From the April 2000 Idaho Observer:

Martial law is coming -- one city at a time

by Don Harkins

While most Americans are awaiting an overt sign that the New World Order has arrived, the infrastructure of our occupation is duplicitiously being built by the city and county officials we elect into office. Imagine how pleasant military occupation is going to be once we have been disarmed as a nation.

In the February, 2000 edition of The Idaho Observer we published an interactive article regarding the systematic takeover of our Republic one city at a time. It has become apparent that, while most aware Americans are awaiting some overt sign that the New World Order has arrived, the infrastructure of our occupation is being built by the people we elect into city and county office. They are passing emergency powers ordinances that grant broad and sweeping emergency powers to unelected city managers during a declared state of emergency. The interactive part of the article called upon our readers to determine whether or not such ordinances have been passed by their local leaders. The responses, while not being as voluminous as we had hoped, have proven that martial law is indeed coming one city at a time -- at the direction of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agents who are setting up offices in the nation's county courthouses. Mary Ann Lockhart of Selah, Wash., contacted Yakima County Emergency Management (FEMA) agent Jack Irwin who, according to Lockhart, proudly boasted that, “all of the municipalities in Yakima county are in various stages of passing emergency powers dinances.”

Lockhart added that Irwin has also stated that, “I am the one who drafted these ordinances,” and, “I have the power now to take what I need.”

Irwin may have tailored the ordinances to fit the specific towns in Yakima county, but he did not draft them. The emergency powers ordinances are built from model legislation that was developed by social planners in the 1960s. From the infamous “metropolitan government” think tank at 1313 60th Street at the University of Chicago. “Terrible 1313” was exposed by Jo Hindman in the 1950s as being the socialist think tank which wrote the original “catalogue” laws which were designed to systematically remove policy making power from elected government officials and give it to appointed bureaucrats.

Ivan Romanoff, a farmer from Redmond, Ore., attended a county commission meeting where Deschutes County Sheriff Brown wants to claim emergency powers for himself and not be forced to await the governor's official declaration of a state of emergency. Romanoff confirmed that a FEMA agent is also keeping an office in the Deschutes County Courthouse.

There is some indication, however, that the emergency powers ordinance phenomenon is more prevalent among the western states. Lockheart, who grew up in Maine, contacted people she knows in that state. Clyde Barker, a man she has known of for many years, is the FEMA director for Franklin county. Barker, who also keeps an office in the Franklin County Courthouse, told Lockhart that they have no reason to pass emergency powers ordinances in Maine because their orders come directly from the governor.

The implications of a national network of this machinery are obvious. The machinery for our occupation is being built, one city at a time, by the people we elect into office -- the people who should be passing ordinances to protect us from such an occupation. The most ironic twist to the entire arrangement is that elected officials have been duped into believing that the transfer of civil authority (the ability to implement curfews, demand evacuations, place road blocks, shut off utilities, ration food and water and give orders to occupational police) away from themselves and into the hands of an unelected bureaucrat during a declared state of emergency is in the best interest of public safety. They have been so brainwashed into believing the lie that they do not seem to understand that by passing the ordinances they are facilitating an agenda that has been attempting to remove elected officials from power for decades.

Emergency powers ordinances are easy to find. They are contained in municipal (or, in some cases county) code that can be found in the city or county codebook. Just call your city or county clerk, tell them what you are looking for and they will be happy to help you. This all important bit of research will cost you a phone call and an hour of your time.

Contact The Idaho Observer with your findings and we will keep placing stick pins on the map. Send a copy of your city or county's ordinance to: The Idaho Observer, PO Box 1353, Rathdrum, Idaho 83858.

If your county has placed its official business online, email the ordinance to:

If you have any questions about what to do, contact The Idaho Observer at: (208) 255-2307.

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