Martial Law in the Land of Confusion!

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I must've
have dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street

~ From the
first verse of the song Land
of Confusion
by Phil
Collins and Genesis
[1986]

Obviously,
those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, and other parts of
the Middle East understand fully the sound of marching feet in their
streets. U.S. soldiers carrying out the orders of those in command
over them have been marching there for many years. They have brutalized
those mostly innocent people all over that region, and in the process,
entire infrastructures have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands
of people have been killed and maimed, and aggressive occupations
have become the norm. This is only the beginning, and most Americans
don't expect nor do they realize that the probability of marching
feet in our own streets is great. This will not come from invaders
from abroad, but by our own federal government and its agents in
the police and military.

These things
rarely happen all at once due to the danger to the ruling class
of an uprising by the people. Generally, liberty and freedom are
taken away over long periods of time, and the masses at large are
little aware of this very dangerous slippery slope. That slope however,
has become much steeper and now is covered in ice. Just consider
the time line of liberty destruction in the past ten years since
9/11.

George W. Bush
created by Executive
Order 13228
the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland
Security Council just 11 days after the 9/11 attacks.

On October
26, 2001, Bush signed the horrible USA
PATRIOT Act
into "law." This in my opinion is not
only the lynchpin in the devastating assault on civil liberty, but
the most liberty destructive piece of legislation ever passed into
law in United States history.

In January
of 2002, the
Information Awareness Office (IAO)
was established to bring
together several government projects focused on applying surveillance
to monitor "terrorist" and "other" threats to
national security. This was to be done by achieving Total
Information Awareness
which entailed creating an enormous computer
database to capture and store the personal information of everyone
in the United States, including personal emails, credit card records,
social networks, phone records, medical records, and much more without
any requirement for a search warrant. Although defunded by Congress
in 2003, these projects continued to be funded, and continue to
take place under different names.

The Department
of Homeland Security was established on November 25, 2002. This
monster has grown to become a massive bureaucracy that controls
most every single aspect of our lives today.

The now groping
and child molesting Transportation Security Agency (TSA) was moved
from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland
Security in March of 2003. This was the beginning of the end for
all those U.S. citizens who want to have free movement in their
own country. Now, one has to be baked in radiation, sexually assaulted,
or both by the cretins at the TSA in order to travel.

The Military
Commissions Act of 2006
was an act of Congress signed by Bush
to authorize trial by military commission of so-called violators
of war and for "other purposes." One can only imagine
all the "other purposes." This legislation basically stripped
all rights from any individual captured or targeted by the U.S.
government, so they could be held indefinitely and without proper
charge or trial. This suspension of rights virtually eliminates
any semblance of freedom or justice. This Act was amended in 2009,
but as amended, still falls far short of providing any real due
process as required by the constitution. While there is argument
as to whether this Act affects the rights of habeas corpus, only
an agent of the state could believe otherwise. Habeas corpus has
been effectively rendered moot for any, including Americans, targeted
by the government.

In October
of 2008, the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade
Combat Team, a very "elite" combat squad, became the first
active duty military unit to be dedicated and deployed for domestic
use. This means the virtual elimination of the protections afforded
us by the Posse
Comitatus Act
against federal military forces acting as domestic
police. This is certainly an important step toward the implementation
of Martial Law.

In January
of 2010, President Obama signed Executive
Order 13528
, which established the Council of Governors. These
governors are appointed directly by the president for the stated
purpose of building a state/national police partnership. This fascist
partnership was put into place to build a "legal" partnership
between the federal government's national military force and the
domestic police agencies, so that they became one and the same.
The scariest part about this is that this force would be fully controlled
by the executive branch of government, making this a federally controlled
domestic police force! I wrote about this here.

In 2010 Obama
authorized the targeting of U.S. citizens for assassination, thus
continuing another heinous Bush policy. Glenn Greenwald of Solon
discusses this policy in detail in this
article
.

I have only
touched the surface of course, as these things are only a few of
the most obvious invasions of our liberty, but as you can see, these
past ten years have brought an avalanche of liberty destroying policies
and legislation to our doorstep. We are being bombarded continuously
with more bad laws and more police state abuses. This behavior is
increasing at an alarming rate, and the populace it seems is still
mostly unresponsive to these intrusions by government.

Due to all
these government actions, the stage has been set for Martial Law.
But will it come, and if so, what events will trigger this state
assault on us all? First, just consider where we are currently as
a nation. Economically speaking, we are in dire straits. The national
debt now stands at 14.3 trillion dollars. That doesn't count all
the hidden debt owed by the taxpayers that is sitting at Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac, which is several trillion dollars more. Also
not included are the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare,
and Prescription Drugs, which total over 113 trillion dollars. Current
annual deficits are running above 1.5 trillion dollars with no end
in sight. And the Fed continues to create money out of thin air,
and the government keeps spending. This is a recipe for disaster.

Real unemployment
as calculated by the well-respected John Williams at Shadow
Government Statistics
is 22%, which means that approximately
33,000,000 people are now out of work. The government is only reporting
8.8% by its fraudulent U-3 method, or 13,000,000. When this many
people are out of work, a huge drain on the system is the result,
and desperation takes hold.

The U.S. killing
machine is now openly advancing aggressive wars in Afghanistan,
Iraq, and Libya, and is covertly involved in military actions in
several other countries. Besides murdering innocents abroad, the
cost to run the military and to prosecute these immoral wars is
over a trillion dollars a year.

Predator drones
are being used to murder people in the Middle East on a regular
basis, but they are also being used for domestic law enforcement.
These computer game-like spying drones can be used for surveillance,
and they can also be used for target killing. The fact that they
are flying over our towns and cities is frightening.

Our money is
being purposely destroyed every single day so that this corrupt
government can monetize the massive debt it created. The Federal
Reserve is a most willing accomplice in this scheme to bankrupt
our society. If in fact our money continues to lose value at this
pace, and massive or hyperinflation is the result, our wealth will
simply disappear.

The state governments
are in deep trouble as well, and they don't have the power of the
printing press to temporarily cover up their mistakes. State pensions
are broke in some cases, and vastly underfunded for future obligations
in most others. When the checks stop going out, frustration and
anger will take over.

The TSA gropes,
fondles, and intimidates those traveling daily. This is done to
instill fear, and to habituate the sheep like populace into a herd
mentality. It is meant to turn the citizens into serfs. The abusive
and brutal behavior by state and local police, and other agents
of the government, is increasing dramatically. It is increasing
in numbers, but it is also increasing in severity. In 2007, Paul
Craig Roberts wrote about this in his article titled America’s
Police Brutality Pandemic
, but since the time of that writing,
this problem has increased exponentially, and is still worsening.

As I said earlier,
the stage is set for a police state takeover of our streets. The
government has in place all the legislation, tools, and gendarmes
it needs to implement Martial Law. It has a militarized police system
armed and ready to act. It has a domestic military force trained
in urban warfare. It has holding centers ready to house those who
don't go along or who practice civil disobedience. The government
has the capability to listen to every conversation, to track our
location, to monitor all our computers and email, and can shut down
our communication systems, including the Internet at will.

Given this
capability, and all the problems evident in our country today, the
implementation of Martial Law in my opinion is imminent! When large
numbers of people in this country continue not to find work, when
they don't have enough to eat, when their money won't buy the necessities
of life, when they can't afford to travel because of high fuel prices,
and when they continue to lose their homes, they will become desperate.
This desperation will result in civil unrest. That will be the government's
reasoning for declaring Martial Law. I don't believe this will happen
all at once nor do I think it will be immediately widespread. Like
most government interventions, it will probably be incremental,
beginning in the inner cities, and expanding to other areas as the
ruling class sees fit.

We are living
in dangerous times. We are facing a dangerous enemy. That enemy
is the State. It is now all-powerful and armed to the teeth. Most
of those armed government agents in the police forces and the military
will act on orders without question. They will attempt to disarm
the public, just as they did in New Orleans during Katrina. They
will round up any who don't obey government commands, and they will
kill any who forcibly resist. These things are not far-fetched,
but likely in the near future.

The time to
act is now, not after this government aggression begins. By then,
it may be too late. The signs are everywhere, so why do so many
not see them? Why is this continuous buildup of the police state
tolerated? Why are so many Americans blind to this reality? Has
the "public" government run "education" system
been that effective, or is the majority so dependent on government
that their apathy consumes them?

Time is running
out, and we are at great risk of losing what is left of our freedom
at the hands of our own corrupt government. We are now in a fascist
state, and if this government assault on our liberty is not stopped
soon, expect Martial Law in this land of confusion!

Either some
Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong
hand, or your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste
by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in
the fifth, with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged
the Roman Empire came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals
will have been engendered within your own country by your own institutions.

~ Thomas Babington
Macaulay, Letter to Henry Stephens Randall [October 9, 1858]

April
23, 2011

Gary
D. Barnett [send him mail]
is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown,
Montana.

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