You couldn’t make this stuff up

Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas

What I find rather disturbing about the above article (from the Daily Telegraph, a right wing paper) is that there is no context whatsoever – ie, the authoritarian laws that are being passed in America and the rumours flying round that there’s going to be martial law, with large numbers of people being detained without trial. There’s been hardly a mention of any of this in the western media. It’s almost as if a sort of D-Notice has been served. It’s now written in law that the American Government can detain its citizens indefinitely without trial, and there’s a whole host of other equally draconian laws that have been passed, or are going to be passed. You’d think this would be newsworthy; but oh no, there’s been barely a peep out of the western media. When I wrote a post about the detention without trial stuff (see here), two days after Obama had signed it into law, I had to look very hard to find a credible American news source to link to that had given the story more than just a few brief lines. There’s no real news reporting in America anymore, although a Washington Post blogger recently came up with a gem: Time magazine selected its person of the year Wednesday morning. The distinction goes to the man or woman (or sometimes group or idea) the magazine’s editors believe had the greatest impact during the past twelve months, for good or for ill. In 2011, they chose: “The Protester.” (see here) Towards the end of the piece the blogger, Elizabeth Flock, talks about the 5th December issue: Time Magazine put a protester with the headline “Revolution Redux on the cover of its Europe, Asia and South Pacific editions, but opted for the headline “Why Anxiety is Good For You” on the cover of its U.S. edition…

Americans are actually allowed to revolt against their leaders. It’s written in the Second Amendment of the Constitution (which also contains the famous ‘right to bear arms’ stuff)…

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Militias have been on the rise in America ever since the Waco Siege in 1993. The militia are a far right-wing movement consisting of armed paramilitary groups. Their agenda tends to be survivalist, conspiracy-orientated and they believe the US Government is a threat to their freedom (such armed groups would not be allowed to operate in most countries; but hey, this is America). You can imagine how the militias are reacting to the authoritarian laws that are being passed in the United States. Lots of videos are being posted on the internet. Here’s a typical example of one (the sound quality is not too good, but I’m using it because it’s short and to the point)…

There are more than 440 known militia groups in the United States. No one really knows how many people belong to them. The Michigan Militia says it has over 10,000 members. What does seem pretty certain is that the recent authoritarian laws passed by Capitol Hill will swell the ranks of the militia. It has all the ingrediants of a civil war. However, if things do kick off it doesn’t seem likely that the militias will have much chance against the well-trained and well-armed forces of the US Government. In fact, any resistance by the militias could well give the US Government the excuse they’ve been looking for to impose martial law and detain large numbers of people without trial. As with most revolutions, it will only be successful if enough of the government forces go over to the side of the people.

You know, over this last week or so, when I’ve been writing these posts about what’s going on in America, I’ve often had to pause in sheer disbelief that this is actually happening. But it is happening, and one of the alarming aspects of it is that it’s not being reported much in the free world.

I’ll finish with a news piece about the rise of the militia movement. This was made before the NDAA 2012 was signed into law, and before Americans woke-up to the fact that they can now be detained indefinitely without trial (if you watch the video on YouTube read the recent comments) …

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