Ferguson, Missouri – This is what Martial Law Looks Like

The police before a rally Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by an officer last week. Photo Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

The police before a rally Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by an officer last week. Photo Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times


 Spurred on by 9/11 and the War on Terror, America has become a feared military force of terror but the prime target has always been the American public which is becoming increasingly aware of their Government sponsored militarized police who see and relate to them as Middle East terrorists until proven innocent such as in Ferguson, Missouri. The military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri has ripped aside the thin veneer of democracy to expose a budding police state. This is what martial law looks like: Allen L Roland, Ph.D


As I watch, with alarm, the rapidly growing American militarized Police State as well as George W Bush and Dick Cheney’s recent book tours ~ where they rationalize their illegal wars and economic rape of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as justify torture as a means to this criminal end ~ I am immediately reminded of Milton Mayer’s classic THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE (The Germans 1933 – 1945).

Mayer’s book describes the slow but sure seduction of the German people as their civil liberties, freedoms and moral values were gradually stripped away by Hitler’s fascist government while waving the flag of national security and patriotism.


But Then It Was Too Late ~ “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it this separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”

Apathy increases with each measured step, as it most certainly has in America, and Mayer knowingly describes the consequences for Germany in the early 1930’s~


In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D ~ and one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in ~ your nation, your people ~ is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way… You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things that your father, even in Germany, could not have imagined … Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing).”  Read article ~

And that is Mayer’s main point ~ it is the spirit that dramatically changes when we accept if not condone the disintegration of our national moral values and civil liberties through illegal wars and occupations as well as our crimes against humanity such as torture, secret renditions as well as intrusive full body scans and pat downs, which will continue to be extended under the pretext of national security and the War on Terror ~ and especially when it extends to our own country, America.

Paul Craig Roberts correctly writes that the War on Terror is a Hoax; “In the past decade, Washington has killed, maimed, dislocated, and made widows and orphans millions of Muslims in six countries, all in the name of the “war on terror.” Washington’s attacks on the countries constitute naked aggression and impact primarily civilian populations and infrastructure and, thereby, constitutes war crimes under law. Nazis were executed precisely for what Washington is doing today.”  See article  

Then what was is the Obama/Biden administration so afraid of?

They are obviously afraid of the Truth and, in particular, an informed public in possession of the truth. And the truth is that we are owned, lock, stock, and barrel by Wall Street, the Corpocracy and Washington as well as a Congress that is in bed with them. And that the War on Terror is being increasingly being seen, by the world, as a War of Terror on anyone who does not fall in step with a heavily armed Imperialistic fascist state and it’s surrogate states ~ such as Israel.

It is interesting to note that the one country on this planet that is seen as the greatest threat to World Peace is the United States. (2014  WIN/Gallup International Poll)

Which brings me to Ferguson, Missouri ~ as an obvious example of where we are heading by treating American citizens like terrorists or insurgents in an occupied country. An analysis done earlier this summer by the New York Times found that since 2006, police departments across America have received 435 armored vehicles, 533 planes, 93,763 machine guns, and last, but not least, 432 mine-resistant armored trucks, because you never know when you’re going to run into terrorist laid mines on Main Street USA.

FERGUSON, Mo. ~ In the five days since an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a police officer here, the selective release of information about the shooting, and especially the anonymity granted to the officer, has stoked frustrations in this largely African-American community north of St. Louis, where residents describe increasingly tense relations with a militarized police. This is once again what Martial law looks like.

The police before a rally Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed  teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by an officer last week. Photo Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

The Ferguson Police Department riot squad moving towards a protester. (photo: Getty Images)

As reported by Julie Bowman and Erick Hekholm, NY Times ~ “On Wednesday night, scores of police officers in riot gear and armored trucks showed up to disperse protesters who had gathered on the streets near the scene of the shooting. Some officers perched atop the vehicles with their guns trained on the crowds while protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” A police spokesman said that some demonstrators had thrown Molotov cocktails at officers and that some had tried to set fires. The police used tear gas on demonstrators, and some protesters said rubber bullets had been fired at them. Police said one officer appeared to have suffered a broken ankle after being hit by a brick…Two reporters covering the protests also said they had been arrested inside a McDonald’s for trespassing and later released without charges or an explanation. The reporters, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post, both said they had been handled roughly by the police.”  See report and video

As Carl Gibson correctly writes in Reader Supported News ~ “The FAA has just declared city of Ferguson a no-fly zone, prohibiting news choppers from documenting protests and police abuses. And in their first official statement since the shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson police said citizens should only protest during daylight hours. This implies that citizens demonstrating after sunset are fair game for repression. The framers of the Constitution never wanted there to be a sunset clause on the First Amendment…. What’s happening in Ferguson, a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri, is just like what’s happened in Anaheim, California, after the killing of Manuel Diaz by local police. It’s the same thing that happened in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighbourhood after the NYPD killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. And it’s the same police response that was seen in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon, and many other cities around the country during the heavily-militarized crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement.” See article

Combat in large cities is central to the military doctrine of Martial Law that is being developed by the US armed forces. This is spelled out in a document entitled “Megacities and the United States Army: Preparing for a complex and uncertain future,” which was released in June by the Army’s Strategic Studies Group and endorsed by its chief of staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno.

Describing the conditions that it anticipates will require US military intervention, the report warns, “As inequality between rich and poor increases … Stagnation will coexist with unprecedented development, as slums and shanty towns rapidly expand alongside modern high-rises. This is the urban future. ”Radical income disparity,” is further described as the foremost “driver of instability” in these far-flung urban areas.

In other words, the Pentagon brass is seeking to prepare the US military for directly counterrevolutionary interventions aimed at quelling popular revolts that it sees as the inevitable consequence of the unprecedented social inequality created by world capitalism in crisis.” See WSWS article on same subject .

As Carl Gibson correctly points out ~ The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 made it clear that military forces are not allowed to be deployed in civilian neighborhoods for law enforcement purposes. While the law originally was meant for branches of the U.S. armed forces, it should also apply to police departments using equipment meant only for U.S. armed forces in war zones. Because of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the so-called “War on Terror” included all of the United States as part of the “battlefield,” making it fair game for Posse Comitatus to be eliminated. It also allows for the indefinite detention in a military facility for anyone deemed to be a potential terrorist under loosely-defined parameters. This sets a dangerous precedent for the future of a democratic society.”

We are now seeing direct evidence of Mayer’s vision of civil liberties, freedoms and moral values being gradually stripped away by our neo- fascist government while waving the flag of national security and patriotism ~ and Ferguson may soon be joined by many more communities unless we make the Demilitarizing of police forces an election-year issue in all municipalities for candidates who are running for mayor, city council, alderman, or selectman.

Police officers shouldn’t be breaking down any citizen’s door at 3 a.m. armed with AR-15s and flash bang grenades in search of a small amount of drugs, while an MRAP idles in the driveway. The anti-militarists, however, are in the minority right now. And until that changes, violent paramilitary police raids will continue to break down the doors of nearly 1,000 American households a week: Matthew Harwood / Senior writer/editor at the American Civil Liberties Union

About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

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17 Responses to "Ferguson, Missouri – This is what Martial Law Looks Like"

  1. maria  August 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I have lived under martial law during WWII, I was a tiny tot.
    My uncle still wanted to look outside in the yard.
    A German soldier did see him and shot at him, fortunately he just dived backwards missing the bullet what went through the neighbors window.
    Later I lived in the Philippines under martial law under president Marcos.
    Crime did go down during that time.
    People had to turn in their weapons too.
    The military had a lot of control.
    When I lived in Turkey the people were afraid of the military police.

  2. maria  August 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What J.S is reporting about the Kockout games is true.
    Two elderly people there have been killed there, no word about.
    Yes, there is excessive police force but these type of guys are no sweethearts either.

  3. JS  August 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I read the Aug 13 Newsweek article about how America’s police became an army. It started with the NDAA that was signed by the President in Nov. 1989, allowing for excess military equipment to go to law enforcement. Somehow, I’m not surprised that it started under Bush Sr, even though both houses of Congress at the time were controlled by Democrats. But what Congress did, it can UNDO, and it should undo the damage by removing the 1033 transfer provisions. But then they also need to do something about the private armies like the Blackwater/Xe/Academi people, as well as DHS itself.

  4. Allen L Roland  August 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

    John, the more appropriate quote would be ~ “When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism’” – An unaccredited New York Times reporter covering Halford E. Luccock in an article published September 12, 1938. See original article ~ http //technoccult.net/archives/2010/03/03/who-really-said-when-fascism-comes-to-america-it-will-come-wrapped-in-the-flag-and-waving-a-cross/

  5. Chandler  August 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    White cops once again poking a stick at the black population. In the picture 3 cops brave courageous “heroic” cops in full thug-flak-jacket-helmeted gear pointing their armor piercing weapons at an unarmed black man with hands in the air. How brave, how stoic. Cops in all their wealth and glory getting the okay to overwhelm their citizenry. How absolutely embarrassing that this is the only way they know how to confront problems. What were they doing shooting a unarmed man regardless of what he had done?
    Thank you for the article. The mentality of the cops today has rising to slug level. How can any of them sleep knowing what they or their fellow cops do? What ever happened to pride, dignity, humanitarian service? God is not dead so why are his teachings and principles about helping each other? Young punks putting on a badge toting a gun is not a sign of manhood or maturity.

    • JS  August 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I have already made the point that the teen was HUGE, and he was NOT unarmed. He punched the officer in the face and tried to steal his gun, which is consistent with the teen knowing how to play the Knockout Game, which is deadly. There is going to be a 2nd autopsy, as well as a toxicology report.

      Look, there is a problem with overmilitarized police, which Congress created. But don’t use that as an excuse what the teen caused in MY town. My town invented the Knockout game, we perfected it here, and we need to END it here by refusing to make any excuses for the thuggish members of the black community who are tearing down the reputation of the God-fearing and hard-working black community here.

    • adil  August 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      You are typical useful idiot. Remember that income tax started with 2% and deduction was $2000 in 1913. Now rich don’t pay any income tax and deduction is negligible. In the same way they say the teen was dangerous (huh? A teaser cannot take him out from well trained cop?)… But very soon they will be pointing guns and your daughters, old parents and all. Just mark my word and wait for your turn you idiot.

  6. LightSaber  August 16, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I do not really understand why the worldwide Resistance community against the satanic NWO have not yet been circulating the list of the top criminals that need to be neutralized asap (at least made unable to enjoy their most depraved “pleasures”) with their names, positions, address, venues they frequent? Very useful for the people who would like to deliver the justice by themselves and do not risk much (e.g. are terminally ill).
    We need THE LIST now!
    Otherwise the whole movement is fake, all those calls for “revolution”, “being prepared” are worthless…

    • LightSaber  August 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Let me start GHW Bush, GW Bush, Jeb Bush, Marvin Bush, Hitlary Killton, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Fogh Rassmussen, Bill Cristol, gen McChrystal, gen. Petreaus, George Soros, Robert Ford, John Negroponte, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Caspar Weinberger, John Baker, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Laurent Fabius, Nicolas Sarkozy, Bernard Henri Levy, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor, Benji Milejkowski, Bil Kristol, Sheldon Adelson, Krauthammer, Kagans, Victoria Nudelman, Henry Kissinger, Zakheim, Silverstein, Sean Hannity, Oliver North, Bremer, Geert Wilders, Chowdhary, Erdogan, Gul ,Gulen, Al Thani, Saudis, PNAC/FDD, AEI, The Potomac Inst, Brookings Inst, IRI, NED, USAID, CFR, Chatham House, RIIA, RAND, US Chamber of Commerce, SAIC, Bechtel, Carlyle, Halliburton, KBR, Monsanto/Blackwater, Dow, ChevronTexaco, FED, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Murdoch, Foxman, Pipeses…

  7. CoJonesGrandes  August 16, 2014 at 3:10 am


    DHS Is Employing Agent Provocateurs and Are Behind the Events In Ferguson
    …. one of my most trusted sources, a member of DHS …. stated that DHS is running the Ferguson Police Department and their actions are designed to antagonize and to provoke the locals to violence. He further stated that he believed that the ultimate goal is to inflame the local citizens to such a point martial law will be declared….

    • JS  August 16, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Of course there are agent provocateurs on all sides, including in the media. New Black Panthers, for example, are run by a penetrated federal government. But as for the reporters who were arrested at McDonalds, don’t nominate them for sainthood. They parked themselves at McDonalds for hours on end, buying nothing, using 100% of the free WiFi, and elbowing real customers out. McDonalds asked for the police. Those same out of town reporters refused to buy the $10 press pass that would allow unlimited parking at public buildings. Local reporters buy the passes. The reporters from out of town, made themselves part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

  8. franktalk  August 16, 2014 at 12:27 am

    The inner life is ones own and having a sense of self and knowledge centered in that awareness, you need fear no man nor government. That being said Right of self protection doesn’t mean you necessarily live through it.

    Fascism needs state control to function. If The public does not step up and say NO, the Corporations will make it law. If you live in an area where your neighbors haven’t a clue, Get your families out of that area. Avoid large cities if you can. Now isn’t the time to be chasing after ‘dollars’.

  9. JS  August 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Dr Roland, this is important, so I will tell you what I just told Sami. You spoke a bit too soon. St Louis area is the home of the “Knockout Game”, and it’s deadly serious. Please google it, as it has spread over the country. Those 2 “unarmed” teens were far from unarmed. I live in the area. The worst thing the police did was hold back information for the last 6 days, that exonerated the policeman. The info came out finally today – the teen and his friend had just strong-arm robbed a convenience store, and the 2 teens were stopped with reason about 10 minutes after the robbery. The “unarmed teen” who was killed was 6 ft.4 inches and weighed 190 lbs; he was huge. He and his friend beat on the cop and tried to steal his gun. There is evidence of that. There is also camera footage of the same 2 teens robbing that same convenience store on 2 previous occasions, so this was their 3rd. And during the looting this week, the store was burned down, likely to try to get rid of camera evidence. But it didn’t work, as the camera footage had been digitized and was offsite. Bottom line, the other teen is in DEEP trouble, lots of evidence against him and his dead friend, of their crimes.

    • JS  August 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      The big question is, however, WHY did Ferguson police wait 6 days to tell us the simple fact that the 2 teens had been stopped for a good reason? The public didn’t need all the details, but the police should have told us something immediately. Did it have to do with the criminal actions of Anonymous hackers, and the fact that 5-6 IT people just got fired today from St Louis County? Did it have something to do with the fact that 911 service went down around 11 am Thursday, for ALL of St Louis County? I don’t know why we had to wait 6 days for the truth, and in the meantime we had 6 days of violence and of militarized police. VT should try to get to the bottom of what happened here, especially the actions of Anonymous. Something smells fishy about the situation, and I don’t think it’s the local police. Outsiders capitalized on this, very fast. How and why?

    • JS  August 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Look, I began by presuming the innocence of the teen. But EVIDENCE, not words, is condemning the teen. There is plenty of stuff going on locally, that the stupid national press isn’t reporting, because THEY HAVE AN AGENDA. St Louis is the home of the Knockout Game, invented and perfected here, but it’s spreading. This kid played the “game” which involves killing people, anybody who is alone and not black, by walking up to them and delivering 1 quick blow to the head. The object of the “game” is usually “fun”, with robbery a secondary consideration. It’s about damn time the black community condemns it, the media condemns it. Michaek Brown knew how to play that game all right. he punched the cop in the face and tried to steal his gun. he had played the game before. This time it got him killed. Cry me a river.

    • adil  August 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      You be afraid. Very afraid. And now switch on tv. Shut your mind. Let fear and insanity program your mind. What a joker

  10. fairangel  August 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    A very well done piece, driving home the fact that living in the middle of this hypocrisy is indeed a torment to the soul. I see it all around me, but then there are so many who don’t even know or care, and those who do, don’t know what to do, and they live with the same torment and feelings of helplessness. Perhaps this is why I read VT every day. Because here I am with people who do care, and speak out fearlessly. Thank you.

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