Don't think that can happen?
FBI Director Robert Mueller is reported to have confirmed the claims made by FBI consultant Paul Williams, that Al Qaeda sought nuclear weapons, with the hope to detonate seven nuclear weapons in seven U.S. cities. Paul Williams calls it (and the name of his book), The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World.
In such a situation, several cities would be attacked through the use of nuclear technology in close succession. In other words, a nuclear bomb might go off in New York, then it might be followed by another blast the next day (or even only hours later) in Washington D.C.
Curfew - A curfew before dark would no doubt be imposed. The reasons are obvious: If the military is in an area, they want to ask as little questions as possible when they see someone outside, and in darkness this feeling would be tenfold.
Further, when the military is in charge fun will be less paramount. In other words, the government and soldiers won't want to deal with people out after dark.
Employment to continue soon - Initially, all activity would likely cease if a nuclear bomb were to be set off in or near an area. That said, once the threat of injury due to fallout was lifted, the government would want to get people back to work as soon as possible.
In other words, we all need work to survive and that's exactly what the country would want to do: Survive.
Military Tribunals - Don't expect a standard jury and trial during such times. A trial? Yes, in a way at least. Basically, members of the military ( a military commission ) would meet to determine a lawbreakers fate during a Martial Law period and this would happen swiftly.
Further, the public would have to expect much more severe penalties for lawbreaking (particularly for those offenses that could in any minor way be tied to violence or, of course, terrorism).
In other words, if you were found to be a terrorist under military rule. . . Well, let's face it: The government would probably pass a law putting these people to death.
And remember, during such times the military would not act like local police. In other words, they would probably give possible lawbreakers only one shot before shooting on site if that.
Security - With security the number one directive, expect that leaving a city/ area by car would be an ordeal. We're talking akin to getting into Canada (actually, a lot worse). Thus, travel, beyond to places of employment, would be severely restricted (possibly by permit only?).
Detention Camps - Some might not like to hear this but detention camps would clearly be warranted if such a thing were to occur. Back on November 13, 2001 the President issued a military order involving the detention, treatment, and trial of certain non-citizens in the war against terrorism. Basically, this order said that the government could detain non-citizens reasonably suspected of being a terrorist or harboring them (as long as they were treated humanely in these detention centers).
Further, there would be a trial (by military commission). In other words, much like the Military Tribunals spoken of earlier.
Beyond this, it is quite clear that the United States has considered such detention situations as Halliburton's former engineering and construction subsidiary has a contingency contract with the Department of Homeland Security to construct detention facilities in the case of national emergency (according to WorldNetDaily).
An ICE spokesman (ICE being the former subsidiary) further indicated that the detention centers would be used in the event of a mass migration crisis. Along with this, it is very hard to know how many people might be detained in such a manner (but guess on nearly every Muslim with any known tie whatsoever to terrorist states being locked up until things can be sorted through). Thus, taking everything into account, we're probably talking about tens of thousands.
The problem with detention - Obviously under such circumstances the United States would have to detain several non-citizens as was noted earlier. Further, if we're going to be honest, many of them would be Muslims (again, this was noted earlier). But consider this: What if some of our own citizens were helping terrorists?
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Once martial law takes place, America is most likely on a fast slope to complete collapse.
Instead of losing your head (as a lot of people will), if some pissed off soldiers show up in your neighborhood or at your door and want to search your home for weapons, don't get in the way. Let them in. Keep your cool, don't make any smart remarks, don't make any threats, don't call them "Nazis", as tempting as it might be. Make their day pleasant. Hopefully they leave without you pissing them off in any way.
In a time of collapse, there's no telling what drastic event is going to happen in the coming weeks or months in the community where your family lives while you're away. What if your family has to flee a new danger that comes to the area? What if they evacuate to a distant town?
If you're locked away in a concentration camp, you're not likely to see them again.
Plus, what if a few weeks from now some thugs arrive in town, find out that your wife has "no man" at home to protect her, and decide to pay her a visit one evening. If you happen to have a daughter or two also at home; well, you see where this might go.
So back to that day when government troops show up at your home and put you under house arrest and even demand your guns. Don't do anything stupid. Be smart. Your family needs you.
Stock some extra gear on hand (you know things that you can barter with) and more than likely at some point you'll be able to trade for a new firearm or two in the coming days or weeks, should you need to re-arm.
There are a lot of red-blooded Americans pissed off today just at the thought that the government may one day clamp down on assault rifles; I think it's a safe bet a lot of these guys are going to end up hauled off to concentration camps, others will go down in a foolish blaze of what they think is "glory", others will end up murdering troops acting on orders and then having to flee on foot, hoping they don't get caught: Because if they're caught, there's a great chance that they'll be executed shortly after, without even a trial.
America is likely to become a dangerous land. Surviving in a time like this is going to take intelligent thinking, sometimes calling for a lot of humility at times; I think it will be a great time for people to seek God finally, maybe for the first time in their life. I mean for real: Repentance, faith, the whole shi-bang. Finally, this will all make sense. Without God, people are going to die, not knowing or understanding how all of this could happen -- how America could one day go from a nation blessed by God to a nation now suffering God's judgments: Judgments for massive sin. That will be the reason why America falls.
The "mass arrest" is a danger that I think a lot of people underestimate. Readers would be wise to consider that you can be separated from your family for several months, if authorities who are clamping down grab you by mistake, just because you're in the wrong place at the wrong time. In a time of catastrophic collapse, families and children need their fathers and husbands and sons. I think a great strategy for keeping your family intact following a time of collapse is for people to recognize the signs that civil unrest is about to take place and then to simply get out of Dodge before authorities take any kind of action.