In 2000, the time traveler John Titor claimed that at the age of 13 he was the member of a military unit that “fell under the militia” during a second American Civil War. Specifically, he said,
“The organization of the fighting unit I was in fell under the militia. We fought against the organized army.” -John Titor
At the time, many felt that when John mentioned “the militia,” he was referring to a non-official fighting unit loosely organized and made up of regular citizens fighting in their local areas during the civil war.
As it turns out, that does not necessarily have to be true. Enter the State Defense Forces…
In Conviction of a Time Traveler, in my analysis of John’s statements about the use of the National Guard in subjugating the state’s citizens (Florida in John’s case), my explanation of the state’s National Guard was not entirely complete.
While it is widely and generally known that the National Guard is subordinate to the Governor of the state in which they reside (Missouri National Guard, Arkansas National Guard, etc), the authority over these forces are not entirely owned by the Governor. As a matter of fact, a more sophisticated understanding of the National Guard’s role and chain of command is in order.
|A National Guardsman
The passage of the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 changed the relationship between the federal government and the Governor’s authority over his own military forces. The Governor of a state is no longer the sole commander in chief of his state’s National Guard during emergencies within the state. The John Warner Defense Authorization act allows a President (A Federal Position) to take total control of a state’s National Guard units without the governor’s consent.
Later, the National Defense Authorization Act 2008 repealed some of these provisions but still enabled the President to call up the National Guard of the United States for active federal military service during Congressionally sanctioned national emergency or war. Additionally, it places the National Guard Bureau directly under the Department of Defense as a joint activity. By doing this, the National Guard was essentially federalized. The National Guard is now, and has been for some time, an extension of and not separate from, the Regular US Army.
As one might imagine, a sizable amount of the Governors were not exactly….supportive of this power grab by the Federal Government. Of course, in my opinion, they have nobody to blame but themselves for even recognizing this grab. Some even went to the Supreme Court to fight it. They lost.
As a result of this, some states have enacted their own, separate, military force. Not only this, but they call it by name, a militia. (Sound familiar?) This force, by definition, is completely separate from the Regular Army and cannot be federalized.
|Colored States have State Militias. Courtesy Wikipedia
One such example of this is the Virginia Defense Force.
From the website:
The Virginia Defense Force (VDF) is an all-volunteer, formal military organization. Its mission is to assist the Virginia National Guard in performing state missions as specified by the Governor.
The VDF is the state’s only military force that is independent of federal control. With units located throughout the state, the VDF can move into a stricken area quickly, interact with and assist local authorities and restore community integrity as soon as possible. Working during blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters, the VDF volunteers are familiar faces working in nearby towns and cities bringing aid and comfort to their neighbors.
Virginia is not the only state to have instituted a State-centric Militia separate from its National Guard forces.
So how does this intersect with the John Titor story? Well, as I stated before and even theorized in Conviction of a Time Traveler, when John mentioned the militia, everyone believed (rightly or wrongly) that John was referring to what has always ever been thought of when anyone mentioned a Militia: a non-professional group of armed resistors generally following a military-like structure. This new information regarding an official, state-sponsored “militia” allows for a little doubt in this assumption. Is it possible that some states actually did not/will not cooperate with the Federal government’s actions?
Some may say that the VDF (as one example) is unarmed. And they would be correct, that is until the Governor decides otherwise. From their website:
“The Code of Virginia states that “members of the Virginia State Defense Force shall not be armed with firearms during the performance of training duty or state active duty, except under circumstances and in instances authorized by the Governor.”
So all that needs to happen to change this is for the Governor to authorize arming his militia.
This discovery adds a very interesting aspect to the Titor story; an aspect previously unknown and unrecognized until now.
Boy, that Titor guy sure is a good guesser, isn’t he? …or is he?