We’ve heard so many warnings and hints and allegations and whatever other term you want to use relating to the possibility of America descending toward Martial Law over the past 5-10 years or so that it’s easy to block them out at times.
But it’s hard not to be concerned by the new National Defense Resources Preparedness Order, which has all the hallmarks of equally sinister bills like the PATRIOT Act and NDAA, as it was signed on March 16 with little fanfare, discussion, or media coverage and grants sweeping powers to the president (and his inner circle, whoever that may consist of these days) as well as various secretaries. Most Americans were probably out buying kegs of green beer for their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at that point in time.
The order again seems to bypass Democracy, and again bypasses the rule of law. Under the new executive order, supreme power is given through the president to the various secretaries. The Secretary of Defense now has power over all water resources, Secretary of Commerce over all material services and facilities, including construction materials, and the Secretary of Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation.
More and more power and resources again being concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer people, at least on the decision-making end of things. The author of a recent Huffington Post article, Jim Garrison, even goes as far as to call it essentially a declaration of Martial Law.
While it’s hard to keep track of all this frightening legislation let alone to fight it, it’s important to stay upbeat and solution-oriented in these days and times. We can start by spreading awareness by republishing articles like these and the Huffington Post one as much as possible. Protests also work, as it has recently been revealed that Occupy Wall Street has had the DHS and FBI extremely concerned for quite some time.
Hopefully, the forthcoming ’99% Spring’ will develop into the movement the people need to make things happen.
This particular executive ‘Preparedness Order’ should be the target of many protests if such a movement unfolds, as it has plenty of nasty surprises including giving the government the power through the Secretary of Labor to proactively mobilize U.S. citizens for “labor.”
The measures can even be enacted in peacetime without national emergencies necessary to provide justification, they can simply be done for “purposes of national defense.”
Many of us didn’t want to believe it, but perhaps the FEMA Camp-fearing folks aren’t so crazy after all?