Stop, People What’s That Sound?

“Everybody look whats going down”
Officially. Freaked. Out.

Is this real?

Unrest caused by bad economy may require military action, report says
By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Posted: 12/29/2008 12:00:00 AM MST

EL PASO — A U.S. Army War College report warns an economic crisis in the United States could lead to massive civil unrest and the need to call on the military to restore order.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Nathan Freir wrote the report “Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development,” which the Army think tank in Carlisle, Pa., recently released.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities … to defend basic domestic order and human security,” the report said, in case of “unforeseen economic collapse,” “pervasive public health emergencies,” and “catastrophic natural and human disasters,” among other possible crises.

The report also suggests the new (Barack Obama) administration could face a “strategic shock” within the first eight months in office.

Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said the Army post is not involved in any recent talks about a potential military response to civil unrest.

The report become a hot Internet item after Phoenix police told the Phoenix Business Journal they’re prepared to deal with such an event, and the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Dominique Strauss-Khan, said social unrest could spread to advanced countries if the global economic crisis worsens.

You can read the rest of the article at El Paso Times.  If you know this is fake or some bizarre radical document I wish you would let me know.

The content of the article scares me but the fact that the article exists at all is surreal.  What country did I wake up in?  What world is this?  Reality is starting to read like some weird futuristic novel.  I have the urge move to a cave somewhere.

One thought on “Stop, People What’s That Sound?

  1. B.J.

    According to the Constitution, the military can’t be used for domestic purposes by the Feds, I believe. State governors can call up the national guard if needed, but the US military is prohibited from domestic use. I think. Don’t call me up and correct me if the army invades Phoenix, though 🙂

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