Scott Horton Interviews Ben Manski

Scott Horton, June 12, 2009

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Ben Manski, Executive Director of Liberty Tree, discusses the Bring the Guard Home! campaign that seeks to end the illegal use of national guard units deployed abroad, the historical U.S. change from a republican system of state militias to an imperial army and the reassertion of state governor control over the guard.

MP3 here. (18:09)

Ben Manski is a Wisconsin attorney. He serves Liberty Tree as Executive Director, editor of the Liberty Tree Journal, and as a Fellow. Ben received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2005, and a B.A. in Sociology with a focus in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison in 1999. Ben Manski served as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States from 2001 through 2004. He was employed on the staffs of a number of environmental, social justice, pro-democracy, and education advocacy organizations throughout the 1990s, and played leadership roles in many others. Ben currently serves as President of the Press Connection Foundation.  He is a member of the Speak Out! Speakers and Artists speakers bureau.

3 Responses to “Ben Manski”

  1. ALL a governor has to do is say "NO". The law is pretty clearcut and really can't be misinterpreted.

    As a matter of fact, all ANYONE needs to do in defiance of the Federal Government, in ANY aspect of central control, is to simply say "NO" and await a court judgement.

    Unless Congress declares WAR or the president declares MARTIAL LAW, then ALL final decisions rest with the STATES. Did i miss something??? I'm not American but i know something of your system.

    The reality, of course, is that your government now works for Israhell and the corporate plutocracy that is composed of your national security state infrastructure/Imperium.

    I.E. Complete and total FASCISM disguised as "democracy". Gotta hand it to'em, sly mofos!

  2. Anyone who raises their right hand and vows to defend America can and should be deployed to help their brothers and sisters over there fighting this war. No matter what component they are associated with! I know when I was over there in 2005, the guard and reserves helped us out a lot over there. And as a new member to ca army national guard, after my stint in active duty, I would go back over there again because that is what my state and what my country ask of me.

  3. That's not what the states ever asked of anyone in the Guard. Ever. If anything, all those Guard units that got sent over were sent in violation of the wishes of the people of those states.

    And as for the country — seems to me you're missing the point. Congress set a mission. That mission is no longer in play. The authorization is over. That's the law. The President is acting outside the law. The President is not the country. The moment he becomes the country — whoever he or she may be — that's the moment America is dead. Read more about the campaign.

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