Bush Administration okayed pitting military against you
March 6, 2009
By THE EDITORS
Was the U.S. military preparing to deploy troops against American citizens in the aftermath of the presidential elections? This Web site reported that possibility a week before voters went to the polls, on October 28, 2008, citing no less than the Army Times and several impeccable, knowledgeable, local sources possessing specific information about preparations at Camp Roberts.
Our article, “U.S. troops deployed for U.S. election control,” generated more skepticism, disbelief, and just plain sarcasm than anything published by CalCoastNews during its first 14 months of existence. But now, previously secret memos from the Bush Administration’s Justice Department lend credence to those assertions. Evidence exists suggesting then-President Bush and other high government officials had authority to ignore both the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and the Posse Comitatus Act to combat any negative citizen reaction to election results — and may have been poised to do so.
The New York Times reports “the released memos were written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which is supposed to ensure policies comply with the Constitution and the law. They make it chillingly clear how quickly that office was rededicated to finding ways for Bush to evade, twist or ignore both.”
The Times article specifies an October 23, 2001, memo from John C. Yoo, then a Justice Department lawyer, which explained how Bush could… deploy the military within the United States in “anti-terrorist operations.” In the same memo, Yoo argued that Bush could also suspend First Amendment rights to free speech and a free press.