‘You are now entering Imperium.’”
Recent legislation sets us up for tyranny
by Justin Raimondo
America is headed for a military dictatorship – and recent legislation makes this all but inevitable. Last September, Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act, which empowered the president to declare martial law with very little provocation, namely in the aftermath of a “terrorist attack or incident.” Having determined that “the execution of the laws” is hampered by the “incident,” the president can unilaterally impose martial law – without the consent of Congress, which need only be informed of the event “as soon as practicable.” The only condition attached instructs the president to report to Congress after 14 days, and every 14 days thereafter.
This recalls the opening of Garet Garrett’s 1952 philippic, Rise of Empire, wherein he diagnosed the essential indeterminacy of the transition:
“We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire. If you ask when, the answer is that you cannot make a single stroke between day and night; the precise moment does not matter. There is no painted sign to say: ‘You are now entering Imperium.’”</em>