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Are The Feds Preparing For Civil War?
Is the government preparing to put down widespread civil strife or uprising? After four years of economic woe, and an all-time low approval rating for congress, many Americans are asking this question. With a government that's seemingly out of control, conspiracy theories are popping up about what's "really" going on - and there's more truth to these theories than you might think. Get the facts before it's too late and see what you should be concerned about.
Exhibit A: Recent NDAA revisions endorsed by President Obama enable the indefinite detainment of U.S. Citizens
- Passed every year, the National Defense Authorization Act often plays host to hidden laws too controversial to pass on their own - the detainment of U.S. citizens being one of them
- 7 individuals, from activists to a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, have sued the president, claiming to be unable to carry out their work and activism for fear of violating the terms of the revisions
- President Obama's response: "The only responsible way to combat the threat al-Qaeda poses is to remain relentlessly practical"
- His "serious reservations" about the provisions are overruled by the argument that "we have to fight al-Qaeda"
Exhibit B: The 2012 DHS/ICE order of 450 million rounds of ammunition can only mean one thing - civil war is near, and it's time to prepare
- Why you should be concerned:
- These high-performance, hollow-point rounds are designed specifically for killing people!
- Such a large order of highly lethal bullets leads to questions about these organizations' plans for the future
- The government has killed U.S. citizens engaged in terrorism abroad - maybe they're arming their forces to assassinate citizens at home
- Taking the other side:
- The 450 million round order is actually a contract for the next 5 years - they don't have to purchase that many rounds, nor can they exceed the order
- Buying in bulk can save the government millions of dollars
- Given the size and scope of these agencies, the order isn't all that abnormally large
- The DHS operates many agencies, including the Coast Guard and Secret Service
- A lot of ammunition is needed for firearms training for the agents
- 65,000 - 70,000: Number of law enforcement agents who would use this ammunition
- This would provide 1,384 rounds per agent per year
- That's only 155 rounds per month
Exhibit C: An increase in social network monitoring by the Feds shows the government is fearful of its constituents
- After the "Arab Spring" and the role social media played in it, our government is wary of the extent to which these networks can help spark revolutions
- Caryn Wagner, undersecretary of the DHS, explicitly stated that the agency has guidelines for monitoring social sites, and that all information is archived
- Senator Dianne Feinstein is concerned that intelligence agencies aren't monitoring public social sites as much as they could
- Some keywords being monitored:
- Dirty bomb
- The other side:
- Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer at the DHS: "We have been doing required privacy compliance reviews that we publish on the website...every six months"
Exhibit D: The Increase of military training exercises on domestic soil in urban areas is evidence the government is preparing to deal with civil uprising
- Is this possible? Yes
- Is it legal for the Military to intervene in the circumstance of civil disorder or uprising? Yes
- Has this goal been confirmed by any government official? No
- Should we expect military intervention in the case of widespread civil strife not controllable by local authorities? Given the law written into the NDAA 2007, yes
- September 26, 2006: President Bush urged Congress to revise federal laws, allowing U.S. armed forces to enforce laws and restore order
- Response from the military?
- "No comment"
How Close Are We To Civil War?
- A look at the historic roots of civil unrest
- Lack of representation
- The American Revolutionary War was a direct result of colonists being unable to represent themselves
- There is a distinct lack of Congressional representation of minorities
- African Americans account for 12.2% of the population
- Only 8.2% of Representatives are African American
- Latinos account for 16% of the population
- Only 5% of Representatives are hispanic
- Asian Americans account for 4.8% of the population
- Only 1.6% of Representatives are Asian American
- At the founding of the U.S., each Representative represented 33,000 citizens
- Today, that number is greater than 700,000
- Only 10% of Americans are satisfied with the job Congress is doing
- Economic distress
- The massive Greek protests were a response to austerity measures and the 110 billion Euro bailout
- 3 people were killed in the protests
- Decline of American median wealth from 2005 - 2009:
- Hispanic households: 66%
- Asian households: 54%
- African American households: 53%
- White households: 16%