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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 06/24/2003 10:17 AM
Updated: 06/24/2003 11:55 AM
Warbird De-Mil is Back Again for 2004
Feds seek to destroy all US Warbirds, Guns, Vehicles, and Museum Artifacts
By Mike Whaley
Warbirds to be destroyed, coming soon to a museum near you(?)
Don't want to see warbirds such as the O-1, O-2, OV-10, OV-1, T-28, F-86 or A-4 get chopped up? Then you better get active and do it NOW - they're trying to do it again, at YOUR expense.

The Warbird de-militarization effort is back for a third time. This time it's been introduced as Senate Bill S.747 - Which reads as follows:

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Introduced in Senate)


(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 153 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2582 the following new section:

`Sec. 2583. Continued authority to require demilitarization of significant military equipment after disposal

`(a) AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE DEMILITARIZATON- The Secretary of Defense may require any person in possession of significant military equipment formerly owned by the Department of Defense--

`(1) to demilitarize the equipment;

`(2) to have the equipment demilitarized by a third party; or

`(3) to return the equipment to the U.S. Government for demilitarization.

`(b) COST AND VALIDATION OF DEMILITARIZATION- When the demilitarization of significant military equipment is carried out by the person in possession of the equipment pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (a), the person shall be solely responsible for all demilitarization costs, and the United States shall have the right to validate that the equipment has been demilitarized.

`(c) RETURN OF EQUIPMENT TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT- When the Secretary of Defense requires the return of significant military equipment for demilitarization by the United States Government, the Secretary shall bear all costs to transport and demilitarize the equipment. If the person in possession of the significant military equipment obtained the property in the manner authorized by law or regulation and the Secretary determines that the cost to demilitarize and return the property to the person is prohibitive, the Secretary shall reimburse the person for the fair market value of the property or, if the fair market value is not readily ascertainable, the purchase cost of the property and for the reasonable transportation costs incurred by the person to purchase the equipment.

`(d) ESTABLISHMENT OF DEMILITARIZATON STANDARDS- The Secretary of Defense may prescribe by regulation what constitutes demilitarization for each type of significant military equipment.

`(e) EXCEPTIONS- This section does not apply--

`(1) when a person is in possession of significant equipment formerly owned by the Department of Defense for the purpose of demilitarizing the equipment pursuant to a United States Government contract;

`(2) to small arms weapons issued under the Defense Civilian Marksmanship Program established in title 36, United States Code;

`(3) to issues by the Department of Defense to museums where demilitarization has been performed in accordance with departmental regulations; and

`(4) to other issues and undemilitarized significant military equipment under the provisions of departmental regulations.

`(f) DEFINITION OF SIGNIFICANT MILITARY EQUIPMENT- In this section, the term `significant military equipment' means--

`(1) an article for which special export controls are warranted under the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.) because of its capacity for substantial military utility or capability, as identified on the United States Munitions List maintained under sect 121.1 of title 22, Code of Federal Regulations; and

`(2) any other article designated by the Department of Defense as requiring demilitarization before its disposal.'. [OBA Note - this is the "catch all" to say that any and everything can be labeled "significant military equipment" to force it's destruction at will.]

(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

`2583. Continued authority to require demilitarization of significant military equipment after disposal.'. [You obtain it, but they retain control in perpetuity.]

The long and short of it is that except for "Defense Civilian Marksmanship Program M-1 Garands" (which are specifically exempted), every piece of equipment formerly owned or used by the US military can and most likely will be destroyed, at the owner's expense. This includes cutting the spars and performing other destructive acts to all former military aircraft to render them permanently unflyable... and this includes all military/governmental aircraft from 1903 through the present day. It also includes all guns, rifles, and weapons of any kind going back to the early 1800s; all vehicles from Army jeeps to aircraft tugs to WW1 tanks; and even the destruction of items like flight manuals.

Believe us - there are those in our government who would be overjoyed to see museums and private individuals be forced to destroy all their living historical treasures in the name of "fighting terrorism." (Don't believe it? Ask any small-airplane pilot who has to deal with 30-mile flight restrictions everywhere the president goes on the assertion that a Cessna 150 that's 25 miles away is a serious threat, while the airliners that can fly right over the top of the TFR are not.) Once again we are faced with fighting against these un-American forces in power within our government who would deny our children their right to learn about the proud history of our country and our military, by destroying the very tools by which we won our hard-fought freedom. If you or someone you know has ever been inspired by seeing a P-51 or a B-17 at an airshow, then call your congresscritters now... otherwise you may never see that sight ever again.

The OV-10 Bronco Association implores all readers to contact their Senators immediately to tell them NOT to support S.747 unless the military equipment de-militarization language is completely removed. This is a very real threat to the existence of nearly every aircraft and military-related museum in the country, as well as a real threat to the private owners who work so hard to Keep 'Em Flying. DON'T LET POLITICIANS DESTROY OUR HISTORY!!

Act today - tomorrow may be too late!

U.S. Senate (Go to "legislation" and search on "S.747")
U.S. House of Representatives A companion bill is sure to be introduced soon. Contact your reps as well!

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