How the U.S. Government Is Now Secretly Instituting Martial Law

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Eric Zuesse

The U.S. Congress is now about to pass into law something called “The Restrict Act” that is being promoted as aiming to empower the Government to protect children from being influenced by foreign “adversaries” but would basically enable the Government to control all media in order to protect everyone in America from having access to allegations that come from a “foreign adversary” which it defines as “any foreign government or regime determined by the Secretary, pursuant to sections 3 and 5, to have engaged in a long-term pattern or serious instances of conduct significantly adverse to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.” (All of the clauses in that determination are judgmental on the part of that “Secretary,” not necessarily based upon any proofs or even on any allegations about facts — and not at all based upon the finding by any court or by any independent scientific body.) This dictate, that there will be censorship against the “foreign adversary,” will be targeted against, but not be limited only to, the following countries, which are specifically identified as being “foreign adversaries,” in this Act to be passed by Congress and signed by President Biden (if that happens): China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. Those 6 countries are specifically named as being “foreign adversaries,” but the Act also allows the “Secretary” to add others that are, as yet, unidentified. (The Act specifically names Venezuela’s leader as being the reason why that country is on that list of 6 — essentially as being targeted by the U.S. for regime-change. Each of the other 5 countries on it is a “foreign adversary” irrespective of the identity of any of its leaders.)

Without Congress having to comply with the section of the U.S. Constitution that requires a congressional passage of a declaration of war in order for the President to be authorized to order U.S. troops to invade a foreign country, this Act, if it becomes passed into law, will already institute martial law of strict censorship to prevent, in America, whatever the “Secretary” declares to be allegations from a “foreign adversary” to be published or publicized in the United States. The result, of course, will then be that the U.S. Government will be legally enabled to censor-out and ban whatever the U.S. Government wants to ban, and will need only to claim that the information that is being banned comes from a “foreign adversary” in order for the U.S. Government to have the legal authority to censor all U.S. media in order to protect “the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.”

Of course, after a few weeks or months of such censorship-power being imposed upon the ‘citizens’ (or subjects) of this Government, a formal congressional declaration of war against any or all of the named “foreign adversaries” (then become “enemies”) and/or against any other foreign Government(s) that the “Secretary” will name, will then easily pass Congress and become signed into law by President Biden, constituting then a formal declaration of war against that or those named “foreign adversaries,” so that the United States Government will then be fully authorized to go onto a complete war-footing, and to invade that country or those countries.

In other words: this bill, if passed, would lead to identifying 6 specific, and undetermined other, ‘enemies’ (or “foreign adversaries”) of the American people, and thus be the preliminary draft of a congressional declaration of war against any or all of those countries. The subsequent declaration of war would be only a formality. Of course, in the cases of America’s invasions against Iraq in 2003, and against Libya and Syria and so many others, the Constitutional requirement for a declaration of war was simply ignored. They’re doing it a different way this time. Or, at least, they are trying to. It is not as-if the American permanent-warfare state is entirely new. But it is evolving.

The proposed law, if passed, would also violate the press-freedom clause in the U.S. Constitution; but that, too, means whatever this Government says it means, and would therefore not be a barrier.

The bill was drafted by a centrist or bipartisan Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, and might go through revisions or amendments in order, for example, to find out which of the named “foreign adversaries” are accepted by enough members of Congress to be called “enemies,” so as to facilitate ultimately drafting a declaration of war that will then have sufficient bipartisan support so as to pass and go to the President for his signature. So: Warner’s bill is the first step towards war against any of at least 6 countries, and others as-yet undetermined.

Here is an excellent youtube video summarizing his “The Restrict Act”:

The proposed legislation iself can be seen just by clicking onto the link that appears at the beginning of this article where the phrase “The Disclose Act” appears.

Also at that site, which comes up when you click onto that, you will be able to follow the bill all the way through each of the steps by which a bill in the Congress gets passed by both houses and then (if it does) gets signed into law by the President. You will also be able to see at that site, which ones of the members of the U.S. House, and of the U.S. Senate, vote for the bill (“Yea”), and which ones vote against it (“Nay”), and which fence-sit by either abstaining or else not being present when the vote is being taken and recorded. You might want to communicate with your Representative and with your two Senators regarding this current legislative matter.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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April 6, 2023

Secretly? They’re quite open about it.

Reply to  TheDarkMan
April 6, 2023

Who cares, U.S. is done, finished, no money, no military, nothing but better find the hiding place, fast, Multipolar World is here LOL

April 6, 2023

Thank you, Eric!
That is extremely informative and explains, perhaps, why the investigation of the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines is not discussed openly in the US. Any report that alleges or even only suggests that the US was involved could possibly qualify as some “threat” to national security in the opinion of the Secretary of State, regardless whether or not the report were true.

April 6, 2023

A free and open press for high-visibility discussions of, and debates on, opposing views–forget it. This planned legislation is what in my native language is called a “rubber paragraph” that you can stretch and twist at will. “long-term pattern or serious instances of conduct” — what qualifies as long? “significantly adverse to the national security” — what qualifies as significant? The answer to both is “anything we want”. “allegations from a “foreign adversary”” — we don’t care whether they are true or not open-ended country list — no spatial limitation no temporal limitation either, at least I see none in… Read more »

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