Sunday, December 21, 2008

MILITARY PREPARING FOR MARTIAL LAW

Phoenix Business Journal - A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security," said the War College report.

The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned Wednesday of economy-related riots and unrest in various global markets if the financial crisis is not addressed and lower-income households are hurt by credit constraints and rising unemployment.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.

State and local police in Arizona say they have broad plans to deal with social unrest, including trouble resulting from economic distress. The security and police agencies declined to give specifics, but said they would employ existing and generalized emergency responses to civil unrest that arises for any reason.

"The Phoenix Police Department is not expecting any civil unrest at this time, but we always train to prepare for any civil unrest issue. We have a Tactical Response Unit that trains continually and has deployed on many occasions for any potential civil unrest issue," said Phoenix Police spokesman Andy Hill.

"We have well established plans in place for such civil unrest," said Scottsdale Police spokesman Mark Clark.

Clark, Hill and other local police officials said the region did plenty of planning and emergency management training for the Super Bowl in February in Glendale.

"We're prepared," said Maricopa County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dave Trombi citing his office's past dealings with immigration marches and major events.

Super Bowl security efforts included personnel and resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military's Northern Command, which coordinated with Arizona officials. The Northern Command was created after 9/11 to have troops and Defense Department resources ready to respond to security problems, terrorism and natural disasters.

Northern Command spokesman Michael Kucharek and Arizona Army National Guard Major. Paul Aguirre said they are not aware of any new planning for domestic situations related to the economy.

Nick Dranias, director of constitutional government at the libertarian Goldwater Institute, said a declaration of marital law would be an extraordinary event and give military control over civilian authorities and institutions. Dranias said the Posse Comitatus Act restricts the U.S. military's role in domestic law enforcement. But he points to a 1994 U.S. Defense Department Directive he says allows military commanders to take emergency actions in domestic situations to save lives, prevent suffering or mitigate great property damage.

Dranias said such an emergency declaration could worsen the economic situation and doubts extreme measures will been taken. "I don't think it's likely. But it's not impossible," he said.

The economy is in recession. Consumer spending is down, foreclosures are up and a host of businesses are laying off workers and struggling with tight credit and the troubled housing and financial markets. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and U.S. Treasury Department have pumped more than $8.5 trillion into the economy via equity purchases of bank stocks, liquidity infusions, Wall Street and bank bailouts and taxpayer rebates. U.S. automakers are seeking more than $14 billion in federal loans with fears they could fall into bankruptcy without a bailout. The U.S. housing and subprime lending-induced recession also has hit economies in Europe, Japan and China.

Gov. Janet Napolitano's office declined comment on emergency planning and possible civil unrest. Napolitano is president-elect Barack Obama's pick for secretary of Homeland Security, an agency that oversees airport security, disaster response, border security, customs and anti-terrorism efforts.

As governor, Napolitano sent National Guard troops to Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in 2003 in response to terrorism threats.

Glendale Police spokesman Jim Toomey said the West Valley suburb developed new emergency plans with the approach of Y2K computer changeovers leading up to the year 2000 and police have updated those plans several times including after 9/11. Toomey said strategies to deal with public unrest usually involve deploying personnel and equipment to deal with specific incidents while still providing usual services.

Sam Smith, 1996 - The Constitution does not directly address the question of what should happen in the midst of a major national catastrophe. But neither does it give the slightest support to notions of turning matters over to non-elected civilian or military officials with plenary powers. The best guide is to be found in Amendment Ten which states that the powers of the federal government are those delegated to it by the states and the people. The states and the people have not delegated the power of martial law. Thus in a true crisis (such as a nuclear attack) the answer seems quite plain: the country would be run as a loose confederation of fifty states until a legitimate federal government could be re-established. In the interim, the highest officials in the land would be the governors.

MISSION CREEP: THE MILITARIZING OF AMERICA

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12 Comments:

At December 21, 2008 3:48 PM, Anonymous Mairead said...

I suspect that a declaration of martial law and an attempt to suppress the legitimate grievances of the populace by force might well start a new revolution.

Neither the cops nor the army could deal with a few million people reprising "John Parker's Revenge". All they could do is get themselves killed, and I bet it wouldn't take more than maybe 10% of them getting killed for the rest to get religion and start fragging the bosses.

 
At December 21, 2008 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Revolution? 'Progressive' b.s. fantasy.

If Americans see cities getting shut down by riots, they will demand martial law.

 
At December 21, 2008 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PARAMETERS -- Domestic disasters

http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/parameters/02spring/quillen.htm

 
At December 22, 2008 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martial law was declared in Los Angeles during the '92 Rodney King riots. The US Marine Corps was activated. [Thursday morning, April 30, 1992 I followed a division from the gates of Camp Pendleton as they drove north on the San Diego Freeway into the heart of the riot area--interestingly, this was two days earlier than the officially acknowledged arrival date of May 2]
No revolution ensued.
Point being, we've already been through this scenario many times and no great objections have been heard or raised. This is not news.

 
At December 22, 2008 7:11 AM, Anonymous Mairead said...

7.54 and 12.24 seem to miss the point: previous incidents have only involved some subset of Black people, enraged by unfairness that was felt only by Whites of higher ethical development (which, given our schooling system, meant not many). Black folks are only 14% of the populace.

But if economic-based unrest occurs, it won't be confined to the Black 14%, it'll draw its energy from the whole 50% or 70% of the population getting screwed, most of them White, and ipso facto legitimised in their rage. A very different proposition.

 
At December 22, 2008 8:07 AM, Anonymous 7:54 said...

If white Americans get desperate they will seek a Hitler. Be careful what you wish for.

 
At December 22, 2008 4:08 PM, Anonymous Mairead said...

Seek a Hitler? I doubt it. What do you suppose is in power in the US now?

People will be looking for a non-Hitler for a change.

 
At December 23, 2008 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have resisted the idea that certain elements of our leadership are intent upon collapsing our economy and gov't perhaps to solidify total control, but info like this has to make you wonder:
Collapse of Pension Funds?
Five western countries will affected by the collapse of the capital-based pension system
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11360
I believe that a violent rebellion against this gov't. is inevitable because this gov't. will insist upon it. I realize that no major rebellion in human history has occurred in a country whose inhabitants have been brainwashed by a lifetime of television, but the mindset of our elite: that they are justified, infallible righteously superior, their good is the common good, sets them against all creation. When you look at what's been done to India's farmers, Haitii's farmers, Mexico's farmers; if you're a poor American farmer you have to know what's coming ("The farmer is the man who feeds us all" traditional/Ry Cooder).
The relentntless push of neoliberal capitalism will eventually create masses of desperate hungry people who will rebel. The elite will respond as they always do by striking out wildly and blindly infinitely multiplying their enemies until they're hopelessly outnumbered. After every temporary victory, the elite will wipe out a couple hundred thousand lefties ala Franco or Pinochet, but the struggle will go on until we get a new Castro who'll become a new Batista.

 
At December 23, 2008 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We worked through Spring and Winter, through Summer and through Fall
But the mortgage worked the hardest and the steadiest of us all
It worked on nights and Sundays, it worked each holiday
Settled down among us and it never went away

The farmer comes to town with his wagon broken down
The farmer is the man who feeds us all
If you only look and see I know you will agree
That the farmer is the man who feeds us all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
He buys on his credit until Fall
Then they take him by the hand
And they lead him from his land
And the merchant is the man who gets it all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
He lives on his credit until Fall
With the interest rates so high
It's a wonder he don't die
But the taxes on the farmer feeds us all

Well, the banker says he's broke and the merchant stops and smoke
But they forget that it's the farmer that feeds them all
It would put them to the test if the farmer took a rest
And they'd know that it's the farmer that feeds them all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
Lives on his credit until Fall
Well, his pants are wearing thin
His condition, it's a sin
'Cause the taxes on the farmer feeds us all

 
At December 23, 2008 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We worked through Spring and Winter, through Summer and through Fall
But the mortgage worked the hardest and the steadiest of us all
It worked on nights and Sundays, it worked each holiday
Settled down among us and it never went away

The farmer comes to town with his wagon broken down
The farmer is the man who feeds us all
If you only look and see I know you will agree
That the farmer is the man who feeds us all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
He buys on his credit until Fall
Then they take him by the hand
And they lead him from his land
And the merchant is the man who gets it all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
He lives on his credit until Fall
With the interest rates so high
It's a wonder he don't die
But the taxes on the farmer feeds us all

Well, the banker says he's broke and the merchant stops and smoke
But they forget that it's the farmer that feeds them all
It would put them to the test if the farmer took a rest
And they'd know that it's the farmer that feeds them all

The farmer is the man, the farmer is the man
Lives on his credit until Fall
Well, his pants are wearing thin
His condition, it's a sin
'Cause the taxes on the farmer feeds us all

 
At December 23, 2008 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Napolitano -- Airport & Homeland Security:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0606/S00059.htm

 
At December 23, 2008 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The attempt of two communities in Northern California to restrict invasive military recruiters from targeting their children is also under fire from federal authorities:

Feds Act Against Eureka, Arcata Over Recruitment

 

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