For years people have called it conspiracy theories but a Pentagon directive recently released confirms that Obama administration will now have the permission to use deadly force with snipers and drones against Americans.
Via Washington Times:
A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans.
The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers.
The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest.
“This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive.
Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”
“Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.
“In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” under two conditions.
The problem with “large scale, unexpected civil disturbances” is the crowd effect. A large crowd can easily behave as one called “herd behavior” where individuals in a crowd can act together without planned direction. That means in a large peaceful crowd it would be very easy to start a riot or a stampede by creating panic conditions in 1 or 2 spots in the crowd that are semi-coordinated. This directive allows for corrupt individuals to create these panic scenarios as excuses to use unconstitutional force against citizens like a crowd of school children or a rally of Tea Partiers.