Tuesday, October 07th, 2008 | Author:

Power corrupts,

and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Lord Acton

[Note: This post was amended on 10/8/08 while a referenced article by "Dr. P. Fenderson" is checked for accuracy. Stay tuned, and thanks to "Mike" for the heads-up.]

In the years leading up to WWII, many people reported on the ominous events occurring in Germany. They were largely ignored, or written off as lunatics.

Today, many are sounding the alarm that the United States is being prepared for martial law. We, too, will be ignored, or perhaps written off as survivalist conspiracy nuts. So be it. The alarm still needs to be sounded, for those who have ears to hear.

“Martial law?” you say. “That can’t happen here!”

  1. This is America!
  2. We have elections.
  3. We have a constitution with checks and balances that prevent the military from taking over.

“Unfortunately, it can,” I reply.

  1. This is America, but it’s not the same America that our founding fathers established. It’s not the same America that our ancestors fought and died for. It’s not the America that our children are still fighting and dying for.
  2. We do have elections, but they are no longer free elections. The republican and democratic machines, that are essentially identical, have a stranglehold on our political process. Anyone outside the republicrat system can’t even get on the ballot, in most cases. In essence, we have a one-party system, just like Russia.
  3. And our constitution – that grand old document designed to prevent excessive central control, to prevent any one individual from becoming a tyrant, designed to protect the life and liberty of the individual – has become null and void.

Yes – null and void, and we slept through the whole process.

Since I posted a few days ago that our military has illegally been assigned to active duty here in the United States, and that members of the House were threatened with martial law if they did not pass the Wall Street bailout package, I have found the following.

John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007: This bill authorizes the President to take over the National Guard. CQ.com relates that our governors and others protested this bill, to no avail:

“This provision was drafted without consultation or input from governors,” said the Aug. 6 letter signed by every member of the National Governors Association, “and represents an unprecedented shift in authority from governors . . .to the federal government.”

“We urge you,” they said, “to drop provisions that would usurp governors’ authority over the National Guard during emergencies from the conference agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act.”

If you add this to the general erosion of civil liberties – eavesdropping and searching innocent people without provocation, suspension of habeas corpus by declaring whoever an “enemy combatant” – an ominous note is sounded.

Add to that the detention camps that have reportedly been built in every state in the country.

  • Here’s a NY Times article from 2006 announcing that a subsidiary of Halliburton – yes, the very same company that mismanaged our money in Iraq and was led by Dick Cheney before he was VP – was awarded the contract to build these camps “to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space.”
  • Here’s one of the many lists available that show where these camps are located. Check it out to find the camp nearest you!
  • For a sneak preview, check out this video.

There are many more articles – from Salon.com and The American Conservative and InfoWars – that all point to the same thing: our President has acquired powers well beyond those specified in the Constitution, and Congress appears unable, or unwilling, to reverse this process.

If you can’t imagine what martial law would look like, watch this video of our military “training” on the streets of America – and start praying.

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6 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    So, this “war on terror” is not about fighting Muslim jihadist extremists. Somehow, the government thinks that American citizens are terrorists?

    No, not even that. There never was a war ON terror. There has been war BY terror, and brainwashing.

    The thing that upsets me most about all this, is that too many national leaders, icons, and figures in the “right-wing” “Christian” “conservative” movement, are following along. If it were not for their continued support of Bush and his crony war, he never would have been reelected.

    But thank God for blogs like yours, to get the word out, and get people out of their pop-Christian culture, and see the face of reality. Christians need to avoid complacency in a whole new way, and not just when it comes to voting.

    Maybe I’ll blog about this sometime.

    In the meantime, God bless and protect you and yours.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    I think you should, Herky. We need to make our voices heard while we can.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My apologies as this won’t be popular, but Dr. Federson has played fast and loose with the “facts” in his article. I haven’t had the time to read every single Executive Order in detail, but I did read over EOs 12656, 10990, 10995, and 10997.

    Quite frankly, they say none of the things he claims they do. If he’s extrapolating from the wording of the document, he’s *really* reaching. One of the most glaring errors is the assertion that a federalized National Guard could seal the country on Presidential order. Once the National Guard was federalized, it would be subject to the Posse Commitatus Act and would be prohibited from doing so without Congressional approval.

    Sorry, we have some troubles in the country, and I’m as concerned as the next person about government “encroachment” in our normal lives…but if the rest of his article is as detached from its source documents as the above four examples…he’s simply being an alarmist.


  4. akaGaGa says:

    Mike, I appreciate your input, and I should have checked everything before I posted it – which I will start doing right now. Retractions will be posted as necessary, although I’m going out of town for a few days, so I probably won’t get through it all until next week.

    Again, thanks for pointing this out. I’m interested in the truth, not in a particular agenda.

  5. Anonymous says:

    akaGaGa: I just discovered your blog and I enjoy it. I served in the military for 22+ years, and I know *just how much* we should watch the federal government. And we should watch it, the founding fathers set things up for that specific end. That being said, the “Oh my God, we’re becoming a Police State” crowd generally jump at all the *wrong* things or misinterpret things in much the same way as the good Doctor’s article. Keep searching for the truth (I’m looking too, let me know if get in any leads…)and I’ll keep reading…:)


  6. akaGaGa says:

    Mike, you sound like a man of experience. If you’d like to share some of it, I have an email address in the right-hand sidebar. :)

    I promise not to post without permission.