The Sentinel Program, a key part of President Obama’s national security platform and one of the few things his electoral opponent agreed on, is just the latest federal program forced to shut down due to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
The President wants to re-assure Americans that he plans to move forward with Project: Wideawake as soon as Congress passes a budget. Until that time, this is just one of the many steps the armed forces are putting in place to support forces operating in the field now and those training to relieve them.
~According to the Army's official statement.
Sebastian Shaw, a civilian contractor with Project: Wideawake had this to say upon receiving the news:
This just further illustrates how incompetent the federal government is. Neither the President nor Congress have taken the time to pull their heads out of their collective [expletive deleted] and find a way to address the mutant menace. It’s almost enough to make me think that the Sentinels would be better served if they were built by a private firm.
Sentinels, for those unaware, are mutant-hunting robots programmed to locate mutants and capture or kill them depending on their programming and the mutant’s perceived threat level. The delay of the program has many left-wing activist groups cheering, stating that the machines are “evil, unfeeling, profiling tools of destruction and death.” The Huffington Post goes on:
The Sentinel program flies in the face of The Constitution’s guarantees of due process, lawful searches and seizures, trial by jury, habeas corpus, and every other right we hold dear as Americans.
When reached for comment, Ohio Congressman and Speaker of the House, John Boehner had this to say: “What liberals refuse to understand is that mutants are not people in the traditional way the Founding Fathers understood the term to mean, and therefore not afforded the same rights as normal American citizens. Its basic American History, something the Left has never had any respect for.”
For its part, the Army stated that “SHIELD and the Army plan on resuming Project: Wideawake as soon as the budget situation permits.”