Troops Are Deployed on U.S. Streets Ready to Carry Out "Crowd
Background: the First Brigade of
the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has
been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated
mission is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq,
subduing "unruly individuals," and the management of a national
emergency. I am in Seattle and heard from the brother of one of the
soldiers that they are engaged in exercises now. Amy Goodman
reported that an Army spokesperson confirmed that they will have
access to lethal and non lethal crowd control technologies and
George Bush struck down
Posse Comitatus, thus making it legal for military to patrol the
U.S. He has also legally established that in the "War on Terror,"
the U.S. is at war around the globe and thus the whole world is a
battlefield. Thus the U.S. is also a battlefield.
He also led change to the 1807
Insurrection Act to give him far broader powers in the event of a
loosely defined "insurrection" or many other "conditions" he has the
power to identify. The Constitution allows the suspension of habeas
corpus -- habeas corpus prevents us from being seized by the state
and held without trial -- in the event of an "insurrection." With
his own army force now, his power to call a group of protesters or
angry voters "insurgents" staging an "insurrection" is strengthened.
Rep. Brad Sherman of California said to Congress, captured on C-Span
on YouTube, that individual members of the House were
threatened with martial law within a week if they did not pass the
"The only way they can pass
this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. …
Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted
against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market
would drop two or three thousand points the first day and a
couple of thousand on the second day, and a few members were
even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted
If this is true and Rep. Sherman is
not delusional, I ask you to consider that if they are willing to
threaten martial law now, it is foolish to assume they will never
use that threat again. It is also foolish to trust in an orderly
election process to resolve this threat. And why deploy the First
Brigade? One thing the deployment accomplishes is to put teeth into
such a threat.
I interviewed Vietnam veteran,
retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and patriot David Antoon for
"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?'"
"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?"
"What would prevent him from
sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the
"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."
"What happens to members of the
First Brigade who refuse to take up arms against U.S. citizens?"
"They'd probably be treated as
deserters as in Iraq: arrested, detained and facing five years in
prison. In Iraq a study by Ann Wright shows that deserters --
reservists who refused to go back to Iraq -- got longer sentences
than war criminals."
"Does Congress have any military of
"No. Congress has no direct control
of any military units. The Governors have the National Guard but
they report to the President in an emergency that he declares."
"Who can arrest the President?"
"The Attorney General can arrest
the President after he leaves or after impeachment."
[Note: Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
has asserted it is possible for District Attorneys around the
country to charge President Bush with murder if they represent
districts where one or more military members who have been killed in
Iraq formerly resided.]
"Given the danger do you advocate
"Yes. President Bush struck down
Posse Comitatus -- which has prevented, with a penalty of two years
in prison, U.S. leaders since after the Civil War from sending
military forces into our streets -- with a 'signing statement.' He
should be impeached immediately in a bipartisan process to prevent
the use of military forces and mercenary forces against U.S.
"Should Americans call on senior
leaders in the Military to break publicly with this action and call
on their own men and women to disobey these orders?"
"Every senior military officer's
loyalty should ultimately be to the Constitution. Every officer
should publicly break with any illegal order, even from the
"But if these are now legal. If
they say, 'Don't obey the Commander in Chief,' what happens to the
"Perhaps they would be arrested and
prosecuted as those who refuse to participate in the current illegal
war. That's what would be considered a coup."
"But it's a coup already."
Naomi Wolf is the author of
Give Me Liberty (Simon and Schuster, 2008), the sequel to the
New York Times best-seller
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
(Chelsea Green, 2007).
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