Is Martial Law Coming to America?

Ariz. police say they are prepared as War College warns military must prep for unrest; IMF warns of economic riots

A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.

The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.

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.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.

State and local police in Arizona say they have broad plans to deal with social unrest, including trouble resulting from economic distress. The security and police agencies declined to give specifics, but said they would employ existing and generalized emergency responses to civil unrest that arises for any reason.

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*See also: Why Are Troops Stationed Inside The U.S.?*


7 responses to “Is Martial Law Coming to America?

  1. All I know is that if things keep going like they are, our boys and girls in Iraq will have to swim, walk or hitchhike their way back home … there’ll be no funds to bail them out of there …

  2. Although overwhelming and somewhat omnipresent, I don’t think that China would have 10 trillion dollars to lend.

    • well, maybe if Japan and Saudi Arabia, who we also borrow from, through in a couple trillion – 😉 But in all seriousness, as Peter Schiff says, to borrow more only prolongs rather than addresses the problem.

  3. Don’t you think that they might have problems of their own … !!!? For instance, last I’ve heard, Usama bin Ladem was jockeying for the ruling throne of Saudi Arabia … as for the Japanese, those poor wretched souls, fish is getting scarce world wide, they can’t hunt whales anymore and they haven’t yet invented eatible and nourishing paper cartons …

  4. It shouldn’t be on the shoulders of the world to prop the u.s. up, though i’m sure it does not come without consequences.

  5. Don’t worry … it won’t happen … we’ll have to get out of our mess by ourselves

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