Surviving Under Martial Law

Martial Law is when the military takes over governmental functions, with an aim at restoring stability and tranquility. Even so, it hasn't always been used that way. A number of times, martial law has been declared as a means of controlling the population and preventing uprising. Used in this way, there really isn’t much difference between a dictator using it and a democratic government using it. In either case, people's liberties are stripped and their lives are controlled by government agents. It's a term that strikes both fear and anger into the hearts of those of us who love our freedom; anger that the government would use their power to steal our freedom and fear that it could very well happen and happen soon. No true freedom loving patriot likes the idea of the government invoking martial law and many have suspicions that it might just happen; even that it could happen for unjust gain by politicians.

Things to Have and Do:
Common Problems and Constraints Under Martial Law: It is the perceived need for martial law, not the actual need, which is the issue. Martial law is implemented because of the perceptions of persons in authority. They feel a need to declare martial law in order to gain control of a situation which they feel is out of control. Typically, some of the common restrictions that are placed upon the population during martial law are Travel Restrictions, Restrictions on Public Gatherings, Curfew, Control of the Media, Blocking Personal Communications, Business Restrictions, Loss of Freedom of Speech, Weapons Confiscations and Citizen Relocation.

Make Yourself Invisible to Authorities: Dealing with any martial law situation is always extremely difficult. If you are trapped in one, then you can be sure that you will be inconvenienced and lose at least some of your freedoms. That’s what martial law is; so you may as well expect it.

There really are only a few ways of totally avoiding martial law. The most obvious is to be somewhere else. But if they enact martial law on a nationwide basis, then leaving one city to go to another isn't going to help at all. The other way of avoiding martial law is to keep out of sight of the authorities. While martial law places restrictions on the civilian population, it does so to everyone equally. With the right precautions, you can make yourself and your family effectively invisible to the authorities. Throughout history, there have always been those (resistance) who go around behind the authorities' backs, doing what they want to do and avoiding what the authorities are trying to do to them. There just aren't enough police or soldiers to keep an eye on everyone.

First thing that has to be done to effectively remain invisible is to avoid contact with those who might be a "snitch" for the government. Don't share any information with anyone that hints of dishonesty. The easiest way to stay under the radar during a time of martial law is to act like good little sheeple. By not causing any problems, you make yourself an unattractive target.

Avoid electronic surveillance (cameras, drones, etc.) and take the time to think about your moves and your communications ahead of time. Get rid of your personal smart phone and use simple disposable cell phones. Don't use e-mail for anything but benign (uninteresting) communications. Avoid posting anything on social media sites. Become highly aware of your surroundings and the people around you (situational awareness). In today's day and age, having no electronic communications is suspicious. If you don't ever use a cell phone or e-mail, it might cause people to wonder why. So, use them for the day-to-day unimportant things; that will help you blend in and seem unimportant.

Prevent Losing Stuff to Others: If the reports are true, in a time of national emergency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authority to take over pretty much anything and everything that they deem necessary. If you don't want your stuff taken, use your imagination for places to hide stuff; even in plain sight.

Drones can be useful to monitor your property for hazards, planning or trespassers but they can also be used against you to violate your peace and privacy rights. An FAA License is required to fly a drone (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) over property that is not yours. But a license is not required to shoot one out of the sky. And it's not difficult; they are very fragile and nearly any projectile will take them out.
Things to consider before shooting them out of the sky:
- The delivery method should not be traced back from the projectile (slingshot, BB/Pellet gun, shotgun)
- Use a projectile that, when descending* back to earth is not likely to cause harm to others (BB, pellet, birdshot)
- Avoid identification on [the drone] camera^ (wear a disguise, stay out-of-sight and away from your address)
* Be aware of what is behind your target
^ Unless remote recording is used, capturing the drone means you can capture the on-board video (SD) card.

Tips to break away from a mob/riot/looting situation

Crowd Management, Intervention and Control: Most riot participants are followers, not leaders. One of the first things police do in a riotous crowd situation is to identify and eliminate the "leaders". Once the "leaders" are visually elimated from the crowd, the followers usually disperse. Understand that there are organized radical, domestic terriorist groups (Antifa) whose sole purpose is to incite violence. Peaceful protestors should assist law enforcement to identify these terrorists to help disrupt the violence and retore peaceful protests.

Crowd Control Equipment & Tactics:

Surviving Confinement:
Walking into a jail or prison for the first time, no matter who you are or why, is a frightening experience. The mixture of adrenaline, fear, anxiety, and confusion is deafening. After the cell doors slam shut behind you it's time to deal with the situation and begin planning your survival. Prison life is hard and scary, but if you live by their code and stay out of trouble, you might survive your time without much incidence. Here are some things to do:
  • Gain a new instinct for danger. You are now living in close quarters to thieves, rapists, murderers, and liars. It is best to trust your gut instinct rather than ignore it.
  • Respect other inmates. Doing to others as you would want them to do to you is an excellent quote to live by while in prison. Avoid using foul language, being involved in confrontational situations, and entering someone’s personal boundaries.
  • Avoid gangs, drugs, and gambling. A common prison myth is to join a gang as soon as you get inside prison walls for protection. In reality, joining a gang, doing drugs, or participating in gambling are three of the easiest ways to get yourself murdered, injured or shunned.
  • Steer clear of solitary confinement. Although solitary confinement might sound attractive when living among some of the world’s most heinous individuals, it has been linked to torture and mental disorders.
  • Endure solitary confinement. Solitary confinement is generally a cell that gives you little room to move about, no contact with other humans, 23-hours-a-day lockout with minimal exercise, and will, most likely, cause some form of mental illness, even for the most hardy. If you get sent to this isolated hell you better have a plan in place to keep your sanity.
  • Accept your reality. Create personal projects and activities either in your head or hands-on.
  • Keep active to stay healthy in body and mind
  • Stay positive - While staying informed is important, try to read something positive to create more of a balance. Instead of news, try calling a friend. Do something productive, whether it is small or big.
  • Maintain perspective - Even though we find the situation difficult, realize there are many people around the world whose suffering is much worse than ours
How to Deal with Being in Prison
I Spent Eight Years in a Myanmar Prison. This Is What I Learned About Surviving Confinement

Insurrection Act of 1807: The Insurrection Act of 1807 empowers the president of the United States to deploy military troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion. A proper interpretation must be made to delineate Martial Law and the Insurrection Act.

Potential of Civil War: While some government officials say (as of May 2019) that there is a substantial chance that America will enter a civil war within the next 10 or 15 years, others say the war has already begun. Still others believe that it won't happen. Not surprisingly, many Americans are losing faith in and even growing openly hostile towards a federal government and political system that they feel is no longer working in their best interests. It's also said that, if a civil war occurs, it will not be a "physical battle" but a restructuring of the nation such as state Secessions. Whatever happens, however it happens, don't think it won't happen. Research and be prepared.

Suggested Resources:
Martial Law: What You Need to Know to Survive
Building a Defense Strategy
Make-Shift Tear Gas Mask
Bug Out Or Stay Put?