If so, who knew, when did they suss it out, and why THE FUCK did they not move fucking heaven and earth to stop it?
In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.
The Supreme Court is the sole remaining bastion against the Bushevik assumption of truly dictatorial powers. Four of the nine justices--the boys from Opus Dei: Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas--are already acolytes of the "unitary executive' theory. Kennedy is likely to agree with them. I do not think the omens are good that the Court will rein in Gibbering George and his minions.
But mebbe that's just me?