Tuesday, August 08, 2006

More on the Approach of Martial Law

Right now, I wouldn't shed a tear if the Democrats retake control of Congress this November, because the Bush II Regime is so drunk on power that it needs the loyal opposition--even if that opposition is nothing more than the old-fashioned Democratic socialism as opposed to the overt corporatist fascism of Bush II and his Halliburton-connected cronies. (I would actually prefer to see a Second Party emerge and gain public support, but I'm not holding my breath.)

Of course, if the Democrats do start dragging their feet implementing what King Bush II wants, things could start getting hot in this society not in 2008 when (unless overturned) Real ID goes into effect, but as soon as 2007!



What is Bush Preparing For?

http://politics.netscape.com/viewstory/2006/08/08/bush-preparing-for-martial-law/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frogstylebiscuit.com%2Findex.php%3Farticles_function%3Dshow_detail%26name%3Darticles%26id%3D378&frame=true


As the congressional elections later in the year could result in the loss of Republican control of Senate and Congress, Bush is making efforts now to push through some very controversial legislation.

Federal Control of the National Guard

The National Governors Association, a bipartisan organization of American governors, has sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to protest an upcoming bill that would allow the federal government to usurp state control over the National Guard in "emergencies".

This bill is highly significant because, if passed, it will dramatically decrease the security of the U.S. It will allow the federal government to unilaterally declare an emergency and take military control over America's states.

Below is an excerpt of the NGA's letter:

A provision in section 511 of the House-passed DoD Act would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states without the consent of the governor. Specifically, this clause amends Title 10 of the United States Code to give the President the authority to take control of the Guard in case of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe that occurs in the United States, its territories and possessions, or Puerto Rico."

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The possibility of the federal government pre-empting the authority of the state or governor in natural and manmade disasters is opposed by the nation's governors.

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We urge you to drop this provision that would usurp governor's authority over the National Guard during emergencies."


The Posse Comitatus Act

The Bush administration's push for federal military control was hinted at less than a year ago, mere months after Hurricane Katrina. In October, 2005, George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld embarked on a short-lived media campaign against an important American law: the Posse Comitatus Act.

This federal law was passed in 1878, after the American Civil War. Its purpose was to stop federal troops from supervising elections in Confederate states. The law prohibits federally controlled units of the National Guard, and the US military in general, from acting in a local law enforcement capacity.

Bush and Rumsfeld used avian flu as the rationale for their attacks on the law. The attacks were not well received.

According to Bush:

"I'm concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," he told reporters during a Rose Garden news conference on Tuesday.

"One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move," he said. "So that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have."



Classified War Plans For Domestic Takeover

Shortly before the attacks against the Posse Comitatus Act, classified war plans, called CONPLAN 2002, had been revealed that are unlike any in U.S. history. In these plans, the enemy is not foreign, but domestic.

A Washington Post article discusses these plans:

The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement.

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But the new plans provide for what several senior officers acknowledged is the likelihood that the military will have to take charge in some situations, especially when dealing with mass-casualty attacks that could quickly overwhelm civilian resources.


The rationale for these plans to usurp local authority is not avian flu, but threats of "biological, chemical or nuclear attack".

Dealing With Insurgency and Media

If "taking charge" of the U.S., the Bush administration would have to concern itself with more than just formal authorities. Grass-roots insurgency and media criticism could also prove obstacles.

In the event of grass-roots insurgency, large numbers of insurgents and suspected insurgents would have to be detained. FEMA currently maintains a network of hundreds of camps (here is a video tour of one) that could be used for this purpose. In addition, a $385 million no-bid contract with KBR/Halliburton provides for building, when needed, many more camps. This sizable contract was purportedly awarded to deal with an "emergency influx of immigrants" (a reason borrowed from the Reagan-era Rex 84 program) and the need to "support the rapid development of new programs".



In the realm of media concerns, Bush has issued an executive order to replace the existing Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) with the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The purpose of the EAS is to "ensure that under all conditions the President can communicate with the American people". The order provides for command-and-control of media "through cooperation with the owners and operators of communication facilities" to "maintain, protect, and, if necessary, restore communications facilities and capabilities necessary for the public alert and warning system".

In regards to legality, the Bush government has already established that is can legally detain U.S. citizens indefinitely, and without trial, in "wartime":

The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, came in the case of Jose Padilla, a former gang member and U.S. citizen arrested in Chicago in 2002 and a month later designated an "enemy combatant" by President Bush. ... Padilla has been held without trial in a U.S. naval brig for more than three years.

Comments:
The only imaginable thing worse than the present anti-Constitutional tyrant in the White House is whichever anti-Constitutional tyrant (or either of the two parties, of course) which follow him - and build on the continuing Police State.
 
Well, EVERYONE needs to go out and buy a gun and LEARN HOW TO USE IT!
If someone comes to take it, THEY ARE BREAKING A LONG ESTABLISED AMARICAN LAW! If an anti American criminal comes for it- shoot them.
I for one will NOT end up in a camp or any other facility FOR MY OWN PROTECTION. All I can say is, thanks to everyone for being so passive and stupid. Go back to your false church and your basketball game, sit back and let ME die for YOUR passive stupidity!
Marshall law is coming.....antirepublican or demoncrat, it makes no difference unless YOU wake up NOW.
David "red list or blue list" MacPhee
 
The will is everything--G. Gordon Liddy. Surrender your will and surrendering your guns will come easily. How many of you understand the 2nd Amendment anyway? You don't know what you're up against. They'll kill you, your families, anyone who gets in their way. Surrender now in your hearts and your lives will be spared later. God bless you. And good luck.
 
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