Maybe it was originally meant to fix problems with National Guard deployment that were made apparent in New Orleans. Maybe it’s just some panicky anarchists misreading the legalese. Whatever the cause, The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 5122) that passed without much fanfare a few weeks back is getting a lot of heat now. Why? It appears to make martial law that much easier.
The whole martial law story seems to have started with (or near) the folks at IndyMedia. Now, IndyMedia is not the world’s most reliable news source, and it’s far from unbiased, but it doesn’t just blindly make stuff up either.
From there, it’s caught the attention of a few general-audience sites, but nothing genuinely mainstream. Places like BoingBoing, Slashdot, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages all hit it, as do political paranoiacs on the right like the John Birch Society and the Rational Review.
But none of the “real” news outlets have touched it. No ink on paper, no mainstream news. Not MSNBC, the NYT, WSJ, IHT…
Probably that’s because it’s a crazy-ass conspiracy theory. Maybe it’s because nobody would believe it, even if it were true.
I guess we’ll find out.