Could the U.S. President order military troops into the streets of American cities over the objections of local and state officials?
That is exactly what President Trump has threatened to do.
The President, in a conference with U.S. governors, told them to use their National Guard units to “dominate the streets.”
And then he said he would deploy the military if governors failed to use the National Guard more forcefully.
The President has already deployed the US military in the nation’s capital, which has been roiled by protest, because its the one jurisdiction in America where he can deploy the Army without regard for a governor.
But many are under the mistaken notion that the President cannot order the US military into the streets of US cities.
With people usually referring to the Posse Comitatus Act, signed into law in 1878 which prohibited the use of the military in civilian matters, as the reason why.
But the President can send in the troops, and its happened before.
In 1957, President Eisenhower ordered the famous 101st Airborne Division to invade Little Rock, Arkansas.
And Eisenhower took over the state’s guard, as he federalized the entire Arkansas National Guard under his control.
He did so over the state violating people’s civil rights, as the 101st Airborne enforced a court order permitting nine black students to attend a previously all-white high school.
Presidents Kennedy and Johnson later used the same legal authority to enforce court orders for desegregation in several Southern states.
The reason these Presidents were able to send in the troops on domestic soil is because of the exemptions to the Posse Comitatus Act.
Over time, Congress has passed at least 26 exemptions to the act that allows the President to send troops into the states.
And one of these exemptions is considered to be the Insurrection Act, which governs certain circumstances when the president can use the military in the U.S.
The Insurrection Act says that the president may use the armed forces to subdue an insurrection or rebellion and take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress violence. And that he beforehand must issue a proclamation ordering insurgents to disperse and return to their homes.
And this has happened before and not long ago.
The last time the Insurrection Act was invoked was in 1992. When the California National Guard were federalized to deal with the rioting in Los Angeles after the acquittal of police officers on charges of beating Rodney King.
Even if a state actively opposed the use of federal troops, as several governors have indicated they would oppose President Trump, the law may still allow it in certain cases.
That’s according to a 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service, which interestingly was updated in January, 2020.
Although historical precedent suggests that such uses was meant to be rare, the current President is one known to break-out beyond precedent.
And he has already threatened the governors and local officials saying that if they failed to end the civil unrest, he would deploy the military “to do the job for them.”
The Biblical prophecies (Genesis 6, Matthew 24) describe that hatred and violence like that of the days of Noah will be a sign indicating the nearing end of this age of grace.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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