WMD May End Democracy, Constitution
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are basically stationary radiological weapons or
land mines waiting to be "stepped on" as PSR has
stated. See: http://www.tmia.com/sabter.html
WMD May End Constitution, Democracy
Gen. Tommy Franks, who recently retired as head of
Central Command, warns that if terrorists succeed
in using a weapon of mass destruction against the
U.S. or one of our allies, it would likely bring
an end to our Constitution and may give rise to a
military form of government.
Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD
John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com
Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States
is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that
inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will
likely be discarded in favor of a military form of
Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military
operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries
in an extensive interview he gave to the men's
lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.
In the magazine's December edition, the former
commander of the military's Central Command warned
that if terrorists succeeded in using a weapon of
mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of
our allies, it would likely have catastrophic
consequences for our cherished republican form of
Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the
U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that
"the worst thing that could happen" is if
terrorists acquire and then use a biological,
chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy
If that happens, Franks said, "... the Western
world, the free world, loses what it cherishes
most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen
for a couple of hundred years in this grand
experiment that we call democracy."
Franks then offered "in a practical sense" what he
thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an
"It means the potential of a weapon of mass
destruction and a terrorist, massive,
casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western
world - it may be in the United States of
America - that causes our population to question
our own Constitution and to begin to militarize
our country in order to avoid a repeat of another
mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact,
then begins to unravel the fabric of our
Constitution. Two steps, very, very important."
Franks didn't speculate about how soon such an
event might take place.
Already, critics of the U.S. Patriot Act, rushed
through Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11
attacks, have argued that the law aims to curtail
civil liberties and sets a dangerous precedent.
But Franks' scenario goes much further. He is the
first high-ranking official to openly speculate
that the Constitution could be scrapped in favor
of a military form of government.
The usually camera-shy Franks retired from U.S.
Central Command, known in Pentagon lingo as
CentCom, in August 2003, after serving nearly four
decades in the Army.
Franks earned three Purple Hearts for combat
wounds and three Bronze Stars for valor. Known as
a "soldier's general," Franks made his mark as a
top commander during the U.S.'s successful
Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait in
1991. He was in charge of CentCom when Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaeda attacked the United States on
Franks said that within hours of the attacks, he
was given orders to prepare to root out the
Taliban in Afghanistan and to capture bin Laden.