Ted Rall wrote a column, "An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove," Uexpress, January 1, 2008, about J. Edgar Hoover's 1950 list of people Hoover wanted to throw into concentration camps. Rall made the same point I did earlier on December 28, 2007, about how despite Hoover failing to get his way, there were no acts of sabotage. Ted also points out the following about the Reagan years and now George W. Bush.
During the 1960s and 1970s the CIA—in violation of its charter, which limits the agency to acting overseas—cooperated with local police departments across the country to compile a list of 300,000 Americans and organizations suspected of opposing the Vietnam War.
On April 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive No. 52. Reagan targeted 400,000 people for arrest and confinement at concentration camps in mothballed Army bases. The National Security Council's "secret government within a government," as Congressional investigators later described it, planned to cancel the 1984 presidential election so Reagan could remain in office indefinitely.
"Lt. Col. Oliver North, for example, helped draw up a controversial plan to suspend the Constitution in the event of a national crisis, such as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad," The Miami Herald reported on July 5, 1987.
People who hate The People never sleep. In 2006 Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which overturns the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibited the use of combat troops on the soil of the United States. For the first time in 128 years, the president can declare martial law in case of a hurricane, riot or terrorist attack. In May 2007 Bush attached a National Security Presidential and Homeland Directive to the National Defense Authorization Act. In case of a "national emergency"—the president could declare it without consulting anyone—he could suspend the Constitution and appoint an unelected provisional government under a "national continuity coordinator."
That's the same Ronald Reagan who said that if the college students in the 1960's didn't stop occupying college administration offices and doing other protesting, he, Reagan advocated a "blood bath." He's also the one who authorized the illegal Iran-Contra deals.
The important thing to realize here is that this is all about the rich staying on top. FDR's New Deal was, and remains, despised by the rich even though it spared them from a violent revolution by co-opting so many socialist ideas and balancing them via corporatism in the form of unions, etc., against laissez faire capitalism. The Welfare State appeased the "left." Now it has been nearly dismantled, and the people are beginning to be hurt again in much the same way that resulted in the crash of 1929 and Great Depression that ran to WWII. "Happy Days" were not here again. It was "Brother Can You Spare a Dime." That's were the ultra-greedy have taken things again.
This time, the people need to throw off the whole system so as not to be co-opted, duped, and set up for another long string of deliberate booms and busts where so many of the rich make out as the bandits they are.
I don't agree that the President couldn't declare martial law under the mundane law before Bush signed his directive. Abraham Lincoln obviously used the military domestically in a huge way. He's lauded by the Federalists who were so cozy with, and under the wings of, the Bankers in Europe. Lincoln didn't trust those bankers as far as he could throw them. The people who hate Lincoln though are those for localism. They like power decentralized as much as possible, because then bigger powers don't exist to stop them from lording it over their local area, such as on the county level or even town level. Choose your tyranny. Federal, Global, or local neighborhood, it's all the same. Only Jesus's yoke is light.
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