In the not-too-distant future, sociopolitical and economic conditions in the U.S. will be changing dramatically, affecting tens of millions of Americans…[and to that end the U.S. government has enacted new legislation] that allows it to transform itself into a full-on police state.
So says Jeff Thomas (internationalman.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled Why a Police State?.
The following article is presented by Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) and the FREE Market Intelligence Report newsletter (sample here) and has been edited, abridged and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.
Thomas goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
This began with the Patriot Act of 2001, a “temporary” act that was up for review in 2011, at which time, it was not only renewed, but its powers were expanded. (Nothing is more permanent than a temporary government measure.)
More sinister, however, was the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), quietly passed in December 2011, which defines the entire U.S. as a “battlefield.” This Act grants the federal government the explicit power to imprison civilians, including American citizens, indefinitely, with no charges or trial…
In addition to legislation, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has, in recent years, planned purchases of more than 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point bullets and purchased thousands of tanks. This is especially significant, as the DHS does not take part in external warfare—its sole responsibility is to maintain domestic order…
Such an extreme build-up of armaments suggests that the DHS will not be targetting particular groups but, rather, they are preparing for a volume of literally tens of millions of people who would presumably take part in some form of domestic conflict.
The Patriot Act and its renewal and the NDAA were all passed by an overwhelming majority in the US Legislature. Clearly, American legislators foresee the possibility of a major conflict and have taken action to combat it. That would suggest that they are assuming that, in the not-too-distant future, socio-political and economic conditions in the US will be changing dramatically, affecting tens of millions of Americans, not just small fringe groups.
…[T]he U.S. may be on its last legs in propping up its economy with monetised debt…[at which] point devaluation of the dollar will begin, QE will end, and the funds will simply not exist to pay for the many entitlements that political leaders have promised the voters…Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, and a host of smaller funds will either dry up or be dramatically diminished.
Were the above mentioned entitlements curtailed, as seems a likely outcome of the present economic direction, roughly half of all Americans would find themselves dramatically affected economically and would be unable to maintain their current standard of living. Many, in fact, would have no income whatever. Is it likely that they would be angry? Yes. If so, their numbers would be very great indeed.
The above article does not cast in stone the idea that Americans will soon resort to revolution in retaliation to events that appear likely in the future. What it does indicate rather strongly is that the U.S. Government appears to be readying itself for such an outcome.
Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.
*http://www.internationalman.com/articles/why-a-police-state (Copyright © 2014 Casey Research, LLC.)
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