Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rewriting the Constitution in the dead of night.

Via Fallenmonk: "...we discover that that there was a whole lot more to Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" than we were told.
"In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions."

2 comments:

Sorghum Crow said...

Martial law? In the US?
I'd like to say this is unbelievable, unfortunately it's all too believable. We also have to worry about signing statements and executive orders that circumvent the legislative branch when dems take over.

ellroon said...

I hate how cynical I have become of this administration's motives. There is not one ethical, reasonable, idealistic person in the bunch.

So, we get a convenient terrorist attack, we freeze all internet and media activity, shut down the government for 'safety' and forgo elections? transfer of power to Democrats? and Bush declares himself 'temporary' dictator.

Six years ago this would be laughable. Now it's bizarre and silly....and just that tiny bit conceivable.