Friday, February 6, 2009

Tell me again about putting the US Constitution back together...

From AP:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Obama administration is considering moving the nation’s federal weapons complex, including New Mexico’s Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, under military control, ending decades of civilian oversight.

The Albuquerque Journal, in a copyright story Wednesday, said an internal memo it obtained shows the administration is looking into turning over control of the labs to the Department of Defense. They currently are controlled by the Department of Energy.

The Office of Management and Budget memo, which carried no date, said such a change would not occur until at least 2011.

Funny, I always thought the premise in the US Constitution was civilian control of the military, not military control of ... anything it wants.

But remember: it's OK to have a Raytheon lobbyist in direct control of the Pentagon.

1 comment:

Miko said...

Actually, the original intent of the Constitution was the military (or the army, at least) would cease to exist during peacetime. We'd have a navy to protect our borders, but no standing army. (That's why Congress has to official "renew" it every two years.)

Although if we are to have a military, then yes, we'd want to be civilian controlled.