August 6, 2013
Martial law occurs when the military or militarized law enforcement replaces civilian authorities in order to impose military rule during an emergency. Civil liberties are suspended.
In the United States, a pivot point that signals martial law is the suspension of habeas corpus - the right to a hearing on whether an imprisonment is lawful. In practice, habeas corpus means a person cannot be imprisoned without legitimate charges and due process.
The U.S. Constitution recognizes the suspension of habeas corpus as an identifying feature of martial law in Article I, Section 9,
Obama is preparing to declare martial law in America.
He may decide not to do so but it is a prepared option that requires nothing more than the say-so of one man. The necessary Executive Order has been authorized.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness grants Obama power over,
The grant of authority is so complete that it includes the ability to commandeer technology, industry, and the nation's other resources down to its,
The legal framework for martial law is in place.
The clearest sign, however, is the National Defense Authorization Act - the federal legislation through which the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense are specified each year.
In 2012, Sec. 1021 of the act allowed the military to arrest and imprison an American on American soil without habeas corpus if he was deemed to have,
The 2013 act included the same provision.
In short, the NDAA authorized indefinite detention without due process. The 2014 act is currently under debate. It would expand the military's power over the civilian population through Sec. 1061 which is also known as Enhancement of Capacity of the United States Government to Analyze Captured Records.
It authorizes the surveillance of an individual
solely on the basis that he is or has been hostile to the United States. In
short, the new NDAA would authorize indefinite surveillance.
Or, rather, it provides an example of a kinder, gentler martial law than is likely to occur. It is kinder and gentler because the agents in Boston had no reason to be hostile to the civilian population; they had the specific goal of capturing a fugitive rather than the general one of policing the population; no one resisted; and, the agents could have faced consequences such as lawsuits if they had inflicted injury.
Most martial law scenarios are likely to be more
The Boston Globe (June 8) explained why law enforcement's response was so coordinated.
The mainstream media reported that,
The unreported reality was more
It is a form of
martial law with law enforcement replacing the military as actors. Civil
liberties are suspended, of course.
Two syllables - that's how quickly totalitarianism descends.
Residents in robes were driven into the street and not allowed to turn off lights, lock doors, secure pets, or grab a cell phone. No questions were permitted. One video shows an agent violently slapping people's elbows upward to force hands behind their heads. Another shows a soldier in a tank pointing his rifle at a photographer.
The below video entitled “MSNBC Host Caught Lying About Watertown Martial Law” describes typical encounters.
The lies? No tanks were used, no guns
were pointed at families.
A resident discovered Dzhokhas hiding in
his backyard and reported him to the police. The agents had overlooked the
The Urban Shield website states,
Law enforcement is being trained to impose martial law.
Americans are being
trained to obey without question.
Most Americans are missing the hint presented by armored
personnel vehicles rolling into a peaceful community.
They prefer media lies
to the sight of agents aiming their guns at typical American families. That
preference will also facilitate martial law.