Bush Moves Towards Martial Law

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In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

Public Law 109-364, or the “John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007” (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a “public emergency” and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to “suppress public disorder.”

President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day that he signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006. In a sense, the two laws complement one another. One allows for torture and detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America. Remember, the term for putting an area under military law enforcement control is precise; the term is “martial law.”

This is also a violation of Posse Comitatus, but hey, since when did the law matter?

The historic and ominous re-writing of the Insurrection Act, accomplished in the dead of night, which gives Bush the legal authority to declare martial law, is now an accomplished fact.

It has become clear in recent months that a critical mass of the American people have seen through the lies of the Bush administration; with the president’s polls at an historic low, growing resistance to the war Iraq, and the Democrats likely to take back the Congress in mid-term elections, the Bush administration is on the ropes. And so it is particularly worrying that President Bush has seen fit, at this juncture to, in effect, declare himself dictator.

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4 thoughts on “Bush Moves Towards Martial Law

  • October 29, 2006 at 1:32 pm
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    things get nastier every day… and every time i think that the administration has every law they need to take control, they roll out another one that closes a loop-hole i was unaware of.

  • October 29, 2006 at 2:19 pm
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    I should be able to say that I’m “stunned” at the level of non-response to the malfeasance going on today, but I’m not. I’ve come to expect these gigantic levels of apathy and indifference.

    Nobody seems to be asking the question of “Why”? These new laws being enacted are being passed for specific REASONS, which are as yet, unpublished, but how hard can it be to identify what they are? Not very, imo.

    Making it easier to declare martial law can only mean one thing – they intend to do it.

    This utter obviousness should be generating a gigantic uproar among the people, but it’s not. Therefore, I can only conclude that they will willingly ACCEPT IT. And they probably will.

    When it all comes crashing down, we’re all going to need to look in the mirror and realize that we did this to ourselves.

  • October 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm
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    “… we did this to ourselves.”

    absolutely – has my vote as the official refrain for the Amen Choir.

    – the ‘Fat Lady’ IS singing – loud and clear – but just how many more verses can there be to this plaintive dirge?

  • October 30, 2006 at 10:22 am
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    The people that are clueless about what this puppet show government is doing are almost asking for it but at the same time, no American should be subject to this deletion of rights. All of the Ace cards the administration is packing up their sleeves tell me that something big is coming soon. Just a hunch. With almost 45 percent of our Navy forces being deployed to the gulf near Iran, it makes me wonder why the government wants the ability to declare martial law at the drop of a hat. Does the government know that their would be an enemy response inside the US to bombing Iran or is this just another excuse to tighten the reigns on the American public. And no, the governmentâ’s actions are not falling on deaf ears. Some of my family, co-workers, and friends are beginning to ask questions about what is going on. These are people who could care less about the representation process which is encouraging. The end game is still elusive on the benefits of having that much control over the masses but someone is determined to do it.

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