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Mark Caserta: Obama transforming US with martial law

4 Jun

Is it part of his plan?


Mark Caserta: Editor Free State Patriot

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

When progressives begin to label conservatives as “neocons” and “conspiracy theorists,” we can generally be assured we’re on the right track. But liberal coddling of Barack Obama aside, we’d better become familiar with the facets of martial law and it’s reality in the U.S.

Martial law is an extreme measure whereby the government and military authorities exercise control over the civilian population of a designated territory. To a varying degree, and depending on the martial law order, certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association and freedom of movement. In some cases the writ of habeas corpus, which allows persons unlawfully imprisoned to gain freedom through a court proceeding, may also be suspended.

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While martial law is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 1, sections 8 and 9, declares that martial law, on a national level, must be declared by the president or Congress. If declared by a president, the “Posse Comitatus Act” of 1878, forbids military involvement in domestic law enforcement without congressional authorization.

It’s been argued that only Congress can declare martial law, since Congress alone is granted the power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. But as commander-in-chief of the military, it’s also been argued the president can autonomously declare martial law. However, if Congress rejects the president’s declaration, it could set up a power struggle between the Legislative and Executive Branch that only the Judiciary would be able to resolve.

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Martial law has been instituted on a national level only one time in the United States. During the Civil War, Congress ratified most of the martial law measures declared by President Lincoln when he authorized Union military forces to arrest persons and conduct trials. Otherwise, the use of martial law has been limited to the states.

On the state level, a governor may declare martial law within their state as granted in the state constitution. Uprisings, political protests, labor strikes and riots have, at various times, caused several state governors to declare some measure of martial law.

Anyone believing the notion of martial law is far-fetched should consider the potential catastrophic scenarios this administration has already allowed to permeate U.S. borders. The Ebola virus, the threat of Islamic terrorism, and the potential financial collapse of our economy have all been heretofore avoided. And what if the welfare system crashed overnight and EBT and Medicaid/Medicare cards ceased to work? This financial impact on 35 percent of the population at the hands of government would not fare well.

Consider this: In September 2013, 70 federal agents in full body armor, carrying M-16s, raided the tiny Alaska gold mining town of Chicken, Alaska. They were from the Environmental Protection Agency looking for violations of the Clean Water Act!

Barack Obama hasn’t been very good at keeping his word, but he has successfully kept his focus on a singular objective – “fundamentally transform America.”

He now has only 19 months left to achieve it.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page

Mark Caserta: Should we be concerned about Jade Helm exercise?

28 May

Harbinger of Martial Law by the Obama administration?

(Features a link to martial law survival tips)

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Mark Caserta: Free State Patriot Editor

May. 28, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

Whether it’s a reprisal from the George Strait song “Don’t Mess with Texas” or an impassioned chorus of “Remember the Alamo,” many Texans are rising to contest the approaching military exercise known as “Jade Helm 15.”

According to the U.S. Army website, Jade Helm 15 (Joint Assistant for Development and Execution) is a multi-state training exercise taking place July 15 through Sept. 15 with members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and service members from the military’s four branches. Special Operations forces will engage in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

But to some concerned citizens in these Southwestern states, Jade Helm could be a dress rehearsal for government imposing martial law.

And why not? Our nation has never been in such a state of unrest as we are under the Obama administration. While some decry it as a “conspiracy theory,” others firmly believe the exercise is preparation for conceivable tribulation resulting from a domestic catastrophe or financial meltdown.

Army’s Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., said that while a multistate training operation was not unique, “the size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart,” according to a recent article in The New York Times. Jade Helm 15, according to military officials, amounts to a giant war game with Army Green Berets and other elite personnel sharpening their skills in terrain they might find overseas, the Times reported.

Yet, many still claim it’s part of a widespread plan to take away people’s guns, arrest political dissidents, launch an Obama-led hostile takeover of “red-state” Texas, or some combination thereof, according to the Times report.

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Intense unrest about Jade Helm caused Texas Gov. Greg Abbot to issue a directive in April to the Texas State Guard to “keep watch” over the military operation. In his directive, Abbot explained his actions.

“During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property right and civil liberties will not be infringed,” the governor wrote. “I am directing the Texas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15.”

One has to understand the concerns about this operation. For the past six years the federal government has demonstrated it isn’t trustworthy and has consistently disrespected the liberty of its citizens.

Allow me to share a chilling summary line from a 2001 Final Technical Report reviewed and released by the Air Force Research Laboratory regarding the JADE project in its infancy:

“JADE can be used to support both deliberate and crisis action planning. JADE software and case bases enable a military planner to build a preliminary force deployment plan, including a TPFDD (Time-Phased Force Deployment Data) in less than one hour.”

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That was 15 years ago. Since then, our government has been collecting personal data from every U.S. citizen. Research reveals the JADE project involves using computer software and database information to formulate a deployment plan based upon the location of “the enemy.”

The potential military advantages of Jade Helm 15 are obvious. But in the hands of an administration which circumvents the Constitution, it could serve a different purpose.

So, I ask you. Which “enemy” is the government preparing to engage?

Click on link below for tips on “How to survive martial law” by a corrupt government.


Mark Caserta is a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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