Saturday, March 21, 2009

FEMA: Friend, Foe, or Tyrannical Tool! Part 2

As you saw in my first article, FEMA is not what it appears to be. This can be said with most rules, regulations, and laws that come out of Washington (and most state capitals). Human greed and the quest for power are endless.

I first learned of this in the late seventies and called Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes’ office for copies of all the pertinent Executive Orders. After a few weeks they provided everything. It didn’t take long to see what was behind all of this preparedness.

I don’t know if the Presidents involved completely understood the implications. I doubt it or they may never have signed off on them. Some staffers probably worked on it and they just signed it thinking they were doing the right thing. Maybe no one did it intentionally. That we will never know.

However, the point of fact is, it is a dangerous and tyrannically system if used by the wrong person(s).

This and other bits and pieces of knowledge that I accumulated over the years led me to believe there would be a time when we had the chance of a drastic change in our government, and FEMA might just led the way. I figured it might be in the nineties but it didn’t happen.

Ronald Reagan was too much of a patriot and had little time or energy for a power grab. George Bush I, though a liar and fairly incompetent, was the same. Bill Clinton was just a social guy looking for a good time, a name in history, and the percs of office. No matter what you think of him, George Bush II was a patriot without the ambition of power.

When Alexander Haig was a well known name, I had my fears he would be the one. He tried to take over the government when Reagan was shot, though he had no legal right to do so. It was rumored that the explosion in his NATO caravan was just a ploy to get his name in the news. Who knows? Regardless, thankfully he faded into to history and never became a serious candidate for President.

In addition to the Orders I listed and the rulings of the Supreme Court, something extremely disturbing happened in 2007. That was the basic repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act.

“The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.

The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.” (Wikipedia)

Public Law 109-364, the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) basically overrides Posse Comitatus and allows use of the military inside the borders of the U.S. One section has a very dire and foreboding change. “(It) specifies situations in which the President can invoke martial law (natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident or other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order). These had not been specified before.” (BORDC) You can read all of the highlights at Bill of Rights Defense Committee's Report.

With the ability to declare martial law combined with the FEMA Orders, we have the absolute possibility of an unstable and uncertain future with the right person at the helm.

Next Time in Part III, I will discuss what is happening now.

As always, be prepared,

The Hammer

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