On July 2, 2008, then candidate Barack Obama made a shocking statement that caused alarms of concern to go off for many Americans around the country.
We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.Reports of government agencies, from the Postal Service to the EPA and BLM, buying large amounts of high-powered ammunition fed fuel to the fire of wondering how Obama would use such a force. The BLM invasion of the Cliven Bundy Ranch gave some insight into that question. Now, according to a report by the Washington Times, Obama not only has government agencies developing their own police forces, but he has a directive issued on December 29, 2010 that gives him the power to use military force against American civilians in the United States.
This directive, No. 3025.18, is called the “Defense Support of Civil Authorities.” It not only gives Obama the power to use the force of the military against Americans, but also says that federal military commanders have such authority if prior authorization by the president is not possible. Such action can be taken during times deemed to be ‘civil unrest.’
“Federal action, including the use of federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the federal property or functions,” the directive states.This directive also gives the secretary of defense the authorization to use unarmed drones, but bans drones that can fire missiles.
Military assistance can include loans of arms, ammunition, vessels and aircraft. The directive states clearly that it is for engaging civilians during times of unrest.
The Washington Times continues their report by addressing the militarization of government agencies under the Obama regime and the impact of that on civil liberties.
Defense analysts say there has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies, notably the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. The buildup has raised questions about whether the Obama administration is undermining civil liberties under the guise of counterterrorism and counter narcotics efforts.
Other agencies with SWAT teams reportedly include 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.
The militarization of federal agencies, under little-known statues that permit deputization of security officials, comes as the White House has launched verbal attacks on private citizens’ ownership of firearms despite the fact that most gun owners are law-abiding citizens.
The detailing of this directive that was put into effect in 2010 will bring into question the validity of two claims that were made last year that were written off by many as ‘conspiracy theories.’ The first was the allegation, as reported by The Blaze, that Obama was purging the military of commanders who didn’t agree with his ideology. The second, which actually ties into the first, was the claim that the litmus test for which military leaders would be allowed to stay was whether or not they would fire on citizens. According to Dr. Jim Garrow, an author and humanitarian, those who would not agree to fire on American citizens were let go.
While those reports and allegations were written off as untrue, this directive giving Obama the power to use military force against Americans certainly gives them more credibility.