John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007
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Back to main bill page for votes, text and more.In the 109th Congress, the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R.5122) was considered. Among other things, the bill effectively allows the president to define the conditions under which martial law may be declared.
The bill passed in late 2006 and was signed into law by President Bush on October 17, 2006. It will take effect on October 1, 2007.
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The bill contains a provision, Section 1076, which allows the president to:
“...employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to...
Opposition in Congress
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), then the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with others, condemned Section 1076. They argued that the bill effectively nullified the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335), giving the president the legal ability to define under what conditions Martial law may be declared. 
Criticisms and commendations
Articles and resources
- ↑ Gar Smith, "Towards a Police State in America: Will the "October Surprise" Come on November 7th?," Centre for Research on Globalization, November 6, 2006.