It’s possible, or at least NORTHCOM says so in a news release this month.
…Americans can be assured the U.S. military is ready and capable of responding to attacks within the United States.
But critics are questioning the legality of this,
The establishment of USNORTHCOM has helped blur the lines between police and the military. It is an illegal and unconstitutional entity that should be abolished.
They also cite two troubling legal developments:
- The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, which in the case of a Catastrophic Emergency would appoint the President as coordinator of an Enduring Constitutional Government, a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.Despite the use of constitutionality in the name, critics state that this erodes the distinction between the three branches, and effectually makes the President a dictator, because they would “lead the activities”.
- An FBI public-private partnership program that would enable private business entities to spy on citizens and allegedly use lethal force in emergencies.The ACLU has opposed the move in a report that states that the program would turn businesses into surrogates of the FBI. Last week the Senate approved of immunity to private companies that conduct surveillance on behalf of the government.
Canadians may also have cause for concern, as the goals of “Binational Integration” of the American and Canadian militaries has been suggested by some to amount to effectual annexation of Canada, as NORTHCOM would control all of North America.
Specific concerns include:
- Its borders will be controlled by US officials and confidential information on Canadians will be shared with Homeland Security.
- US troops and Special Forces will be able to enter Canada as a result of a binational arrangement.
- Canadian citizens can be arrested by US officials, acting on behalf of their Canadian counterparts and vice versa.
In conjunction, all four of these developments suggest that in the right circumstances the President of the United States could unilaterally enter a foreign country like Canada with troops to impose martial law, employ businesses to assist them enforce and monitor, and arrest Canadian citizens within Canadian borders.