On Monday, the Pentagon made a few subtle changes to the rules in the regulations in the U.S.Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies”.(Official document)
In doing so,
" the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries."
They claim that in case it is somehow "impossible" to get authoriaztion from the President that they can act on their own authority.
The most objectionable aspect of the regulatory change is the inclusion of vague language that permits military intervention in the event of “civil disturbances.” According to the rule:
Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.
Um, yeah. There is a long standing chain of command structure in place that they are conveniently forgetting in cases of the President being incommunicado.
I can see some members of Congress getting their panties in a twist over this
One of the more disturbing aspects of the new procedures that govern military command on the ground in the event of a civil disturbance relates to authority. Not only does it fail to define what circumstances would be so severe that the president’s authorization is “impossible,” it grants full presidential authority to “Federal military commanders.” According to the defense official, a commander is defined as follows: “Somebody who’s in the position of command, has the title commander. And most of the time they are centrally selected by a board, they’ve gone through additional schooling to exercise command authority.”
As it is written, this “commander” has the same power to authorize military force as the president in the event the president is somehow unable to access a telephone. (The rule doesn’t address the statutory chain of authority that already exists in the event a sitting president is unavailable.) In doing so, this commander must exercise judgment in determining what constitutes, “wanton destruction of property,” “adequate protection for Federal property,” “domestic violence,” or “conspiracy that hinders the execution of State or Federal law,” as these are the circumstances that might be considered an “emergency.”
That right there is sure to cause severe heartburn .
I am quoting all this from a very lengthy article my pal sent me a link to in an Email.
This needs to be spread far and wide as it possibly affects every citizen in the country.
This is the link to the article in the Long Island Press and you need to read the whole thing right now.
By declaring this authority, the US Military has declared its self autonomous powers outside the normal civilian checks and balances designed into the framework designed just for that purpose.
They are extremely vague about what these triggers and powers really are and this needs to addressed immediately.
If one looks out of the corner of their eye at this, it could be inferred that the Pentagon has just declared that they have power unto themselves that was never intended and has been addressed before in Posse Comitatus.
This should send a chill down the spine of every American.
H/T to SpongeBobcrackwhore for the heads up.