There has been speculation regarding President Obama’s “citizen army”. In 2008, President Obama made statements regarding a “civilian national security force”. Since that day, many have been curious as to what President Obama had in mind when he made that statement. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY13) may have just given a bit of insight into what was meant when he introduced H.R. 748 last week.
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded,” Obama said as a candidate in 2008.
H.R. 748 would require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform “national service”. These persons in the United States would either serve the country as a member of uniformed services or as civilian service. The civilian service could be served with a Federal, State, or local government program. The local government programs include community-based organizations. H.R. 748 would “authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes”
TSA detains 3-year-old girl in wheelchair on her way to Disney For most families, especially ones with small children, a trip to Disney World is a positive experience. The children get to see the characters they’ve enjoyed watching in cartoons and movies, and there are areas made specifically for the parents too. That’s most likely what Nathan Forck and his wife Annie had in mind when they planned a vacation for their family. The family, Nathan, Annie, and their three children, were heading to Disney World on Feb. 9, 2013 out of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The problems started with Transportation Security Administration, TSA, after the family had already made it through the TSA checkpoint.
Will Coley began his political life as an ardent conservative activist within the Muslim community of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. He campaigned for local candidates in Florida including Todd Long, author of “The Conservative Comeback” (1), and Alexander Snitker, host of Liberty Underground Radio Tampa. During this time Will found his voice as co-host of “Tea Party Patriots Live” on WORL 660 Orlando with Phil Russo. His advocacy was pivotal in persuading many Tea Party groups in Central Florida to abandon using Islam as a political wedge and renounce the anti-Muslim groups that were hijacking the movement (2).
He is currently completing a training course in Islamic law and Islamic studies through a WebCT program in Qatar, and studying independently with Sheikh Hasan Lacheb. He has published scholarly papers critiquing the theory of abrogation and explicating human rights in Islamic law. Will has lectured on numerous subjects related to Islam with emphasis on the confluence of values between libertarian philosophy and Islamic tradition at the University of Central Florida, Valencia Community College, the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State with special honors from faculty advisers at VCC for his successful coalition building between faith based campus organizations. He was invited to offer a Friday sermon at the 2012 Republican National Committee in Tampa Florida, but declined the invitation when organizers refused to disinvite vocal anti Muslim demagogues.
In 2011 he worked tirelessly against the Tennessee “anti Sharia” bills, holding educational classes demonstrating the compatibility between Islamic law and the Bill of Rights. Through his outreach 12 out of 14 East Tennessee Tea Party groups voted to abandon their anti Muslim stance and make an official statement condemning the “anti Sharia” bills (3), which was promptly ignored by the media (4). In recognition of this effort he was nominated for the 2011 Loonwatch “Anti Loon of the Year” award. Will has appeared on numerous radio programs (5)(6)(7)(8)(9) to debunk the anti Muslim hysteria and his work has received endorsements from many liberty oriented groups including the Campaign for Liberty, the Tenth Amendment Center, the Florida Libertarian Party, the Utah Libertarian Party, the Mises Institute, and the Christian Libertarian Network. In 2012 his efforts where celebrated when he recieved fifth place in the Liberty Inspiration Awards hosted by LibertyCandidates.com (10).
Will currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife and two sons. He is the acting Director of Muslims 4 Liberty (11), a group of Muslims and their allies advancing the liberty mission from an Islamic perspective,