Living in the America of the post-September 11, 2001 era one must understand that the answer to pretty much everything is to call in the military. The ongoing wars in the volatile Middle East are one thing but such ideas are beginning to bleed over into the domestic realm. We already have the Pentagon underwriting the militarizing of the American police and the intelligence services working with locals law enforcement to set up Fusion Centers. Now the feds are kicking around the idea of a military response to an Ebola outbreak. Can an excuse for martial law be far behind?
According to a story that just broke on the website of the Los Angeles Times entitled “Pentagon announces Ebola rapid-response team for U.S. cases of virus”:
The Pentagon announced Sunday it is putting together a 30-person rapid-response team that could provide quick medical support to civilian healthcare workers if additional cases of the Ebola virus are diagnosed in the United States.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered U.S. Northern Command Commander Gen. Chuck Jacoby to assemble the team, which was requested by the Department of Health and Human Services, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.
The team will consist of 20 critical-care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious-disease protocols.
"Once formed, team members will be sent to Ft. Sam Houston in Texas for up to seven days of specialized training in infection control and personal protective equipment," Kirby said in a statement. "That training is expected to start within the next week or so and will be provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases."
Once the team is trained, they will remain in Texas in a "prepare to deploy" status for 30 days, available to be sent to other U.S. locations as required, he said. The team will not be sent to West Africa, where the Ebola virus is running rampant, or elsewhere overseas.
The creeping cat’s feet of American fascism continue to get louder and the introduction into The Homeland of the Ebola virus may be just that “serious crisis” that Rahm Emanuel would never let go to waste. It really is only a matter of time until an American president crosses the Rubicon and declares a state of martial law - you can bet on it.
The Posse Comitatus Act has pretty much been rendered null and void by the establishment of NORTHCOM several years back. This command ensured that the military would be properly equipped and legally authorized to deal with unspecified domestic issues in a time of national emergency. Whether it will be Obama, Hillary or some Republican upstart the power and ability now exists to implement martial law. Sadly, the public acceptance of it also exists.
Operations in Beantown in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing where militarized police conducted warrantless door to door searches were essentially a live drill for martial law. Now the government is no longer even bothering with the pretense that the troops won’t be called out on American soil when that “serious crisis” arises. It could be Ebola or it could be in Ferguson in a few weeks when a grand jury does not indict right-wing hero and rogue cop Darren Wilson for the murder of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the riots start but it’s coming.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower must be rolling in his grave now that his dire warnings of the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex went unheeded and have now become fully realized.
The proverbial camel’s nose is already under the tent if you have bothered to take a good look around.