New Proposed Measure Assigns Power of Martial Law to the Executive


Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell sneaked in a res­ol­u­tion – known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force – on Wednesday night when all anyone could talk about was the blizzard traveling up the East coast.

The media was taken by surprise on Thursday morning.

The purpose is to authorize the president to fight ISIS though in some ways it will limit the next president but what is noteworthy about it is the fact that it does not limit his reach in terms of geography. The fear is that it allows martial law.

From Defense One:

The AUMF put for­ward by Mc­Con­nell would not re­strict the pres­id­ent’s use of ground troops, nor have any lim­its re­lated to time or geo­graphy. Nor would it touch on the is­sue of what to do with the 2001 AUMF, which the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has used to at­tack IS­IS des­pite that au­thor­iz­a­tion’s in­struc­tions to use force against those who planned the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

ISIS is in the United States but we are not at a point where we need this extreme measure. Why give this power to this maniac in the White House?

The AUMF, known as “Rule XIV,” has not been placed on the calendar which means it could come up at any time and will. It’s being fast-tracked.

The res­ol­u­tion already has four Re­pub­lic­an co­spon­sors: Sens. Lind­sey Gra­ham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Or­rin Hatch.

Some Demo­crats were crit­ic­al of even the pres­id­ent’s own draft AUMF, warn­ing that they’d need ad­di­tion­al re­stric­tions from the ad­min­is­tra­tion on troop levels and geo­graph­ic bound­ar­ies be­fore they could sup­port any au­thor­iz­a­tion, Defense One noted.

There is deep division over this bill and there will be debate. Hopefully they will specify to not include the US.

Obama has enough power to go after ISIS but refuses to do it. His rules of engagement have been absurd.

Boston officers search for the Boston bomber
Boston officers search for the Boston bomber

The devil will be in the details.

Martial law has no precise meaning but it has common features – it contemplates military force;  government military personnel have the authority to make and enforce civil and criminal laws; and civil liberties are suspended. Martial law was declared by Lincoln during the Civil War – Proclamation 113 – and our National Defense Authorization Act included a provision, now removed, which stripped U.S. citizens of their constitutional rights.



  1. You know that this law would give Oboma the the power to take gun’s away from law biding citizens. He will declare Martial Law on the US before he get’s out of office to take down the US and to stay in office. Do not approve this bill unless it says it does not include the US.

    • I agree. I think this law was not thought out or Mitch is turning to Obama’s agenda! Everyone needs to be calling for a Convenrion of States resoulition to limit the power of the federal government!

    • as I say time and time again, he has to find our stuff to get our stuff. and no one has eyes all over their heads they need to watch also what happens

  2. Extremely dangerous. It’s as if the establishment Republicans would rather support Obama than conservatives. Is their hatred of the tea party such that they’re willing to resort to treason and invoke martial law? Or are they just incredibly stupid, naive or brain damaged?

    • What is going on in the White House is treason on both sides against the citizen’s in America .We the people are under attack from all sides . It is only a matter of time before they take our liberty’s from us . The State’s need to come together and act now to stop this from happening . If passed as it is now there is know doubt Obama will use it against the American people . Obama will take all our freedom’s from us . God only knows what this Muslim will have done to our children . If what is going on in the Middle East is a hint . We are in for a bloody civil war .

  3. If martial law will be declared, he will stay in office as long as long as he likes, ,, there will be no election, , it’s all military rule,, AMERICANS will be stripped of all rights and freedom, ,, GOD FORBID , THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN,,,GOD BLESS US ALL, AMEN “, ,,,,

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