Scott O’Grady, who headed the group Veterans for Trump during the campaign, is just one of several prominent, retired military officials voiced approval for martial law.
The first time Scott O’Grady made a splash in the news the Air Force pilot had been shot down on a mission over Bosnia in 1995. He survived in the woods by eating leaves, grass and bugs for six days before he was rescued. He returned to the U.S. a hero, was welcomed by President Bill Clinton and appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
On November 25, O’Grady retweeted a tweet that said, “Trump won & Biden & his Comrades will now attempt a coup,” next to an image of Biden beside Xi Jinping, the President of China.
On December 2, he retweeted an account that shared an article that said former national security adviser Michael Flynn had shared a petition that called for martial law. He then retweeted the same account which suggested that Trump should declare martial law.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this,” the account said, “But calling for martial law is not a bad idea when there is an attempted coup against the president and this country happening right now.”
In a review of his public statements, O’Grady called former President Barack Obama and some military generals “sworn socialists” in a radio interview. He retweeted the claim that Hillary Clinton and George Soros somehow helped facilitate foreign interference in last month’s election.
Another famous figure is Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and Trump’s first national security adviser.
On Dec. 1, Flynn tweeted his support for the group, We The People, which called on Trump to “immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a re-vote.”
“We are at the point where we can only trust our military to do this because our corrupt political class and courts have proven their inability to act fairly and within the law,” the group said in a statement.
The 1,500-word manifesto refers Abraham Lincoln’s extraordinary use of presidential authority to suspend habeas corpus as it compares the more widely-known civil war with Antifa and Black Lives Matter attacking major cities with their anti-American agenda.
“Then, to advance their cause, these socialists are acting to “Defund the Police,” creating chaos and suspending the rule of law that protects millions of average, and particularly minority, Americans,” the statement says.
“The results being massive increases in violent crime and deaths in our cities and the destruction of small businesses orchestrated by those politicians and leftist groups, many funded by domestic and international communists. We are literally under attack from within!”
During the interview with Maria Bartiromo on Dec. 13, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of national intelligence, called for President Trump to trigger an executive order on foreign interference issued in 2018.
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney made the statement that U.S. special operations forces were killed in Germany when they tried to take over a CIA computer facility in Germany. He alleged that the CIA was concealing information about vote fraud that flipped ballots from Trump to Biden.
In the interview, Gen. McInerney publicly calls on President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, suspend Habeas Corpus, declare martial law and deploy the military to seize and secure all the voting machines.
In a recent email to the Military Times, McInerney wrote that Trump “won in a landslide and the Dems left so many footprints that this TREASON must be stopped!!!”
Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory, according to Wikipedia.
In the United States martial law has been declared for a state or other locality under various circumstances including after a direct foreign attack.
On September 15, 1863, President Lincoln imposed Congressionally authorized martial law. The authorizing act allowed the President to suspend habeas corpus throughout the entire United States (which he had already done under his own authority on April 27, 1861). Lincoln imposed the suspension on “prisoners of war, spies, or aiders and abettors of the enemy,” as well as on other classes of people, such as draft dodgers. The President’s proclamation was challenged in Ex parte Milligan, 71 US 2 . The Supreme Court ruled that Lincoln’s imposition of martial law (by way of suspension of habeas corpus) was unconstitutional in areas where the local courts were still in session.