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The Economic Collapse of 2009 (Part 3): The Establishment of the American Police State

How bad will it get?


The first two parts of this series were largely received with skepticism and doubt because it is inherent in our human nature to patently deny sudden cataclysmic events. I am fully cognizant that nobody, including myself, wants to believe that our existing order, our daily routines, will soon be history and will be replaced by events so tumultuous that it may be a fool’s errand to try and predict what this country will look like by the end of 2009.  


The United States government, as well as several reputable international sources are predicting widespread civil unrest (i.e., revolution) with an accompanying breakdown of America’s economic, political, social and legal order. The evidence comes from multiple sources and is largely irrefutable.


Retired Lt. Col, Mr. Nathan P. Freier, states in his article, Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, which was written for the Army War College (11/04/2008), that the United States military establishment must be prepared for an unforeseen economic collapse” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.”  The War College’s report also goes on to warn of a possible "rapid dissolution of public order in all or significant parts of the United States," and,  “The DoD might be forced by circumstances to put its broad resources at the disposal of civil authorities to contain and reverse violent threats to domestic tranquility. Under the most extreme circumstances, this might include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United States.”

Newsmax’s Jim Meyers reported in his article U.S. Military Preparing for Domestic Disturbances (retrieved on 12/23/08 from http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/military_domesticuse 2008/12/23/164765.html)  the Defense Department has made plans to deploy 20,000 troops nationwide. Meyers further reported that “Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Rep. Brad Sherman of California disclosed that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discussed a worst-case scenario as he pushed the Wall Street bailout in September, and said that scenario might even require a declaration of martial law.”

Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal in his article entitled, Ariz. police say they are prepared as War College warns military must prep for unrest; IMF warns of economic riots  (retrieved on 12/17/08 from http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2008/12/15/daily34.html),  reports  that International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned Wednesday of “economy-related riots and unrest in various global markets if the financial crisis is not addressed and lower-income households are hurt by credit constraints and rising unemployment.”


Bob Burnett of the Huffington Post writes that Obama needs to enlist a broad coalition of spies in order to ensure domestic tranquility. In his article, Obama’s Crisis Presidency (retrieved on 12/12/08 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-burnett/obamas-crisis-presidency_b_150486.html , Burnett compares such an effort to the creation of American Coast Watchers from the WWII era. One would wish that Obama’s plan would be so patriotic, so benign. The Washington Times Bill Gertz (Obama, McCain Eye Better Use of Spies, 10/23/08 retrieved from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/23/candidates-eye-better-use-of-spies/ states that “Obama will use spies to keep tabs on his domestic opposition. ..”.  Obama will develop new military and civilian capabilities to target terrorists.  


In Obama’s Blueprint for Change (http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlueprintForChange.pdf), the President-elect announced that he will establish a Shared Security Partnership Program to build international military, intelligence, and law enforcement cooperation.”  In the fight against crime and terrorism, Obama, in his own words, calls for a million U.S. civilians to engage in “domestic intelligence” through the use of a civilian security force with one that is just as well funded and strong as our military (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s).


Do we understand what Obama is calling for here? We are looking into the jaws of the darkest days of Nazi Germany with an American flavor of the brown shirted SA of Hitler’s henchmen aka THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE. 


In my years of living in this country, I have lived through several recessions, some which were very severe. However, in the midst of the worst recessions, or even the Great Depression of the 1930’s, I cannot remember hearing about or reading about calls for military intrusions into domestic affairs. I cannot recall hearing or reading about the American military engaged in civil unrest training activities to be employed against its own citizens because of an economic calamity. I cannot recall an American president calling for the creation of domestic spies to be utilized against fellow Americans. However, history is replete with examples of the KGB and the Nazi SS spying and ultimately persecuting its own citizens in the name of preserving domestic tranquility. Our leaders are speaking to us in clear and unambiguous language:


There is going to be an economic disaster, to such a severe degree, that the American military will be needed put down the resulting insurrections. Americans will soon come to know the police state tactics that have given the world some of its darkest days.  Hitler and Stalin could only marvel at the level of sophistication of the technology that is at the intelligence agencies disposal. And if one does not think America capable of emulating the darkest days of Nazi Germany, perhaps everyone should google Stanley Milgram and review his experiment on compliance which he was a professor of psychology at Yale University back in the 1960’s. 

Lest you think that these are the inane and insane ramblings of a “Chicken Little” with too much time on his hands, I would challenge you to follow the URL links and come up with another interpretation.

How bad will it get?  Part four of this series will connect the random dots that will form an understandable blueprint for America’s immediate future.  



Dave Hodges is a psychology and statistics instructor as well as a college basketball coach. He is also the host of the radio talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on over 50 stations, on satellite and world wide on the internet. Dave's show airs on Sunday evenings from 9-11PM Central time. The Common Sense Show can be accessed live at http://republicbroadcasting.org/. The shows are archived at http://republicbroadcasting.org/index.php?cmd=archives.month&ProgramID=61&year=8&month=12&backURL=index.php%253Fcmd%253Darchives.getyear%2526ProgramID%253D61%26year%3D8%26


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Comment by Ed Vallejo
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I'm so damn glad there are intelligent people like you writing what they think.

Looking forward to 'part 4'.

(I believe History will show you to be correct in your observations.)