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How Likely is Martial Law in America? Here’s What Happens Under Martial Law

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Published on: April 29, 2016

We’re entering into an age of deception and betrayal, by our own government.”– James Wesley Rawles

The march towards martial law is something that is often ignored by the general public, often labeled as Quackery or something belonging on conspiracy websites. But what’s happening in this country is exactly what our founders warned us about, and martial law is something they took very, very seriously.” – SGT


The SGT Report writes: 

If you’re not familiar with who James Wesley Rawles is, he’s the New York Times best-selling author of Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse and the editor. No stranger to prepping, Rawles says, “Let the learning and the preparation begin, because time is running out! It’s time to hunker down and get ready to ride out the storm because it’s coming.”

The signs of the police state now enveloping the people of the United States are all around us. From the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act to the NDAA s.1867 to endless Executive signing orders, the threat to our liberties has never been greater. And the source of most of these threats is not an external enemy, it’s our own government, says James Wesley Rawles.

Rawles: “We’re verging on a society that’s a police state at this point. And people need to wake up, and they need to get themselves prepared. If they’re going to move overseas, they should take the gap, soon. If they’re going to hunker down in the States, they need to get their beans, bullets and band-aids squared away, now. Because those windows of opportunity are closing.”

Jones: “Are you getting chills? What I mean is, ten years ago I used to feel the urgency, but now, it’s blowing me away.”

Rawles: “The immediacy of it is almost overwhelming at this point. When I drafted my first novel ‘Patriots’ back in 1990-91, people looked at it as sort of wild speculation. But a lot of it in there has come to pass. We’re living in increasingly dangerous times. We’re entering into an age of deception and betrayal, by our own government. And people need to recognize that. And if they’re not scared right now, they’re not paying attention.”


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Rawles went on to say that he has consulting clients within the US government, military and intelligence agencies that are looking to him for advice on where they should relocate, “There’s a lot of anxiety both inside and outside of the government right now.”

Rawles warns:

“If the internationalists, the Globalists have it their way, they’ll take away our right to keep and bear arms as well. There’s a large push underway at the supra-national level for the small arms and light weapons treaty which if enacted would essentially erase our Second Amendment.” See for yourself.

I have news for Americans: Internationalists are already stationed here on U.S. soil. If the American military doesn’t follow orders and act against its own citizens, there are plenty of U.N. soldiers here that will. For each person that doesn’t have a plan that goes beyond, “From my cold dead fingers…” let me ask you something: When Obama confiscated the guns and Second Amendment rights of 260,381 American Veterans, how come they didn’t put up a fight? 

After all, they were men and women trained in the art of war… and yet they still didn’t fight. They knew better… otherwise, it would have been from their cold dead fingers indeed. 


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In the meantime, however, the coming collapse could be so severe, especially if the power grid were to go down (which Rawles says would mean that the power brokers have lost control of their ‘controlled collapse’), the result could be absolutely catastrophic. A massive die-off situation could result in which literally half of the American population could perish in just one winter.

Offgrid Survival writes:

“The march towards martial law is something that is often ignored by the general public, often labeled as Quackery or something belonging on conspiracy websites. But what’s happening in this country is exactly what our founders warned us about, and martial law is something they took very, very seriously.”

What is martial law? If you’re looking for a definition, then Martial Law basically means using state or national military force to enforce the will of the government on the people. Under a declaration of martial law, Constitutional freedoms and liberties are suspended, and civilians are no longer entitled to their civil rights. It basically allows the government, or a tyrannical politician, to shred the Constitution and impose its will through military force. Take a look!

Alex Jones uncovers one of the most detrimental plans facing humanity today. In this shocking Report, Alex details the government’s insidious plan to put its own citizens under martial law to strip them of all rights. Now the government is issuing subliminal propaganda via the Ad Council who claims it does not know how a newscast mentioning martial law in the midst of an outbreak ended up in an AARP ad. 


History of Martial Law in the United States of America

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill

In one way or another, there have always been tyrants who have used the power of government to suppress and control the public. But if we are looking for specific examples of Martial Law being used inside the United States, we don’t have to look very hard or far to find them.

Using the strictest definition of the term, we can see the roots of martial law in America take hold during the lead up to the Revolutionary war. Although there were many reasons for the war, including resistance to taxes imposed by the British parliament, the main catalyst was England’s decision to use military troops to enforce everyday law throughout the colonies. 

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Flash forward a hundred years, and many of the most egregious examples of martial law can be found throughout the civil war. While today’s history books largely ignore the real reasons for the war or the many atrocities committed by President Lincoln, the facts of what really happened cannot be disputed.

The reason we have lost so many of our liberties can be tied directly to the Civil War.

On September 15, 1863, President Lincoln imposed Congressionally-authorized martial law. While history contends the war was fought to end slavery, the truth is, Lincoln by his own admission never really cared about freeing slaves. In fact, Lincoln never intended to abolish slavery, his main interest was centralizing government power and using the federal government to exert complete control over all citizens. The abolishment of slavery was only a byproduct of the war; it actually took the 13th amendment to end slavery, since Lincoln actually only freed Southern slaves, not slaves in states loyal to the Union.

During the Civil War, Lincoln continually violated the Constitution, in some cases suspending the entire Constitution that he swore to uphold.  

  • He suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus without the consent of Congress.
  • He shut down newspapers whose writers displayed any dissent to Union policy or spoke out against him.
  • He raised troops without the consent of Congress.
  • He closed courts by force.
  • He even imprisoned citizens, newspaper owners, and elected officials without cause and without a trial.

Our founders were very wary of using the military to enforce public policy, and concerns about this type of abuse date back to, and largely influenced, the creation of the Constitution. The founders continually warned about using military force to uphold law and order; unfortunately, most Americans are rather ignorant of history and are even more ignorant to what our actual founders intended when they created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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What will happen under Martial law?

The actual words martial law will probably never be used.

The first thing you will likely see is a declaration of a “State of Emergency.” This may be done nationally, in cases of war or large-scale terrorist attacks; or it may happen locally as witnessed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In August of 2005, New Orleans was declared a disaster area and a state of emergency was declared by the governor. This allowed state officials to order evacuations and forcefully remove residents from their homes, suspend certain laws, confiscate firearms, and suspend the sale of items like liquor, firearms, and ammunition.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police, the U.S. Marshalls Office, and the Louisiana National Guard forcibly confiscated over 1,000 legal firearms from law-abiding citizens.

Depending on the reasons behind the declaration you may also see:

The suspension of the Constitution, probably starting with the first and second amendment.


  • Suspension of Habeas Corpus: Imprisonment without due process and without a trail.
  • Travel Restrictions, including road closures and possibly, even quarantine zones.
  • Mandatory Curfews and Mandatory Identification.
  • Automatic search and seizures without a warrant. 

When can Martial Law be enacted?

When Martial Law can be enacted is a pretty touchy subject, largely because our founders never intended the federal government or a standing army be permitted to take such actions. Unfortunately, most people accept these unconstitutional activities and are more than willing to give up their essential liberties in exchange for peace of mind and not having to think for themselves.

This is something Benjamin Franklin warned about when he famously wrote,

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” 

How likely is martial law in the United States?

Let’s face it, this country is a ticking time bomb. From widespread social unrest, crime and violence to a growing national debt which includes an entire subset of our population that depends on government assistance to exist, the writing is on the wall: Trouble is coming.

Article posted with permission from The Last Great Stand.

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