U.S. Military Grants Itself the Authority to Deploy Troops in American Cities Without Presidential or Local Approval

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Military no longer under civilian control?

In a move that makes clear the direction that our country is increasingly heading towards, the Department of Defense has published an update to a US code that outlines military power during civil unrest.

The code, ““Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies,” was slightly altered during a May 13th update which now allows the military to unilaterally declare martial law without presidential approval.

Multiple sections of the code outline plans and policies for a martial law scenario and should be considered a must read for any American worried about their freedoms in what has become a hostile American police state.

The rule seems to actually contradict itself, in one part claiming that the military can only be used during extreme circumstances with Presidential approval and then, in an updated part of the code, declaring that the military can put troops on the streets without approval from the president or local law enforcement.

The primary restriction on DoD participation in civilian law enforcement activities is the Posse Comitatus Act. It provides that whoever willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute U.S. laws, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, shall be fined under title 18, U.S.C., or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. Section 182.6 (a) describes in detail the assistance that the Department of Defense may and may not provide civilian law enforcement agencies.

b. Support During Civil Disturbances
The President is authorized by the Constitution and laws of the United States to employ the Armed Forces of the United States to suppress insurrections, rebellions, and domestic violence under various conditions and circumstances. Planning and preparedness by the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense, for civil disturbances is important due to the potential severity of the consequences of such events for the Nation and the population. The employment of Federal military forces to control civil disturbances shall only occur in a specified civil jurisdiction under specific circumstances as authorized by the President, normally through issuance of an Executive order or other Presidential directive authorizing and directing the Secretary of Defense to provide for the restoration of law and order in a specific State or locality.

A little further down within the code the above text is made completely irrelevant. (emphasis mine)

Domestic emergencies. Emergencies affecting the public welfare and occurring within the 50 states, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. possessions and territories, or any political subdivision thereof, as a result of enemy attack, insurrection, civil disturbance, earthquake, fire, flood, or other public disasters or equivalent emergencies that endanger life and property or disrupt the usual process of government. Domestic emergencies include civil defense emergencies, civil disturbances, major disasters, and natural disasters.

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Emergency authority. A Federal military commander’s authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances

(1) Such activities are necessary to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order; or
(2) Duly constituted Federal, State, or local authorities are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for Federal property or Federal governmental functions.

Most worrying is that the examples given as possible reasons for when the military would need to use their, “emergency authority,” are so broad and open to interpretation that it essentially gives them the power to declare martial law whenever they choose.

A recent piece published by the Long Island Press further expanded on the repercussions of these “subtle” changes to the US code.

The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement.

By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.


Bruce Afran, a civil liberties attorney and constitutional law professor at Rutgers University, calls the rule, “a wanton power grab by the military,” and says, “It’s quite shocking actually because it violates the long-standing presumption that the military is under civilian control.”

What exactly giving the power of martial law to a military commander actually means was also explained:

One of the more disturbing aspects of the new procedures that govern military command on the ground in the event of a civil disturbance relates to authority. Not only does it fail to define what circumstances would be so severe that the president’s authorization is “impossible,” it grants full presidential authority to “Federal military commanders.”

According to the defense official, a commander is defined as follows: “Somebody who’s in the position of command, has the title commander. And most of the time they are centrally selected by a board, they’ve gone through additional schooling to exercise command authority.”

As it is written, this “commander” has the same power to authorize military force as the president in the event the president is somehow unable to access a telephone. (The rule doesn’t address the statutory chain of authority that already exists in the event a sitting president is unavailable.)

In doing so, this commander must exercise judgment in determining what constitutes, “wanton destruction of property,” “adequate protection for Federal property,” “domestic violence,” or “conspiracy that hinders the execution of State or Federal law,” as these are the circumstances that might be considered an “emergency.”

“These phrases don’t have any legal meaning,” says Afran. “It’s no different than the emergency powers clause in the Weimar constitution [of the German Reich]. It’s a grant of emergency power to the military to rule over parts of the country at their own discretion.

Boston-martial-law2bThis power grab comes at a time when police forces throughout the country are already becoming increasingly militarized, with the recent police response during the manhunt for one of the Boston Bombings suspects being a prime example.

Rather than a force of peacekeepers, the police looked more like troops on the battlefield, and in many ways they acted like it. This has all been made possible by little reported on Pentagon programs that give military gear to police forces.

The focus on the DoD regulatory change obscures the creeping militarization that has already occurred in police departments across the nation.

Even prior to the NDAA lawsuit, journalist Chris Hedges was critical of domestic law enforcement agencies saying, “The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.”

This de facto nullification isn’t lost on the DoD.

The DoD official even referred to the Boston bombing suspects manhunt saying, “Like most major police departments, if you didn’t know they were a police department you would think they were the military.”

According to this official there has purposely been a “large transfer of technology so that the military doesn’t have to get involved.” Moreover, he says the military has learned from past events, such as the siege at Waco, where ATF officials mishandled military equipment. “We have transferred the technology so we don’t have to loan it,” he states.

This so called large transfer of technology has allowed law enforcement to basically change their entire purpose by implementing gear and weaponry that twenty years ago would never have been considered for use on the American people.

Sadly, America is increasing becoming eerily similar to many different dictatorships throughout history. From unilateral powers to declare martial law, to the ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge, the powers that be have truly moved towards an American police state.

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  • RickE.

    I just love the military presence on our streets!(NOT)
    What we need now are military check points every 50 miles on the freeway! (with drug dogs, illegal immigrant dogs, questionnaires about how often we have sex and flush the toilet, how many big gulps did we drink today, and how many times a month do we shoot folks with our guns!!

    • susan

      Thank you for your humor here…i am scared to death of what is going on in our country.

      • Anonymous

        And they prefer you stay scared too.

      • Anonymous

        If the working welfare military think their family & homes will be there after it’s all over their dumb as sh*t…

  • RickE.

    On a more serious note, HOW did this happen in the USA?? What exactly started the slip-slide into tyranny?

    Why the 3rd world descent into dictatorship??

    • J. Rose Brlw

      RickE: It’s all because of that ’21ST CENTURY HITLER’ people voted into our presidency, oBUMmer! All this chaos is just because that PIG is still in OUR presidential office! Get him & his BUM SQUAD cronies out of there, put someone in there who knows what the hell they’re doing, loves America & her people, then we’ll go back to being the AMERICA we love & cherish. GET RID OF THIS ’21ST CENTURY HITLER’ & SAVE AMERICA!

      • Jean

        I hate to argue, but… Obummer isn’t the only one. Bush2, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, Carter… the list goes back QUITE some time.
        Further, they were ELECTED (we’ll ignore the rigged elections for the moment) – which tells you half of what is needed, that ‘Murricuns be STOOPID, Yo! 😉

        Now, going back to the election fraud? Nothing new, but that no one will challenge it means they’re BOTH in on it, it just is a question of who is doing the fraud better. That’s the rest: they’ll win at any cost, and both parties move in the same direction: Bigger, More Intrusive, More Powerful, Centralized Government. They are ALL Statists.

        Burn them out, local to national. “Nuke the site from orbit. Only way to be sure.”

        BTW, you’re defining progress by replacing the left-wing fascism with the right-wing fascism. BOTH are wrong. Keep the government OUT of my wallet, OUT of my bedroom, OUT of my life – and they’ll be forced to do the same for you. We all have skeletons…

      • Anonymous

        the nation has become a platform for satan thanks to the zionists

        • Virtual Private Nutsack

          Funny. My neighbour blames rap and heavy metal music for turning the West into the Great Satan. Bet he has no idea what the Zion-nits are and wonders “Are they a new pop group?” LOL. What a plonker!

      • r

        WRONG, COUNT-1/
        21st CENTURY TALMUDIC INTERNATIONAL BANKER JEWS of which Adolf Hitler was fighting *AGAINST* for humanity’s sake…WHAT WE ALL SEE NOW IS THE RESULT OF THE WW-II GOYIM (The ‘greatest sucker generation’ of-> RETARDS) FIGHTING AND DEFEATING HIM.

        WRONG, COUNT-2/
        The Pig is a puppet carrying out his assignment for the above international banksters. If not him, then some other Asshat.

        WRONG, COUNT-3/
        Amerika gets what it deserves, THE RETARDS (in their total retardedness) ARE ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN.
        Cant’cha see??

    • Jean

      It happened becase (a) the Sheep wanted to be cared for, and (b) by design of those in power, and (c) because the “good” men did NOTHING. Kept relying on the system long after it was visibly broken.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting…but unnecessary. The politicians circumvented this whole debate more than a decade ago when they established DHS, which has all the capabilities of the military, and has been given the mandate to be utilized within our borders… They were created under the guise of airport security screeners, but are essentially an internal military force.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly now with 2 billion bullets just in case of civil disobedience. Welcome the the new united states. We were warned !

  • J. Rose Brlw

    Why does the military think they have to be in our cities? Why are they taking military actions AGAINST AMERICANS? Are we criminals? Are we terrorists? Is oBUMmer behind this crap? What is this B.S.?

    • Jean

      It’s just another piggy power grab (piggy expanded to include generals, czars, etc. now. All the same vermin.)

    • Jean

      Not so much any more, though I understand it was common in Vietnam.
      Might become so again, though more than likely, the troops are being so indoctrinated, and the media is so complicit, that unless they end up shooting at firends and relatives, the military won’t notice that they’ve BECOME the oppressors they meant to destroy.
      Like Police, there’s a maximum IQ cutoff – starts about 80, and more than 90, you’re not allowed in… (the number are low, but I’m NOT joking: Control the mind, control the body. Public school, for example: make good little Proles.)

  • Bob Marshall

    Anyone who believes either the military or the police will protect us if it comes to push vs. shove you are sadly mistaken. America is becoming more like Nazi Germany with each passing day.

  • NMBC

    When it comes to Chaos or an attack from terrorists or infiltrated foreigners, the president and his Congress direct the military to restore order and to control streets, just to protect the country and its citizens. 🙂

    Appx. Six months ago, the police around the country complain that they ran out of ammunition; and their demands are ignored.

    American people are very concerned, If we don’t have the military to take control of the country, you will either have: 🙁
    3. a SOCIALIST NAZI society
    4. or all of the above.
    Sadly, history repeats itself many times as we’ve seen in the past.

    • Jean

      And if the Army takes over, we could have the same… Just noting.
      Wasn’t Pol Pot military, originally?

    • NMBC

      Geez, when comes to protecting the country or civilians, there’re too many propaganda and using big words and frivolous laws which are intended to confuse us. If they can pass a bill that no one wants it, and they certain can stop it or make a bill to benefit its citizens, AGREE?? 🙁

      In short,
      The U.S. President is the Commander-In-Chief of the military.
      Under Obama, Chuck Hagel is the chief of military operations (aka Secretary Of Defense), and Hagel oversees all military operations.
      Under Chuck Hagel, there are Admirals, field generals and officers etc…
      Chuck Hagel was the AIPAC lobbyist.
      Congress (the Senate and the House of Representatives) oversees and makes sure our president to fulfills his duty.
      With 2/3 of the Senate vote (requires 67 votes out of 100 votes), Senators can tell Obama
      – to perform his duties as a Commander-In -Chief
      – or Obama may face impeachment and will be removed from office (as Democrat Senators did to Bush’s Attorney General in the past or the impeachment hearing of Bill Clinton.)
      In fact, the media refuses to tell you that our Democratic Senators (D) who currently control the Senate House, and our Senators:
      1. can impeach Obama if he does not do his job
      2. can prevent a new bill from coming to Obama’s desk
      3. can stop Obama’s Executive order(s) at anytime.

      • NMBC


        “U.S. Military Grants Itself the Authority to Deploy Troops in American Cities Without Presidential or Local Approval” — Daniel Jackson, the Daily Sheeple

        Since WHEN does any country’s military need the local residents’ approval to save the country and their lives????
        1. Did the Chinese military asked for their citizens’ approval to defend them when the Mongols attacked their country each time?
        2. Did all the small countries’ military in Asia asked for their citizens’ approval to defend them when the Mongols and the France attacked their country each time?
        Absolutely not, if that the case every Asian countries would be wipec off the map.
        In fact, in every country, their military is ready at any moment to defend their country and its citizens when the attack happens.
        If they have to wait for permissions from the king or president or politicians’ permission, then it would be too late; your country will be taken over within an hour.
        Because when the Mongols invaded your country and may other countries, they attacked, robbed, burned all these countries down, captured young women (for sexual acts & made babies for future warriors) and ran away very quickly.
        The Mongols KILLED all the YOUNG MEN, because they did not want the risks of them going against them later.
        Citizens are not trained to understand military TACTICS, high tech WEAPONS, and THE ART OF WAR (aka DECEPTION), and if politicians and the military do not work for their citizens, then we’re doomed.
        This article and the media outlets lead you to believe, there will be military on the streets to terrorize American people.
        1. There are many contradictions indicating there will not be military soldiers available.
        2. Yes, many FAUX Soldiers such as Robert Bales (in the Afghan massacre) does terrify people; and his action has put our SOLDIERS and the NATO troops in great danger.
        It took the press at least a week to disclose his name and disclosed nothing about Bales. But from his victims who came out to expose him. We know one of his victims said Robert Bales was an investment broker and robbed him around $900,000.00.


        Talk about WARS: On the taking of Vietnam, when the French (not ethnic French, but Easten Europeans) invaded Hanoi:

        “All right! With a mere two hundred I have taken Hanoi (Vietnam). For us not a scratch, the surprise was complete and succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. Our gunboat cannon stunned the POOR BRUTES, Who had never seen an exploding shell. It has been a model operation. If I am supported soon all INDO-CHINA IS FRENCH.” — Francis Garnier, French Naval Officer, Explorer and author 1873
        However, the French did not invent the gunboat cannon, they copied the technology from the U.K.

        After several bloodbath battles with the French, Vietnam regained their sovereignty from its invader in 1954. And in the same year – 1954, Amrican troops was brought in to fight the French’s War.

  • Evie

    Yet, lots of neighborhoods are war zones, run by gangs and cartel why are they being ignored. I guess safe neighborhoods are the priority. Um, what country is this, again?

    • Jean

      Welcome to Amerika: How much justice can you afford today?

  • anan54

    Doesn’t matter they all die and bleed the same. And their weapons will be useful for the rest of us.

    • jc


    • jc

      Add to the mix a need for sleep, the families of the Nazis wearing American uniforms and the PTSD I’m going to inflict on anyone who tries to occupy my nation. oh and I’ll love all the slightly used military weaponry 🙂 they want a fight, give em one. The Vietcong did it, the Afghans are doing it and highly-armed and dedicated American Patriots can do best.

  • Wild Bill Alaska

    What if the area to be declared a “natural disaster area” is Washington Dc due to the hostile takeover of our country by the Obama regime?.Then this would be a good and just action by the military in defense of the constitution.

    • den1313

      Wild Bill, I hope you are right. I came to the same conclusion.

  • Anonymous

    You mean after all these years of civilian law enforcement we now suddely need the help of the military.? Is there a civil war going on that we don’t know about? Folks, prepare for battle.

    • Jean

      YES, but WE didn’t show up (or were barred access).

  • Not so much

    There will be murder and mass death

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    The code listed for the chartered Department of Defense is 10 U.S.C. (United States code)
    10 U.S.C. 375
    10 U.S.C.—Continued Code of Federal Regulations
    311—312…………………………………….26 Part 1
    331 et seq ……………………………….32 Part 215
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    There is no 10 U.S.C. 375 listed for application in the several states, and there are no regulation, by default it is not enforceable in the states. Strike 1 and 2.
    10 U.S.C. was enacted by Public Law 97-86 95, Stat.1116, see footnotes for 10 U.S.C. 375.
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    Answer Foreign Affairs
    Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2013 /Rules and Regulations 21831
    § 182.6 Procedures. (ii) Permissible Direct Assistance.
    Categories of active participation in direct law-enforcement-type activities
    (e.g., search, seizure, and arrest) that are not restricted by law or DoD policy are:
    (A) Actions taken for the primary purpose of furthering a DoD or foreign
    affairs function of the United States, regardless of incidental benefits to
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  • The armed services/armed forces, under the control of the D.O.D, is not the Military.
    The definition of the Military in the Constitution is the Army and Naval Forces. The confusion between the Military and the armed forces is caused by the similar sounding names. In 1949, Congress, changed the name/role of the chartered Commodity Credit Corporation to the Department of Defense.
    The Military Departments defined in title 10 U.S.C. were substituted for (defacto) government-owned or controlled corporations, same whore, different dress.
    The fraud is detailed in title 5 U.S.C., amended in 1979 by Public Law 96-54.
    The new title 5 USC is administered by the Bureau of Budget, amended in 1979, P.L. 96-54 substituted President for Director of the Bureau of the Budget (Sec. of Defense)

    1979 – Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96-54 substituted “President” for
    (a) “Director of the Bureau of the Budget”.
    5 USC Sec. 5541Sec. 5541. Definitions

    In paragraph (1), the terms “Executive agency” and “military
    department” are substituted for the references in former section
    901(a) and (e) to the executive branch, including Government-owned
    or controlled corporations, and the General Accounting Office in
    view of the definitions in sections 105 and 102.

    The authority of the D.o.D.
    The Department of Defense is chartered, and not part of Federal government, and has no authority over the military. The authority is clearly stated in the Federal Register. “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Board of Visitors” See below, that would be the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe foreign affairs. 10 U.S.C 375. precisely the reason 10 U.S.C. 375, is not listed in Parallel Table of Authority.
    [Federal Register Volume 75, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2010)]
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    National Military Establishment changed to Department of Defense by act Aug. 10, 1949.

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    (summation), The D.o.D, and the military departments are chartered, the Constitution forbids the Federal government from forming corporations, it says nothing about the other government, Washington D.C. from forming corporations.

  • NMBC

    @ JEAN,
    Jean said, “Wasn’t Pol Pot military, originally?”
    Really?? Your endless resentful comments against people ( common Joes and Janes ) that make me wonder what your REAL agenda is all about???
    If you are trying to brainwash me into thinking that the American military is the Pol Pot military, then:
    A. Tell congress stops sending our troops overseas. Our troops were sent overseas since when??? Answer: Since 1914 !!!
    B. JEAN, why Israel’s leaders and PM Netanyahu keep asking for our troops to get involves in every conflict that Israel has had?
    So according to you the police and our American military don’t have LAW and ORDER, but gangs, invaders, Pol Pot, and ruthless dictators DO??? Hmmmm 🙁
    JEAN, most of the American people would disagree with you and the author, Daniel Jackson.

    • Jean

      My point was that military dictatorships come from the same military we are now hoping will protect us – yet that military is being groomed to fire upon us. think about it.

      Also, I went on a stray thought, and didn’t research – so if I was wrong, let me know.

      However: I’m old enough to know better than to love the troops, as so many do. Tried to enlist when I was younger; have a disqualifying condition (besides age). Now I think that might’ve been a good thing…

      re: A: HELL YES, stop sending our troops overseas. We can get our people to where they need to be within about a day from the US – no need to bases in Okinawa, Germany, Cuba, Japan (?), etc. No point to that except to have boots on teh ground, when WW3 comes. Seems the states are beins subsumed, which means our people are there for NO REASON except as occupying forces. So yes, I agree: Bring them home.

      re: B: Dunno the real reason, but I’ll wager they’re too small to be effective for their long-range ambitions, and want US to get bloody instead. Make the biggest kid on the block your friend and don’t worry about the bullies any more. Oddly enough, it seems in this case we’ve become Israel’s b!tch. 😛 But people are in LOVE with that country for some ridiculous reason. (OTOH, from the little I know, it’s better than the other options, and there’ve been LOTS of attempts to destroy it – one of which created the whole Palestinian problem. The other Arab countries won’t let the Palestinians in; Israel – rightly – won’t allow the refugess back into Israel. Why allow enemy combatants into your territory, when they have sworn to destroy you? )

      As to law and order: Yes, cartels and dictatorships have law and order. Not logical, not even legal laws or legitimate order, but the “bad guys” get executed, and the “good guys” (the Pols & dicatator’s friends/ allies) become wealthy and powerful.
      As opposed to what we have now, which is… Hmm, seems about the same. How much justice can you afford today? How wealthy are you? Do you know the correct people?

      The human animal hasn’t changed in a few thousand years. Evolution in complex organisms takes a LONG time. Look at elephants and horses, for example – look up the ancient varieties, like a shovel-tusker and the ancient tiny horses. They died out. Climate and habitat changed too fast for them to evolve into something new; other “cousins” were in better situations, and became dominant, and evolved into a surviving life-form.

      I’m not so sure we will, though… 😉

      We do NOT have law and order, though. We have a corrupted system where people are abused by the law, and the hope is you can get away with your minor transgressions (speeding, parking, jaywalking, etc) and if you’re smart you don’t commit any MAJOR transgressions (Drugs, B&E, theft, DUI)… Most of those, however, cause FINANCIAL loss more than imprisonment. (In authoritarian societies, they might result more in summary execution.)
      We’re bad, and we can get worse. We have laid the foundations for a dictatorial government already, from War Powers act (we’re in several wars: drugs, poverty, hunger, plus military conflicts). The use of the word WAR legitimizes the POTUS’s improper uses of authority: Congress acceded to the State of War: Thus they gave a rubber-stamp, until such time as these “wars” are stopped. (See, “Dumbass” goes all the way to the top… 😉 )

      BTW: I expect the military is more disciplined and “honest” than the police. That doesn’t make them our friends any more. Some in fact consider us to be the enemy: Domestic Terrorists. Because we dissent with the popular opinion. As the non-Communists in the soviet union were sent to gulags, so too could we. And the transition is less then 30 years – i’m “old” but not THAT old… And THAT is the scary part. You don’t NEED to be old. Just can’t be Blind…

      • If you get a chance, watch a movie/documentary called “A World Without US” will answer A&B

  • Merrygold

    we have allowed ourselves to become distracted, divided, and dumbed-down. The Constitution is being shredded, our civil liberties taken away, our police forces militarized, and we sit back and allow it to happen so long as we feel safer, to feel right, to not be bothered with politics. I’m sorry, but voting doesn’t change anything, calling your representatives doesn’t force them to represent us (unless you have some lobbyists and 110K to fill their coffers). It is beyond obvious that it is time to UNITE (put the labels and judgements behind us) and take the country back. Regardless of your politics 9does that even matter anymore?), religion, skin color, sexual preference (like that matters), income, etc. we have the same interests at heart–to know our families are safe, our food is pure and our lives unencumbered by treachery.

  • Deserttrek

    Every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints. trust NO ONE in any position of authority or power.

    • jc

      Exactly. Treat them as they treat us, all potential enemies. Cops are sadistic closet Nazis who’ll follow any order their “Masters” tell them to….cold, mindless morons.

  • Evie

    I do not have to read the long article about the law to understand it is disregarded to suit the elite. I already know the excuse that will be used. Climate disaster.

  • Locus

    For a moment imagine that a real cataclysmic disaster has occurred. What troops are within the country would consider themselves on ‘active duty’. So will the police. Now imagine the actions taken by such standing military and quasi-military forces that have NO rules in place such as the ones listed above.

    If no one can reach the President or the Governor or the Mayor on the phone, what are they supposed to do? Safe their weapons, lock up all the hardware and go home?

    They won’t. They will deploy. I’m just sayin’.

    Are these people so loosely controlled and bereft of honor and respect for their country that we’re a mere fling away from military feudal states?

    I don’t think so. I’m just sayin’.

    In a pinch and left to their own devices, I’d trust the personal motives and conduct of any given four some-odd hundred members of our US military over those of both houses of Congress any day.

    I do not believe it is the government’s right to disband citizen militias when ever and where ever they occur, even if they dress in camouflage and assemble peaceably with their weapons. But likewise, I do not believe it would be in our best interest to maintain some ludicrous fiction that any domestic military — including law enforcement — should feel compelled to take off their uniforms because some phone call will not go through.

    To some extent, that is why we have state constitutions, and a hierarchy of local governance. Something to preserve down to the local level.

    No little rule changes such as these, or lack of same, would affect the outcome in a generally lawless situation. There’s too many hypotheticals, the principal one being there would be no courts in session to redress the situation. So the standing military is essentially ‘lawless’ and the only thing to hold it in check is civilian militias, honorable conduct and good manners.

    I’m betting on honorable conduct and good manners.

  • Muzzie the Muzrat

    Obama and the Military are not God and I have no desire to co-operate with either. “In God we trust” is a motto that goes a lot further than the Dollar Bill my friends 🙂

  • Virtual Private Nutsack

    Muzrat you have lived in America too long my son. When you talk about God like you do you risk going on a watch list because the Powers that Be think you are an Evangelical Christian not a Muslim LOL
    And, we all know what domestic terrorists they are:- shoot 1st, ask questions later, blatantly disregarding the teachings of their founder who insisted “turn the other cheek”. Yes, God blessed America and the banknotes show how much trust you have in Him up There. I believe in God, Jesus and the Virgin Mary. I don’t believe Mohammed was a Prophet but he was a great leader who led his people to worship the 1 true God and abolished Idolatory which was rampant in Mecca.
    But, watch list or not, Faith is the Foundation of our society not watch lists, and TPTB will have to try harder to silence my Declaration of Faith.
    And God’s people said “Amen!”

  • Mark Owen

    All we have to do is die! Find the asshole who thinks he can get his troops to man outposts in the middle of nowhere and watch them be shot up by militia men. See how far that goes. There has never been marshal law in this country and there never will be!

    • Jean

      MARTIAL law was declared in the Civil War. And the “privilege” of Habeus Corpus was also suspended….

  • Kevin J Lankford

    Accordingly, the military
    industrial complex now
    has the perfect excuse
    to implement their long
    desired plan to circumvent our Constitution and institute military rule by
    acknowledging the fact
    obama was never eligible thus the whole
    of our current regime
    is a conspiracy. Which
    in fact is a truth.

  • You fail to state that the law was enacted very soon after 9/11.
    It has been on the books for that period of time…this has nothing to do with the present administration!!

  • You fail to state that this law was enacted shortly after 9/11. It was enacted during the Bush administration and not the present administration

  • Mickelsplik

    We were effectively taken over in 1913 when , during a secret meeting of several big industrialist, namely J.P. Morgan, Rochefella et al. Created the monster from Jeckle Island called the private federal reserve bank. These people have been systematically been taking over every aspect of our lives until we have what we have now, fascism! Our founders warned us, they also gave us the remedy.

  • bruno

    You lost all your rights when you became “One nation under god”