In May of 1994 at the Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Corps Base, 300 marines were orderd to take part in what turns out to be a very controversial survey. The survey asked the marines to say how they would respond to a series of questions that took the following line.
They were told to answer the questions by checking the following: Strongly Disagree; Disagree; Agree; Strongly Agree; or Have No Opinion. This survey had 46 questions. Some are listed below.
- I feel that the president of the United States has the authority to pass his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief to the United Nations Secretary General.
- I feel there is no conflict between my oath of office and serving as a United Nations soldier.
- I feel my unit's combat effectiveness would not be effected by performing humantarian missions for the United Nations. <lii feel a designated unit of united states combat soldiers should be permanently assigned to the command and control of the united nations
- I would be willing to volunteer for assignment to a United States combat unit under a United Nations commander.
- I would like United Nations countries, including the United States, to give the United Nations all the soldiers neccessary to maintain world peace.
- I would swear to the following code: I am a United Nations fighting person.
- I serve in the forces to maintain world peace and every nation's way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
The last question in this survey asked was:
- The United States government declares a ban on the possession, sale, transportation and transfer of all non-sporting firearms. A thirty-day amnesty period is permitted for these firearms to be turned over to local authorities. At the end of this period, a number of citizens groups refuse to turn over their firearms. Consider the following statement: I would fire upon United States citizens who refuses or resists the confiscation of firearms banned by the United States government.
I will ask: What could be the purpose of this survey?
These combat troops would be used for such missions as drug enforcement, disaster relief, security at public events, substitute teaching, serving as prison guards, emergency police, etc.
It then asked for their opinion about the propriety of assigning United States combat troops to carry out these same types of missions in other countries A.) "Under United States command";B.) Under the command of non-United States officers appointed by the United Nations.Why are our marines being asked if they would fire upon United States Citizens?
Our military takes an oath to uphold and support the Constitution of the United States. Is being asked to fire upon United States citizens a part of our Constitution?
Can our military's oath be read so as it can be transfered to a foreign power?
In closing this post, I would ask two questions:
- Who in our military can we trust with the power that has been given to them?
- Who in our political leadership can we trust with the power we have given them?