Germany descending into martial law over fear of Islamic State attack
From Jihad Watch:
MAINZ, Germany — Germany is preparing to train troops to be deployed within its borders for the first time since World War II amid fears of terrorist attacks. The country’s armed forces will hold joint drills with police early next year, officials confirmed.
Authorities stress that counterterrorism measures will primarily remain the responsibility of police. However, the potential for large-scale attacks have made the use of German military assets “conceivable, even probable,” according to Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, the Bundeswehr’s chief of joint support services.
Plans to involve soldiers in counterterrorism operations — and the suggestion troops could also be used to beef up security in public places — have proved controversial in a country only seven decades removed from totalitarian rule that’s still grappling with guilt from the Nazi era.
A 2012 constitutional court ruling paved the way for the deployment of the Bundeswehr on German streets in the aftermath of an attack.
Until then, Germany’s constitution had allowed for domestic military missions only under special circumstances — such as natural disaster relief.
The restrictive legal framework was instituted as a result of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s abuse of state powers. Schelleis suggested that a terrorist attack could qualify as “such a grave disaster” to allow the armed forces to support the police…