First, a sobering thought from William Betz:
Re: rove interview.. comment from a co-worker speculating about a November surprise (Iran?) just AFTER Election Day to distract the country and the media from whatever fiasco ensues with election results might be something to this I’ve seen reference to this interview all over (and similar statements from Rove about his master secret polling). Fox is running election coverage now that suggests it’s up for grabs – no one is in the lead. Clearly the word has gone out to do this coverage. The only question is whether this bullshit optimism is to stem depression of the GOP vote or to cover up fraud. You know what I think.
I’d add, it’s too hard to steal both houses without leaving evidence and pissing a lot of people off, so I would expect a Nov. 9th or 10th “surprise.” It’s too dodgy to launch war on Iran or create some big fake story before the election; but I guarantee you, there will be a conversation changer right after the election so that these thin justifications for GOP victory only have to hold up for a day or so.
Now, if BushCo does decide to wag the dog (again) soon after “Election Day,” so that the press will drop the subject of election fraud, the regime is now in a very strong position to assert itself as only juntas can.
Here’s the story on the “legal” front–where, like Hitler back in ’33, Bush has got his bases covered. Read it carefully, and then prepare accordingly. For if Bush/Cheney do succeed in stealing it (again), and if there should, at last, be massive protests over it, and if we’re then embarked on a new war, it seems quite likely, not to put too fine a point on it, that the shit is going to hit the fan.
Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
October 26, 2006
In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision
which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually
encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so
by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the
President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. The
Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the
Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict
prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With
one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.
Public Law 109-364, or the “John Warner Defense Authorization Act of
2007″ (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on
October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the
President to declare a “public emergency” and station troops anywhere
in America and take control of state-based National Guard units
without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to
“suppress public disorder.”
President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day
that he signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006. In
a sense, the two laws complement one another. One allows for torture
and detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at
home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America.
Remember, the term for putting an area under military law enforcement
control is precise; the term is “martial law.”