There are two different documents that we as Americans should be very concerned about. They drive a stake into the very heart and soul of our republic. If taken together, and looked at in the light of day, without all of the postulating and ruminating that comes with ideas that are foreign to our belief systems, these documents don’t stand inspection the light of day. In of themselves they are a roadmap to dictatorship. Together they give Carte Blanc to change our system from a Republic to a one person rule in the event anything at all happens that would threaten us. We have truly arrived to the point where we have given up our freedom for a bit of temporary security.
Today as in the days of this nation’s founding, there are those that would give up our liberty for some temporary security, but I am not one of those people. I truly don’t believe that the people of this country, if they had their eyes wide open would consent to their liberty being usurped by anyone, for any reason, but that is exactly what is happening. If I could give my life to make sure that my family or my friends would never have to face the repressive policies of a dictatorial government, I would. I believe that if the issues were clear and the case that is presented was incontrovertible, so would many of you. I’m not asking anyone to lay down their life for anything just yet, but I would like to make my case that there are those that are planning to do exactly what I wrote about; taking this nation from a Republic to a dictatorship. These two documents I will present show just how they will do this.
Let’s start at the first document that was signed in Congress under the light of day, in full view of all of our elected officials. Why they did this is anyone’s guess, but the fact of the matter remains, that they did it. This document is H.R. 5122 “The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007”. Section 1076 I give you the breakdown of what the Section does;
- Changed the title of the law from "Insurrection Act" to "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order Act"
- Specifies situations in which the President can invoke martial law (natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident or other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order). These had not been specified before.
- Spells out the President's obligation to inform Congress within 14 days when he determines to exercise the authority, and every 14 days thereafter, during the exercise of the authority. This had also not been specified under the Insurrection Act.
This looks almost harmless, but see what Senator Patrick Leahy who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee said about this:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) spoke out vehemently against the provision, as part of an overall defense of the National Guard as a body, which is best employed locally, by the Governor of the state in which the Guard is stationed, and not siphoned off as an auxiliary national force by the White House and Pentagon. Below are two quotes from his statements on September 29, 2006 in the Senate. You can also read his complete statement here.
- "It also should concern us all that the conference agreement includes language that subvert solid, longstanding posse comitatus statutes that limit the military's involvement in law enforcement, thereby making it easier for the President to declare martial law. There is good reason for the constructive friction in existing law when it comes to martial law declarations..."
- "Also, it seems the changes to the Insurrection Act have survived the conference because the Pentagon and the White House want it. It is easy to see the attempts of the President and his advisors to avoid the debacle involving the National Guard after Hurricane Katrina, when Governor Blanco of Louisiana would not give control of the National Guard over to President and the Federal chain of command. Governor Blanco rightfully insisted that she be closely consulted and remain largely in control of the military forces operating in the State during that emergency. This infuriated the White House, and now they are looking for some automatic triggers--natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or a disease epidemic--to avoid having to consult with the Governors.
Ah yes, Posse Comitatus, that’s the provision that says that the National Guard shall only be called up for law enforcement by the Governors’ of the States that the National Guard belong to. The reason for this is something called “States Rights”. Our Constitution calls for a small standing Army and a strong State Militia. That of course, has gone by the wayside since the Second World War. The intent however remains. Posse Comitatus was kept on because the crafters of the Constitution did not want a strong Federal Government to be able to use the State militias against the people. This law negates that. Now the President can call martial law in a state and use the States own National Guard against whatever it deems to be a threat, even if that threat is the State itself. So much for the National Guard being controlled by the Governors, it’s now just another wheel in the very strong Federal Government.
The next document is "National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51" This is a Presidential Directive set up by the big man himself. Of course, he is only doing it for our own best interests. Don’t you see how scary the world has become? In this document the President states that if any “catastrophe” befalls the United States, that he will ensure that he takes over the job of all three branches of government. Here is the excerpt;
(e) "Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency;
Well it’s a good thing to know. The question that bugs me is why now? Didn’t we have this in place all along? Is this the President that did such a good for New Orleans that he now wants do this “good job” for all of us? When does a State cease to be a State? That sounds like a funny question, but I think that we are seeing it happen right now. Remember, this man was once a Governor. For somebody that was once a Governor he sure doesn’t want them to have any real power. Why would he do that?
Like I said, these two documents together, under the light of day, bear some close scrutiny. Besides these, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 thrown into the mix makes for one scary scenario. Consider this;
A hurricaine, Category 5, hits Tampa Florida, the result is a massive tidal surge into the harbor, and the death toll runs into the thousands. The National Guard is called out to stop looting and to protect people and property. The President, under his new “authority” calls up the Florida National Guard and gives them law enforcement powers. The storm, still churning, hits Jacksonville and heads towards the Atlantic, The Florida National Guard is stretched so thin that they can’t possibly handle the two cities that have been blindsided by this catastrophe.
Meanwhile the storm in the Atlantic reforms and heads towards Virginia as a category three and gaining strength, it veers into Washington DC and Maryland as a Category 4. Bush nationalizes the Maryland, DC and Virginia National Guard. There is looting in the Capitol, The President now declares Martial Law throughout the country. Congress is suspended, the Supreme Court is on hiatus, and we have a sitting dictator in the White House.