20,000 troops deployed to… America?

3 12 2008

Have you heard that 20,000 military troops are being deployed in the United States by the Pentagon?  This is our federal government putting troops around the country.  From what I understand, that’s not supposed to happen.  Governors are supposed to deploy the National Guard for domestic security.  I know, it’s supposedly for security for chemical, biological, terrorist activity, and natural disaster.  But it’s against the rules.  We already have the National Guard and FEMA for those situations.  Of course, you could argue those groups are unprepared and unequipped, and you may be right, but we should be fixing those organizations rather than violating the Constitution.

So why are they doing this?  Do they know more than they’re telling us?  (Of course.)  I understand they don’t want the people to panic, and they try to thwart the enemy’s plans before harm is done inside America (and often they succeed).  But I do wonder what they are preparing for that they aren’t telling us about…

One of the reasons the federal government isn’t supposed to deploy troops inside America for protection is to prevent fascism.  We don’t want a dictator taking control of our country.  With the normal style of our government, even if a group took over Washington DC, it wouldn’t necessarily have control of the whole country.  But if they get an army spread around the nation, it makes conquering America a little easier.

Back to the illegal part of this.  There are laws to limit the power of the federal government in using military for law enforcement (which they’ve said they play to do with the 20,000).  Section 1385 of the Posse Comitatus Act states, “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”  But then this law was changed in 2006, under the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Bush on October 17, 2006.  The law was changed to state, “The President may employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of the United States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or deprives people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.”  Why is that?

But in 2008, those 2006 changes were repealed in their entirety by HR4986.  However, President Bush attached a signed statement saying that he did not feel bound by the repeal.  Do you think we will ever be forced under martial law?  Apparently some people in New Orleans were just after Hurricane Katrina hit.  Supposedly people were forced to leave their homes and had their guns confiscated, even when their neighborhood wasn’t flooded or damaged.  Was that necessary?  Will we see more things like that?

What would our Founding Fathers think about it?  We have the words of Benjamin Franklin on such an issue:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin

I’m not trying to scare anyone with my ramblings.  And I hope it doesn’t get as bad as discussed.  But I wanted to provide you with some information about what’s going on and how the law has been changed recently.  Perhaps some of you will want to research it further.  And, like always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts on this in a comment.

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5 responses

3 12 2008
Kri'

I don’t own a gun, but want to now with all I’m seeing in the news and the way our country is heading… and if someone tried to confiscate my arms (which I have a RIGHT to carry by the Constitution) and force me out of my home, I’m not sure how I would react…

3 12 2008
3 12 2008
Beppo

The article says, “the realization that civilian authorities may be overwhelmed in a catastrophe prompted a fundamental change in military culture”. The realization is accurate. But they shouldn’t break our own laws to do it. This isn’t an emergency situation (that we know of). If the laws need to be updated, then let the branches of government do their thing (debating and voting) and update them as necessary. But it’s dangerous for the governing authorities to disobey the law.

It’s true that we do need to be more prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters. More people need to be trained to handle such emergencies. But there are other ways to go about it, like revamping FEMA and providing more training to the National Guard, so that the system will work as it is designed.

12 12 2008
Justin

Beppo, thank you for reporting this. Obviously, this is something that probably won’t hit main stream news for awhile.

This article brings a sense of relief…I must say. Relief in knowing that the end of all this madness isn’t too far off.

At the same time, I am growing increasingly full of sorrow at the many who are perishing, and with time running out, many more will perish. My mood right now is contemplative, and tense.

What can I do? What can I do? This question keeps lingering in my mind, and so far I have no answers. . .

15 12 2008
Beppo

I also think we’re nearing the end times. So what can we do? We should tell people about God. Of course, there are billions on the wrong path, so it may seem overwhelming, but we have to do what we can, and encourage other believers to do their part.

While it may seem like a lot of people in America are “religious” already, not all are aware of the reality of the situation. Many people have been deceived by man-made religion, and many others have been distracted by the cares of this world.

We as Christians need to seek the heart of God, asking to feel His compassion and grieving toward the lost. If we could experience just a fraction of the pain God feels from all these people who are rejecting Him… He doesn’t want anyone to perish…

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