Ron Paul recently reintroduced his Letters of Marque and Reprisal legislation that he first presented in 2001. It may seem a little bit outside of the mainstream, but here is why you should give it a second look:
This story is interesting to me. Not because I am either for or against, but simply because the mans Idea was stolen, changed, and used in a manner that I would think makes him cringe. Ron Paul had a plan for fighting the war on terror that didn’t include U. S. Troops going to far away places and hunting down terrorists. It was called the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. He presented it to congress on 11 October 2001.
Letters of Marque and Reprisal are authorized in the constitution and basically allow a government to authorize others to track down and kill those that are basically beyond the scope of a military application, i.e. terrorists protected by foreign governments. For a full explanation use this link.
what piqued my interest on this bad boy is that while the letters were never authorized upon Ron Pauls request, they have been being used in a manner of speaking. We are using private contractors in the war on terror. Without congressional authorization, and with no letters of marque being issued.
For shame you say? I know. I have proof to. George Bush has railed time and again on the war in Iraq being part of the war on terror. There are currently estimated to be between 120,000 and 180,000 private contractors in Iraq. How many of them are armed is not listed, but Private security contractors are generally armed in a combat zone. These contractors are from a number of countries around the globe, including the U.S. For lack of a better term they are mercenaries, and in many cases are authorized to perform combat roles. oh yeah, here’s an article you just must read if this interests you at all.. http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070718/ts_csm/acontractors_1
That makes them extra-military forces authorized to conduct actions against terrorists forces in Iraq. Many of their firms receive financing from the U.S. Government.
No letters of marque, but if this is any different than what Ron Paul was asking for then it’s a shade of grey difference that can not be discerned by the naked eye, or the avid mind. To make it even better, these troops can stay even if we pull out our military.
Doesn’t it make sense then, that this practice be legitimized and expanded by the congress?