US Fascism and Preparations for Martial Law

Martial Law

Militarization of the American Homeland: Suppression of “Civil Disturbances” – Global Research 10/25/08

Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the “Homeland”? – Global Research 9/29/08

Rep. Brad Sherman said Congress threatened with martial law if bailout bill not passed – YouTube 10/2/08  

VIDEO: Martial Law. U.S. Army prepares to invade U.S. – Global Research 10/10/08

FEMA sources confirm coming martial law – Global Research 10/9/08

Militarizing the “Homeland”: NORTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Civil Support– Dissident Voice 10/13/08

Howard Lisnoff : How Far From a Police State? – CounterPunch 9/8/08

Democracy or Police State?  – Global Research 9/21/08

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution  – Global Research 10/6/08

Exercising sweeping emergency powers, unelected officials could suspend the Constitution, declare martial law and create an Executive Branch dictatorship that rests solely on the power of the U.S. military. 

Curbing Social Protest in America: Microwave “Non-lethal” Weapons to be used for “Crowd Control” – Global Research 10/14/08

ACLU Says NorthCom’s Fighting Unit May Be Illegal – The Progressive 10/21/08

The American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about why the Pentagon has assigned a fighting unit to the United States itself.

1996-2008: FBI Uses InfraGard to Train Private Citizens to Cooperate with Government, Potentially Enforce Martial Law – History Comons

“Twenty-three thousand executives and employees of various private firms work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The group, called InfraGard, receives secret warnings of terrorist threats well in advance of public notification, and sometimes before elected officials. In return, InfraGard provides information to the government. InfraGard is a quiet quasi-governmental entity which wields an unknown, but extensive, amount of power and influence….”
“InfraGard members are “very much looped into our readiness capability,” says a DHS spokeswoman. Not only does DHS “provide speakers” and do “joint presentations” with the FBI, but “[w]e also train alongside them, and they have participated in readiness exercises.” InfraGard members are involved with the Bush administration’s “National Continuity Policy,” which mandates that DHS coordinate with “private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to provide for the delivery of essential services during an emergency.” InfraGard members participate in “national emergency preparation drills,” Schneck says, sometimes by the hundreds. InfraGard members are drilling in preparation for martial law, members say…In the event of martial law being declared, Infragard members will have the ability to travel in restricted areas and to evacuate citizens. But they will have other abilities and duties as well. InfraGard members, says the business owner, will be authorized to “shoot to kill” if necessary to maintain order and “protect our portion of the infrastructure. [I]f we had to use deadly force to protect it, we couldn’t be prosecuted.… We were assured that if we were forced to kill someone to protect our infrastructure, there would be no repercussions. It gave me goose bumps. It chilled me to the bone.” Other InfraGard members deny that they have ever been told such; Schneck says InfraGard members will have no civil patrol or law enforcement responsibilities. The FBI calls such assertions “ridiculous.” But the business owner’s story has been corroborated by other InfraGard members.”


Un-Constitutional Actions

ACLU: 100-mile ‘Constitution-free zone’ surrounds border – Raw Story 10/22/08

The ACLU says a “Constitution-free zone” exists within 100 miles of the US border, where DHS claims the authority to stop, search and detain anyone for any reason. Nearly two-thirds of the US population lives within 100 miles of the border, according to the ACLU, and the border zone encompasses scores of major metropolitan areas and even entire states.
Customs and Border Patrol, a component of DHS, was authorized by Congress to operate within a “reasonable” distance of the border, and that distance has been set at 100 miles in regulations governing CBP, the ACLU says. The authorization has been in place for decades, but complaints about abuses of the extended border zone began to ramp up as CBP was expanded and folded into DHS after 9/11.
Also of concern, according to the group, is the border patrol’s use of massive databases and watch lists to screen travelers. Much remains unknown about how those lists are compiled and it is exceedingly difficult for a person to be removed from the list once he or she is added to it.

More from the ACLU

Senate opens new NSA probe – Raw Story 10/13/08

Video: ‘Shadow Factory’ reveals NSA’s spying on Americans – Raw Story 10/11/08

Inside account of NSA spying on Americans – Raw Story 10/9/08

More evidence of Bush’s spying – Salon 9/12/08

Multibillion “Homeland Security” Market: Telecoms Assist in NSA Spy Operations – Global Research 9/11/08

The Bush Continuity Plan: has the long awaited national emergency arrived? – CounterPunch 10/1/08 

Impact on Human Rights of Private Military and Security Companies’ Activities  – Global Research 10/11/08

ACLU: Bush admin’s ‘Gitmo in the US’ – Raw Story 10/9/08

Top Maryland cops ordered nonviolent peace activists’ names added to anti-terror, drug trafficking databases – BoingBoing 10/8/08

“Even the President Got Involved”: Sordid New Revelations About the U.S. Attorney Firings – Alternet 10/2/08

Top officials knew of harsh interrogations  – Raw Story 9/25/08

Rice memos name former AG Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.

Guantanamo prosecutor steps down – BBC 9/25/08

A US military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay has resigned over what defence lawyers say is a row over ethical concerns.

APA bars participation in military interrogations – Metafilter 9/20/08

Why Is the Government Keeping Key Documents About the Bailout Under Wraps? – Alternet 10/22/08

Bailout contracts contain redactions – Raw Story 10/21/08

Bill and Kathleen Christison : The Making of Recent U.S. Middle East Policies: a New Study of Neocon Influence – CounterPunch 9/20/08

Unaccountable Secret Government: Most Serious Constitutional Crisis in American History – Global Research 9/15/08

Debunked: Ten Conservative Myths About National Security – Alternet 9/15/08

20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress, Freshly Revealed – Mother Jones 9/10/08

Exclusive: Widespread cell phone location snooping by NSA? – CNet 9/8/08

It appears that the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping scandal spreads far beyond AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

16 Words: New Court Filing Suggests Another Manufactured Threat in Bush’s 2002 State of the Union – Mother Jones 10/17/08

A new court filing by the lawyers for Lakhdar Boumediene and five other Guantanamo detainees suggests that the Bush administration ordered the Bosnian government to arrest and hold the men after an exhaustive Bosnian investigation had found them innocent of any terrorism related activity and had ordered their release, in order to use them as props in Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union speech.

US Constitution in graphic novel form – Boing Boing 9/1/08

The Prosecution for War Crimes of President Bush – Global Research 10/13/08

Secret memos reveal Bush administration OK’d waterboarding – Raw Story 10/15/08

Will International Law Reach Bush? – Consortium News 9/21/08

Stephen Soldz : Guantánamo’s SERE Standard Operating Procedures – CounterPunch 10/13/08

Confessions of a former Guantánamo prosecutor – Salon 10/23/08

The inside story of a military lawyer who discovered stunning injustice at the heart of the Bush administration’s military commissions.

Amy Goodman: Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Plan to Stay Until 2011 – Alternet 10/22/08

‘We Were Told We Were Fighting Terrorists; the Real Terrorist Was Me’ – Alternet 10/10/08

A powerful excerpt from ‘Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan’ lays bare the racism at the core of the Iraq occupation

U.S. willing to discuss global financial governance – Reuters 10/17/08

“It does not make sense to “put into place regulations in Europe and the United States which are completely different. We should try to align them, and if possible not only in the United States and Europe but at the international level,” Verheugen said.
Verheugen is the EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), a U.S.-EU government forum created two years ago with the goal of reducing regulatory barriers to trade between the world’s largest trading partners.”

Ex-generals: Review Bush’s authority – Raw Story 10/24/08

Bush Declares Exceptions to Sections of Two Bills He Signed Into Law  – NYTimes 10/14/08

“President Bush asserted on Tuesday that he had the executive power to bypass several parts of two bills: a military authorization act and a measure giving inspectors general greater independence from White House control…In the authorization bill, Mr. Bush challenged four sections. One forbid the money from being used “to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq”; another required negotiations for an agreement by which Iraq would share some of the costs of the American military operations there…In the other bill, he raised concerns about two sections that strengthen legal protections against political interference with the internal watchdog officials at each executive agency.”

Quasi-spy ruled unfit to stand trial – Raw Story 9/16/08

Former congressional aide accused of giving secret information to Iraqi intel.

Exclusive: More on the Interior Department’s Sex and Oil Scandal – Mother Jones 9/11/08

Interior Dept. sloppiness costs U.S. billions – CNN 9/12/08

The sex and drugs scandal revealed earlier this week at the Interior Department may be just the start.

Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept. – NYTimes 9/10/08

The department’s inspector general found wrongdoing including allegations of financial self-dealing, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.

Cybercrime Supersite ‘DarkMarket’ Was FBI Sting, Documents Confirm – Wired 10/13/08

Oops? Military drops ‘dummy’ bomb on Nevada – Raw Story 10/16/08

Private Military Contractors Writing the News? The Pentagon’s Propaganda at Its Worst – Alternet 10/17/08

High-resolution satellite launched in California (AP) – Yahoo 9/6/08

Howard Zinn: American Empire Is ‘Crumbling’ – Alternet 9/11/08

Has American Society Gone Insane?  – Alternet 9/11/08

Military or Market-Driven Empire Building: 1950-2008  – Global Research 4/29/08

American Culture and the Demise of Empire – Global Research 5/1/08

War is Illegal – via Global Research 10/21/08

Sign here

OECD report ranks US third worst in inequality and poverty – Global Research 10/22/08

Wealth gap creating a social time bomb – Guardian, UK 10/23/08

Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment.
In a survey of 120 major cities, New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya Abidjan and Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognised acceptable “alert” line used to warn governments.


9/6/08: Monitoring the Creeping Police State

8/12/08: Police State America: Fascism on the Move

5/29/08: Halliburton / KBR’s WorldWide War Crimes – since the 1940’s

3/3/08: Top Fascist News: US invades Canada & Pakistan, Danger of American Fascism and more

2/27/08: American Fascism Update: Prison Camps, Rendition and Guantanamo

1/21/08: Fascist News: Torture Tapes, FEMA Camps, RFID, Real ID, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and more

12/31/07: Top American Fascism News: Keeping Track of the Fascists

11/15/07: Top News: Tracking the Fascists

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Comment by sarah meyer

Thanks, Sarah. I’ve been linked to your site before – I’ll add your link to my blogroll. Great stuff; you’re obviously as concerned as I am.


Best wishes!

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