Time for local legislators to step to the plate.
Rep. Julie Hamos has introduced a bill into the Illinois legislation called the Limitations on Private Military Contractors Act which establishes as public policy that private military contractors should not receive state funding or support in Illinois.
The bill sets 3 important limitations on their function and use:
1. No state funds may be used to contract with or purchase services from private military contractors for training of law enforcement or security Guards.
2. No military weapons or explosives may be used by private military contractors in Illinois except on secured U.S. military bases or regulated facilities.
3. No personnel trained by private military contractors may be used to patrol, guard, control, contain or arrest any Illinois resident.
This legislation shows foresight and should be supported by all Illinois residents who don't wish to have their tax dollars shoveled into supporting a multi-billion dollar military-for-hire corporation who've been involved in many reckless murders in Iraq and who's plans include patrolling areas within the United States.
In light of Blackwater's huge expansion plans for their camp just north of the Quad Cities this is a measure of importance to our area.
Check out State Representitive Hamo's web page. It puts to shame any sites of our elected officials, and instead of dry, lame self-promotion only, with pages that offer nothing but pictures of the politician, it's full of information and insight into what's going on and what Hamo's is working on, and light on fluff.
Hamos even provides some substance, such as her thoughtful and engaging year end appraisal of the legislative session. These are the things that inform constituents and also show that their representitive has a brain and what she's working on and why.
Do our Reps. Boland and Verschoore and Sen. Jacobs support her reasonable and much needed bill?
Note: Barack Obama supports regulating out of control private military.
Comments left here indicate to me that Sen. Jacobs doesn't share Obama's views, if Jacobs even has any views on this important constitutional issue.