Martial Law Now In Place: First Active Army Unit Within the US Beginning October 1

Scroll down on Headlines at this link to see where Amy Goodman reports the following:

Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.

You can see the broadcast on youtube here as well.

Jack sent this link to a detailed story about this frightening development that you can read here. The author, Paul Joseph Watson, notes that the use of the military for domestic law enforcement violates the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act, which substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use armed force against US citizens.

Glenn Greenwald on Salon.com also gives details about this event and its congressional history.  Greenwald quotes and links online articles by James Bovard and Jeff Stein and says:

Bovard and Stein both noted that every Governor — including Republicans — joined in Leahy’s [Patrick Leahy, one congress member who strongly questioned this move] objections, as they perceived it as a threat from the Federal Government to what has long been the role of the National Guard. But those concerns were easily brushed aside by the bipartisan majorities in Congress, eager — as always — to grant the President this radical new power.  Read more here.

Historically, in compliance with US laws, domestic matters like natural disasters were handled by state National Guard units, which are under the authority of the states not the federal government; but the Bush regime used active duty military (as well as mercenaries) in New Orleans after Katrina. Also, Bush deployed National Guard units, designated for domestic service, to fight his illegal wars abroad. This is, however, the first time that an army unit is specifically designated for duty against US citizens at home.

Martial law, though not declared, is now in place.

There have been rumours for some time among veterans with ties to the armed services about a mustering of troops around Washington, DC.

Are we too distracted, cowed, or bludgeoned, too accustomed to seeing military personnel in our streets to object to this?

If you object, act now.

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2 Responses to “Martial Law Now In Place: First Active Army Unit Within the US Beginning October 1”

  1. nancy Says:

    Below is a text that was emailed to me a year ago about a Northern Command exercise with 08 in its name. I found it disquieting last year and even more so now that in September of 08 we see a further development toward martial law. Though I cannot vouch for this nor verify it, I did receive it from a person whom I trust. You must decide whether you credit this or not.

    NORTHCOM Plans 5 Day Martial Law Exercise

    By Lee Rogers – Intel Strike Contributing Writer

    The United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has just announced plans for an anti-terrorism exercise called Vigilant Shield 08. The exercise which is slated to run from October 15th to October 20th is described as a way to prepare, prevent and respond to any number of national crises. The exercise is simply a test case scenario for the i
    implementation of martial law.

    Although the description of the exercise is disturbing, USNORTHCOM also
    announced that they are more prepared for a natural disaster and a terrorist attack after they used their response to Hurricane Katrina as a test laboratory. During Hurricane Katrina, authorities violated the
    constitutional rights of citizens by stealing people’s firearms and even
    relocating people against their will. These announcements are incredibly
    disturbing on a number of levels as the nature of Vigilant Shield 08 and the
    admission that Hurricane Katrina was used as a test laboratory shows that
    the government is actively preparing the military and government
    institutions for martial law.

    Below is the full press release from USNORTHCOM describing Vigilant Shield 08. Also check out the Vigilant Shield 08 fact sheet by clicking here [link not available].

    North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command along with U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local, state and other federal responders will exercise their response abilities against a variety of potential threats during Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.

    VS-08 will be conducted concurrent with Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4), the
    nation’s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the
    Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place Ocober 15-20 and are being conducted throughout the United States and in conjunction with several partner nations including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the Territory of Guam.

    VS-08 and National Level Exercise 1-08 will provide local, state, tribal,
    interagency, Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The
    participating organizations will conduct a multi-layered, civilian-led
    response to a national crisis.

    USNORTHCOM’s primary exercise venues for VS-08 include locations in
    Oregon, Arizona and a cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of Guam. NORAD’s aerospace detection and defense events will take place across all the exercise venues, to exercise the ability to mobilize
    resources for aerospace defense, aerospace control, maritime warning, and coordination of air operations in a disaster area.

    This exercise is clearly a way to prepare government to respond to a
    national crisis with martial law. This announcement also follows a number of other news stories that indicate the government is becoming more actively prepared for the implementation of martial law.

    These stories include the following:

    George W. Bush issuing a presidential directive declaring that he is a
    dictator during the case of a national emergency be it a natural disaster, a
    terror attack or any number of crises.

    KSLA reporting that members of clergy will be used to convince people to
    submit to government in the case of declare martial law. See the video
    below [video not available].

    The U.S. Department of Treasury conducting a disaster drill to prepare for a potential economic crisis.

    In addition to the announcement of Vigilant Shield 08, USNORTHCOM also
    announced that they have been using the lessons learned from Hurricane
    Katrina to better respond to crises. The response to Hurricane Katrina was
    essentially used as a test laboratory to implement martial law in a city.
    People were forced to relocate against their will and authorities stole
    people’s firearms in the name of safety despite these actions being
    entirely unconstitutional.

    From USNORTHCOM:

    “Hurricane Katrina’s impact on this country was unprecedented. There are still many of our fellow Americans whose lives still haven’t returned to normal,� said Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and USNORTHCOM. “It will take many years for the Gulf Coast to fully recover.

    “The United States military was deeply involved in the response to the
    hurricane and subsequent flooding,� Renuart said. “While our
    Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines helped thousands of people, we also
    learned many lessons.�

    According to Renuart, USNORTHCOM has been using the lessons learned from Katrina to modify plans to respond to both natural disasters and potential terrorist actions.

    Northern Command also admits in the same article that they have pre-scripted mission assignments coordinated with FEMA to implement martial law under the pretext of disaster response.

    From USNORTHCOM:

    USNORTHCOM is ready to help federal, state and local officials to be
    prepared for a major hurricane and to be successful at conducting response operations, if necessary and requested by the primary responding agency. Some of the ways these objectives are being achieved are:

    Through State Engagement programs, USNORTHCOM provides planning support to help states prepare for emergencies.

    USNORTHCOM and its subordinates, as well as local, state and federal
    partners conduct major disaster exercises to refine processes and apply
    lessons learned.

    Working with FEMA, USNORTHCOM has prepared pre-scripted mission assignments to accelerate the disaster response process.

    USNORTHCOM conducted a major exercise with the National Guard in May to refine the interface between the National Guard and DoD.

    There is no question that Vigilant Shield 08 is either government
    preparation for the implementation of martial law or a way for criminal
    elements within the government to distract emergency responders in order to conduct a false flag terror attack as a pretext to actually implement martial law and engage in foreign war. On September 11th, 2001 there were drills run by NORAD including Vigilant Guardian which served as a way to ensure that there was no adequate military response to the hi-jacked planes. A similar scenario unfolding with Vigilant Shield is not out of the question.

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