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Foundations are in place for martial law in the US
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 27 2002 | By Ritt Goldstein

Posted on 07/26/2002 5:33:29 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Recent pronouncements from the Bush Administration and national security initiatives put in place in the Reagan era could see internment camps and martial law in the United States.

When president Ronald Reagan was considering invading Nicaragua he issued a series of executive orders that provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with broad powers in the event of a "crisis" such as "violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition against a US military invasion abroad". They were never used.

But with the looming possibility of a US invasion of Iraq, recent pronouncements by President George Bush's domestic security chief, Tom Ridge, and an official with the US Civil Rights Commission should fire concerns that these powers could be employed or a de facto drift into their deployment could occur.

On July 20 the Detroit Free Press ran a story entitled "Arabs in US could be held, official warns". The story referred to a member of the US Civil Rights Commission who foresaw the possibility of internment camps for Arab Americans. FEMA has practised for such an occasion.

FEMA, whose main role is disaster response, is also responsible for handling US domestic unrest.

From 1982-84 Colonel Oliver North assisted FEMA in drafting its civil defence preparations. Details of these plans emerged during the 1987 Iran-Contra scandal.

They included executive orders providing for suspension of the constitution, the imposition of martial law, internment camps, and the turning over of government to the president and FEMA.

A Miami Herald article on July 5, 1987, reported that the former FEMA director Louis Guiffrida's deputy, John Brinkerhoff, handled the martial law portion of the planning. The plan was said to be similar to one Mr Giuffrida had developed earlier to combat "a national uprising by black militants". It provided for the detention "of at least 21million American Negroes"' in "assembly centres or relocation camps".

Today Mr Brinkerhoff is with the highly influential Anser Institute for Homeland Security. Following a request by the Pentagon in January that the US military be allowed the option of deploying troops on American streets, the institute in February published a paper by Mr Brinkerhoff arguing the legality of this.

He alleged that the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which has long been accepted as prohibiting such deployments, had simply been misunderstood and misapplied.

The preface to the article also provided the revelation that the national plan he had worked on, under Mr Giuffrida, was "approved by Reagan, and actions were taken to implement it".

By April, the US military had created a Northern Command to aid Homeland defence. Reuters reported that the command is "mainly expected to play a supporting role to local authorities".

However, Mr Ridge, the Director of Homeland Security, has just advocated a review of US law regarding the use of the military for law enforcement duties.

Disturbingly, the full facts and final contents of Mr Reagan's national plan remain uncertain. This is in part because President Bush took the unusual step of sealing the Reagan presidential papers last November. However, many of the key figures of the Reagan era are part of the present administration, including John Poindexter, to whom Oliver North later reported.

At the time of the Reagan initiatives, the then attorney-general, William French Smith, wrote to the national security adviser, Robert McFarlane: "I believe that the role assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the revised Executive Order exceeds its proper function as a co-ordinating agency for emergency preparedness ... this department and others have repeatedly raised serious policy and legal objections to an 'emergency czar' role for FEMA."

Criticism of the Bush Administration's response to September 11 echoes Mr Smith's warning. On June 7 the former presidential counsel John Dean spoke of America's sliding into a "constitutional dictatorship" and martial law.

Ritt Goldstein is an investigative journalist and a former leader in the movement for US law enforcement accountability. He revealed exclusively in the Herald last week the Bush Administration's plans for a domestic spying system more pervasive than the Stasi network in East Germany.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist
Yeah, like its only the Republicans that pull this crap. In reality, its an equal opportunity setup.
1 posted on 07/26/2002 5:33:29 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Until Gary Larsen comes back Ritt "the mind control satellites attacked me with pepper spray" Goldstein will provide the yucks from the far side.
2 posted on 07/26/2002 5:43:52 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Martial law will come in handy when mob rule arises and the marauders roam the streets looting, pillaging and raping.
3 posted on 07/26/2002 5:49:05 PM PDT by Consort
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To: mrsmith
Ritt Goldstein seeks asylum in Sweden
4 posted on 07/26/2002 5:50:14 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The Sydney Morning Herald,always a day late and a dollar short.

Another "reputable" paper was on this story almost a year ago.

Pravda.RU:

13:00 2001-10-08 MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTED IN THE US

Troops have entered city streets and administrative and governmental buildings, as well as cultural memorials and famous buildings, are being guarded.

The cities are divided into responsibility zones; in business districts, check points are being created, which can be crossed only with a special permit. Parking is being redirected near administrative buildings. Planes are patrolling the air space.

These security measures (nothing of the kind has taken place since WWII) were taken by the US just after launching the military action against Afghanistan.

In his TV speech, George Bush appealed to Americans to understand the necessity of such measures. He personally obliged the governors of the states to use the National Guard to protect local public places.

“To defend our nation, the government has engaged reserves," George Bush said in his TV speech, which was transmitted in the US just before the bombardments.

Ha!

5 posted on 07/26/2002 5:52:27 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: DeaconBenjamin
So what do we do?

Continue our present course of a case by case examination of the need, rollback years of second Amendment drift and arm the populus with suitable weapons or rely increasingly on the power and authority of our professional soliders for our personal defense against domestic threats sponsored by foreign, soverign nations.
6 posted on 07/26/2002 5:58:16 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Native American Female Vet
**FYI**
7 posted on 07/26/2002 5:59:02 PM PDT by TwoStep
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To: Jimer
> Martial law will come in handy when mob
> rule arises and the marauders roam the
> streets looting, pillaging and raping.

An excuse for martial law should never be made or attempted. The answer to mob rule and roaming marauders is: responsibility, basic planning, and a .45 (if not two) (and not necessarily in that order).
8 posted on 07/26/2002 6:02:18 PM PDT by lainie
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To: mrsmith
He fails to state how the Hartford, Connecticut police had conspired to destroy him so he had to flee to claim political asylum in Sweden! Maybe the editors cut that out.

Perhaps he should take a looksee at the laws of his protector country...might surprise him.

9 posted on 07/26/2002 6:07:36 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Jimer
Martial law won't work without federal troops. For that reason Bush is pushing to repeal the Posse Comitatus Act which prohibited the use of federal troops to enforce laws.
10 posted on 07/26/2002 7:06:11 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: lainie
The claim of concentration camps is not new. It has been floating arround since 1969 or 1970 as Executive Order number 11490. (October 20,1969)
11 posted on 07/26/2002 7:06:32 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: cibco
See you in Kremmling. Hope you stashed a couple jump kits in the woods before you moved. :)
12 posted on 07/26/2002 7:30:46 PM PDT by kitchen
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To: All
Good post. It's a brain awakener.

Ritt is not the only one to report on this subject. Charlotte Iserbyt from the Reagan Administration reports that the mechanism is in place. Read it at

http://www.uhuh.com/education/noamer.htm

An old list of prison camps will be found at

http://www.uhuh.com/control/list-cam.htm

I have neither time, money nor authority to check out these prison sites, and my Congress Critters refused to even discuss it with me. So, go figure.

For those of you who wish to read the Executive Order (EO), the most complete list on the Internet is the Donnelly Collection at

http://www.uhuh.com/laws/list-law.htm

Want read about how nice FEMA is? Try

http://www.uhuh.com/control/fema/list-fema.htm

I still believe that a well armed citizenry is our best defence (sic.), to paraphrase the Federalist Papers.

Enjoy your vacation with full room and board, or else . . .

13 posted on 07/28/2002 7:47:40 AM PDT by forest
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"The plan was said to be similar to one Mr Giuffrida had developed earlier to combat "a national uprising by black militants". It provided for the detention "of at least 21million American Negroes"' in "assembly centres or relocation camps"." (Sydney Morning Herald)

How can anyone take this crap seriously? Not only would rounding up effectively every black American suddenly enough to avoid mass insurrection in every black neighborhood be far beyond a military that has only 1/10th as many people as the number of blacks named in this - but the lower enlisted ranks of the GIs who'd have to be doing it are almost half nonwhites!

And add that one other reality - economic impracticality. What would happen to the U.S. economy if effectively no black labor existed within a week? And who'd pick up the garbage?

14 posted on 07/28/2002 8:10:45 AM PDT by glc1173@aol.com
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To: forest; Doug Fiedor
Don't you feel safer now?

Baby Bush is going to take care of us.

15 posted on 07/28/2002 8:15:40 AM PDT by the irate magistrate
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To: the irate magistrate
Uh, yeah, sure.
16 posted on 07/29/2002 10:41:48 PM PDT by forest
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Repeal of Posse Comitatus will empower US military to arrest and shoot American citizens
Air Force Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart, who will head the new military command charged with defending American territory,
told The New York Times he would support changes in Posse Comitatus that would help the military protect
Americans. He did not say what specific changes he favored.
17 posted on 07/30/2002 7:39:29 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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To: It'salmosttolate; *bang_list; Prodigal Daughter; Thinkin' Gal; Jeremiah Jr; babylonian; ...
> Repeal of Posse Comitatus will empower US military to arrest and shoot American citizens

BTTT.

18 posted on 07/30/2002 3:40:07 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: It'salmosttolate
Repeal of Posse Comitatus will empower US military to arrest and shoot American citizens

Are they gonna shoot everyone they arrest. Lol

Rumsfeld said he didn't plan to recommend any adjustments to the military's role. "I don't think anyone should hold their breaths waiting for changes in Posse Comitatus," he said.

19 posted on 07/30/2002 4:23:42 PM PDT by CJinVA
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To: DeaconBenjamin
This was posted earlier, but the thread was pulled.

The moderator thought that the author was not credible. Oddly, the author was the one to break the TIPS story that washtimes and every other news outlet picked up.

Too many Bushies as moderators?

Hint: When the real trouble strikes, don't rely on this site. Make friends that you can talk to without computers.
20 posted on 07/30/2002 6:48:46 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Beelzebubba
Too many Bushies as moderators?

That has been suggested.

21 posted on 07/30/2002 7:38:28 PM PDT by xJones
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To: It'salmosttolate
The power to delclare Martial law was in effect long before the PCA and in no way would the PCA weaken that power. But you knew that……. right?
22 posted on 07/30/2002 7:42:57 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: Beelzebubba
Maybe this article provided some footnoted support to the topic? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/723692/posts
23 posted on 07/30/2002 7:48:01 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: 2sheep
you shall know them by their fruits...and NUTS.
25 posted on 07/30/2002 8:31:47 PM PDT by Crazymonarch
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To: DeaconBenjamin
You are very Right , our supposed two party system operates as one. They have everybody believing that "IF You don't vote for one of the two banksters choices , You are wasting your vote."

This is one of the Lies that stop us from gaining control of our country again.

As far as the title of this article " Foundations are in place for martial law " , the foundation was laid when the privately owned corporation known as the federal reserve , took over our economy.

The building is up , the floors are finished , the positions are filled and the only thing missing is the "Cap Stone" proclaiming their reign over us.

The bad thing for us , besides our ignorance is the fact that these animals use catastrophies/world wars to install their "solutions" which will be world rule.

If my intuition is right , within 5 years New York will look like a cake walk. And our own government will as in New York have their greedy hands in it.

26 posted on 07/31/2002 4:39:16 AM PDT by Eustace
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