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Mock Up for Martial Law

Mock Up for Martial Law

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This is the lead story from the April 26, 1999 New American concerning US troops training in U.S. Cities.
This is the lead story from the April 26, 1999 New American concerning US troops training in U.S. Cities.

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COVERSTORY
William
F.
Jasper
Mock-up
for
MartialLaw
Alarmingtrendintraining:Troopsfordomestic
"crises."
T
heexpression"amanonhorse back"iscommonlyinvokedasa pejorativetermtodescribeawould bedictatororauthoritarianleader-often amilitaryfigure-whoseizespolitical powerinaperiodofcrisisorchaos.The phraseappearstohaveenteredAmerican politicalidiominan1860speechbyCaleb CushingofMassachusetts,who hadpreviouslyservedasa memberofCongressandAttor neyGeneral.Cushingwarnedthatthegrowingstrifebetweenthestateswouldbringa"cruelwar,warathome;andintheperspectivedistance,amanon horsebackwithadrawnsword inhishand,someAtlanticCae sar,orCromwell,orNapoleon." Althoughthethoughtofourdraft-dodging,dope-smoking, philandering,anti-military"Boy fromHope"attemptingtostrike suchacommandingmartialpose undoubtedlywouldincitelaugh terandderisioninmanyquarters, itwouldbeadangerousmistake nottotakePresidentClinton's unboundedambitionseriously.Whatever hismany
def
ects,noonecanaccuse WilliamJeffersonClintonoftepidityinthepursuitofpower;hislustforitmustrank, atleast,alongsidehisothernotoriouslusts.
Law
&
Order,
Clinton
Style
AsJohn
F.
McManusobservedinhisre centsurveyofpresidentialusurpations throughexecutiveorders(see"Presumed Powers"inourApril12thissue),"NoPres identhasbeenmoreabusiveofexecutive ordersthanBillClinton
."
UndertheClin tonimperium,wehavewitnessedadeluge ofunconstitutionalexecutiveorders,pres identialreviewdirectives,presidentialde cisiondirectives,andexecutiveproclama tions-allofwhichclaimtheforceoflaw bythemere"strokeofthepen
."
TheClin tonianviewof"theruleoflaw"wascon ciselysummedup,withshockingcandor, bytopClintonaidePaulBegalaas:"Stroke ofthepen.Lawoftheland.Kindacool
."
Apparentlyemboldenedbyhisacquittal intheSenateimpeachmenttrial,hiscontin uedhighratingsinopinionpolls,andthe
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26,1999
failureoftheRepublican"opposition"to challengehisusurpationsofpower,Mr. Clintonisplungingonwithevenmoreau daciousdepradations.CitingfearsofY2K relatedchaosandthreatsofbiologicalter rorism,PresidentClintonappearspoised toradicallysubvertthehistoricalandcon stitutionalchecksontheuseoftheU.S. militarytoenforce"lawandorder"within theUnitedStates.ThesilencefromRepub licanmembersofCongressandthe"watch dogs"ofthemediahasbeendeafening. The
NewYorkTimes
reportedonJanuary22ndthatPresidentClinton,havingde termineditis"highlylikely"thataterror istgroup"willlaunchorthreatenagerm orchemicalattackonAmericansoilwith inthenextfewyea
rs,"
isconsideringadra maticreorientationoftheAmericanmili tarythathasprofoundandalarmingimpli cationsforconstitutionalorderandAmer icanliberty.
Times
writersJudithMillerandWilliamJ.Broadstatedthat,inan OvalOfficeinterviewthepreviousday, "Clintonsaidheisweighingaproposal fromtheDefenseDepartmenttoestablish acommanderinchiefforthedefenseofthe continentalUnitedStates,astepthatcivil libertiesgroupsstronglyresist
."
"Suchastep,"notedtheauthors,"would gofarbeyondthecivildefensemeasuresand bombsheltersthatmarkedthecoldwar, settingupinsteadamilitaryleadershipto helpfightchaosanddisarrayifanattack occurred.ThePentagonhascommanders overseeingregionsaroundtheglobe,but noneforthecontinentalUnitedStates." "Criticsfearsuchmovescouldopenthe doortorisingmilitaryinfluenceandloss ofindividualrights
,"
thestorycontinued, "butClintoninsistedthatsucherosions wouldneveroccur."Andsuchanassurance from"HonestBill"shouldcer tainlysufficetoquellallcon cerns,right?Apparentlyso.The
Times
acknowledgedthatMr.Clinton'splansmightfacechallengesintheRepublican-dom inatedCongress."But,"noted thereport,"lawmakershave usuallysupportedWhiteHouse effortstofightterrorism
."
Ah,yes.Merelyinvokethespecter ofterrorismanda"bipartisan spirit"isguaranteed. MillerandBroadreported thatMr.Clinton"plannedtoask Congressfor$2.8billioninthe
§
nextbudgetyeartofightterror
~
istsarmedwithsuchunconven-
o
tionalweaponsasdeadlygerms, chemicals,andelectronicde vic
es."
Ourcommanderinchiefreputedly hasspentmany"sleeplessnightsponder ingnewsecuritychallenges"and21st-cen turythreats."Intheinterview,"reportedthe
Times,
"Clintonsaidthatofallthenew threats,theonethat'keepsmeawakeat night'isthepossibilityofgermattack
."
ButitisBillClinton'splannedantidotes thatshouldbemakinginsomniacsofusall. Accordingtothe
Times
story,"Clinton'spersonalinterestinthethreat,aidesagree, hasbecomeapowerfulforcebehindase riesofsecretfederalmeetings,actions,and directivesmeanttobolsterthenation's anti-terrorismworkandtocounterwhat theydescribeasagrowingdangertocivil ians
."
Whatunknowndangersmaylurkin theClintoncabal's"secretfederalmeet ings,actionsanddirectives"wecanonly hazardtoguess.
Pentagon
Planning
OnJanuary28th,the
Times
followedupon Mr.Clinton'snewplanwithareportthat the"PentagonhasdecidedtoaskPresident Clintonforthepowertoappointamilitary
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leaderforthecontinentalUnitedStatesbecauseofwhatitseesasagrowingthreatofmajorterroriststrikesonAmericansoil." "Theplan,"saidthe
Times,
"callsforthemilitaryleadertobeready,ifnecessary,to dosuchthingsasorderthousandsofdoctors,stretchers,andemergencypersonnelquicklysenttostrickenareas,muchasAmericancommandersabroadarenowpreparedtodo."Accordingtoanunnamed"seniorPentagonofficial"citedbythe
Times,
"DefenseSecretaryWilliamS.CohenhadrecentlysignedoffonaplantocreateaJointTaskForceforCivilSupport,whosecommanderwoulddevelopwaysfortheArmy,Navy,Marines,andAirForcetoaidfederalagencies
intime
of
domesticcrisis."
(Emphasisadded.)AllusionstoMr.Clinton'snewPentagonorganizationalplan,saidthe
Times,
"emergedquietlylastyearwhenDr.HamreoftheDefenseDepartmentgaveaspeechsayingtheappointmentofadomesticmilitaryleaderwasallbutinevitableandwouldbeessentialinhelpingstaveoffchaos."The"Dr.Hamre"referredtoisDeputyDefenseSecretaryJohnHamre,whoconfirmedinSenatehearingslastsummerthatthePentagonhasbeenrunningmilitaryscenariosinanticipationofY2Kchaos.This,ofcourse,fitsdarklywiththeClin tonAdministration'scontinuingdeclarationsofanationalstateofemergency.OnNovember12,1997,forinstance,PresidentClintonplacedthefollowingnoticeinthe
FederalRegister:
OnNovember14,1994,byexecu tiveorder12938,Ideclaredanationalemergencywithrespecttotheunusualandextraordinarythreattothenationalsecurity,foreignpolicy,and economyoftheUnitedStatesposedbytheproliferationofnuclear,biological,andchemicalweapons("weaponsofmassdestruction")andthemeansofdeliveringsuchweapons.Becauseoftheproliferationofweaponsofmassdestruction...Iamcontinuingthenationalemergencydeclaredinexecutiveorder12938....ThankstoexecutiveordersissuedbyPresidentsdatingbacktoJohn
F.
Kennedy,theproceduresandclaimedauthorityhaveexistedunderastateof"nationalemergency"forfederalseizureoffood,trans portation,communication,health,energy-virtuallyalllifeessentials.ThenewPentagonplanforadomesticmilitaryczar
16
wouldgreatlyfacilitatethefutureimpositionof"emergency"measures."TopWhite Houseofficialshavereactedfavorably"totheplan,accordingtothe
NewYorkTimes,
"characterizingtheproposedstepasarelativelyminoradjustmentofthelinesofmilitaryauthorityandorganization."Butthisisno"minoradjustment."Militarymenwithvastexperienceseethisasaverydangerousandsubversiveinnovation.
Confused
Identity
"Thisisthetraditional'manonhorseback'stuff,destroyingconstitutionalchecksandbalancesandmixingthemilitary'snationaldefensemissionwithcivilianlawenforcement
,"
AdmiralThomasMoorer,formerchairmanoftheJointChiefsofStaff,told
THE
NEW
AMERICAN.
"EverystategovernorhasastatemilitiaorNationalGuard,andinthepast-duringthe1960sand1970sespecially-wehadmanyseriousriotsanddisturbances.ButthosehavebeenhandledwithoutresorttoU.S.militaryforces.""Thisisnotwhatourmilitaryis
for,"
AdmiralMoorersaid."ThemilitaryshouldbeusedwithintheUnitedStatesonlytostopaforeigninvasionorputdownaninsurrection,orasalastresortinthecaseofoneofthesescenarios
of
terrorismwithweaponsofmassdestruction."ButPresidentClintonis"verytrickyandfartooeager"tousefederaltroopsasafirstresort."Onceyougodownthat
road,"
theadmiralwarned,"itcouldbeveryhardtocomeback"toconstitutionalgovernment.Wehastentopointout,however,thatthereisabigdifferencebetweentheresponsiblealarmbeingsoundedbypatriotslikeAdmiralMoorerandthenearhysteriaandpanicbeingincitedbysomeothers.AsominousastheClintonrhetoric,executiveordersandproposalsare,perhapsevenmoredisturbingarethewildandoverblownalarmsbeingsoundedbymanyonthe"right."Accordingtosomeofthesewould-bePaulReveres,aClinton-imposedmilitarydictatorshipisimminent,signalinganendtotheConstitutionandourliberty.Accordingly,theycounsel,itistimeeithertoheadforthehillsortostartshooting-orboth.Eithercourseisasureprescriptionfordisasterandcouldonlyservetomaketheirmisguidedwarningstragicallyself-fulfillingprophecies.BillClintonmayindeedseizeupononeormorepretexts-Y2K,expandingwarinKosovo,terroristattacks,raceriots-toinvokeemergencypowers.Buthecouldnothopetopulloffmorethanatemporaryandpartial"stateofemergency."Why?Becausetherearestilltoomanyremainingpiecesoutofplace.TherearestilltoomanypatrioticmembersofourArmedForceswhobothhonortheirmilitaryoathanddistrust(ifnotoutrightdespise)this President.Theymayfollowcommandstosuppressobviousdisorderandinsurrection,butwillnotsupportanakedpowergrabbytheirblatantlycorruptandimmoralCommanderinChief.Evenmoreimportant,therearestillfartoomanyindependent,localpolicedepartments,
andfar,far
toomanyfirearmsinprivatehandstopermitanovertcoupd'etat.And,foralltheirmanifestspinelessness,itisnotlikelythatevenourcowardlyCongresswouldsupinelyacceptaClintonputsch.However,ifasizableminorityofAmericanpatriotscanbeprovokedintopickinguparmsagainsttheClintonregime,theywillunwittinglyprovideClintonandhisalliesintheInsidermediacartelwithexactlytheexcusetheyseektojustifymilitarypolice-statecontrols.Intheabsenceof suchanexcuse,however,themostClintoncouldestablishisadangerousprecedentthatcouldbemorefullyexploitedbyaWhiteHousesuccessormoretrustedby,andacceptableto,themilitary.AlexanderHamiltonwarnedin
TheFed-eralist,
No.25,that"everybreachofthefundamentallaws,thoughdictatedbynecessity,impairsthesacredreverencewhichoughttobemaintainedinthebreastofrulerstowardstheconstitutionofacoun
try,
andformsaprecedentforotherbreacheswherethesamepleaofnecessitydoesnotexistatall,orislessurgentandpalpable."JamesMadison,the"FatheroftheConstitution,"cautionedhisfellowcitizenstoguardagainst"theoldtrickofturningeverycontingencyintoaresourceforaccumulatingforceingovernment."Healsoobservedthat"therearemoreinstancesoftheabridgementofthefreedomofthepeoplebygradualandsilentencroachmentsofthoseinpowerthanbyviolentandsuddenusurpations."WillCongressmeeklyallowthisradical subversionofourconstitutionalorder?"Iexpect-atleastIcertainlyhope-thatthisplan[Clinton'sproposedcontinentalcommand]won'tevengettofirstbaseinCongress,"saidAdmiralMoorer.ButCongressisallowingTeamClintontowalkinhomerunsonKosovoandotherradicalWhiteHouseagendaitems.ConstituentshadbettergetthemessagequicklytoTeamCongressthatwewon'tallowthemtokeepthrowingthegame.
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COVER
STORY
William
F.
Jasper
Soldiers
inYour
Ba
cky
ard
A
Warrior's
View
CongressionalMedalofHonorrecipient ColonelLewisMillett(U.S.Army,retired) isoneofmanydistinguishedcareermili tarymenwhoseesadisturbingtrendin thesenewassignmentsfortheArmedSer vicesandtheincreasingemphasisonmil itarytrainingincivilianareas."Thisisjust anotherexampleoutofmanythatdemonstratehowthecivilianleadership-the WhiteHouseandthePentagon-ismis usingourforcesfornon-militarypurpos es
,"
ColonelMilletttold
THENEW
AMERI
CAN.
"TheMarinesareexcellentfightingmen-
Iju
streturnedfromaMarinegrad uationaddress-buttheyandothermilitaryunitsshouldnotbegettinginvolvedin thingsthatshouldbehandledbylawen forcementandcivilianemergencyperson nel.TheMarinesareabouttheonly branch,fromwhatIcansee,thatisseri ouslydealingwiththebio-chemicalwar farethreat,sotheycouldhavearolein traininglocalfiredepartmentsandemer gencymedicalpeople,butit'sthoselocal peoplewhoaregoingtobeonthescene andwhowillhavetodealwiththeimme diatedangersofanybiologicalorchemi calweaponattack." WeaskedColonelMillettwhathe Worriedaboutgovernmentworkersbecomingunrulyifthey'renot paidbecauseofY2Kcomputerprob lems?TheMarineshavethought aboutthisandwillbereadyifmobs ofofficeworkersarmedwithstaplers andbriefcasesstormtheTreasury. AcontingentfromtheMarine CorpsBarracksatEighthandIstreets inSoutheastWashingtontraveledto QuanticoMarineCorpsBaseinVir giniarecentlytotrainforhandling civilunrest.Thescenario,playedout atamocktrainingcityatQuantico, involvedgovernmentworkerswho aremiffedthatcomputerproblems associatedwiththeyear2000com puterproblempreventpaychecks frombeingissued.TheMarines, equippedwithriotshieldsandcon certinawire,wereabletosavethere publicfromthemaraudingworkers -atleastinthispracticerun. beads-and-sandals,anti-mil itaryprotesters.Butitwould beamistaketoattributeall oppositiontoUrbanWarrior andsimilarmilitaryopera tionstohairymisfitsofthe ultra-left.Infact,forentirely differentreasonsthanthose espousedbytheleft-wing demonstrators,manyaver age,patrioticcitizens,to getherwithveteransandmil itaryauthorities,areexpress ingalarmaboutthedisturb ingtrendofconductingmil itaryexercisesincivilianar easandtheconcomitantac celeratedblurringofthedis tinctionsbetweenpoliceand
~
militaryfunctions.
'"
:3
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~
atedastheUrbanWarriorex
g
erciseswounddownbyre
~
portsthatweresurfacingof
..
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0
MarineCorpstrainingonthe California
combat:
Mock
battles
In
neighborhoods.
E
f
iblY2Kastcoastor
POSSl
echaos.Undertheheadline"MarinesTrain inPreparationforWorkers'PotentialY2K Anger,"the
WashingtonPost
carriedthis storyonMarch18th:
O
nthemorningofMarch13th,the UnitedStatesMarineslandedin Monterey,California.Itwasthe openingphaseofasix-week-Iongseriesof exercisesalongtheCaliforniacoastknown asUrbanWarrior/KernelBlitzthatin volvedmorethan15shipsand12,000 SailorsandMarines.Theyhadcometo combaturbanterroristsandtheirbattle scenarioshadthemfightinghouse-to houseandyard-to-yardinthefictional countryof"Green"againstterrorists playedbylocalactorsandMarinere servists.AlthoughmostoftheUrbanWarrior landexercisestookplaceatmilitaryfacil itiesinandaroundMonterey,Oakland, SanFrancisco,andAlameda,someofthe operationsdidtakeplaceinciviliancom munities.Thisnewemphasisonpracticing militaryoperationsinurban,civiliancom munities,togetherwithPresidentClinton's acceleratedreorientation
of
ourmilitaryservicestowardinternalusetosuppress "domesticturmoil"andterrorism,israis ingalarmallacrossthepoliticalspectrum. .Astobeexpected,theexercisesbrought outtheusualmobofunwashed,tie-dyed,
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