By J. D. Heyes – Natural News
(NaturalNews) The concept of martial law is one that is often confusing. The textbook definition is a rule of law imposed by the highest-ranking military officer, either as a military governor or as the leader of the nation, in place of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. But many people think that, for our country, martial law occurs when the president, as commander-in-chief, declares him- or herself to be in charge completely, a declaration that would come with the suspension of most, if not all, constitutional rights.
Martial law has actually been implemented in the U.S. in the past. During the Civil War, President Lincoln not only suspended habeas corpus, but also appointed generals to head up military districts in some states – moves that the U.S. Supreme Court eventually approved due to the national emergency created by the conflict.
Some think that martial law is once again imminent. In fact, some Americans believe that President Obama, not satisified with leaving office in 2016, may use the occasion of a national emergency – say, due to terrorism – as the impetus, which would lead to a suspension of elections and the Constitution.
Would Congress allow that? That depends; if some candidate who is well outside the political establishment – like a Donald Trump – looks set to win the election, it’s very possible this Congress, which has given Obama everything he wants, would simply go along with whatever he wanted to do.
That said, if martial law were to occur, it will become vital for Americans to learn how to navigate a dramatically changed social situation. And, as noted at Prepper Fortress, if that’s our fate, the government – using cyber means, covert operations and other measures – is already putting the pieces in place to deal with the expected chaos.
Here are 10 ways to avoid becoming ensnared in the martial law net: