George Washington (Washington's Blog) has today an interesting review of the State of Emergency that rules the USA since 2001 and what it implies:
Just to introduce the matter, it may well happen that the reader is unaware that the USA has been under permanent State of Emergency since September 11 2001 (just like Egypt since even before).
The State of Emergency allows the US President to legally do as he wants:
... the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communications; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.
He then goes on to detail what is known of what is actually active in the States under this permanent State of Emergency:
One of the most striking is the Continuity of Government plan, which in fact creates a "shadow government". Even the Homeland Security Committee of US Congress has been denied information on all this continuity of government matter, though they theoretically have the right to access that information. One of its members, Peter De Fazio declared that:
Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right.
In this sense, Dale Scott warned that:
... if the White House is successful in frustrating DeFazio, then Continuity of Government planning has arguably already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority.
Importantly, CoG means that:
- Normal laws and legal processes might largely be suspended, or superseded by secretive judicial forums
- The media might be ordered by strict laws – punishable by treason – to only promote stories authorized by the new government
- Military forces can be used for anything at presidential discretion even against US citizens.
- Any type of dissidence or protest may eventually be labeled as terrorism or treason.
Essentially: the rule of law and freedom of speech are destroyed by the effect of a permanent state of emergency. This is the sad situation the USA has allowed itself in since 2001.
Sometimes I have been questioned on the matter of the September 2001 Coup in the USA and Empire because "there was no coup". Sorry but the permanent State of Emergency and related Mubarak-style authoritarianism are the coup.
Who asked this seemed to think that only people in military fatigues can make coups and that these are obvious since day one because a Junta is officially constituted or something. Sorry but it is not that way: by effectively suppressing legal civil and human rights guarantees, freedom of speech, habeas corpus, etc. you are making a coup anyhow and suppressing all democracy except maybe a decorative pretense, pretense also enjoyed by the worst dictators of history.