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Thursday, February 22

I Didn't Know That

I try to keep myself informed about what is going on with our government. So many things that King George and his cockroaches do is shrouded in secrecy, so there is a need for constant vigilance. As they wrap themselves in the flag and proclaim their patriotism, ever they work to destroy our democratic foundation: reading our mail, listening to our calls, searching our houses, holding citizens without charge or trial, all under color of law. All designed to concentrate power in the hands of the unitary executive, a nice eupehmism for dictator.

And here is yet another example, slipped into last year's defense budget, never debated in public:

"The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president’s use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.

The newly enacted provisions upset this careful balance. They shift the focus from making sure that federal laws are enforced to restoring public order. Beyond cases of actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or to any 'other condition.'”

I wonder what the Amercian public would think about this, if they knew? Undoubtedly, a significant minority wouldn't understand why this is such a big deal. I also wonder what the army would do if called out to put down a "domestic insurrection". Would they fire on Amercian citizens? Perhaps when we gather next month to once again protest the misbegotten and illegal war, the King will decide we are a threat and send in the National Guard. He seems to be channeling the spirit of Richard Nixon, so it wouldn't surprise me a bit.

We are well on our way to dictatorship. I am sure King George fancies himself some latter day Caesar.

In the words of the immortal Obi-Wan Kenobi: We must be cautious.

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