February 23, 2008
|U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, left, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command, sign the so-called Civil Assistance Plan at U.S. Army North headquarters, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Feb. 14, 2008.|
On February 14, at the U.S. Army North headquarters, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command, signed “a Civil Assistance Plan that allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency,” according to the USNORTHCOM website. Billed as a “bilateral military plan” to align U.S. and Canadian “national military plans to respond quickly to … requests for military support of civil authorities,” the plan represents nothing short of a merging of national military infrastructures under the aegis of the North American Union.
Last October, USNORTHCOM General Victor E. Renaurt made public the Vision 2020 document outlining “strategic goals for both NORAD and USNORTHCOM leading up to the year 2020. The document advocates strengthening relations with Canada Command, developing a closer relationship with Mexico’s armed forces and establishing an effective continental defense against assorted threats,” writes Lee Rogers for the Rogue Government website. “The focus of the Vision 2020 document is on protecting the continental perimeter of North America and not the United States. Even more disturbing is that the document also outlines goals to provide timely and effective support for civil authorities in the wake of catastrophic events through the integration of USNORTHCOM’s resources. Essentially, they are envisioning the role of USNORTHCOM by 2020 to serve as a North American martial law apparatus that will have operational integration with current civil and military authorities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.”
Although the agreement was essentially ignored by the corporate media in the United States, it was mentioned by the Canadian Canwest News Service, a media behemoth owned by the notorious neocon and convicted criminal Conrad Black, who enjoys a life peerage in the British House of Lords. “Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal,” writes David Pugliese for Canwest. “Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.” However, the “U.S. military’s Northern Command… publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.”
As should be expected, Mr. Pugliese minimized this egregious violation of national sovereignty by stating that few are alarmed, except for the “left-leaning Council of Canadians” and “the right wing in the U.S.,” that is to say people who are fully cognizant and understand what the so-called agreement, not signed by Congress or Canada’s Parliament, means for the future of each country, soon enough to be effectively one country, along with Mexico, under the auspices of the globalist North American Union.
On right-wing blogs in the U.S. it is being used as evidence of a plan for a “North American union” where foreign troops, not bound by U.S. laws, could be used by the American federal government to override local authorities.
“Co-operative militaries on Home Soil!” notes one website. “The next time your town has a ‘national emergency,’ don’t be surprised if Canadian soldiers respond. And remember — Canadian military aren’t bound by posse comitatus.”
Posse comitatus is a U.S. law that prohibits the use of federal troops from conducting law enforcement duties on domestic soil unless approved by Congress.
|The the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act, signed into law in 2006, all but killed Posse Comitatus. As noted by Senator Patrick Leahy and others, Section 1076 of the bill effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335) and gives the decider-commander the ability to define under what conditions martial law may be declared.|
The the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act, signed into law in 2006, all but killed Posse Comitatus. As noted by Senator Patrick Leahy and others, Section 1076 of the bill effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335) and gives the decider-commander the ability to define under what conditions martial law may be declared. In addition, Bush urged Congress to revise federal laws so that the U.S. military could seize control immediately in the aftermath of a natural disaster or, for that matter, following the next engineered al-CIA-duh attack.
As Frank Morales notes, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act and “the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006″ complement one another, as one “allows for torture and detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America.”
Make no mistake about it: the de-facto repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) is an ominous assault on American democratic tradition and jurisprudence. The 1878 Act, which reads, “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both,” is the only U.S. criminal statute that outlaws military operations directed against the American people under the cover of ‘law enforcement.’ As such, it has been the best protection we’ve had against the power-hungry intentions of an unscrupulous and reckless executive, an executive intent on using force to enforce its will.
On February 4, Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, detailed the enormous power now vested in the executive, from the aforementioned Military Commissions Act of 2006 to National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), the latter under COG, or Continuity of Government. Soon enough, all of this will dovetail with Jane Harman’s Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), “which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6″ and “would set up a commission to ‘examine and report upon the facts and causes’ of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it,” write Seiler and Hamburg. “According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it.” (For more on this, see Hamburg’s interview with Alex Jones.)
“Clearly, the U.S. government is ratcheting up their plans for martial law and using the phony threat of homegrown terrorism as an excuse to implement their militarized police state agenda,” notes Lee Rogers. “There is no question that the U.S. government is preparing for martial law domestically, but the long term goal is to establish a martial law apparatus for North America. They are merely beginning the implementation of what has been announced in the Vision 2020 document. There is little question that this deal between USNORTHCOM and CANADACOM is another step towards forming a North American Union that is ruled by a militarized police state.”
It should be obvious by now that the effective merging of U.S. and Canadian military establishments — landmarked by the signing of the Orwellian titled “Civil Assistance Plan” – essentially below the radar of the corporate media has little to nothing to do with “floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and effects of a terrorist attack, in order to save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate damage to property,” and everything to do with imposing a police state on the people of North America, a plan long envisaged by our globalist rulers, who are determined to reduce the planet to a sprawling slave gulag based on the China model that will be enforced by a brutal scientific dictatorship.