As President Obama signs a $633 billion budget to fund the Pentagon, while stripping away due process for American citizens permitting our military to imprison us indefinitely without access to an attorney or courtroom and our leaders seem determined to push us into war with Iran, we would do well to remember the following-
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961