By Deanna Spingola
In 2003, a terrified southeast Colorado resident and her dog were forced to cower on the ground when a plane “came screaming out of the sky” and flew about “20-30 feet up.” In 2006, despite complaints, the Army continued the terror tactics against the residents with “repetitive touchdowns” and “circling over our homes” staying “just above the required 50 foot ceiling.” In the early spring of 2008, many residents were awakened “about 1 AM when helicopters hovered overhead, rattling windows and terrifying animals for about twenty minutes.” Residents have experienced “repeated fly-overs,” obviously designed to intimidate them. 
Then there was the out-of-control fire, perhaps a “controlled burn” gone awry, which Fort Carson officials claim was caused by lightning on the rarely-used Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) on June 8. But there had been no storms in the area at the time. Perhaps it was the result of live-fire uranium munitions that the Army claims they don’t use.  See video. Given the irrefutable evidence of uranium contamination on the site, we realize that the Army has lied, yet once again! 
That fire was finally contained on June 22, 2008 after burning about 60,000 acres and putting southeastern “Colorado lands and residents at risk.” It had “leapt the Purgatoire River” and “burned thousands of acres” of the same private ranchland, now vulnerable to post-fire erosion, that the Army is attempting to snatch “from unwilling sellers.”  When the short grass is burned it doesn’t come back. Mustard weed comes up in its stead and animals will not touch the noxious weed.
The Constitution doesn’t sanction a “standing army” (one that doesn’t disband during times of peace). James Madison warned: “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have always been the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
The Constitution does not prevent a standing army, as necessary for defense. However, funding must be approved by Congress after two years (Article I, Section 8). A permanent, obedient army, marshaled for war, could readily be deployed against U.S. citizens who stand in the way of a reprehensible agenda. In addition to depleting a nation’s financial resources, permanent armies require bases and land that could be more efficiently used for resource production. Though not a weaponized attack in the general sense of the word, the Army has targeted the ranchers in southeast Colorado.
The Piñon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition states that maps obtained from the army show a ‘Future Expansion area’ equal to 5.5 million acres, most of the area south of La Junta, Colorado and east of Interstate 25.  The military claims they “need” more land to adequately train the troops, a claim I thoroughly explored in a previous article. The private-land-needed-for-training claim is a dastardly deception. Blackwater, a highly profitable, politically-connected Public-Private Partner, adequately trains as many as 40,000 individuals a year on 7,000 acres of swampy North Carolina land which apparently qualifies Blackwater to collect $1,222 a day ($445,000 a year) for each “contractor” – six times more than the cost of an equivalent soldier.  Blackwater also received $100,000 each to train 2,000 new border guards. This outsourced training, designed to enrich corporate cronies and fleece the taxpayers, was sanctioned by a Department of Homeland Security Authorization Bill, approved by Congress. 
Outrageous inconsistencies mount! Bush, the prince of preventative war who favors a “strike first” Iranian invasion, recently helped break ground for a new government-funded $185 million facility for the U.S. Institute of Peace, a Washington D.C. think tank devoted to “preventing conflict.” The substantial construction contract undoubtedly was awarded to a politically-connected firm. In globalist “newspeak,” terms are twisted and exploited to deceive the public into accepting questionable agendas and cover debatable activities like “national security,” “saving the planet,” and “spreading democracy.” George P. Shultz, co-chair of the organization stated at the ground-breaking: “If the United States is serious about peacemaking, the Institute must have a permanent home from which to serve the country and the international community…” 
Shultz is a member and former Director of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, organizations determined to destroy national sovereignty. He is a former U.S. Secretary of State, a former Secretary of the Treasury, a former Secretary of Labor, a former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a former Director of the Bechtel Group (huge construction firm), a member of the secretive Bohemian Club, Chairman of the JP Morgan Chase International Council and the U.S. Chair of the North American Forum, “tasked with laying the groundwork for an EU-like North American Union.”   The North American Union, the merging of Canada, Mexico and the United States, with established trade corridors, toll roads and depopulation of rural areas is being implemented under false pretenses.
Not 1 More Acre!, a non-profit group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Colorado on April 23, 2008 to halt the construction of an encroaching 16-barrack military base on the western edge of the existing training site. The Army requested that the lawsuit be thrown out on June 23, 2008. This construction is designed to demonstrate “need” as the Army plans to relocate military personnel to the area. The suit charges the Department of the Army with failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and failure to disclose the destructive environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts of the army’s proposed current expansion (418,000 acres) of Piñon Canyon Manuvere Site (PCMS) which encompasses private property between La Junta, Trinidad and Walsenburg.
This phase of the army’s expansion, devised after 9/11, requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was issued August 2, 2007. It was inadequate and deliberately misleading. It covered territory already under the control of the Army. Further, it violated “NEPA’s fundamental purpose.” Additionally, “the Army’s determination violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because it is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and contrary to law.” The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act requires the Army to justify the proposed expansion. Additionally, the $555 billion 2008 Military Construction and Veterans Appropriations bill placed a one-year ban on the “Army's spending of any money on expanding the PCMS.”  This ban was authored by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and cosponsored by Rep. John Salazar. It received overwhelming support in the House (383-34). However, by the middle of May 2008, Fort Carson announced new EIS hearings and the expansion of troops to Fort Carson beyond the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendation. 
Senator Wayne Allard’s bill of January 2007 (S 135), sparked by Army claims that there were several landowners who wanted to sell, sanctioned the Army’s purchase of land 60 days after the submission of an expansion plan report. The Army supplied that report this week, as requested in separate legislation dated December 14, 2007 authored by Senators Salazar and Allard.  Allard is retiring in January 2009 and by August 2007 had “already signaled that he wants the Army to go forward with its initial expansion studies next year - meaning he is not interested in protecting the Musgrave-Salazar amendment.” 
According to his votes in The Freedom Index, Senator Ken Salazar (John Salazar’s brother) doesn’t have a constitutional clue. Yet he claims to “fight for Colorado's land, water and people,” I would not expect him to suddenly stand up for his constituents unless he takes a crash course on the Constitution and rejects some corporate cash and partisan pressure. Bill S 135 is still in the Senate Committee on Armed Services but is scheduled for a vote on July 22, 2008. Please call your Senators today and ask them to vote against S 135. Your land might be next. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963).
Predictably, Senator Ken Salazar and Senator Wayne Allard, another constitutionally clueless congressman, voted “yea” on the new FISA Amendment on July 9, 2008. This will allow unwarranted spying on American citizens. It’s outrageous! Government officials need scrutiny, not the citizens! These congressional corporate courtesans repeatedly fail to represent their constituency on multiple issues. Check campaign coffers to determine loyalties.
On the same day that the Not 1 More Acre! lawsuit was filed (April 23, 2008), a new coalition, the Colorado Conservation Partnership (CCP), threw a gala event (politicians and their cronies love lavish, media-grabbing events) to announce their $800 million “Keep It Colorado” (globalist “newspeak”) plan to protect about 700,000 acres of private land in 24 regions of the state. Coincidently, it is the very same land that the Army wants. See Huerfano Uplands and Lower Purgatoire River on the map. Peak to Prairie, another area, is situated between Pueblo and Colorado Springs.  
Governor Bill Ritter (one of the featured speakers) attended CCP’s roll-out event, with more than 250 other supporters, including Senator Salazar, – “top-ranking conservation, business and community leaders, as they expressed support for the CCP vision” a plan to ultimately impose control over private property. Other elite attendees included C. Thomas Kaesemeyer, Executive Director of the Gates Family Foundation; Michael Dowling, Colorado Conservation Trust Chair; Rob Bleiberg, Mesa Land Trust Executive Director; Charles Bedford, The Nature Conservancy Colorado state director and others. If your invitation inadvertently got lost in the mail, you may get a glimpse of what you missed here (slide show on the right).
CCP’s “unprecedented collaboration” is composed of five Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), The Conservation Fund, Colorado Open Lands, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and the Colorado Conservation Trust (CCT). These NGOs are largely financed by corporate-controlled tax-exempt foundations, the same corporations that control U.S. government officials. The Rockefellers, along with additional “millions from the Ford Foundation,” financed the Population Council and Population Reference Bureau. Both foundations provide extensive funding to TNC, an anti-private property group “devoted to eco-totalitarian objectives.” Interestingly, eco-socialist insiders recognize “the key role played by the super rich in funding and directing the revolution.” 
“CCP will leverage the diverse missions, resources, and collective expertise of each organization.” Coalition officials will attempt to persuade landowners to donate property worth about $400 million. They hope to accrue other necessary funds from donations, public and tax funds (more of your money). Thus far, the coalition has collected $2 million from the Duke Charitable Foundation and $15 million from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  
If the Army can’t seize your land one way, like good strategists, they will attempt other tactics.
 Private email from southeast Colorado resident dated May 19, 2008
 Blackwater, the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill, Nation Books, 2007, pgs. 332-337
 Precinct caucuses to vote on Piñon Canyon resolution By Randy Woock, Trinidad Times, February 6, 2008
 Allard and Salazar Successfully Include Piñon Canyon Expansion Justification Study in Defense Authorization Bill
 Press Release, Not 1 More Acre! Trinidad, Colorado 81082, July 17, 2008 http://www.not1moreacre.net/docs
 Open Space Dreams, Coalition’s Goal Would Help Protect Land in 24 Regions by Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News, April 24, 2008
 Behind the Environmental Lobby: It May Seem Stranger Than Fiction, but It's a Documentable Fact: The Eco-Socialist Movement Is Financed by the Super-Rich as Part of a Comprehensive Agenda for Global Control by William Norman Grigg, The New American, Vol. 21, April 4, 2005, Page 17
 Open Space Dreams, Coalition’s Goal Would Help Protect Land in 24 Regions by Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News, April 24, 2008
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