By Stephen Lendman
March 23, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
Crises are opportunities for
ruling authorities to institute policies not easily
introduced during normal times.
Post-9/11 and at other extraordinary times, the
public is willfully deceived to believe that by
sacrificing personal freedoms, greater security is
possible — not realizing that both will be lost.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. The
cost of its loss is tyranny — the US and West far
advanced toward it’s becoming full-blown.
Protecting public health to prevent COVID-19 from
spreading by stay-at-home orders, state and
community lockdowns, and social distancing reflect
common sense policymaking.
Overstepping occurs if martial law is declared
and constitutional rights are suspended — what
tyrannical police state rule is all about.
Post-9/11, US hardline rule became reality by
presidential executive orders, national and homeland
security presidential directives, and enactment of
police state laws — along with actions against
designated domestic and foreign adversaries,
dissent, civil liberties, human rights, and other
State-sponsored indefinite detentions,
assassinations, extraordinary renditions, military
commission trials, torture, mass surveillance, and
other extrajudicial actions were instituted and
remain in place on the phony pretext of protecting
national security at a time when America’s only
enemies are invented.
For nearly two decades, the US has been waging
war OF terrorism, not on it, at home and abroad — a
bipartisan coup d’etat on world peace, equity,
justice and the rule of law.
Police state measures were prepared in
advance and on the shelf for rolling out in
the aftermath of the 9/11 mother of all
state-sponsored false flags.
The mother of all establishment media promoted
Big Lies left most people unaware that what happened
on that fateful day was all about advancing
Washington’s imperium, along with cracking down on
Will spreading COVID-19 outbreaks in the US be
used as a pretext for further hardening of hardline
police state rule, including suspension of vital
Politico on Saturday, the Trump regime’s
Justice Department “quietly asked Congress for the
ability to ask chief judges to detain people
indefinitely without trial during emergencies,”
Documents seen by Politico “detail the (DOJ’s)
requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including
the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court
hearings are conducted.”
The Trump regime already closed the nation’s
borders (except for commerce), imposed restrictions
on international and domestic air travel, barred
foreign nationals from entering the US who’ve been
in China, Iran, and European countries recently, and
suspended visa services at US embassies and
About a fourth of the US population is locked
down following orders by individual state governors,
others highly likely to follow, perhaps the entire
nation in the days and weeks ahead as COVID-19
outbreaks will likely continue to increase before
Some measures are justified to enhance public
safety, others not.
Clearly no justification exists to order
indefinite detentions arbitrarily under any
If permitted or not, will martial law and
suspension of the constitution follow?
According to Politico, one of the documents it
saw calls for Congress to empower the attorney
general to circumvent judicial proceedings “whenever
(a) district court is fully or partially closed by
virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience,
or other emergency situation.”
The authority would apply to “any statutes or
rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest,
post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial
procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and
all civil process and proceedings.”
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
executive director Norman Reimer said if indefinite
detentions without trial become the law of the land,
habeas rights no longer will exist as long as the
Anyone for any reason, real or invented, “could
be arrested and never brought before a judge until
they decide that the emergency or the civil
disobedience is over.”
“I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a
time of emergency, we should be very careful about
granting new powers to the government.”
“This is something that should never happen”
The DOJ document also asked Congress to suspend
“statute of limitations or criminal investigations
and civil proceedings during national emergencies,”
said Politico, adding:
The DOJ wants Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
“change(d) to expand the use of videoconference
hearings, and to let some of those hearings happen
without defendants’ consent, according to the draft
According to Reimer, forced video hearing
(without consent of the accused) would violate their
civil liberties — “a terrible road to go down.”
“We have a right to public trials. People have a
right to be present in court” represented by
Tahirih Justice Center head Layli Miller-Munro
said the DOJ request, if implemented, would block
refugees and asylum seekers from entering the US — a
way to keep unwanted people of the wrong race,
creed, color, or nationality out of the country.
Make no mistake. The DOJ document was likely
prepared before or straightaway after the onset of
The 300-plus page USA Patriot Act was written
before 9/11, readied to be considered by Congress,
passed, and signed into law six weeks after the
state-sponsored false flag.
The Trump regime will likely take full advantage
of spreading COVID-19 outbreaks for hardened police
state rule — instead of prioritizing public health
and economic justice actions for ordinary Americans.
The greatest risk to remaining personal freedoms
for ordinary Americans will be if martial law and
suspension of the Constitution become the law of the
land by executive order.
Perhaps it’s coming if Congress and/or the courts
don’t intervene to block it.
While extraordinary times call for extraordinary
actions, it’s vital to institute them lawfully to
protect public health and welfare as top priority.
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