Enzo Titolo

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Monday, June 28, 2004

Public Service Announcement - Innoculating Against Martial Law in the U.S.

Prediction that I wish would never come true:

In October 2004, if it looks like Bush2 is losing the election, the U.S. could see about two dozen coordinated terrorist attacks in three cities, most likely NYC, L.A., and Washington, D.C.

Details of the plot could include three major buildings (apartments, hotels, malls) in each city being devastated by gas bombings, much like the plot currently being ascribed to Jose Padilla, who in 2002 was formerly accused of being the proto-dirty bomber. In addition, these three cities could have car or truck bombings in up to seven locations each to really sow fear, uncertainty, and doubt (F.U.D.). The result: martial law / code red / suspension of the constitution and the November 2004 Presidential Elections.

What would you do if President Bush suspended the elections indefinitely and continued to serve indefinitely until the War on 'Terror' is 'over?' Would you go to work, business as usual when the dust clears? Or would you join me in Union Square with signs like 'On Strike' and 'This is Bush-shit!'


At 9:08 AM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

So far the RNC has not needed to call martial law to suspend elections, the election was too close, close enough to rig.

See this excerpt from Professor Mark Crispin Miller's "Fooled Again" in a recent Harper's Magazine:


At 3:47 PM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

Cheney and Rumsfeld have been part of a secret shadow government to operate in case of an emergency, which would supercede the constitution's succession of power.


...."The program called for setting aside the legal rules for presidential succession in some circumstances, in favor of a secret procedure for putting in place a new "President" and his staff. The idea was to concentrate on speed, to preserve "continuity of government," and to avoid cumbersome procedures; the speaker of the House, the president pro tempore of the Senate, and the rest of Congress would play a greatly diminished role.

The inspiration for this program came from within the Administration itself, not from Cheney or Rumsfeld; except for a brief stint Rumsfeld served as Middle East envoy, neither of them ever held office in the Reagan Administration. Nevertheless, they were leading figures in the program.

A few details about the effort have come to light over the years, but nothing about the way it worked or the central roles played by Cheney and Rumsfeld. The program is of particular interest today because it helps to explain the thinking and behavior of the second Bush Administration in the hours, days, and months after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Vice President Cheney urged President Bush to stay out of Washington for the rest of that day; Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld ordered his deputy Paul Wolfowitz to get out of town; Cheney himself began to move from Washington to a series of "undisclosed locations"; and other federal officials were later sent to work outside the capital, to ensure the continuity of government in case of further attacks. All these actions had their roots in the Reagan Administration's clandestine planning exercises."....

From the Atlantic Monthly

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

More about the secret continuity of government and one of its sites and who used it after the September 2001 Plane Bombings.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

Foundations are in place for martial law in the US


...."They included executive orders providing for suspension of the constitution, the imposition of martial law, internment camps, and the turning over of government to the president and FEMA."....
"the former presidential counsel John Dean spoke of America's sliding into a "constitutional dictatorship" and martial law."

Sidney (Australia) Morning Herald 7/2002

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

In 9/2005 the General Accounting Office of Congress pointed out that electronic voting systems like the one used in Ohio is plagued with security and accounting problems.


At 3:49 PM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

Newsweek in July 1994 discussed how Bush' Federal Elections Commissioner started working with the DoJ and Homeland Security to have the power to shut down federal elections in case of a terrorist attack.


Somehow our national elections survived a civil war and two world wars, but some criminals taking out several buildings in different locations can let the Feds shut our democracy down.

Here's the article:

Exclusive: Election Day Worries

By Michael Isikoff
July 19 issue - American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned.

The prospect that Al Qaeda might seek to disrupt the U.S. election was a major factor behind last week's terror warning by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Ridge and other counterterrorism officials concede they have no intel about any specific plots. But the success of March's Madrid railway bombings in influencing the Spanish elections—as well as intercepted "chatter" among Qaeda operatives—has led analysts to conclude "they want to interfere with the elections," says one official.

As a result, sources tell NEWSWEEK, Ridge's department last week asked the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of the election were an attack to take place. Justice was specifically asked to review a recent letter to Ridge from DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the newly created U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Soaries noted that, while a primary election in New York on September 11, 2001, was quickly suspended by that state's Board of Elections after the attacks that morning, "the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election." Soaries, a Bush appointee who two years ago was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for Congress, wants Ridge to seek emergency legislation from Congress empowering his agency to make such a call. Homeland officials say that as drastic as such proposals sound, they are taking them seriously—along with other possible contingency plans in the event of an election-eve or Election Day attack. "We are reviewing the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the election," says Brian Roehrkasse, a Homeland spokesman.


Does 'secure the election' mean 'secure it for the ruling party'?


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