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December 03rd, 2008 | Author:

Cato has sounded off about the 20,000 troops that are going to be stationed stateside. His post title, You Need to Be Controlled, says it all. Other than “Amen,” I would just add this video of Bruce Fein discussing some of this in relation to the constitution.

You remember the constitution, don’t you? It’s that dusty, historical document in Washington that used to rule our country. Presidents, present and future, don’t think alot of it, though. Here are a couple of their thoughts.

Bush, from a meeting in 2005 about the Patriot Act:

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

Obama, from a radio interview in 2001 [emphasis added]:

But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted. And one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways, we still suffer from that.

Hmmm … doesn’t look good for that old piece of parchment, folks.

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October 08th, 2008 | Author:

Today “Mike” left a comment on my blog questioning the truth of claims made by “Dr. P. Fenderson,” specifically the article I referenced on martial law in which he listed several executive orders and their nefarious purpose. Wanting to be accurate and not mislead anyone, I had time to do just a little digging this afternoon.

The first thing that needs to be said is: mea culpa. I should have checked the good “doctor’s” claims before I posted, and I didn’t. Hopefully, this is a lesson I’ll only need to learn once.

The second thing is that Mike appears to be right. Fenderson’s article, among many other things, said this:

Executive Order 10995 allows Seizure of all communications media in the
United States.

I have another pathetic confession to make. I could not find my way through the maze of the Federal Register to find the actual text of this order. (If you can, please share!) So I found what appears to be the text here.

It was signed by John F. Kennedy on February 16, 1962 and titled “ASSIGNING TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS.” It establishes the position of “Director of Telecommunications Management” whose duties are as follows:


a) Coordinate telecommunications activities of the executive branch of the Government and be responsible for the formulation, after consultation with appropriate agencies, of overall policies and standards therefor. He shall promote and encourage the adoption of uniform policies and standards by agencies authorized to operate telecommunications systems. Agencies shall consult with the Director of Telecommunications Management in the development of policies and standards for the conduct of their telecommunications activities within the overall policies of the executive branch.

(b) Develop data with regard to United States Government frequency requirements.

(c) Encourage such research and development activities as he shall deem necessary and desirable for the attainment of the objectives set forth in section 6 below.

(d) Contract for studies and reports related to any aspect of his responsibilities.

To me, this sounds a lot like making sure the phones and radios in the White House work. It’s a far cry from “seizing all communcations media.”

Fie on you, “Dr. Fenderson.” You have destroyed your own credibility. I only pray that I have not done the same.

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October 08th, 2008 | Author:

[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.]

I just took a little tour around cyberspace to see who’s saying what about US Martial Law. There are literally thousands of posts about this, some from as far away as Pakistan. What I couldn’t help but notice, though, is that not even one of these articles was from a major news network.

So I went to each of the network sites, and searched their archives. I found articles about Bolivian martial law and Somalian martial law – and lots about the “debate” and lipstick – but not one about the military on US streets, the threats made to congress, or anything related.

Could it be that the government is controlling what the mainstream media talks about? In any event, I guess it’s up to the blogosphere to get the word out, at least until they shut us down. Naomi Wolf had an excellent contribution, so I will share part of it here.

Thousands of Troops Are Deployed on U.S. Streets
Ready to Carry Out “Crowd Control”

I interviewed Vietnam veteran, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and patriot David Antoon for clarification:

“If the President directed the First Brigade to arrest Congress, what could stop him?”

“Nothing. Their only recourse is to cut off funding. The Congress would be at the mercy of military leaders to go to them and ask them not to obey illegal orders.”

“But these orders are now legal?’”

“Correct.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to arrest a bunch of voters, what would stop him?”

“Nothing. It would end up in courts but the action would have been taken.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to kill civilians, what would stop him?”

“Nothing.”

“What would prevent him from sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the Washington Post?

“Nothing. He could do what he did in Iraq — send a tank down a street in Washington and fire a shell into the Washington Post as they did into Al Jazeera, and claim they were firing at something else.”

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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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October 04th, 2008 | Author:

On September 25th, my blogger buddy Cato posted that the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry will be stationed in the United States. He was outraged, as we should all be.

On October 1st, Lew Rockwell picked up the story:

“The Army Times reports that the 3rd Infantry’s 1st Brigade Combat Team is returning from Iraq to defend the Homeland, as ‘an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.’”

See here for the complete story.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 forbids this, unless by an Act of Congress.

The militarization of civilian police and civil defense activities is an extremely serious warning signal of dictatorship coming to America, along with the federalization of the National Guard.

With such pieces in place, a government transformation to dictatorship could happen at any time and happen very swiftly.

Civilians now have an incentive to ramp up their own weaponry and their own resistance skills to counter this kind of threat.

In addition, this sort of move encourages capital flight from the U.S. as well as the flight of people.

Yesterday, CNN posted an in-depth article about all this.

Today, I stumbled across the reason for this move. It seems that Washington really, really wanted the $700 billion bailout bill passed. In fact, they wanted it so bad that they threatened some House members with martial law, no idle threat now that the troops are at hand. Listen to Rep. Brad Sherman:

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. -Voltaire

Do you care, America?
It’s time to wake up!

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