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13. Will a State of Emergency Be Used to Supersede Our Constitution?

A program dating back to the Eisenhower era of emergency measures for an America devastated in a nuclear attack is now converted to bestow secret powers on the president for anything he considers an emergency. The National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (HR 645), recently introduced in Congress, calls for the establishment of “national emergency centers” in major regions in the US. The stated purpose of these centers is to provide “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency, major disaster” or to “meet other appropriate needs” determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Recent “Continuity of Government” planning has quietly removed time-honored constitutional protections and increased the militarization of civilian law enforcement. For the first time in US history, military troops (as opposed to  local law enforcement) are allowed to conduct police actions in US cities. There is good reason in a democracy for the constructive friction between existing law enforcement agencies so that power is distributed and local law enforcement is responsible to local citizens.

Recently, the US Army established an active-duty brigade trained to manage civil unrest and crowd control. Historically this has been illegal, according to the longstanding Posse Comitatus statutes. It should concern us all that there has been a loss of local authority and sustained preparations for the possibility of martial law.

Sources:

“‘Continuity of Government’ Planning: War, Terror and the Supplanting of the U.S. Constitution,” Peter Dale Scott, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, March 24, 2010. http://japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3362

“HR 645 / U.S.Preparing for Civil Unrest,” Allen Roland, Thepeoplesvoice.org, March 16, 2010. www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2010/03/16/hr-645-u-s-preparing-for-civil-unrest

“Establishing Martial Law in the US,” SourceWatch, Center for Media and Democracy.

http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Establishing_martial_law_in_the_United_States

“War, Martial Law, and the Economic Crisis,” excerpt from: “The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century,” Peter Dale Scott, Global Research, Feb. 23, 2011. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23354

Student Researchers: Robert Usher and Brittney Barsotti,  San Francisco State University

Faculty Evaluators: Kenn Burrows, San Francisco State University; Mickey Huff, Diablo Valley College

  • tonebone October 13, 2011

    To answer the title of this story: Yes, it is already being used but not to an extent to actually WAKE UP the sleeping American idiots yet.

  • tonebone October 13, 2011

    To answer the title of this story: Yes, it is already being used but not to an extent to actually WAKE UP the sleeping American idiots yet.

  • Bob Marshall December 30, 2011

    I believe if Obama sees he can’t win in 2012, a event may occur where he will declare martial law.

  • Bob Marshall December 30, 2011

    I believe if Obama sees he can’t win in 2012, a event may occur where he will declare martial law.

  • WockaflockaFlame April 3, 2012

    It aain’t easy being cheesy

  • WockaflockaFlame April 3, 2012

    It aain’t easy being cheesy

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Parismtn106 May 17, 2012

    I don’t recall any provision of the Constitution that allows the founding document to be suspended during a “state of emergency”  Congress may have passed an unconstitutional law or there may be an unconstitutional executive order on the books though. If the Constitution is suspended then the authority of the Federal Government evaporates and the State assumes governance of their respective lands and peoples.
    Any intrusion by the delegitimized Federal Government would be an act of agression upon the states. The states woulld have the right to defend themselves.
    That’s how I see it.

    • Expand your Mind sometimes June 6, 2012

      they aren’t after the states! They after US!! THEY are all in it together. Separation is an illusion. 

  • Parismtn106 May 17, 2012

    I don’t recall any provision of the Constitution that allows the founding document to be suspended during a “state of emergency”  Congress may have passed an unconstitutional law or there may be an unconstitutional executive order on the books though. If the Constitution is suspended then the authority of the Federal Government evaporates and the State assumes governance of their respective lands and peoples.
    Any intrusion by the delegitimized Federal Government would be an act of agression upon the states. The states woulld have the right to defend themselves.
    That’s how I see it.

    • Expand your Mind sometimes June 6, 2012

      they aren’t after the states! They after US!! THEY are all in it together. Separation is an illusion. 

  • Anonymous May 17, 2012

    This is the reason we must arm ourselves and fight back, Americans need to wake up and fight this evil corrupt Government.. PUT WEAPONS ALL AROUND KEEP ACID HANDY, HAVE METERALS AROUND TO OMPROVISE.. WE WILL WIN IN THE END, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT OF THE MILITARY KNOW THE LIES AND COURRPTION JOIN THE PEOPLE!! TIME TO WIN

  • timetostandstrong May 17, 2012

    This is the reason we must arm ourselves and fight back, Americans need to wake up and fight this evil corrupt Government.. PUT WEAPONS ALL AROUND KEEP ACID HANDY, HAVE METERALS AROUND TO OMPROVISE.. WE WILL WIN IN THE END, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT OF THE MILITARY KNOW THE LIES AND COURRPTION JOIN THE PEOPLE!! TIME TO WIN

  • rexedie September 10, 2012

    sad to say… once these paramilitary psycho contractors…get back to america and start running privatized police forces… they will be writing the law as they go….your rights wont mean anything to them…the same way they didn’t mean anything to iraq citizens who were killed by these idiots… who are given immunity from prosecution.

  • Anonymous September 10, 2012

    sad to say… once these paramilitary psycho contractors…get back to america and start running privatized police forces… they will be writing the law as they go….your rights wont mean anything to them…the same way they didn’t mean anything to iraq citizens who were killed by these idiots… who are given immunity from prosecution.

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