The Emerging Police State: With the threat of terrorism as a convenient cover, the push is on to centralize police-state powers in the hands of a strong executive branch. (On the Home Front).Attorney General John Ashcroft's recent rebuke of the Bush administration's civil libertarian civil libertarian
One who is actively concerned with the protection of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the individual by law: "Civil libertarians tend to assume such tests must be an illegal invasion of privacy" critics is setting off alarms all across the political spectrum. Ashcroft, speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee The U.S. Senate established the Committee on the Judiciary on December 10, 1816, as one of the original 11 standing committees. It is also one of the most powerful committees in Congress; among its wide range of jurisdictions is investigation of federal judicial nominees and oversight of on December 6th, accused critics of Bush administration policies of "fearmongering," adding ominously:
To those who pit Americans against immigrants, and citizens against non-citizens; to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty; my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists -- for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil.
Ashcroft hastened to reassure his audience that new anti-terror initiatives "have been carefully crafted to avoid infringing on constitutional rights while saving American lives," and that the Bush administration intends to cooperate with Congress in fighting terrorism. Two days after Ashcroft's remarks, Mindy Tucker, the Justice Department's communications director, attempted to placate those who took exception to Ashcroft's comments, explaining that Ashcroft was referring only to "misstatements and the spread of misinformation mis·in·form
tr.v. mis·in·formed, mis·in·form·ing, mis·in·forms
To provide with incorrect information.
mis ," and claiming that the controversy over Ashcroft's statement was "part of the exact problem he was describing."
The real issue, though, is whether critics of the Bush administration have a point. Are American liberties being jeopardized by the "War on Terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act ," or are such claims merely a smear campaign smear campaign n → campaña de calumnias
smear campaign n → campagne f de dénigrement
smear campaign smear n orchestrated by partisan enemies and crackpot crack·pot
An eccentric person, especially one with bizarre ideas.
Foolish; harebrained: a crackpot notion. extremists? Based on the trend in recent events, the long-term threat of permanently curtailed liberties is very real.
Much has already been made of Bush's proposed military tribunals, which have become something of a rallying point Noun 1. rallying point - a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together
point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point" for political enemies of the Bush administration. The notion of secret military tribunals, even if restricted to non-U.S. citizens, is scary enough (see the article on page 18), especially in light of calls from the likes of Judge Robert Bork Robert Heron Bork (born March 1, 1927) is a conservative American legal scholar who advocates the judicial philosophy of originalism. Bork formerly served as Solicitor General, acting Attorney General, and circuit judge for United States Court of Appeals. , writing in the National Review, to extend their jurisdiction to U.S. citizens. But the proposed tribunals are only part of a larger movement to involve the U.S. military in domestic law enforcement.
Since September 11th, Americans have gotten used to the unsettling un·set·tle
v. un·set·tled, un·set·tling, un·set·tles
1. To displace from a settled condition; disrupt.
2. To make uneasy; disturb.
v.intr. sight of National Guard troops policing airports and the streets of Washington, D.C., and to military jets patrolling the skies above some of our larger cities. Most of us assume that this is a temporary, emergency response to an unexpected terrorist threat. In reality, plans to use the National Guard as a permanent means to enforce internal security have been in the works for at least several years.
Shortly after the September 11th attacks On September 11, 2001, in the deadliest case of domestic Terrorism in the history of the United States, a group of 19 terrorists hijacked four U.S. airliners for use as missiles against targets in New York City and Washington, D.C. , a few reports surfaced in the national press of the work of the so-called Hart-Rudman Commission. A policy study group created in 1998, this commission was charged with creating policy recommendations designed to meet the evolving security and defense requirements of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. over the next 25 years. The group, officially named the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, was in part the brainchild of Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House. Gingrich is a disciple of futurist Alvin Toffler Alvin Toffler (born October 3, 1928) is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communications revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity. , whose ideas appear to be part of the inspiration for the project and whose firm, Toffler Associates, is one of the commission's acknowledged consultants. The commission itself, chaired by former Senators Warren Rudman Warren Bruce Rudman (born May 18, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts) was an American Senator from New Hampshire. He was elected as a Republican in 1980 and re-elected in 1986, and was known as a pragmatic centrist, to such an extent that President Clinton approached him in 1994 about (R-N R-N Raion (Russian, district; used in postal addresses) .H.) and Gary Hart (D-Colo.), sports an impressive roster of Washington power The Washington Power were a member of the National Lacrosse League during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. After unsuccessful stints in both Baltimore (as the Thunder) and Pittsburgh (as the CrosseFire), the franchise moved to Washington, D.C.. players. Besides Newt Gingrich they include Council on Foreign Relations The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an influential and independent, nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (corner Park Avenue) in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. president Leslie Gelb Leslie (Les) Howard Gelb (born March 4, 1937) is a former correspondent for The New York Times and is currently President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. , former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, and former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger.
In keeping with the futurist bent of its originator, the commission devoted much of its early work to predicting future trends. These predictions, which were compiled in a report entitled New World coming, include everything from anticipated changes in geopolitics geopolitics, method of political analysis, popular in Central Europe during the first half of the 20th cent., that emphasized the role played by geography in international relations. to expected technological innovations. While the document makes a number of predictions that ought to alarm those concerned with the future of American sovereignty (see sidebar on page 14), the most relevant to current events is the first item listed in the summarizing section, "Major Themes and Implications." Forecasting that "America will become increasingly vulnerable to hostile attack on our homeland, and our military superiority will not entirely protect us," the document adds the chillingly accurate prediction that "states, terrorists, and other disaffected groups will acquire weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or and mass disruption, and some will use them. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers."
Building on the predictions in New World Coining, the Hart-Rudman Commission issued several other reports containing recommendations for policy changes, the last of which, Road Map for National Security, was completed on January 31, 2001, and delivered to President George W. Bush. In Road Map, one of the first highlighted recommendations urges that "the National Guard be given homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States as a primary mission, as the U.S. Constitution itself ordains. The National Guard should be reorganized, trained, and equipped to undertake that mission." Claiming, falsely, that the "[National Guard's] origins are to be found in the state militias authorized by the U.S. Constitution," the commission recommends that "the National Guard be reorganized to fulfill its historic and Constitutional mission of homeland security" by, among other things, participating in and initiating "state, local, and regional planning regional planning: see city planning. for responding to a WMD WMD
white muscle disease. [Weapon of Mass Destruction weapon of mass destruction (WMD)
Weapon with the capacity to inflict death and destruction indiscriminately and on a massive scale. The term has been in currency since at least 1937, when it was used to describe massed formations of bomber aircraft. ] incident" and planning for "rapid inter-state support and reinforcement."
Such provisions would amount to the deployment of the National Guard as a de facto [Latin, In fact.] In fact, in deed, actually.
This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs that must be accepted for all practical purposes, but is illegal or illegitimate. national military police, whereas current law keeps them under the control of state governors. Furthermore, National Guard troops -- their part-time status not-withstanding -- are trained as soldiers, not policemen. Soldiers are trained and prepared for combat, to defeat and destroy the enemy, but law enforcement officials are trained to investigate and detain suspects, paying scrupulous attention to the civil liberties of even the most hardened, vicious criminals. In spite of such clearcut differences, and the strong resistance of most Americans to militarize mil·i·ta·rize
tr.v. mil·i·ta·rized, mil·i·ta·riz·ing, mil·i·ta·riz·es
1. To equip or train for war.
2. To imbue with militarism.
3. To adopt for use by or in the military. police functions, National Guard troops have become permanent fixtures around airports and in other crucial security areas like Washington, D.C.
Origins of Homeland Security
More worrisome still is the central recommendation of Road Map that "the President should propose, and Congress should agree, to create a National Homeland Security Agency ... with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating various U.S. government activities involved in homeland security. They should use the Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating emergency planning, preparedness, risk reduction, response, and recovery. The agency works closely with state and local governments by funding emergency programs and providing technical (FEMA FEMA,
n.pr See Federal Emergency Management Agency. ) as a key building block in this effort." The document, which was written long before September 11th, went on to suggest that the president "propose to Congress the transfer of Customs Service, the Border Patrol, and Coast Guard to the National Homeland Security Agency" to create a "stronger and more effective system." This Homeland Security Agency would oversee state and local as well as federal law enforcement and crisis response agencies. This would include "setting training and equipment standards, providing resource grants, and encouraging intelligence and information sharing See data conferencing. among state emergency management officials, local first responders, the Defense Department, and the FBI," and "pulling together private sector activities, including those of the medical community, on recovery, consequence management, and planning for continuity of services." Such proposals, if implemented, would concentrate in the Executive Branch vast new powers to federalize state and local police activities. The contemplated "setting of standards" and "providing of resource grants," in particular, would further erode the autonomy of independent local law enforcement.
Congress, meanwhile, would be excluded from the process except as a rubberstamp consultant. Road Map recommends that Congress "refurbish the legal foundation for homeland security in response to the new threat environment," which includes the threat of "biological and terrorist attacks [and] cyber attacks on critical systems."
Washington insiders have been contemplating for years the creation of a federal agency charged with homeland defense. In January 1999, when most of the nation was distracted by the Clinton impeachment impeachment, formal accusation issued by a legislature against a public official charged with crime or other serious misconduct. In a looser sense the term is sometimes applied also to the trial by the legislature that may follow. scandal, President Clinton created a minor stir by proposing a number of new measures to fight the growing threat of terrorism on American soil. Stating that a major terrorist attack was "highly likely" on American soil within the next few years, Clinton set forth a 10-point plan to meet the threat, which included creating a "Homelands Defense Command." Because of Clinton's political vulnerability, and because the proposal took the form of a permanent military command stationed on U.S. soil, the idea was eventually scrapped under pressure from those worried about using the military to patrol the American homeland.
What a difference a few years and a new administration make! In addition to the military -- in the form of the National Guard -- now policing America, we also have NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. planes patrolling American airspace. And despite the concerns over President Clinton's Homelands Defense Command, we now have President Bush's new Office of Homeland Security, with the power to direct 46 different federal agencies in the name of fighting terrorism.
Both Bush's Office of Homeland Security, established by executive order on October 8th, and Clinton's Homelands Defense Command, appear to be derived from the Hart-Rudman Commission's original recommendation for a "National Homeland Security Agency." That idea, which presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. predated the official publication of Road Map, may well have been mooted as early as 1998, when the commission held its first business meeting. All three Homeland Security schemes envision a permanent military presence to police the American homeland; all three are a response to the threat of a major terrorist attack; and all three propose a massive concentration of new powers in the executive branch to coordinate and direct both federal and state-based agencies responsible for internal security.
A National Strategy
The Bush executive order of October 8th charges the Office of Homeland Security to oversee anything remotely connected to security within the United States, from the agricultural industry and information systems to telecommunications and energy production. Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge Thomas Joseph Ridge (born August 27 1945 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995), Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security , put in charge of the Office of Homeland Security, told participants in a conference on homeland defense and security on November 27th that the mission of the office is "to create a comprehensive national strategy for homeland defense, to secure the United States from terrorist threat or attacks." Ridge continued:
[P]lease notice that I said it was to be a national strategy -- not a federal strategy. The national strategy that the president envisions will involve all levels of government, federal, state and local. It will tap the creative genius and resources of both the public and the private sectors.... Our national strategy will focus all the instruments of national power at our disposal. Where we find cracks in the system, we will work to repair them. Where we find strengths in the system, we will work to enhance them.
In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , the Office of Homeland Security exists to nationalize na·tion·al·ize
tr.v. na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing, na·tion·al·iz·es
1. To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
2. all government functions -- local, state, and federal -- related to internal security and concentrate them in the executive branch. Alexander Hamilton warned that:
An entire consolidation of the States into one complete national sovereignty would imply an entire subordination of the parts; and whatever powers might remain in them would be altogether dependent on the general will. But as the plan of the [constitutional] convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, exclusively delegated to the United States.
Mr. Ridge also made the astonishing a·ston·ish
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. claim that "before September 11th, many in our country never thought of [firefighters, police, and medical professionals] as first responders. Nobody really ever thought of these individuals as the first line of a homeland defense."
In truth, the federal system assumes and even requires that citizens and local law-enforcement and government, not the federal government, be the first lines of domestic defense. Most of us living outside the Beltway are far more familiar with local police and fire officials than with the FBI and FEMA. But Ridge insisted that just as "we wouldn't send soldiers into harm's way harm's way
A risky position; danger: a place for the children that is out of harm's way; ships that sail into harm's way. without proper equipment and training, ... it's clear that we owe the same commitment to our first responders in this country as well. Our first responders need standardized training." There you have it: Despite the heroics displayed by New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. police and firefighters on September 11th, which contrasted sharply with the panicked dithering Simulating more colors and shades in a palette. In a monochrome system that displays or prints only black and white, shades of grays can be simulated by creating varying patterns of black dots. This is how halftones are created in a monochrome printer. of the feds, Mr. Ridge believes they require standardized training by Big Brother in Washington to ensure that they perform according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. national, military-like standards.
Invoking the overarching priority of fighting terrorism, Ridge asserted the office's prerogative to override congressional assignments of power to federal agencies:
A lot of ... agencies and a lot of ... departments had a mission that had been assigned by Congress.... [T]he Coast Guard that had a traditional function, has to deploy some new assets in a different way; the Drug Enforcement Agency really was primarily focused on drug interdiction The interception of illegal drugs being smuggled by air, sea, or land. See also counterdrug operations. .... But ... we need to ... provide more resources to these agencies who now have a new function, and the function is combating terrorism.
Keeping Track of You
In response to a question about "national identity schemes," including "biometrics" and "smart tokens," Ridge waxed effusive ef·fu·sive
1. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner.
2. Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise. :
One of the more interesting ideas I received, it was generated from a conversation I had with the airline industry, happened to involve the voluntary deployment of biometric cards. Now, I know there are some people that favor face recognition technology. I happen to believe that whatever the technology that can be applied with the greatest impact immediately..., we will deploy the best first; and as [technology] changes, let's change our system. Let's try to be as flexible and as quick to respond in government, as agencies and organizations and companies and individuals are outside of government.... I like a voluntary card.... I think it'll work. And it's not just ... at an airport. We have entered into some really wonderful discussions with our friends in Canada and not only involving aviation security, but cross-border commerce.... And again, there are multiple suggestions on the kind of technology that you can use.... If you are preregistered, precertified, [people who live in Canada and work in the United States, and vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides. , may get a] card or [a] chip in [their car] window.... Not that I think technology will solve all our problems, but I do think technology helps us to narrow the risk profile.
While Mr. Ridge was careful to emphasize the "voluntary" nature of airline IDs, it is not hard to imagine a "voluntary" program evolving into one that, for practical purposes, is involuntary. For example, Americans might be required to have such IDs if they wish to travel by air. And Ridge clearly envisions a federal government role in the process.
National IDs in some form, using hightech biometric standards, is an idea making the rounds in Washington, and not just in Tom Ridge's office. Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corp., has strongly advocated national ID cards since September 11th. Not surprisingly, he has also volunteered the services of his software company in providing the cards, encoded with a scannable digitized thumbprint and photograph, for every legal resident of the United States. And while the White House has ruled out, for the time being, creating a system of national identity cards, there is now widespread support for the idea, if public opinion polls are to be believed.
But Wait, There's Mare
Besides national IDs, military police, and the further erosion of federalism in the name of homeland security, other matters of concern include talk of authorizing torture for interrogating suspected terrorists (see "Talking of Torture" in the December 3rd issue of TNA TnA Total Nonstop Action (wrestling alliance)
TNA The National Archives (UK)
TNA Training Needs Analysis
TNA Tamil National Alliance (Sri Lanka) , page 5), new government authority to eavesdrop eaves·drop
intr.v. eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping, eaves·drops
To listen secretly to the private conversation of others. on conversations between attorneys and clients, and a new Customs Service bill working its way through Congress that will allow Customs agents and post office officials to open and inspect mail without a warrant or even probable cause Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit. .
Moreover, the Bush administration is already pressing for new powers, complaining that existing legislation, including the USA Patriot Act USA PATRIOT Act [Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorists], 2001, U.S. , does not go far enough. According to a Washington Post report, "the Bush administration is asking Congress for a second major expansion of federal surveillance powers that legal experts say would radically change laws that have long protected the rights of Americans.... A CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). proposal seeks legal authority to gather telephone and Internet records from domestic communication companies.... The Justice Department asked Congress to remove the key legal restriction on obtaining wiretaps under the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]. The law permits extensive use of listening devices in espionage and international terrorism cases so long as the target is connected to a foreign power or international terrorist group.... By removing the requirement of a foreign connection, the administration proposal would make it far easier to mount surveillance on people who have no known c onnection to actors overseas."
No one should assume that new surveillance powers -- whether wielded by the FBI, CIA, or other federal agency -- will be confined to turbaned foreigners with unpronounceable names. The Justice Department warned recently that the federal government might begin monitoring domestic political or religious groups suspected of engaging in terrorism, and the temptation to abuse such powers will multiply greatly with each new terrorist attack on American soil.
The greatest long-term dangers posed on the home front by the War on Terrorism are its potential duration and the handy rationale it provides for concentrating power in the executive branch of the federal government. No one can dispute that government, at some level, must have powers of surveillance, arrest, and seizure of evidence. The problem is that these powers, properly the province of state and local government in most instances, are being arrogated by the executive branch in Washington. Moreover, many of the internal systemic checks against their abuse, such as powers of judicial oversight, are being eliminated. And while these changes in the distribution of power certainly haven't turned our country into a gulag archipelago -- yet -- the possibility of a never-ending military conflict stretching across many changes in elected leadership greatly increases the risk of more severe abuses down the road.
During the panel discussion following John Ashcroft's harsh words to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding those who allegedly fabricate concerns over lost liberties, the attorney general tried to mollify mol·li·fy
tr.v. mol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing, mol·li·fies
1. To calm in temper or feeling; soothe. See Synonyms at pacify.
2. To lessen in intensity; temper.
3. his audience with a joking reference to a political cartoon:
There's this kid sitting on Santa's knee and Santa says, "I know when you've been sleeping, I know when you've been awake, I know when you've been bad or good." And the kid looks up and says, "Who are you, John Ashcroft?"
To her credit, Senator Maria Cantwell (D.-Wash.) shot back: "I'm not sure everybody in America is laughing at that one."
The time for vigilance is now, not after a decades-long War on Terrorism has irrevocably transformed our free republic for the worse. As the intense emotions associated with the events of September 11th subside, Americans must take a hard and sober look at where our government is taking us.
RELATED ARTICLE: Whose World Will It Be?
Who conceived the Hart-Rudman Commission, formally known as the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century? A perusal of the staff roster given at the end of New World Corning is very suggestive. Of the 12 commissioners, nine are members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR CFR
See: Cost and Freight ), the elite New York-based group that Washington Post ombudsman Richard Harwood once described as "the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States." For the past 80 years, key CER Cer
goddess of violent death. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 75]
See : Death
CER - Canonical Encoding Rules leaders and members have worked behind the scenes for world government. Simultaneously, they have opposed American autonomy and constitutionally limited government A constitutionally limited government is a system of government that is bound to certain principles of action by a state constitution. This system of government is dialectically opposed to pragmatism, on the basis that no state action can be made that conflicts with its .
One of the Hart-Rudman commissioners, Leslie Gelb, is in fact president of the CFR. Both co-chairs, Gary Hart and Warren Rudman, are CER members, as is executive director Charles Boyd, and Lynn Davis, one of two study group directors. Of the 29 study group members, at least 12 belong to the CER. It is therefore safe to conclude that the Hart-Rudman Commission was a CFR-directed project from start to finish. The fact that the project's major policy recommendation, a Homeland Security agency, has been implemented, puts the lie to the CFR's frequent claim of being a mere "study group." The CFR, for many decades, has acted as a de facto, extra-governmental policymaking pol·i·cy·mak·ing or pol·i·cy-mak·ing
High-level development of policy, especially official government policy.
Of, relating to, or involving the making of high-level policy: organ, wielding astonishing influence.
In light of this, it would be interesting to review "predictions' in New World Coming for the next quarter-century, as envisaged by America's CFR-based ruling elites:
* "America will become increasingly vulnerable to hostile attack on our homeland, and our military superiority will not entirely protect us.... States, terrorists, and other disaffected groups will acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption, and some of them will use them. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers."
* "The sovereignty of states [nations] will come under pressure, but will endure. The international system will wrestle constantly over the next quarter century to establish the proper balance between fealty fealty: see feudalism. to the state on the one hand, and the impetus to build effective transnational institutions on the other. This struggle will be played out in the debate over international institutions to regulate financial markets, international policing and peace-making agencies, as well as several other shared global problems.... [G]lobal forces, especially economic ones, will continue to batter the concept of national sovereignty."
* "The state, as we know it, will also face challenges to its sovereignty under the mandate of evolving international law and by dis affected groups, including terrorists and criminals."
* "Space will become a critical and competitive military environment....Weapons will likely be put in space."
* "The United States will be called upon frequently to intervene militarily in a time of uncertain alliances."
* "Our vocabularies will fail us as old boundaries blur: between homeland defense and foreign policy; between sovereign states and a spectrum of protectorates and autonomous zones."
While admitting that the future cannot be completely controlled or predicted, New World Coining presents four possible "worlds in prospect." Two of them are, in the view of the authors, best-case scenarios. The "Democratic Peace" will be a "positive evolution of today's world," in which "multilateral action is the rule rather than the exception. At the global level, states will advance the formulation and enforcement of normative international law. The United Nations is a chief instrument in resolving transnational issues." The other positive scenario is "Globalization globalization
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation Triumphant," in which "information and economic power become truly globalized.... In addition, supra-national organizations and non-governmental organizations increase their influence." As with the Democratic Peace, "the United Nations ... assumes a central role in conflict prevention and resolution." On the other hand, the two negative scenarios, "Protectionism and Nationalism" and "Division and Mayhem," are portrayed as worlds of poverty, war fare, and turmoil. The former in particular is characterized as "a negative evolution of today's world."
New World Coining, therefore, confirms what we already know about the CFR-based American ruling Establishment: that it is utterly hostile to American sovereignty and unconditionally supports the drive towards a single world government. If New World Coming is any evidence, that is precisely where we are being led.