The Washington Times uncovered a troubling Defense Department policy that outlines President Obama’s authority to use military force, arms, and drones in military operations within the United States.
“This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive.
The military directive, Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”
The directive, which clearly states its purpose is to engage civilians during times of unrest, gives the military the authority to “quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”
According to a U.S. official who spoke with the Times, the Obama administration actually considered, but then later rejected, sending in military forces during the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada. Instead they allowed armed forces from the Bureau of Land Management to target innocent civilians with sniper squads. Luckily nobody was killed, but it shows how willing this government is to use lethal force on its own citizens.
The military directive to “engage civilians” combined with the militarization of almost every federal agency has raised some serious questions over who exactly the Obama administration sees as a threat.
Over the last couple of years this administration has militarized almost every federal agency under its control. From the TSA buying over 3.5 million rounds of ammo, to the United States Postal Service placing solicitations for “assorted small arms ammunition,” there is a growing concern over why so many federal employees are being armed and trained in military SWAT tactics.
According to the Times article, the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department all now have armed and militarized SWAT teams.
But as we’ve pointed out numerous times over the last couple of years, it’s not just these federal agencies but your local polices forces have also been taken over by the federal government. Through grants provided by the Department of Homeland Security, small rural police forces have been given billions of dollars in high-grade military equipment and battlefield gear. In fact, just this year alone over 13,000 MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicles) have been given to rural police forces across the country, all at no cost!
I’m afraid that one day history will look back at this time, just like we now look back at 1930’s Germany, and people will wonder how the public didn’t see it coming.