While such extraordinary steps toward the open implementation of martial law on the streets of America might seem like the Bush administration’s last ditch effort to keep the public in check while they rob the treasury of hundreds of billions for their banker friends, it is crucial to understand this is only the final stage in a careful plan that has been unfolding for decades through both Republican and Democrat administrations. Government plans to suspend the Constitution and effect martial law have been taking place behind the scenes under Continuity of Government contingencies first exposed during the 1980s and raised by Congressman Jacks Brooks at the Iran-Contra hearings.
And on May 9, 2007, President Bush signed off on National Security Presidential Directive 51. This top secret Continuity of Government plan effectively makes the President a dictator allowing his to declare a national emergency for any reason whatsoever and implement martial law without the approval of Congress. The plan itself is so secret that not even members of the Homeland Security Committee in Congress are allowed to see its contents.
In 2001 Sec. 802 of the Patriot Act made any criminal offense, even misdemeanors, classifiable as terrorist activity.
In 2006, the Military Commissions Act gave the Executive Branch the authority to declare U.S. citizens and residents unlawful enemy combatants and detain them in undisclosed locations indefinitely.
And now, H.R. 1955, known as the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, currently awaiting passage by the Senate, will effectively outlaw dissent of the government, even on the internet.