Jeb Bush

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John Ellis (aka "Jeb") Bush is the younger brother of George W Bush. He was elected as the Governor of Florida in 1998, re-elected in 2002, and remained in the post until his term was completed in January 2007.

Bush has been mentioned in at least two 9/11 theories, the first being that he declared martial law in Florida four days before the 9/11 attacks. This seems curious, to say the least: what would be the point? Wouldn't someone in Florida have noticed this, asked why? Still, here's the Rense explanation:


Declaring martial law means the military will run civilian affairs. Stating that the National Guard were placed in charge of all law enforcement looks like it might fall into this category, but doesn't appear to be based on anything at all. Re-read the quote they cite: where does it say the National Guard "control" anything? It doesn't, because they didn't. It's about "training to support law-enforcement personnel and emergency-management personnel", working with the police, not taking charge of them. This is not martial law.

It's worth reading the whole document, just to confirm this for yourself.


This adds details like the request for "the Florida National Guard train to support law-enforcement personnel" when it might become necessary, but that's surely only sensible. There is nothing here to say that the military will replace a civil administration, and so it's not martial law.

Rense and others move on to another Executive Order signed by Bush on 9/11, though, and suggest maybe THAT imposed martial law. (Which suggests they weren't too convinced about the previous order, perhaps, but we'll let that pass.):


Here the author equates declaring a "state of emergency" with "martial law". Why? A state of emergency does remove powers from the individual, yes, but as we've pointed out, "martial law" implies that the military are taking over civilian tasks like policing, running the courts and so on. Here the most you can say is that the National Guard might help manage a situation if there were any trouble (which there wasn't). This isn't martial law, either.

Sceptical? Here's the full text:


A state of emergency isn’t “martial law”, even though some people may use the term interchangeably, as MSN Slate pointed out in their article on New Orleans and Katrina:


WorldNetDaily have occasionally been sceptical of the "official account" of 9/11 (see "The downing of United Airlines Flight 93"), but even they had little support for the "martial law" claims: