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Akshay
08 Aug 06,, 23:49
What is Bush Preparing For? (http://www.frogstylebiscuit.com/index.php?articles_function=show_detail&name=articles&id=378)

As the congressional elections later in the year could result in the loss of Republican control of Senate and Congress, Bush is making efforts now to push through some very controversial legislation.

Federal Control of the National Guard

The National Governors Association, a bipartisan organization of American governors, has sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to protest an upcoming bill that would allow the federal government to usurp state control over the National Guard in "emergencies".

This bill is highly significant because, if passed, it will dramatically decrease the security of the US. It will allow the federal government to unilaterally declare an emergency and take military control over America's states.

Below is an excerpt of the NGA's letter:

A provision in section 511 of the House-passed DoD Act would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states without the consent of the governor. Specifically, this clause amends Title 10 of the United States Code to give the President the authority to take control of the Guard in case of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe that occurs in the United States, its territories and possessions, or Puerto Rico."

...

The possibility of the federal government pre-empting the authority of the state or governor in natural and manmade disasters is opposed by the nation's governors.

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We urge you to drop this provision that would usurp governor's authority over the National Guard during emergencies."

The Posse Comitatus Act

The Bush administration's push for federal military control was hinted at less than a year ago, mere months after Hurricane Katrina. In October, 2005, George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld embarked on a short-lived media campaign against an important American law: the Posse Comitatus Act.

This federal law was passed in 1878, after the American Civil War. Its purpose was to stop federal troops from supervising elections in Confederate states. The law prohibits federally controlled units of the National Guard, and the US military in general, from acting in a local law enforcement capacity.

Bush and Rumsfeld used avian flu as the rationale for their attacks on the law. The attacks were not well received.

According to Bush:

"I'm concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," he told reporters during a Rose Garden news conference on Tuesday.

"One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move," he said. "So that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have."

Classified War Plans For Domestic Takeover

Shortly before the attacks against the Posse Comitatus Act, classified war plans, called CONPLAN 2002, had been revealed that are unlike any in US history. In these plans, the enemy is not foreign, but domestic.

A Washington Post article discusses these plans:

The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement.

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But the new plans provide for what several senior officers acknowledged is the likelihood that the military will have to take charge in some situations, especially when dealing with mass-casualty attacks that could quickly overwhelm civilian resources.


The rationale for these plans to usurp local authority is not avian flu, but threats of "biological, chemical or nuclear attack".

Dealing With Insurgency and Media

If "taking charge" of the US, the Bush administration would have to concern itself with more than just formal authorities. Grass-roots insurgency and media criticism could also prove obstacles.

In the event of grass-roots insurgency, large numbers of insurgents and suspected insurgents would have to be detained. FEMA currently maintains a network of hundreds of camps (here is a video tour of one) that could be used for this purpose. In addition, a $385 million no-bid contract with KBR/Halliburton provides for building, when needed, many more camps. This sizable contract was purportedly awarded to deal with an "emergency influx of immigrants" (a reason borrowed from the Reagan-era Rex 84 program) and the need to "support the rapid development of new programs".

In the realm of media concerns, Bush has issued an executive order to replace the existing Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) with the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The purpose of the EAS is to "ensure that under all conditions the President can communicate with the American people". The order provides for command-and-control of media "through cooperation with the owners and operators of communication facilities" to "maintain, protect, and, if necessary, restore communications facilities and capabilities necessary for the public alert and warning system".

In regards to legality, the Bush government has already established that is can legally detain US citizens indefinitely, and without trial, in "wartime":

The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, came in the case of Jose Padilla, a former gang member and U.S. citizen arrested in Chicago in 2002 and a month later designated an "enemy combatant" by President Bush. ... Padilla has been held without trial in a U.S. naval brig for more than three years.

Confed999
08 Aug 06,, 23:57
[allow the federal government to unilaterally declare an emergency and take military control over America's states.
It would have to be a real emergency, or the government would fall to rebels in a matter of weeks.

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:04
DAMMIT! The jig is up; they're on to us.

Okay, agents, ACTIVATE. You are to execute Plan BLUE, I repeat - Plan BLUE. And make sure those meddlers on the WAB don't get in our way.

Eliminate the Original Poster of this thread with extreme prejudice.

Oh, and bring me back an Orange Julius, since you'll be out anyway.

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:04
But don't get 'em confused. Plan BLUE; Orange Julius.

Get 'em backwards, and we'll have some 'splainin' to do to President Cheney.

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:06
I mean, President BUSH! EVERYbody knows he's the REAL President! That was just an honest mistake!

TopHatter
09 Aug 06,, 00:07
DAMMIT! The jig is up; they're on to us.

Okay, agents, ACTIVATE. You are to execute Plan BLUE, I repeat - Plan BLUE. And make sure those meddlers on the WAB don't get in our way.

Eliminate the Original Poster of this thread with extreme prejudice.

Oh, and bring me back an Orange Julius, since you'll be out anyway.

But don't get 'em confused. Plan BLUE; Orange Julius.

Get 'em backwards, and we'll have some 'splainin' to do to President Cheney.
Wait wait wait...that is WAY too friggin complicated. :confused:

And are you going to spring this thing while I'm up there this weekend?

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:26
Wait wait wait...that is WAY too friggin complicated. :confused:

And are you going to spring this thing while I'm up there this weekend?

Ummmm. Let me check the Protocols Manual.

Akshay
09 Aug 06,, 00:30
DAMMIT!

Eliminate the Original Poster of this thread with extreme prejudice.

Hey Boss!! Why my neck?

I am a mere messenger

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:35
Yeah, here it is...


WAB Mods can visit the Overlord of Tampa during the EXECUTION Phase of Plan BLUE.

Cool...for a minute there, I thought we might have to wait until Martial law was implemented before we could even go out for barbecue. That would SUCK, man. Checkpoints, ID cards, Gestapo interrogations in the Lubyanka at Gitmo...

But just make sure Dick knows where you are at all times, 'kay? You KNOW what a control freak he is. Check in just like normal with the Elvis Star Chamber High Command, or some dimbulb at the Masonic Illuminati CIA Watch Center will think you've been compomised and liquidated by Moose and Squirrel, and then it's DEFCON Nine, and no beer for ANY of us until The Dark Princess Condi can get it sorted out again.

So, yeah, come on out, but keep your cell phone on, right?

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 00:36
I am having SO much fun with this... :biggrin:

Akshay
09 Aug 06,, 00:43
It would have to be a real emergency, or the government would fall to rebels in a matter of weeks.
They should bring back Gen. Powell to take care of rebels or even better execute Saddam.. Let it be a lesson for any rebel alliance :biggrin: :biggrin:

TopHatter
09 Aug 06,, 00:48
WAB Mods can visit the Overlord of Tampa during the EXECUTION Phase of Plan BLUE.Have you cleared this with the All-Highest?


Cool...for a minute there, I thought we might have to wait until Martial law was implemented before we could even go out for barbecue. That would SUCK, man. Checkpoints, ID cards, Gestapo interrogations in the Lubyanka at Gitmo...As the "Iron Feliks" of the WAB (AKA the "Forum Beria"), I will insist on complete control of Lubyanka South.


But just make sure Dick knows where you are at all times, 'kay? You KNOW what a control freak he is. What, and get SHOT? :eek:
My place is 5 paces behind His Imperial Majesty, with a Kevlar riot shield in front of me.


Check in just like normal with the Elvis Star Chamber High Command, or some dimbulb at the Masonic Illuminati CIA Watch Center will think you've been compomised and liquidated by Moose and Squirrel, and then it's DEFCON Nine, and no beer for ANY of us until The Dark Princess Condi can get it sorted out again.Ah yes! NOW we get Moose and Squirrel! :cool:

That reminds me, I need to bring a bottle of...something. Probably rum.
Got any more of that good stuff? ;)


So, yeah, come on out, but keep your cell phone on, right?And allow you to track me all the way up I-75? What kind of fool do you take me for?

Hey Boss!! Why my neck?

I am a mere messenger
He who brings asinine message opens himself up for ridicule...and execution.


I am having SO much fun with this... :biggrin:
Indeed :biggrin:

Akshay
09 Aug 06,, 00:59
He who brings asinine message opens himself up for ridicule...and execution.


I want a fair trial. I ran miles to deliver the message.

Lunatock
09 Aug 06,, 01:00
Yeah, here it is...


WAB Mods can visit the Overlord of Tampa during the EXECUTION Phase of Plan BLUE.

Cool...for a minute there, I thought we might have to wait until Martial law was implemented before we could even go out for barbecue. That would SUCK, man. Checkpoints, ID cards, Gestapo interrogations in the Lubyanka at Gitmo...

But just make sure Dick knows where you are at all times, 'kay? You KNOW what a control freak he is. Check in just like normal with the Elvis Star Chamber High Command, or some dimbulb at the Masonic Illuminati CIA Watch Center will think you've been compomised and liquidated by Moose and Squirrel, and then it's DEFCON Nine, and no beer for ANY of us until The Dark Princess Condi can get it sorted out again.

So, yeah, come on out, but keep your cell phone on, right?

Well that's 99% true. Someone would probably MAKE me drink beer.

Officer of Engineers
09 Aug 06,, 01:31
Phew,

For a second there, I thought you guys are going in invade Canada to escourt Celine back here.

TopHatter
09 Aug 06,, 01:37
Phew,

For a second there, I thought you guys are going in invade Canada to escourt Celine back here.
Sir, we really need to have a heart to heart about this Celine fetish/phobia of yours. Frankly it's starting to worry me.

There are plenty of other things more important to worry about.

Like a worldwide Cheeto shortage, for example.

Officer of Engineers
09 Aug 06,, 01:41
I'll trade you all of Canada's supply of cheetos for her permenant stay in the US.

Bluesman
09 Aug 06,, 01:46
We don't negotiate with terrorists.

Confed999
09 Aug 06,, 02:02
There's a get together and I wasn't invited. :(


Oh, and OoE:

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
And never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through, through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'cause you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

:tongue:

TopHatter
09 Aug 06,, 02:17
There's a get together and I wasn't invited. :(
Standing invite, remember? ;)

Jay
09 Aug 06,, 04:47
Phew,

For a second there, I thought you guys are going in invade Canada to escourt Celine back here.
Sir,
On the contrary Mr.Bush has called upon Mr.Harper, requesting him to send a retd Canadian Colonel, preferably one who goes to "certain" places with wife as a tourist, to escort Celine Dion back to Canada :biggrin: