Amidst the leftist insurrections that exploded on cue 6 months ago, President Trump observed:
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law (10 U.S.C. §§ 251–255; prior to 2016, 10 U.S.C. §§ 331–335; amended 2006, 2007) that empowers the President of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.
The act provides a “statutory exception” to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which limits the use of military personnel under federal command for law enforcement purposes within the United States.
Before invoking the powers under the Act, 10 U.S.C. § 254 requires the President to first publish a proclamation ordering the insurgents to disperse. As part of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, these provisions are now codified as amended.
There are Constitutional exceptions to Posse Comitatus restrictions rooted in the President’s own constitutional authority. Defense Department guidelines describe “homeland defense” as a “constitutional exception” to Posse Comitatus restriction, meaning that measures necessary to guarantee National Security from external threats are not subject to the same limitations.
The Act has been invoked more than 30 times in our nation’s history.
The Epoch Times published an editorial today that observed:
“The degree and scale of voter fraud was unprecedented. In swing states, President Donald Trump had large leads on election night. Then, late at night counting was stopped, while election observers were ushered out. And then, huge, statistically impossible vote dumps occurred, giving Biden the lead.
“This pattern, which occurred only in the states where Biden had to reverse the results, and hadn’t occurred in previous elections, points to a coordinated effort to steal the election.
“This effort likely involved manipulation of the vote by Dominion Voting System, and various forms of ballot harvesting and election irregularities attested to in a thousand affidavits.
“There are reports—needing confirmation—of foreign influence helping to undermine our election.
“President Trump has referred to our election system as being under ‘coordinated assault and siege.'”
On September 17, 1861, Abraham Lincoln ordered the arrest and jailing of twenty-seven Maryland state legislators (one-third of the Maryland General Assembly) using Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus and in defiance of the US Supreme Court’s ex-parte Merryman ruling.
The Epoch Times advocates:
“Trump should use those powers as President to safeguard the future of our Republic and arrest those who have conspired to deprive people of their rights through election fraud. The Insurrection Act enables Trump to use the military to seize the key electoral evidence in contested states and deliver a transparent, accurate accounting of the vote.”