Monday, October 30, 2006

"We have met the enemy and they is us" -- Walt Kelly's 'Pogo"

Oh dear. Not only has the Deciderator decided that we can be declared 'enemy combatants' whenever he says so, he's a-linin' up the guys who are going to line us up and shoot us. Ta-da, our very own, local, your fathers-brothers-neighbors-etc, right-to-bear-arms, well-regulated militia, the National Guard. The Deciderator can now decide to deploy any state's National Guard without consulting the governor of the state! Cool, eh? The law was signed (very quietly) on October 17, 2006, buried in an omnibus bill. This is being tracked by some bloggers who call themselves 'Federalists for Independence in National Guard Response'(FINGER). More at


Blogger clavbar said...

This trashing of "Posse Comitatus" (1878) is preceeded by a similar assault on the "Insurrection Act" (1807)

"On June 22, 2006, the Congress modified the Insurrection Act as part of the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill. Section 1076 of the new law changes Sec. 333 of the "Insurrection Act," and widens the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States to enforce the laws."

"The new law changed the name of the chapter from "Insurrection" to "Enforcement of the Laws to Restore Public Order.""

This was supposedly inspired by the Katrina disaster when the governor of Louisiana argued with Bush over who was in charge of the LA National Guard. The current administration is not shy about twisting its failures into new power-grabs. I thought that Republicans stood for strong State's Rights.

These are serious encroachments on laws protecting us from our own military. We are steps closer to the indescriminate and arbitrary use of martial law by a brutally vindictive administration.

It is interesting to look at these "Defense Appropriations" acts. They have hundreds of entries affecting all aspects of the defense budget. The above mentioned clauses are hidden among the tedious details.

Too many huge, complex bills get passed without even being read and analyzed. The internet could help out here. Legislation could be posted for public review a few days before a final vote. Much legislation gets overnight changes just before a vote, allowing for a lot of un-reviewed mischief

October 31, 2006 11:33 AM  

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