Martial Law Coming to NY Town in April?

From The Village Voice yesterday:

Bad Cop, No Donut: A Town Considers Martial Law

Whoa, things are so bad in the upstate town of Schenectady [the 9th largest city in NY] that the mayor is thinking about declaring martial law. Who says North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il can’t teach us anything?
Mayor Brian Stratton might have good reason because in a tiny police force, five of cops have been arrested recently for drunken driving and assault. Stratton says he’s thinking about disbanding the police department and starting from scratch.
One option is to ask the governor to declare martial law, which means bringing in soldiers to patrol the streets of the sleepy little town.
“If you abolish the police department you still have a need — not an obligation — but a need to police the community,” Schenectady’s Corporation Counsel John Van Norden told Capital News 9. [
Follow the link to read some fascinating comments like:

Have you ever been to Schenectady? Not every place north of the Bronx is a “sleepy little town,” and this situation is no joke. Schenectady is an urban hell hole, with drugs, homicides, gangs, deep poverty and a completely corrupt police force. The mayor needs to start law enforcement from scratch, and this is his way of doing it.
Posted by: Upstater at March 24, 2009 12:11 PM

Sleepy town? You guys in the “Village” must live inside a power plant. We are decidedly not “sleepy.” Yikes, there’s been a handful of fights on our block, and it’s not even warm weather yet. Whatever the solution about our very longstanding cultural problems with our department (and many others around New York, I suspect), one thing’s for certain: we need more (and better) police coverage, not less.
Posted by: Julie Moran at March 24, 2009 5:22 PM


Alert: “We Are Under Martial Law”

A member of Congress declared Sunday that the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) has declared martial law.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) reports from the floor of the House that the Republicans have been cut out of the process and called unpatriotic for not blindly supporting the fraudulent bailout. He says the only debate has been about what talking points to use on the American people. The most ominous revelation is when he claims the Speaker has declared martial law.

“I have been thrown out of more meetings in this capital in the last 24 hours than I ever thought possible, as a duly elected representative of 825,000 citizens of north Texas.” Said Congressman Burgess.

Burgess asks the Speaker of the House to post the bailout bill on the internet for at least 24 hours instead of passing the largest piece of legislation in US financial history in the “dark of night.”

The most frightening part of Rep. Burgess’ one-minute floor speech is when he says, “Mr. Speaker I understand we are under Martial Law as declared by the speaker last night.”

I have no more info at this time.

But remember, though, the US Military’s NorthCom is deploying troops stateside on Wednesday:

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys. Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

UPDATE: “Legislative” martial law was declared Saturday by Nancy Pelosi. This affects only Congress. It suspends the normal procedures and safeguards and allows the House Leadership to operate in a more authoritarian fashion.  It enables the Leadership to seek to ram a bill through before the Members have the opportunity to fully understand what they are voting on.