Living under empire

8 Aug

The US Empire doesn’t just police the world anymore. It polices its own citizens as well, and the militarization of the US continues:

Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Thankfully, and quite surprisingly, Bush refused the proposal, which would have been an unprecedented act of tyranny and abuse of power. One of the revolutionary concepts behind the drafting of the Constitution was the separation of law enforcement from the military. Kings and monarchs of the past often used the military to enforce their restrictive laws and force their subjects to submit to their will.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, one of the few good laws ever passed by Congress, was meant to enforce just this concept. Just the fact that using the military in this fashion was on the minds of some of the top members of the Bush gang is just one more example of their open disregard for the law and the Constitution.

Though Bush did not succumb to this seducing temptation, Americans are already accustomed to armed US Marines at drunk-driver catching “check points,” where we are guilty before proven innocent, and armed guards at US airports, where federal thugs monitor us as their fingers are inches away from their triggers.

And for those think our Great Leader Barackus Obamus would never dream of using the military on the continental US, you might be disappointed. The god-king already has 20,000 American troops ready at his disposal just in case some of us start raising too much of a racket in oppostion to Imperial DC.

All of this, of course, in the name of “national security.”

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