Pentagon directives outline conditions for using military force, drones against U.S. civilians

urban-warfare-2Recent Pentagon directives contain some alarming text regarding the extents of military involvement in domestic emergencies and the advancement of the War on Terror on domestic soil. Specifically at issue is the use of drone surveillance and military force against American civilians within the United States of America.

The authority to deploy the U.S. military inside the USA was established first in Article IV of the Constitution in cases of domestic violence that threaten the government of a state, or the application of federal law. This authority was further clarified both by the Insurrection Act of 1807 and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

The Insurrection Act specifies the circumstances under which the president may convene the armed forces to suppress an insurrection against any state or the federal government. Furthermore, where an individual state is concerned, consent of the governor must be obtained prior to the deployment of troops. The Posse Comitatus Act gives some teeth to the Insurrection Act by provides penalties for unlawful troop deployments.

Loophole for initiating martial law

Listed on the Pentagon’s website, DoD Directive 3025.18: Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) seems to enhance the circumstances in which the military may be deployed for situations inside domestic U.S. territory. – Police State USA

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