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What is Bush Preparing For?

As the congressional elections later in the year could result in the loss of Republican control of Senate and Congress, Bush is making efforts now to push through some very controversial legislation.

Federal Control of the National Guard

The National Governors Association, a bipartisan organization of American governors, has sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to protest an upcoming bill that would allow the federal government to usurp state control over the National Guard in "emergencies".

This bill is highly significant because, if passed, it will dramatically decrease the security of the US. It will allow the federal government to unilaterally declare an emergency and take military control over America's states.

Below is an excerpt of the NGA's letter:

A provision in section 511 of the House-passed DoD Act would allow the President to federalize the National Guard of the states without the consent of the governor. Specifically, this clause amends Title 10 of the United States Code to give the President the authority to take control of the Guard in case of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe that occurs in the United States, its territories and possessions, or Puerto Rico."

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The possibility of the federal government pre-empting the authority of the state or governor in natural and manmade disasters is opposed by the nation's governors.

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We urge you to drop this provision that would usurp governor's authority over the National Guard during emergencies."

The Posse Comitatus Act

The Bush administration's push for federal military control was hinted at less than a year ago, mere months after Hurricane Katrina. In October, 2005, George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld embarked on a short-lived media campaign against an important American law: the Posse Comitatus Act.

This federal law was passed in 1878, after the American Civil War. Its purpose was to stop federal troops from supervising elections in Confederate states. The law prohibits federally controlled units of the National Guard, and the US military in general, from acting in a local law enforcement capacity.

Bush and Rumsfeld used avian flu as the rationale for their attacks on the law. The attacks were not well received.

According to Bush:
"I'm concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," he told reporters during a Rose Garden news conference on Tuesday.

"One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move," he said. "So that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have."


Classified War Plans For Domestic Takeover

Shortly before the attacks against the Posse Comitatus Act, classified war plans, called CONPLAN 2002, had been revealed that are unlike any in US history. In these plans, the enemy is not foreign, but domestic.

A Washington Post article discusses these plans:
The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement.

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But the new plans provide for what several senior officers acknowledged is the likelihood that the military will have to take charge in some situations, especially when dealing with mass-casualty attacks that could quickly overwhelm civilian resources.

The rationale for these plans to usurp local authority is not avian flu, but threats of "biological, chemical or nuclear attack".

Dealing With Insurgency and Media

If "taking charge" of the US, the Bush administration would have to concern itself with more than just formal authorities. Grass-roots insurgency and media criticism could also prove obstacles.

In the event of grass-roots insurgency, large numbers of insurgents and suspected insurgents would have to be detained. FEMA currently maintains a network of hundreds of camps (here is a video tour of one) that could be used for this purpose. In addition, a $385 million no-bid contract with KBR/Halliburton provides for building, when needed, many more camps. This sizable contract was purportedly awarded to deal with an "emergency influx of immigrants" (a reason borrowed from the Reagan-era Rex 84 program) and the need to "support the rapid development of new programs".

In the realm of media concerns, Bush has issued an executive order to replace the existing Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) with the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The purpose of the EAS is to "ensure that under all conditions the President can communicate with the American people". The order provides for command-and-control of media "through cooperation with the owners and operators of communication facilities" to "maintain, protect, and, if necessary, restore communications facilities and capabilities necessary for the public alert and warning system".

In regards to legality, the Bush government has already established that is can legally detain US citizens indefinitely, and without trial, in "wartime":
The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, came in the case of Jose Padilla, a former gang member and U.S. citizen arrested in Chicago in 2002 and a month later designated an "enemy combatant" by President Bush. ... Padilla has been held without trial in a U.S. naval brig for more than three years.

Source: Jurist

Images: Prison Planet

bush is better

now its 2o1o and we have seen what Obama has made and i believe that Bush was making a much better government that Obama has. I mean i know he was the one who had to deal with war and a depression. But this could of happen to any president, but he dealt with it. but obama hasn't done anything not even with an oil spill. He has just given money and given money.

Isagenix

http://www.energytalkradio.com

The problem with this premise is since the so-called first terrorist attack twenty-five years ago we have only lost around seven thousand citizens to those attacks.

http://www.jeffgreen.pmz.com

I get angry and frustrated at the whole idea that 'if it weren't for the United States the rest of the world would be some sort of paradise', and we are the ones screwing it up.

http://www.energytalkradio.com

I believe we are preparing for the aftermath of massive destruction and the resulting chaos that will cover this land from shore to shore.

Good enough

Great blog. All posts have something to learn. Your work is very good and i appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts.

I think Bush has really gone

I think Bush has really gone insane and I am glad that Obama has overtaken his position as the President of the United States.

Bush is the most stupid

Bush is the most stupid person I have ever seen in my life. I am glad that he is no more the President of US and I hope Obama will bring change to the country.

This is not very good

This is not very good happening. Bush government is doing stuff which it should not and venturing into uncharted territories. He better stop or it will be too late for him

George W. Bush should be

George W. Bush should be awarded with the most retarded person of the world award. I just don't believe how people voted him as the President of US.

Thanks for this useful

Thanks for this useful information. I hope to read more in future. There are so many cute love quotes of you who DO care and are willing to face the truth. I love you guys even though I don't know you. Whatever happens, you did good. Thanks for sharing with us.

Its My Opinion that the

Its My Opinion that the peple os USA most be more patriotic than Partidarian, the Country most be firat than partician and personal interes.

Hello there

informative topic

This website has a lot of

This website has a lot of great information. I appreciate the hard work and resources that went into this. Keep up the good job.

It's over

Finally he is gone, for some reason I feel so many years wasted...

1 year

One year left of that idiot! But since it's his last he will probably continue to do major damage. Can't wait to see the list of his pardons. When this year is over we must have a major celebration to be rid of him and his veep creep!

What is Bush prepping for

Good comments, Dennis. I'm at a puter terminal that will close down in less than 5 min., at the Best Western! I would like to reply when I have some time (yah, we'ze on a vacation)!

proposed ;egislation re control of state national guard by fed.

I don't believe anyone can criticize this proposed legislation without first recanting his/her criticism of the Bush Admin's. Federal response to Katrina.

Bush's NWO

Bush's inadequate response to Katrina was due solely to his own incompetence in appointing inexperienced, arrogant cronies to crucial posts in FEMA. That, and the fact that he had sent the National Guard to invade Iraq under false pretenses. Bush deserves all the criticism that can be heaped upon him for Katrina AND for his latest attempt to turn the New World Order into reality. I thought Republicans were the party a small government? It's ironic that the Neo-Cons now believe it's okay for government to intrude into and control our lives in every way possible. Will you have the same opinion about the expansion of governmental police powers when the Democrats are in charge?

the end of the world!

lets get one thing strait! bush is leading us to globle war and destruction! civil war will be the choice we have! what the fuck is happening to civilized man! what comes after that!

Bush

Don't you people understand? Bush is the Anti Christ or at least it looks that way! The gov with the people in power now are so inadequate and selfserving that we are in a world of GOOGOO but 50% of Americans don't know or just don't care. If I was younger I would move to Europe where at least there is some sanity!

Sicko Law

Will the conservatives be on the front of the bus or the back of the bus when we all go to the concentration camps

I love it

When people mouth off about things they don't understand. The president already has the authority to take control of the national guard. It was done repeatedly during the 60's to enforce civil rights laws. This law would just give the President the power to take control of the National Guard duing a natural disaster. Take it from someone who was at ground zero for Katrina, the biggest problem here was that Gov Bonehead didn't want to give up control of the guard and didn't want to use it appropriately. If the president wanted to use the National Guard to impose martial law, he doesn't need this law to do it.

re: I love it

"I love it... When people mouth off about things they don't understand." Even with considerable resources at its disposal, FEMA responded a week late. Blanco could have done a better job, sure, but the federal government botched the job equally. I would say that you're the one that doesn't understand. I think the opinions of the nation's governors have more weight than yours. You might want to read from the army's own web site about the importance of not allowing the federal government to take over the states' National Guards: http://www.arng.army.mil/news/public_view.asp?news_id=3020 "Recognizing the key role the militia played in the Revolution, the founding fathers ratified the militia’s continued existence by providing for its longevity in the Constitution. Control over the militia was split between the states and the federal government. The states would train the militia and appoint officers. The federal government would organize and arm the militia and determine the standard of training. The founders intentionally developed a system where military power was not monopolized by the federal government, but split with the states." You might also want to reference the words of Ben Franklin who, unlike yourself, was a great patriot: "The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -Ben Franklin

bushboy

art this knuckle head president shouldn't be in chrge of anything. he needs to finish reading billy the goat. then go hide in a bunker, send cowardly, traitorous, chickenhawk' draft dodging george,dick and donald to iraq and bring our brave troops home.bring it on idiot

Paranoia

It's silly to be paranoid about what Bush will do if he loses control of Congress. They already have the power to do warrantless searches, detain civilians, monitor electronic communications, subpoena 3rd party records like your credit card statement, your book club choices, etc. And all these powers were approved by the Democrats in Congress as well. Hey, wake up and smell the jack boots.

bashing bush well deserved

the only reason bush is in office is because we have more stupid people voting then anything, we didn't learn anything after his first term,I think he is so out of touch with the world that he's becoming dangerous,the republican party should be very afraid come election time because things will be so messed up by then no one will be able to fix it,that is if we survive what that stupid ass bush does before leaving office

bushboy

art this knuckle head president shouldn't be in chrge of anything. he needs to finish reading billy the goat. then go hide in a bunker, send cowardly, traitorous, chickenhawk' draft dodging george,dick and donald to iraq and bring our brave troops home.bring it on idiot

remember

people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people

Vigilance

Is NOT Paranoia, Paranoia-Dave. I'm with Benjamin Franklin and Mark who quotes him in this venue. We, as an ill-informed public must do what we can to monitor this Hawk-Republican Oil Man. Thank God the Governors will not relent to this degradation of states' rights. Next, Bush will erode more of our rights in the ruse of protection.

Youre all retarded

Do the Liberals and democrats in this country have anything to say other than "Bush is evil"? I dont hear any response, plan, or other reaction to any natural disaster, war, or threat coming from the democrats other than Bush is evil, ad nauseum. Responding to disasters is not a federal responsibility. FEMAs job is to provide support AFTER the initial response of the State government. The way you idiots talk makes it sound like President Bush was standing in the Mississippi Delta flapping his arms and forming Katrina all by himself. Oh, to kill all the blacks of course, because hes a racist. Give me a break. Oh, and all this crap about the war in iraq, the war in the middle east etc.? Wake up and smell the reality morons. Make no mistake, it is a global war against militant islam. And if you think for one second you can reason, barter, appease, or otherwise "diplomatically" deal with militant islamists- you have two choices. 1) Buy yourself a koran and prayer rug and convert now, or 2) Take your chances over the next hundred years of suicide bombings and other cowardly attacks on civilians. For those of you who say the US kills civilians? Yeah, of course we do, but we dont TARGET them. Not only do the militants target civilians, but they hide behind their own civilian countrymen. Its a sad fact of war. Violence never solved anything? Violence solved HITLER, people, and its the only thing thats going to solve the current problem as well. Stop living in liberal utopian dream land where everyone gets along and get with reality.

Plans For Domestic Takeover

Bush's plans to implement Martial Law in this country in order to control "large numbers of insurgents" etc., would be more properly applied in Iraq, where, indeed, there are large numbers of insurgents. It sounds to me as though Bush, et al are planning to declare Martial Law in the event that the Republicans loose control of congress. This sounds like Nazi Germany, 1939. What are we thinking? to allow this to happen in America, 2006. The demonstrated ineptitude of FEMA, the erosion of our civil rights, and and the rediatribution of federal resources (wealth) to administration cronies (via non-competitive Haliburton snd other contrcts) are symptomatic of the rise an incredibly greedy fascist state. When will this manipulation of our instutitions end??

too crazy for everyone

This sort of thing could never get through congress, even whith the current (as of August) makeup. Its just too far reaching, and people aren't nearly as jaded as in the first admin. when the patriot act was passed.

too crazy for everyone

This sort of thing could never get through congress, even whith the current (as of August) makeup. Its just too far reaching, and people aren't nearly as jaded as in the first admin. when the patriot act was passed.

re: too crazy for everyone

I think it has already passed congress! Next stop, the senate.

Wake the hell up!

I am depressed and disgusted at how everyone dismisses Bush and his cronnies as idots. These are very calculating people folks! Bush, Cheney, and the rest are pure evil and will stop at nothing until we are all on our knees...

Get a grip people

I am no fan of Bush and thank God he can't run again. But what scares me more is that I have never seen a bigger division between the republications and the democrats in my 50 years. Of course there have always been differences but both sides were able to work together to find solutions to the problems that face our nation that is what makes democracy work. I won't blame one party over the other as both have played a part in this growing rift. I would remind everyone however that the solutions to most problems can not be found on the right or the left but somewhere in between. We have become a selfish and angry society. Americans face some major problems both domestically and globally. I would much rather see America be the leader in finding solutions to oil dependency, global warming, AIDS, poverty etc. instead of trying to be the world police. If both parties (politicians and constituents) don't get their heads out of their asses soon....then I fear we all will lose. Think about it!

Art is an artful dodger of the truth

Art mouthed off about something he does not understand. He claims that since "The president already has the authority to take control of the national guard" such as "was done repeatedly during the 60's to enforce civil rights laws," therefore, "This law would just give the President the power to take control of the National Guard duing a natural disaster." Regardless of the artful dodgers misrepresentation of the events relating to Katrina, it does not follow that "If the president wanted to use the National Guard to impose martial law, he doesn't need this law to do it." Well, he could act without legal authorization as well as unconstitutionally. He is used to doing that. But the fact is that the Constitution, (Article I, Section 8) allows the militias (now National Guard) to be federalized to be used for only several purposes: "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, supress Insurrections and repel Invasions" (and that doesn't mean of bird flu or West Nile Virus!) A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when a dictator wanna be like Bush can count on citizens knowing no more than he does about the protections of their laws and Constitution. I give the artful dodger the benefit of the doubt that he knows no more than he shows.

The unrelenting contro of the Neocons must end

This is just one more example of Republicans in charge who lost their way. The Neocons have far to much corporate control and want more control for themselves and it is costing America her liberty and security. The President should have not have this sort of control over the National Guard. Perhaps if this country stopped spending money in all the wrong places and the Federal Government stopped taking so much of our money, the states would have more ability to help themselves. I guess I was one of the dumb people who voted for President Bush, but at least I wasn't dumb enough to vote for Senator Kerry. I think congressman Ron Paul needs to run things in the White House next time.

constitution

ben franflin also said that he who trades liberty for security will have neither don't trust any gov.ben franklin in talking about vigilance meant you must exercise all of your rights .governments must fear its citizens not the other way around. because we hold the ultimate power the power to educate ourselves,about who's in office,what they are doing,and how they are doing it.

Bush

From the lofty heights of civilization as we were taught to admire, to the dire gorges of despair and decadence as we were taught to fear. This day is on on our doorstep. Only we will only recognize the visitor when the bullet speeds through the barrel.

u morons

You folks are dumber than a bag of rocks!!! and I'm so serious... You believe all things the Dem's and newspapers tell U cause they all know how stupid u idiots are...trust me, they love u morons... Denny and I love U to, cause I hire dumb people like u folks thanks for making me rich

to your all retarded

when a fly gets in your house you kill the fly,you can't possibly kill all flies everywhere and after ten years in the army i can tell you that military action on this scale does not make anything better it just acts as a recruiting poster for th likes of militant islam.our military is a sledge hammer what we need is a fly swatter,sure islam has caused deaths in this country but thats only because bush and his advisors were asleep at the wheel.and as far as bush bashing no pres. has ever bungled ,screwed up, and misread a situation more than george bush ,so when dems,or as you say liberals,don't offer a plan it's because we are still in such shock ove bush's lunacy.So here's this dems plan based on the situation bush has put us in,1) nuke all counties with islam as its religion2)nuke all countries with any one who practices islam in it.3)or take each threat singley as it comes and defeat their puny threats one at a time with the minimal collatral damage to othe nations so it becomes harder to recruit new terrorists,think it over !!!!!

Crying Liberals

First off as a die hard conservative Republican I say "you crying,tree hugging, faggot liberals need to shut the fuck up!" Bush is not perfect I know but at least he has the balls to go after these fucking muslim terroists. What did you expect Bush to do after 9/11? Just sit there and go "ok you fucking muslims I'll let you slide this time but don't do it again. Like Clinton did when they bombed the World Trade Center the first time and then there was the USS Cole. Clinton should of fucked their world up then but no he took no action at all. As for our troops when they joined the military they knew what they were getting into . They all chose to serve this country knowing the possibilty that they might die doing so. Like I said before I know Bush is not perfect I know he's made mistakes but he's human just like the rest of us. Nobody is perfect on God is perfect. So instead of using all your strength and breath to bitch about Bush why not pray for him instead. Pray that God will help him make the right decisions. God listens and he will answer prayers. God Bless America

Does no one have sense?

Does anyone realize how impossible it would be for any of this bull to make it through Congress? And let's say that the impossible does happen and it gets passed through Congress. How long do you think it would take before the Supreme Court had a case front-and-center about it? Then suppose the Supreme Court doesn't act. Bush still wouldn't be able to do much more than jack. Guns and ammo are still readily available to anyone of legal age. If Bush really did try to 'take over' the U.S., he'd be facing riots more dangerous and more costly than anything seen in American history. And who among us actually thinks that American soldiers in general would turn on the people they are supposed to protect? Follow orders telling them to arrest or potentially kill innocent civilians for the sake of the President? Now you're talking about civil war. And how would the rest of the world react to such a hostile takeover? Nobody wants Iran to have nukes because its got a fundamentalist leader nearly hellbent on tearing the current world order apart at the seams. How would the rest of the Security Council feel if they found out Bush went totalitarian, with enough nukes up his sleeve to crater every mile of land on the planet? Now we're cooking with a leaking gas valve, people. Your doomsday ain't coming! Get over yourselves.

to your all retarded

when a fly gets in your house you kill the fly,you can't possibly kill all flies everywhere and after ten years in the army i can tell you that military action on this scale does not make anything better it just acts as a recruiting poster for th likes of militant islam.our military is a sledge hammer what we need is a fly swatter,sure islam has caused deaths in this country but thats only because bush and his advisors were asleep at the wheel.and as far as bush bashing no pres. has ever bungled ,screwed up, and misread a situation more than george bush ,so when dems,or as you say liberals,don't offer a plan it's because we are still in such shock ove bush's lunacy.So here's this dems plan based on the situation bush has put us in,1) nuke all counties with islam as its religion2)nuke all countries with any one who practices islam in it.3)or take each threat singley as it comes and defeat their puny threats one at a time with the minimal collatral damage to othe nations so it becomes harder to recruit new terrorists,think it over !!!!!

crying liberals) your a dick

first, like all republicans you run around without the facts.clinton did ask the joint chiefs of staff,for a battle plan to take out the taliban and al qieada in 1996 and as a president is suppose to do he went to congress and asked permission,like tje constitution says you should do,its called advise and consent.he advised and the republican controlled congess said no using the term we are not the worlds police,that is a term that the republican's came up with any time clinton wanted to do something to stop islamists but hind sight is 20/20. oh bye the way thats a saying.also when you know as much about the world as i do and don't just think dropping a bomb on something is the answer.And as for god bless america read the bible jack ass,because in revelations god says he will lay waste to the governments of the world and bring to ruin all that have ruined his world,so I will go on hugging my tree and not believing god blesses any nation, and he especially dislikes all governments so i will see you in hell but i will be looking down on you.

You People are FUCKING NUTS

First you critcize President Bush and FEMA as being total incompetents, then you turn right aroung and say that there are 800 fully prepared and guarded camps ready to receive prisoners. Here's a bulletin. During my 7 years of active duty with the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, I was stationed at a number of these facilities. Here is where they stand today. Ft. McClellan Alabama (supposedly one of the FEMA run and ready prison camps) was closed 10 years ago and sold off to private interests. It's now a business park. Don't believe me? Go to the Anniston Alabama City web site and read all about it. Ft. Meade Maryland is 20 miles from my home. It is now, and always has been, essentially a post run for the purposes of training Army reserve units assigned to the Transportation Corps. In addition, the National Security Agency (NSA) is located at Ft. Meade. Now think for a second (if you still have two brain cells that work together). If you were going to lock up a bunch of subversives, would you place them next to one of your largest spy agencies thus risking the security of that agency? Come one! Get real! The premise of this entire site is so idiotic it's worse than the plots of the old Superman TV show when Clark Kent would walk up to a room and have to bend over next to the door to eavesdrop when his supposed super hearing should have let him hear the conversation clearly. Just remember this. The Second Amendment is the one that protects all of the others. With more than 500 million firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens, no such martial law takeover could ever happen. Ordinary citizens would not stand for it and the politicians know it. Rather than wasting your time on the bullshit this web site is putting out, you should support the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and...go out and buy a gun and learn how to use and store it safely. A man with a GUN is a CITIZEN. A man without a GUN is a SUBJECT.

What A Mistake

Those who support Bush wake up and take off your blinders. Both elections or should I say selections were tainted by criminal politicians who's wrong doings are slowly being exposed. If you voted for Bush please explain how the economy has improved, please explain how the war in Iraq has kept terrorists from coming into America, please explain how anyone can lie about the necessity for war when he himself avoided going. Do you not care about your fellow Americans who are fighting an injust war. Who will care for them when they return? Will you then bury your head in the sand?

Know who the real enemy is

Even as a conservative, I am the first to admit miscalculations have been made in Iraq. However, any miscalculations far outweigh the basic goal of fighting the Isam0-Fascist threat the world faces. Liberals (especially the real uneducated ones I see contributing to this website)have to realize who the enemy is...and it's not Bush, Cheney, Haliburton or any of the others the far left powers that be put out there for you to bitch about in betwen bong hits. Wake up, America is not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than the Islamic alternative.

BUSH and his power

Yes america is in very bad trouble and so is the whole WORLD, because of INSANE for money/power BUSHCO . Most of the world hates King George and his business partners you call your elected government.Oh you say he's not your fearless leader ? You did not elect him et al ? The fucking moron is recking the WORLD as fast as he can and it's paid for by taxes and america's future slaves your children . IF or when the elections don't get rid of him,what will happen ? More complacency or revolution ? The ignorance that elected KING GEORGE is still there and will be manipulated again,or is that 50% more educated now ? I really cannot say what I feel and think because I would be reported to the authorities and put in jail with no rights at all !!! Just like KING GEORGE had the laws changed so he can stop disagreement if it's true and dangerous to the King's rule over YOU YOU AND YOU,,,,,This is not democracy or is it the KING's mockracy ?

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