terrorism” versus “terrorists,” the Bush Doctrine played to the strength of the US military–conventional warfare between states–by equating states that harbor terrorists with the terrorists themselves.
As of 2005, with Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM ongoing, the US military continues to have an outward focus in this first state-centric phase of GWOT. Important structural changes to the national security system since 9/11, however, provide a new capability for future full spectrum operations inside the US if necessary with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a new regional combatant command (US Northern Command) and National Intelligence Director. Will we ever need that capability to conduct full spectrum operations inside the US and, if so, what would be the Constitutional implications of the emerging military and commercial technologies that will likely be employed? The answers could be alarming.
The Major shares various scenarios that could become our reality by 2020. None of them are very enchanting.
If you like, I’ll tell you how it ends;
Read the entire paper here