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Blackwater: The New Praetorian Guard

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De Facto Praetorian Guard for

Theocon Establishment

 

Blackwater has become a de facto Praetorian Guard for the theocon establishment. Its leadership is rabid Roman Catholic, and enthusiastically supports the Evangelical/Catholic alliance. Blackwater is tied incredibly closely to the highest levels of government – the White House and Congress. Blackwater is the new Praetorian Guard.

 

In Ancient Rome, the Praetorian

Guard Controlled the Empire

 

In ancient Rome, the Praetorian Guard controlled the empire. Sixteen thousand men in the Praetorian Guard controlled the known world. Blackwater’s Praetorian Guard has 25,000 men to control the world.  Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Roman Praetorian Guard.

 

“…an hundred thousand well-disciplined soldiers will command, with despotic sway, ten millions of subjects; and a body of ten or fifteen thousand guards will strike terror into most numerous populace that ever crowded the streets of an immense capital.

 

Praetorian Bands Used to Protect

Sovereign, Awe the Senate, Crush

First Motions of Rebellion

 

“The Praetorian bands, whose licentious fury was the first symptom and cause of the decline of the Roman empire, scarcely amounted to the last mentioned number. [They were originally nine or ten thousand men(for Tactius and Dion are not agreed upon the subject), divided into as many cohorts. Vitellius increased them to sixteen thousand, ands as far as we can learn from inscriptions; they never afterwards sank much below that number. [See Lipsisus de magnitudine Romana, i. 4.] They derived their institution from Augustus. That crafty tyrant, sensible that laws might colour, but that arms alone could maintain, his usurped dominion,had gradually formed his powerful body of guards in constant readiness to protect his person, to awe the senate, and either to prevent or to crush the first motions of rebellion.  He distinguished these favored troops by a double pay, and superior privileges, but, as their formidable aspect would at once have alarmed and irritated the Roman people, three cohorts only were stationed in the capital; whilst the remainder was dispersed in the adjacent towns of Italy. But after fifty years of peace and servitude, Tiberius ventured on a decisive measure, which forever riveted the fetters of his country. Under the pretences of relieving Italy from the heavy burden of military quarters, and of introducing a stricter discipline among the guards, he assembled them at Rome, in a permanent camp, which was fortified with skillful care, and placed on a commanding situation.

 

 

The Person of the Sovereign,

Authority of the Senate, Public

Treasure, & Seat of Empire, All

In the Hands of Praetorian Guard

 

“Such formable servants are always necessary, but often fatal to the throne of despotism. By thus introducing the Praetorian guards as it were, into the palace and the senate, the emperors taught them to perceive their own strength, and the weakness of the civil government; to view the vices of their masters with familiar contempt, and to lay aside that reverential awe, which distance only, and mystery, can preserve, towards an imaginary power. In the luxurious idleness of an opulent city, their pride was nourished by the sense of their irresistible weight; nor was it possible to conceal from them, that the person of the sovereign, the authority of the senate, the public treasure, and the seat of empire, were all in their hands. –Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1, chap. V. pp. 127,128.

 

50,000 Praetorians Superior in

Arms to Any Force Brought

Against Them

 

The Praetorians eventually murdered the emperor and sold the empire. Severus was declared Emperor, June 2, 193 A.D. He dissolved the Praetorians, then the Praetorians were “soon restored on a new model by Severus, and increased to four times the ancient number.” Severus established that now the ranks of the Praetorians would be filled “from all the legions of the frontiers, the soldiers most distinguished for strength, valour, and fidelity.” (Gibbon, vol. 1, ch. 5, 146), The Praetorians now numbered “fifty thousand men, superior in arms and appointments to any force that could be brought into the field against them, would for ever crush the hopes of rebellion, and secure the empire to himself and his posterity.” –Gibbon, vol. 1, ch. 5, p. 146. 

 

In Iraq Three Times The Number

 of Mercenaries as Ancient

 Praetorian Guard

 

In Iraq, there are almost three times the number of mercenaries soldiers as there were in the Roman Praetorian Guard at the height of its power  

 

Severus Assumes Legislative as

Well as Executive Power

 

“Severus, the new emperor, “assumed the conduct and style of a sovereign and a conqueror, and exercised, without disguise, the whole legislative as well as the executive power.

 

 

 

Slaves in the Senate Descanted on

The Inevitable Mischiefs of

Freedom; the Emperor is Freed

From Restraints of Civil Law

 

“The victory over the senate was easy and inglorious. Every eye and every passion were directed to the supreme magistrate, who possessed the arms and treasure of the state…The fine theory of a republic insensibly vanished, and made way for more natural and substantial feelings of monarchy.  As the freedom and honours of Rome were successively communicated to the provinces, in which the old government had been either unknown, or was, remembered with abhorrence, the tradition of republican maxims was generally obliterated….the senate filled with polished and eloquent slaves…who justified personal flattery by speculative principles of servitude. These new advocates of prerogative were heard with pleasure by the court, and with patience by the people, when they inculcatedthe duty of passive obedience, and descanted on the inevitable mischief’s of freedom.The lawyers and the historians concurred in teaching, that the Imperial authority was held, not by the delegated commission, but by the irrevocable resignation of the senate; that the emperor was freed from the restraint of civil laws, could command by his arbitrary will the lives and fortunes of his subjects, and might dispose of the empire as of his private patrimony…

 

“The contemporaries of Severus, in the enjoyment of the peace and glory of his reign, forgave the cruelties by which it had been introduced. Posterity, who experienced the fatal effects of his maxims and example, justly considered him as the principal author of the decline of the Roman Empire.” –Gibbon, op. cit., 147,148.

 

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