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Thou Shalt Obey The Government?

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 3:38 AM

A somewhat disturbing story comes from KSLA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Apparently, the government, under the auspices of Homeland Security, has established 'Clergy Response Teams' to quell community unrest should martial law be declared in the wake of a national emergency � say, like a terrorist attack.

"The primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle differences once the crisis is over,'" says Dr. Durell Tuberville, the chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and Caddo Sheriff's Office.

And their biggest tool will be the Bible, "... because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the Scripture."

The implication, of course, is that there's a Major Conspiracy afoot � another 'terrorist attack' and a renewed patriotic fervor, combined with a few nukes lobbed in the general direction of Tehran, perhaps. The local pastors would then urge us to respect the rule of law and be good little sheep, even in the face of forced relocations and other actions taken to ensure the public good.

Is it possible, or even plausible?

Halliburton did receive a contract to build relocation centers within the U.S. � just in case there's an unexpected influx of foreigners or a national emergency.

The Posse Comitatus Act, which formerly prohibited the use and deployment of the military on a domestic basis, has been altered (some say eliminated) ��so that President Bush need only declare an emergency, and he can send troops, regardless of whether or not the state's governor has requested aid.

And there's that National Security policy that was issued a few months ago, establishing the President as the sole embodiment of the Federal government in the event of a national emergency.

More recently, we've had Democrats enable continued warrantless domestic surveillance, and a new policy to use military surveillance capabilities for domestic law enforcement.

Suggestions that "they" have been plotting to declare martial law and suspend the 2008 election are nothing new, but we are ranging so far afield from our Constitution as the embodiment of our guiding principles that the 'loony conspiracy theory' isn't sounding quite so loony.

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