Monday, April 23, 2007

Congress Modified the Insurrection Act Through the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill

From Wikipedia:

On September 30, 2006, the Congress modified the Insurrection Act of 1807 as part of the 2007 Defense Authorization 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. Under this act, the President may also deploy troops as a police force during a natural disaster, epidemic, serious public health emergency, terrorist attack, or other condition, when the President determines that the authorities of the state are incapable of maintaining public order. The bill also modified Sec. 334 of the Insurrection Act, giving the President authority to order the dispersal of either insurgents or "those obstructing the enforcement of the laws."

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

Comment: First, thanks to John MacMullin for providing the heads up on this issue.

This bill is one of those examples that cause a few of us (unfortunately too few) to lose sleep at night. As you can see from the graphic, found also on Wikipedia, the national government through the Office of the President has a substantial increase in power allowing the President to send federal troops into any state without any authorization of Congress.

The Wikipedia posting points out that this change went unmentioned by the President, and I’ll add any member of Congress. Also it mentioned that new power resulted from the ineffectiveness of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and the Mayor of New Orleans’ Ray Nagin. While this may be true, I believe that this is in anticipation of a possible pandemic flu epidemic, where whole U.S. cities may be quarantined. Yet to any civil libertarian and state’s right advocate, this should be of great alarm. Can you imagine the federal government coming into your state, declaring marshal law without a formal request from a governor?

Yet this act was signed by 100 percent of the U.S. Senate. Yes, every single Senator signed this bill. In the House, 398 Representatives voted for it as well; amazing. It is truly astounding that these representatives would take power away from their own states and governors and put it the hands of the president.

The truth of the matter is that the Oligarchs are on a steady march to control this country from inside the beltway, and to hell for you and me. However, the only way to stop this is to roll back the power of Congress by repealing the 17th Amendment, and restoring the balance of power between the States and National Governments.

No comments: