bush prepares to impose martial law

bush prepares to impose martial lawfrom the chattanoogan: The Republican re-writing of the Insurrection Act gives Bush the authority to declare martial law. For the first time since 1878, the president has the power to deploy troops within the United States. Bush and future presidents now have a power that, in other countries, is reserved to the dictator.

Despite the unprecedented and shocking nature of this new law, there has been no outcry in the American media and little reaction from our elected officials in Congress.

The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) had historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), prohibited military involvement in domestic law enforcement.

Now, Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) allows the President to declare a "public emergency," station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor.

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father frank moralesfrom sf indymedia: 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...

President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day that he signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006 download the 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." ...

bush prepares to impose martial lawThe law also facilitates militarized police round-ups and detention of protesters, so called "illegal aliens," "potential terrorists" and other "undesirables" for detention in facilities already contracted for and under construction by Halliburton. That's right. Under the cover of a trumped-up "immigration emergency" and the frenzied militarization of the southern border, detention camps are being constructed right under our noses, camps designed for anyone who resists the foreign and domestic agenda of the Bush administration.

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  1. ‘democrats must be getting desperate’ is the extent to which you have thought this through? don’t you realize that it doesn’t matter one iota whether one or the other party rules in this context? they can BOTH use, or rather, mis-use, this new law. Bush is only standing out because he made it possible. the man is btw. anything BUT a conservative. ‘nation-building’ (i.e., social engineering abroad), abridgment of civil liberties, massive snooping operations by the State, and an enormous expansion of government deficits and spending are NOT conservative agendas. he is best described as a national socialist actually. it is thus not surprising that he paves the way for martial law.

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