In Instruction 3025.21, filed 27 February 2013, the Department of Defense decided to give itself the power to assist civilian police authorities militarily during periods of extreme emergency of civil unrest. The memo states that
Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary…to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances…
Excuse me, but if the president is indisposed, doesn’t the military have to go through the vice president, the secretary of defense, and — before all of that — doesn’t it require the authorization of the Congress, as per the 1807 Insurrection Act? (Yes…yes, it does.) Furthermore, wasn’t the military barred from military action in support of police due to massive corruption and civil rights violations during Reconstruction? (Yes…yes, it was: Posse Comitatus.)
If you can’t see how bad this is, or where this inevitably leads, you might want to look at the history of Rome, or any medieval period European country, 1660 Britain, 1917 Russia, 1920 Italy, 1930s France, Germany, Hungary, and Spain, and time during the early 20th Century China and Japan, or any of the other innumerable examples where the military decides to be the final arbiter of law, order, and power.
Contact the worthless windbags that allegedly represent you in Washington — remind them that military coups don’t just target the people, but also the worthless windbags that are in charge. If it’s their life and power on the line, they might shift their asses.