Arizona State Militia Formed, Sovereignty on Ballot, Will Gov. Brewer Sign Bill for State Takeover of Federal Lands?
With the fallout over Arizona neo-Nazi militia icon JT Ready’s mass murder-suicide still unfolding with chilling details of weapon stockpiles, few observers noted Gov. Jan Brewer quietly signed a controversial bill last week to establish the state’s own “armed force,” granting her the power to use the militia “for any other reason the governor considers to be necessary.”
Those “other” reasons, for state’s rights advocates, may come sooner than later.
With another brave new state’s right bill awaiting her signature on her desk, which calls for state control over vast federal lands, Brewer could potentially take Arizona’s unyielding confrontation with the federal government to a new level–far beyond a wagging finger on an airport tarmac.
In effect, thanks to the establishment of her Arizona State Guard, the new law essentially circumvents the National Guard of Arizona and allows Brewer to employ her own troops “for the safety and protection of the lives and property of the citizens.”