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Martial Law In America Part I

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Short Stories

In 2009 3.5 million homes had been foreclosed and 17 percent of the population was unemployed or underemployed. Personal bankruptcies reached 6000 a day. 50 million Americans were going hungry on a weekly basis. 60 million people had no access to healthcare other than an emergency room and 40 million more paid insurance premiums but were never able to access medical care due to the high deductible costs of their policies. Small banks and small businesses failed at a steady rate. Destructive weather events were hitting cities and towns across the country leaving communities in economic and environmental shambles with no assistance from the Federal Government.  The military occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to drain the nation’s wealth. Millions and millions of people woke up everyday with no job, no money, no plan, and no hope. But one out five people still had jobs and Social Security checks still got mailed out and Wal-Mart still had everyday low prices and stocked shelves. We refer to these now as the good old days.

The year of ML 1 was the year several things happened within several months. Job losses continued because private employers were more interested in capitalizing on bad conditions to break unions, lessen worker pay and benefits, and wring more productivity out of workers than they were in creating new jobs. Seven million more homes went into foreclosure. Investment capital quit the country and was moved offshore. Eleven states declared bankruptcy one after the other and could no longer send out unemployment checks or make good on their other financial obligations. Shantytowns were as common as pawn and loan outlets in the cities and in the suburbs unemployed homeowners far behind on their mortgages had armed themselves and squatted in their own homes ready to fight to forestall eviction. Formerly affluent suburban streets were littered with garbage as so many people considered trash collection an unaffordable luxury. On lawns, sidewalks, alleys, cul-de-sacs, even in the streets themselves all manner of America’s mass consumer jetsam traced the retreat of the recently evicted and now homeless: couches, baby strollers, coffee makers, plasma televisions, patio furniture, and computers.

Wal-Mart enforced a cash only policy and no one under 21 years of age could enter any of their stores. Gas climbed to over four dollars a gallon as Wall Street made one last desperate bid at commodity and futures manipulation. The majority of airline flights were canceled as the new federal background and credit checks made it impossible for most people to fly. Cars were abandoned wherever they ran out of gas and the cities lacked the means to move them. The impound lots of get-rich-quick tow truck speculators were overflowing from the tens of thousands of cars towed and left parked in long rows unclaimed. Militia groups began to stage swift and well-coordinated raids on geographically remote grocery stores and warehouses. Gunfire could be heard in infrequent bursts in the cities and the suburbs. Those with jobs who commuted to work faced tension charged and danger filled drives. Home invasions were common occurrences as were rapes and the disappearance of pets and children.

Despite all this one single event was credited with the need for martial law: an armed occupation by a small group of men of a state capitol and the summary execution of the state legislators within. The night after the day of the Capitol Murders, as the media called them, President Obama appeared on television preempting everything including including pay per view. The entire television spectrum was given over to the president.

“Citizens of America,” he began. “Today…” and he recapitulated the horrors of the day past and then another man come forward to introduce us to the horror of the days to come.

General Whitley addressed the nation. “As of 9:36 p.m. eastern standard time, President Obama has empowered me to declare the nation under martial law. I will exercise all powers of both the chief executive and commander in chief and will do so until the nation once again regains a solid framework of law and order and civil compliance.” This was all the man said and he left the podium by himself as President Obama was escorted off the stage by two military officers each guiding him by an elbow.

Martial law came to my city less than 24 hours later. Hundreds of armed Blackwater security contractors arrived at the airport along with transports full of weapons, ammunition, and vehicles, and dispatched themselves to various staging operations around the city. National Guard troops, police officers, various security job flunkies, NRA members, right-wing militia men, Christian patriot group members, ex-military personnel, and various vetted street gang members, were assembled at these staging operations and made to swear loyalty to the U.S. Military until death. Once sworn in they were considered members of the United States Military and would be issued all manner of military weapons, military vehicles, and commandeered civilian vehicles now the property of the military. They were also given chemical suits and told they would remain here in their secure location until the primary operations had concluded.

The “primary operations” were explained to them by a severe looking special forces officer in immaculately pressed camo fatigues. The officer informed the newly sworn in military personnel that helicopters were going to make passes over the city dispersing a “designer” biochemical agent in the form of a mist or spray that would “invalidate the resistance of the most intractable individuals.” This “civilian pacification process” would take about 24 hours to execute. Most of the biochem mists would dissipate by then but for the first twelve hours “in city” the special forces officer instructed the men to wear their chemical suits. After the twelve hour “twilight” period expired, the men could remove their suits and move freely through the city.

The military had two main objectives for the first 48 hours in city. The first objective was to get a count of the number of biochem dead. For this task, body counters would travel among the soldiers and mark the bodies with a Day-glo spray that could be seen from the air and that glowed in the dark. The body counters held computer connected counters that were linked to a command computer so that every click of the Day-glo sprayer got tallied at the command base computer. It was essential, the special forces officer assured one and all, to get an idea of the numbers of civilian bodies in order to determine whether other “specialized pacification methods” would be required to assist the in city ground troops. In addition, mass decomposition would prove a hazard to ground troops and would necessitate removal by a Halliburton disposal division contractor within 72 hours. The in city ground units had that much time to secure and prep their assigned sections for Halliburton and other contractors with task specific duties. The units were further instructed to be alert for other casualties and to make mental notes as to the cause of their death. The second objective was to shoot on sight any male over the age of fourteen years on sight.

“Shoot any male without hesitation and without scruple,” ordered the special forces officer. “They are the enemy. This is a heavily armed civilian populace and we will not allow that populace to fire a single round at any member of the United States Military. I repeat, you will shoot to kill on sight any male you see. Any female that can be peaceably repatriated will be accepted by all forward in city units and transferred to our Mobilized Repatriation Units. Their status will be determined by the ranking MRU officer present. Those that demonstrate the required behavioral proclivities will be offered immediate repatriation training. Those that refuse will be executed by our PopCon units. Listen carefully now, gentlemen: All children, I repeat, all children 12 years old and under will be acquired alive by any and all means at your disposal. To underscore the importance of this acquisition program, the U.S. Military will be offering bonuses to the field units who acquire the most children.”

The orders given the men were assembled into small units, acquainted with their chemical suits, issued automatic weapons, sidearms, grenades, and introduced to their unit leaders all of whom were Blackwater contractors. Other Blackwater contractors were assigned to each unit and handled the heavier ordinance such as rocket propelled explosives, chemical flame throwers, communication systems, and also, only Blackwater personnel would drive the vehicles that would transport the in city units into and out of the TOO’s, theaters of operations.

It was explained to the men by the Blackwater group commander that each unit was assigned a section of the city and would be responsible for all manner of “civilian management, pacification, extraction, and forwarding of civilians to MRU’s as well as prep and assist Halliburton and other in city private contractors with time sensitive directives.”

The Blackwater group commander gathered the men around him informally to “tell them the rules of the game.”

“My name, as you may know by now is Ed Claybrook. My associates call me Claymore and you may, too. You may address me informally but you will obey my every command in the strictest military fashion. Let me give you the real picture of how this is going to play. When we disperse in city we will divide into teams of two, fan out and investigate streets only. You will have your chem suits on so progress will be intentionally slow. Basically, keep your eyes open and acquaint yourself with the facts on the ground and their capacity to change 180 in an instant. We will enter no buildings on our primary excursion. Do not enter doorways and do not enter shadows. Anything large enough to conceal your person if you walk behind or around it is to be avoided. Stay in sight of your unit members at all times. Communicate only by the hand signals you will be taught by Balckwater personnel. This primary excursion is a body count mission only and a tactical recon for the senior Blackwater members assigned to each unit. Gentlemen, most important so hear me well, touch nothing. Do not pick up or remove anything. Do not consider looting anything be it so small as a gold lighter. Any man who returns with anything on his person not issued to him prior to the mission will be relieved of duty and face military trial and possible execution. You will carry no personal I.D. and no personal effects on your person. No exceptions. We will eat prior to these first body count missions and when we return from these missions we will be treated to the finest of food and entertainment. That is the Blackwater way, I can assure you of that. Later, as missions stretch out and as we establish firebases we will be served in city by Blackwater’s caterers.

Here now, are some mission specifics. We will be sweeping the streets in a slow and methodical fashion. Each two man patrol will be accompanied by a Blackwater member. Defer to him and have confidence in his abilities. Shoot only if he instructs you to shoot. This man’s job is to train you in these early in city missions so observe and learn from him. You will instantly follow any instruction he gives you. Failure to do so will result in penalties heretofore outlined. Let me stress one final thing and let it be your guiding light: the civilian population are not your friends. They are the enemy. The MRU’s will decide who are friendlies at a later time and place. All civilians are our enemies. If you value your life and the lives of your unit members you will learn that and live that. We will regroup here at 0900 hours to commence in city daylight operations. That is all gentlemen.”

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