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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
When I lived in Arizona more than ten years ago, a familiar conspiracy theory often heard was that the U.S. government, in league with the United Nations, employed black helicopters in joint training operations to … well, conspiracy theorists never quite fleshed that part out. Now living in South Florida, I was startled to see video footage on a local news station showing black, low-flying helicopters firing their mounted machine-guns as they zoomed over a busy Miami thoroughfare not far from the arena where the Miami Heat were engaged in a close game with the Boston Celtics.
Video taken by a resident from his high-rise condominium showed loud, mid-air artillery bursts illuminating the nearby residential towers. “I couldn’t see them a lot of the time, but I could hear them because there are echoes around the buildings,” Neilson Paty, a local resident, told the Miami Herald, “We see helicopters every day, but it was very obvious that these are not tourist or U.S. Coast Guard helicopters.”
Local news reports later said the military pyrotechnics were courtesy of Miami-Dade’s South East Regional Domestic Security Task Force; in other words, Janet “Big Mama” Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security was engaged in a little urban-warfare training in a lead up to … well, local news organizations never quite fleshed that part out.
In a Forbes magazine article titled How the U.S. Military Would Crush a Tea Party Rebellion, Michael Peck asks, “… Under what circumstances should federal troops conduct military operations against American citizens on American soil? Is this scenario likely enough that the U.S. military prepare for such operations, or should we worry that preparation will inevitably lead to action? Note the part about American soil, because American supporters of Al Qaeda are already being killed on foreign soil. Laws like the Insurrection Act and Posse Comitatus are designed to tightly restrict using the military against the American people. But if there were a rebellion, I wonder if the President would stand on legalities.”
I think we all know the answer to that question. After all, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently declared President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board – while Congress was still in session – a blatant violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers. If Obama does not recognize the Senate’s lawful role in approving his appointments (a Democratically controlled body no less), coupled with his actions in Operation Fast and Furious, it’s not much of a stretch to believe he is capable of ordering violent and bloody military operations on American soil.
Besides, with government-sponsored think tanks issuing position papers warning of armed, vast, right-wing conspirators arraying against “federal sovereignty”; high-ranking Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, describing the Tea Party as treadable “Astroturf”; the media’s ad nauseam attacks on all peaceful opposition to the expansion of Washington’s authoritarian power as “outside the mainstream”; and the introduction of a draconian gun-control measure by California’s Sen. Diane Feinstein that’s stated “purpose is to dry up the supply of … weapons over time,” it’s not unreasonable to conclude sugar-daddy Washington is getting ready to bear its fangs.
Just in passing, notice how easily Forbes magazine’s Michael Peck links the Tea Party with “American supporters of Al Qaeda,” suggesting in his article that the peaceful grassroots movement, that so nicely cleaned up after itself following a mass march on the nation’s capital, is somehow plotting the armed overthrow of the U.S. government, a threat against which it must prepare.
As Catch-22 author Joseph Heller once said, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”