Not since the beginning of the US Civil War have we seen a grab for power by a single individual like we are seeing today being perpetrated by Barack Obama. On April 27, 1861, following the onset of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in response to riots, local militia actions, and the threat that the border slave state of Maryland would secede from the Union, leaving the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., surrounded by hostile territory.
Following the arrest of Maryland secessionist John Merryman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger B. Taney defied Lincoln’s order and issued a writ of habeas corpus demanding that the U.S. Military bring Merryman before the Supreme Court. The military refused to honor the writ and the Supreme Court then declared Lincoln’s action in suspending habeas corpus to be unconstitutional.
Lincoln then attempted an executive coup in issuing a secret warrant for Chief Justice Taney’s arrest. The warrant was given to US Marshalls but was never executed.
On February 14, 1862, Lincoln ordered most prisoners released, putting an end to court challenges for the time being. He again suspended habeas corpus on his own authority in September that same year, however, in response to resistance to his calling up of the militia.
The suspension of habeas corpus in defiance of the Supreme Court should be considered no little matter.
Now let’s look at what Obama has been up to.
On December 31, 2011 he signed the National Defense Authorization Act with sections 1021 and 1022, military arrests and indefinite detention without due process of the law.
On March 8, 2012 he signed Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, the no-Trespass Bill, paving the way for the military arrests and detention of any who might oppose his regime.
On March 16, 2012 he signed the Executive Order, National Defense Resources Preparedness, which was portrayed in the mainstream media as a reaffirmation of existing law. However that law was only to take effect in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. Under Obama’s new version the law can be implemented in the case of an emergency. This could be any kind of emergency, even an economic one, or as the law now states, no emergency at all.
Obama was recently caught over an open mic telling a Russian Ambassador, “After my next election I have more flexibility.”
On Monday, Obama, in addressing the Supreme Court in reference to his socialist heath care law, said that the “unelected” justices should show restraint in the face of arguments for overturning the law.
Now, considering that lawsuits have been filed against Obama saying the provisions in the NDAA are unconstitutional; could Obama be setting the stage for an attempted Executive challenge to the authority of the Supreme Court? If the Supreme Court rules against Premiere Obama will he, like Lincoln, issue secret warrants for the arrest of those in the Supreme Court who oppose him? And unlike Lincoln, will he go through with it?
Before you dismiss the notion, look what Obama has already done? And consider this, we are not engaged in a Civil War….at present.
God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.