Naomi Wolf Is Blathering On About Fascism Again

Wackjob ultra-liberal Naomi Wolf is still on her fantastically silly “Bush is turning America into a fascist society” kick.

Here’s Wolf at Alternet,

Background: the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq, subduing “unruly individuals,” and the management of a national emergency. I am in Seattle and heard from the brother of one of the soldiers that they are engaged in exercises now. Amy Goodman reported that an Army spokesperson confirmed that they will have access to lethal and non lethal crowd control technologies and tanks.

…I interviewed Vietnam veteran, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and patriot David Antoon for clarification:

“If the President directed the First Brigade to arrest Congress, what could stop him?”

“Nothing. Their only recourse is to cut off funding. The Congress would be at the mercy of military leaders to go to them and ask them not to obey illegal orders.”

“But these orders are now legal?'”

“Correct.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to arrest a bunch of voters, what would stop him?”

“Nothing. It would end up in courts but the action would have been taken.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to kill civilians, what would stop him?”

“Nothing.”

“What would prevent him from sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the Washington Post?”

“Nothing. He could do what he did in Iraq — send a tank down a street in Washington and fire a shell into the Washington Post as they did into Al Jazeera, and claim they were firing at something else.”

“Given the danger do you advocate impeachment?”

“Yes. President Bush struck down Posse Comitatus — which has prevented, with a penalty of two years in prison, U.S. leaders since after the Civil War from sending military forces into our streets — with a ‘signing statement.’ He should be impeached immediately in a bipartisan process to prevent the use of military forces and mercenary forces against U.S. citizens”

First of all, it’s worth noting that this speculation is based on complete and utter horsecrap. Here’s an article from the Colorado Springs Gazette on the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division,

If U.S. Northern Command needs troops to respond to a national emergency, commanders now have 4,000 soldiers on alert to answer the call.

Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to coordinate the military response to everything from the aftermath of hurricanes to nuclear fallout, has relied primarily on part-time National Guard troops.

That changed last week with the Army announcing a full combat brigade will be on alert for the next year, ready to roll out nationwide. Despite conspiracy theories that this could be a first step toward martial law in the U.S., there won’t be tanks on Main Street or active-duty troops putting down demonstrations. That is barred by federal law banning the military from being used on U.S. soil for domestic law enforcement.

Instead, the soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., have been training to back up civilian authorities in providing medical care and dealing with chemical, biological, high explosive or nuclear attack.

…The brigade’s commander, Col. Roger Cloutier, said his soldiers, recently returned from Ramadi, Iraq, are excited about being assigned to help in America.

…Cloutier said he’s also drilling his troops on the rules they face when operating on American soil. His soldiers won’t act as cops; other wartime Army tasks such as intelligence gathering are also forbidden in America.

And while the Army is used to being in the lead, on domestic missions, they’ll be followers.

“We’re in a support role to a lead federal agency,” Cloutier said. “Every mission we do would be at the request of local and state officials.”

In other words, we’ve got to impeach Bush immediately, in a bipartisan fashion, to stop him from implementing martial law across all 50 states with 4000 soldiers, who are, “barred by federal law…from being used on U.S. soil for domestic law enforcement.”

What does it say about the American Left that this lunatic is considered a feminist icon, is published in many of the most prestigious liberal papers and magazines, and was even a consultant to Bill Clinton and Al Gore?

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