John Whitehead in this article makes it clear that the groundwork has already been laid for martial law. It should be rather obvious that our government has used each crises and disaster as a means to gain more federal control. The local Police forces are now arms of the Department of Homeland Security and the swat teams are all trained to be its 21st century storm troupers.
The Department of Homeland Security now runs the police forces of this nation and is under total controlled of the President. One word from the President and all police forces in the nation will be nationalized and follow Homeland’s commands. This nation had laws against a national police force and federal armed force’s military actions against our own people for the very reason that any national police force takes away local sovereignty rights. It puts all national power under one man who could become tyrannical and take away our rights. Nevertheless, government used some recent attacks and disasters to form a national police anyway, all in the name of national security.
It is true that we gained some short term security from terrorists but at what cost? The cost will be losing our own freedoms after the next national crises when they use the next crises as an excuse to take our constitutional freedoms away.
Within the next few years you will certainly see martial law declared and once it is enacted I do not see how we will ever get our freedoms back short of a revolution. Americans voted in people willing to give up our freedoms for security and now they will find out that the greater threat to our security is the people they elected and trusted in government.
Once government has police powers they will not give them up after the immediate crises is past. They will just expand those powers to enforce every law and decree of government. Once you have a police state only “our Dear Leader” will police the police just like in North Korea. You can then throw the whole Bill of Rights out the window.
When the people allowed the removing of the safeguards set up to prevent the rise of government tyranny what else should they expect but the eventual rise of tyranny?
The history of the world is full of examples of peoples oppressed by tyrannical governments because the people put their total trust in the ideas or the power of some man instead of trusting in God. America has now put itself on the path to that same folly. The world is doomed to repeat its mistakes because so many are like Esau, are willing to sell out their whole future for a bowl of red stew today.
The Rutherford Institute – Commentary
During his two terms in office, George W. Bush stepped outside the boundaries of the Constitution and assembled an amazing toolbox of powers that greatly increased the authority of the Executive branch and the reach of the federal government.
Bush expanded presidential power to, among other things, allow government agents to secretly open the private mail of American citizens; authorize government agents to secretly, and illegally, listen in on the phone calls of American citizens and read our e-mails; assume control of the federal government following a “catastrophic event”; and declare martial law.
Just consider some of the lines that have already been crossed.
The local police have, in many regards, already evolved into de facto extensions of the military. Dressed like Darth Vader look-alikes, the police have opted for the SWAT-team dress formally adopted by the federal agencies. Congressional legislation allows the U.S. military, by way of the Pentagon, to train civilian police. The Pentagon has also provided local police with military equipment such as M-16 rifles, bayonets, boats, vehicles, surveillance equipment, chemical suits and flak jackets, among other items. Thus, they are armed to the teeth.
According to the Army Times, we now have at least 20,000 U.S. military troops deployed within our borders to “help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.” I am not alone in believing that we are just one incident–be it a terrorist attack, a major financial blowout or a widespread natural disaster–away from martial law being declared in this country. And once that happens, the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be suspended and what government officials believe and do, no matter how arbitrary, will become law
For those who have been paying attention, such as former war correspondent Chris Hedges in his Truthdig article, “Bad News From America’s Top Spy,” it’s clear that the groundwork for a seamless transition into martial law under a totalitarian state of government has been laid. And local law enforcement, which has already been serving as a de facto military force, will be the key to maintaining martial law under a police state. Given the interconnectedness of our federal, state and local agencies, you can be sure that all of this will happen quickly.
All that is needed is another threat to national security–a so-called “catastrophic event.”
What does all this mean for you and me, the average citizen? When and if martial law is declared, freedom, as we have known it, will be obsolete.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.