On Aug. 17, Germany became the latest country to remove longstanding protections for civilian populations from military intervention in domestic conflicts. In a new court ruling, which repealed laws created out of the Nazi era in Germany, the government can now use the military against citizens in extreme cases, joining the U.S. and other nation states who have removed the dividing line between civilian and military policing.
The German military will in future be able to use its weapons on German streets in an extreme situation, the Federal Constitutional Court says.
The ruling says the armed forces can be deployed only if Germany faces an assault of “catastrophic proportions”, but not to control demonstrations. – BBC
In the United States, Northcom was created shortly after 911 to be an military command dedicated to threats within the homeland, and instituted a discontinuation of Posse Comitatus, which had separated civilian police from military use on citizens since the end of the Civil War. Since its inception in 2002, the Federal government has expanded its sphere of influence over Americans with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the militarization of many bureaucratic agencies. In fact, the majority of these increases have taken effect since the credit crisis of 2008.
In 2010, the Federal Reserve secretly ordered five major U.S. banks to develop plans in case of an economic and banking collapse, even while telling the American people that the banking crisis was over. Revelations of this order coincided with several well respected economists declaring that a major economic collapse was inevitable, and could come within months.
Europe’s financial system remains in turmoil, and is increasingly growing insolvent. New estimates show that European banks are holding more than one trillion Euros worth of toxic assets, which is a 9% increase from just last year. Impotency by the Troika over how to fund the growing debt issues in many Euro states is already leading to civil unrest in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Ireland. It is inevitable that governments know that civilian revolts and rioting will escalate, especially with growing shortages in energy and food due to war and global drought.
In the past six months, the U.S. government has been purchasing nearly a billion rounds of ammunition for agencies that do not even carry a military or policing purpose. This growing stockpile of bullets, to include hollow point rounds for the Social Security Administration, brings into question the overall purpose and plan for militarizing domestic economic agencies outside their scope and mission.
Since 911, the Federal government in the U.S., along with Britain, and now Germany, have increased their military and surveillance presence on their own civilian populations, even as potential and actual terror plots have decreased in these nations. However, if one looks at when the primary growth in the militarization of domestic policing activities took off, the ground zero event was the 2008 credit crisis, and not due an increase in terror events. Unrest since that time has been primarily economic, with several nation states like Egypt and Libya, succumbing to political turnover.
The potential for economic collapse, civil unrest, revolution, and societal collapse are increasing exponentially across the West, and in other global economies. Since the credit crisis of 2008, several nations have removed longstanding civilian protections from military policing of domestic events, with Germany now being the newest country to overrule decades long legislation that assured protections for their citizens in domestic disputes.