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Friday, March 23, 2007

It occurred to me while reading Bush Paves the Way for Martial Law: 2007 National Defense Authorization Act overturns Posse Comitatus Act that there may be an even more sinister plan afoot. Let me explain. From the article, we read:

In October 2006, Bush signed into law the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Quietly slipped into the law at the last minute, at the request of the Bush administration, were sections changing important legal principles, dating back 200 years, which limit the U.S. government's ability to use the military to intervene in domestic affairs. These changes would allow Bush, whenever he thinks it necessary, to institute martial law--under which the military takes direct control over civilian administration.

Now imagine this President--or any future president--declaring martial law. What good would a declaration of martial law be if the only troops you had to send had no experience on how to conduct themselves in an urban policing environment? It would literally be chaos. That's when I had an epiphany. What better way to ready military troops than to send them somewhere on the globe to conduct a "dry-run" of urban policing to better hone their tactics. Iraq and Afghanistan have proven a perfect environment for this purpose. Think about it. If they can learn to police an unruly group that has shown little respect for laws and authorities, how much easier will they find Americans to be? It would be a cake walk, I'm sure.

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