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Under the pretext of “helping” local communities short of police in difficult economic times, as well as preparations for a potential swine flu pandemic, U.S. troops are now occupying America as the country sinks into a state of de facto martial law. We have been inundated with reports over the last few weeks of uniformed soldiers and National Guardsmen running internal checkpoints all over the country as a frightening “Red Dawn” scenario unfolds not with a bang but with a whimper. The military are now being called upon to undertake roles normally designated to police as Americans are incrementally acclimated to accept the presence of troops on the streets as an everyday occurrence.
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
The problem in all cases is that it is easier to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a war zone than in civilian airspace. One senior USAF officer was queried at a conference about the potential for operating UAVs in national--i.e., civilian--airspace. "Anyone here from the Federal Aviation Administration?" he asked. "No? Good." He then proceeded to air the military's frustration with the civilian authorities that own the airspace.
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. ... From Wiki.
I can't really think of anything else to add. I mean, when does it stop?
In late 2006, Congress revised the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act to make it far easier for a president to declare martial law. Those changes were repealed at the end of this January as part of Public Law 110-181 (HR 4986), the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (signed into law by President Bush on January 28, 2008).
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), who championed the opposition to the original law, was also the hero of the repeal. It helped that all the nation’s governors opposed the 2006 law. www.inteldaily.com...
Originally posted by lucentenigma
Haven't seen any troops around my area but there has been a large increase amount of figther jets flying over (they run supersonic over the gulf).
There have also been an increase of military choppers.
Around 9PM last night I heard a chopper flying over (never heard them at night before) grabbed my camera and ran outside but it was too late.
I have some video of them flying over in the daytime, will see about uploading them.
Originally posted by whitewave
Here in Norman, Ok., a preppy college town, we had a tank rolling down Lindsey street a few days ago. I don't know what those kind of tanks are called but it's the kind with the long pointed front end for ramming through walls.
It was a little disconcerting, to say the least. I agree that they're gearing up for anticipated civil disobedience and/or civil unrest.