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Calif. Dem Gov. Newsom suggests possibility of martial law in response to coronavirus (Video)

On Wednesday, Fox 5 reported that California Governor Gavin Newsom “…put the California National Guard on alert for duties that include humanitarian missions like ensuring proper food distribution and public safety as some grocery stores resorted to rationing to control panic buying.”

However, Newsom said, California authorities have “…the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity.”

The Fox report notes:

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Imposing martial law would take the extraordinary step of replacing the usual laws with military authority, with the possible suspension of civil liberties like freedom of association and movement.

U.S. and California health officials have repeatedly warned that the virus could have a devastating impact and that the timetable for controlling it isn’t known. President Donald Trump on Monday said the crisis could last until August.

California’s 415 hospitals have been planning for a surge of patients. They have about 88,000 beds and Newsom said health officials are running models to determine needs based on various infection rates and resulting hospitalizations. Under worst-case scenarios, California could be short 20,000 beds, he said.

On the same day Newsom made this announcement, Orange County authorities issued an edict that could see individuals arrested, fined and possibly imprisoned for not maintaining a six-foot distance from those not in their family.

Writing at the Gateway Pundit, Cristina Laila notes:

6 counties in the Bay Area are on near total lockdown.

San Francisco area residents can only leave their homes to go to the grocery store, to seek medical aide or help a family or friend in need.

To add to the insanity, homeless people are exempt from the orders and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now releasing inmates in response to the Coronavirus panic.

All this comes after 12 deaths were attributed to the disease.

We can’t help but wonder what’s next.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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