Sunday, August 27, 2006

Marque and Reprisal

The Framers of the Constitution, self-evidently Divinely Inspired, wrote the following into that document:
Article I

Section 8

The Congress shall have Power...To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; ...
So not only can (and should) Congress make Rules concerning Captures (i.e. jihadists go directly to Gitmo for coercive interrogation, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 ACLU lawyers), but they can also grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

That Power has not been revoked.

Though the Declaration of Paris of 1856 outlawed such Letters, the United States was not a signatory to that treaty.

What are these Letters?
A Letter of Marque and Reprisal was is [there, I fixed that for you. --RDS] an official warrant or commission from a national government authorizing the designated agent to search, seize, or destroy specified assets or personnel belonging to a party which had committed some offense under the laws of nations against the assets or citizens of the issuing nation...

The formal statement of the warrant was to authorize the agent to pass beyond the borders of the nation ("marque", meaning frontier), and there to search, seize, or destroy assets or personnel of the hostile foreign party ("reprisal"), not necessarily a nation...It was considered a retaliatory measure short of a full declaration of war...

A private ship and its captain and crew operating under a letter of marque and reprisal was called a privateer.
Outsourcing and privatization are nothing new.

If Congress granted such Letters, for, say, seizing Iran's oil exports or gasoline imports, to be taken and sold at a profit, any number of private ventures would find the best, most efficient way to do it in no time.

It would add real teeth to any weak "sanctions" that the UN will agree to on a nation-state basis.

Also note the target is "not necessarily a nation."

All this tizzy about our inability to deal with "4th gen" warfare and "non-state actors" as something dreadful and new is total nonsense. It's only a problem for people who think the world didn't really begin until around 1968.

We've got problems with cells of "terrorists"? Just commission cadres of "freedom fighters" to go after them.

There are thousands of Nepalese Gurkhas just itching to take such a job, now that the Brits have cut back on recruitment out of that hellhole. They love taking a shortsword to the enemy even more than Abu does.

That's our Congressman and Senators, letting this vastly powerful yet cheap and simple lever of power rust away, unused and forgotten.

We should remind them.

Article I.

Section 8.

And if they grant such Letters, with a simple majority, there's absolutely nothing the Courts, or the President, or the UN can do about it.

Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

Gimme some!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

technically they would need a 2/3 majority for the President to not be able to do anything about it.

6:11 PM, December 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether this is the answer to what can only be termed the "Islamic Question" or not is irrelevant. If Congress were to grow the stones to actually enact such legislation, the result would be that every organized crime entity would sit up and take notice. Think Russian Mafia, Sicilian Mafia, Polish, Bulgarian, Albanian, etc. and don't forget the Triad. Their business motivation is profit and murder for hire is an expertise they have readily at hand. Add to this all of the U.S military Spec. Ops. guys who would like to operate in a less formal environment and receive a substantial pay increase in the process and the terrorists would be dropping like the flies they are. Yes even I would enjoy the opportunity to cap off a few of these scum. My wife said to get a hobby and this looks like more fun than collecting stamps.

Considering the hundreds of billions that we are wasting with little results the prices specified in any such legislation should be not just be high, but extreme. I would go $1B for Uscuma bin Hidden and similarly huge amounts for his minions and soldiers, dead or alive. Such huge returns ($1,000,000.00 USD for a measly soldier) capital would be available allowing these groups to payoff the right snitches and get these dirt bags off the street and into the ground where they belong. Every terrorists in the world could be destroyed for less than the amounts wasted in the failed UN Oil for Food debacle and far less than the US has spent in Iraq since 2003. Al Qaidea has an estimated 20,000 members world wide, even at the prices I proposed this would not cost more than $30 - $40 billion or about fifty percent of what we are spending every year in Iraq.

I am not interested in the whining and snivelingh that will come from France and other mongoloid retards about this, What low grade morons like Jacque Chirac and his allies don't take into account is what would the world economy look like if America were really to fall? People may want to think that one over before enabling terrorists.

This has to be done and our military could do it easily if the back shooting jihadists had the courage to come out and face them instead of murdering innocent civilians but they have even less courage than Congress. Instead we send these people to murder them in their sleep as they would do to us.

Death to Islam!

7:18 PM, February 14, 2007  
Blogger RDS said...

Hmmm. Well said!

1:50 AM, February 16, 2007  

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