The Washington Times’ Bill Gertz revealed last week in his “Inside the Ring” column that Barack Obama issued a directive, in 2010, to the Department of Defense allowing the use of the United States Military against American Citizens. In a recent speech, Obama assured the audience that the nation should seek to avoid military misadventures abroad. A conspiracy theorist would see this as evidence that the Democratic Administration is planning to use the military against the American public instead. Anyone familiar with government documents is well aware of the devil being in the details, and that it is often a matter of interpretation.
Directive No. 3025.18, December 29, 2010
The purpose of the directive is to “Provide guidance for the execution and oversight of Defense Support of Civil Authorities when requested by civil authorities or by qualifying entities and approved by the appropriate DoD official, or as directed by the President.” The directive outlines provisions for military support of emergency services for fire, natural disasters, security for special events, domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers, and DoD support to civilian law enforcement agencies. Military forces employed in such activities will remain under military command and control.
“All requests from civil authorities and qualifying entities for assistance shall be evaluated for: legality, lethality, risk, cost, appropriateness and cannot interfere with military readiness.” Unless the situation requires immediate action, the non-military entity will be at the mercy of bureaucrats.
Federal military commanders are provided EMERGENCY AUTHORITY under this Directive. “Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the President in accordance with applicable law (e.g., chapter 15 of Reference (d)) or permitted under emergency authority, as described below (see DoDD 3025.12 (Reference (j)) and DoDD 5525.5 (Reference (c))).”
“In these circumstances, those Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”
Military assistance under such situations can include supplying civilian and government agents with weapons and ammunition and other military equipment that may be used against Americans. Drones, if used, shall be unarmed, the only time the Drone King cares about collateral damage or bad optics.
Bill Gertz paraphrases unnamed defense analysts saying “there has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies, notably the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. The buildup has raised questions about whether the Obama administration is undermining civil liberties under the guise of counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics efforts.”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom