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Darkness Is Scheduled, Civil Order Will Be Upended: “Military Plans to Take Over America”

All the wars, the force, the government powers, the shadow funding, the mandate for security, for control, for safety will come around full circle.

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All the wars, the force, the government powers, the shadow funding, the mandate for security, for control, for safety will come around full circle.

In the end, all this force – this entire apparatus – is meant to be used against the general population.

The cumulative angst surrounding potential crises, emergencies and the swelling dissent and distrust between fellow Americans is reaching its own crescendo. As the system, already broken, is pushed to its limits, there will be consequences both expected and unexpected.

Cities are growing, and a new, raw rule of law is growing with it. The future of urban warfare makes tight control over megacities, and paramilitary enforcement over the population inevitable – the pressures of mass migration, disaster and inner-city turmoil are taking their toll.

Sooner or later, this will happen. Be forewarned.

Those who have been counting on nothing but government to cover their expenses have nowhere else to turn to than violence, looting and civil unrest.

So too, to those who have been reliant upon store shelves and the electric grid. The day will come when those dependencies will become a dangerous, toxic weakness. The beauty and ugliness of this far-reaching conspiracy theory is not just that some extreme scenario could play out, but that in the near future, in a world dominated by urban cities, nearly every disaster that strikes its area will result in extreme reactions – desperate hoards, martial law to restore order, persecution of dissidents, violence and death tolls trailing behind.

And they are ready. The forces, each of the various agencies, military units, paramilitary units, special divisions, etc. have been training – exactly for this.

As John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute notes:

The U.S. military plans to take over America by 2030.

According to “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. military plans to use armed forces to solve future domestic political and social problems.

“Our current and past strategies can no longer hold. We are facing environments that the masters of war never foresaw. We are facing a threat that requires us to redefine doctrine and the force in radically new and different ways. The future army will confront a highly sophisticated urban-centric threat that will require that urban operations become the core requirement for the future land-force. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.”— Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command

What they’re really talking about is martial law, packaged as a well-meaning and overriding concern for the nation’s security.

The chilling five-minute training video, obtained by The Intercept through a FOIA request and made available online, paints an ominous picture of the future—a future the military is preparing for—bedeviled by “criminal networks,” “substandard infrastructure,” “religious and ethnic tensions,” “impoverishment, slums,” “open landfills, over-burdened sewers,” a “growing mass of unemployed,” and an urban landscape in which the prosperous economic elite must be protected from the impoverishment of the have nots.

https://youtu.be/vunSovwSUgA

 

And the creepiest part of this training?

Apparently, while the American electorate have been concerned about “draining the swamp” in Washington, D.C., the military have been concerned about “draining the swamp” in American cities during a major crisis.

As John Whitehead keenly observes:

And then comes the kicker.

Three-and-a-half minutes into the Pentagon’s dystopian vision of “a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers,” the ominous voice of the narrator speaks of a need to “drain the swamps.”

Drain the swamps.

[…]Whereas Trump promised to drain the politically corrupt swamps of Washington DC of lobbyists and special interest groups, the U.S. military is plotting to drain the swamps of futuristic urban American cities of “noncombatants and engage the remaining adversaries in high intensity conflict within.”

[…]They are people who don’t support the government, people who live in fast-growing urban communities, people who may be less well-off economically than the government and corporate elite, people who engage in protests, people who are unemployed, people who engage in crime (in keeping with the government’s fast-growing, overly broad definition of what constitutes a crime).

In other words, in the eyes of the U.S. military, noncombatants are American citizens a.k.a. domestic extremists a.k.a. enemy combatants who must be identified, targeted, detained, contained and, if necessary, eliminated.

Welcome to Battlefield America.

For those who are old enough and engaged enough to have followed the last several cycles of American politics, this is a disaster that has been decades in the making.

During the Reagan years, there was Rex 84 and other plans to control unstable populations during times of national emergency. Though the plan was highly secretive, the parts that did come out used the scenario of the need to deal with a mass wave of immigration from Mexico as the cover story, though the use of camps and detainment clearly implicated American dissidents and undesirables as well.

A scenario very close to this could play out today, with the Trump Administration planning massive deportation and attempting to institute a “Muslim ban,” while a huge wave of Americans on the other side of the fence are vehemently protesting his actions. It creates an atmosphere of tension, suspicion, and the emergency use of force, detainment, etc.

President George W. Bush presided over the passage of the PATRIOT Act and a bevy of executive orders and anti-American legislation that places the aura of surveillance, suspicion and control over the American people themselves, and locks down the system with a federally-controlled counter-terrorism apparatus that envelopes every aspect of the nation and its system of laws and regulation.

The 2006 John Warner Defense Act gave a legal basis for abandoning Posse Comitatus and opening the floodgates to U.S. military troops patrolling the homeland and exerting “authority” over the people – in the name of combating terrorism.

Just a sample of the far-reaching power that has been established over the past several U.S. presidents:

Executive Order #10995: Seizure of all communications media in the United States.
Executive Order #10997: Seizure of all electric power fuels and minerals, public and private.
Executive Order #10999: Seizure of all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control of highways, seaports and waterways.
Executive Order #11000: Seizure of all American people for work forces under federal supervision including the splitting of families if the government finds it necessary.
Executive Order #11001: Seizure of all health, education and welfare facilities, public and private.
Executive Order #11002: Empowered the postmaster general to register all men, women and children in the U.S.
Executive Order #11003: Seizure of all airports and aircraft.
Executive Order #11004: Seizure of all housing and finance authorities to establish Forced Relocation Designated areas to be abandoned as “unsafe.”
Executive Order #11005: Seizure of all railroads, inland waterways and storage facilities, public and private.
Executive Order #12919: Signs June 3, 1994, by President Clinton. Encompasses all the above executive orders.

Dark times, and the start of a very deep-seated tide of resistance and anger in the American people. With President Obama, a curve-ball, a fresh face not expected, and thus pacifying to the American people. But with his softer personality still came grave developments for the abuse of power by the federal government and the continuity of government structure. Countless executive orders and laws during his administration furthered the tyranny, and further cooked our problems with clashing parts of society. This was extremely evident in the racial and inner-city strife that became the hallmark of the Obama era.

It was less discussed how Obama signed the 2012 NDAA, and along with funding for the military, authorization to treat American citizens as potential combatants here at home on American soil.

It is there in writing; President Obama even issued an executive statement with the bill explaining away how even though he consented to create the legal power to “indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens,” that he would never, personally, authorize the use of indefinite military detention of American citizens without trial…

Future presidents, however, could take up that power, and it won’t make any difference whether Barack Obama agrees with the rationale or not. There’s no reason here to languish here over whether President Trump will abuse that power, or that a future president might. The fact of the matter is that the temptation is there; the weapon is loaded. May cooler heads prevail.

But when something does play out, it will be military, FEMA, Homeland Security, local and regional police, special units, contractors, etc. who will be implementing the techniques revealed above – civil unrest will be stopped by any means necessary.

The military are literally training to occupy American cities, detain American citizens, engage anyone deemed to be a combatant, and restore order to entire cities, putting the lives of potentially tens of millions of people on hold, or upending them altogether. Will a crisis emerge, such as an economic collapse? Maybe the better question is, can such a crisis be avoided?

Maybe an earth shattering catastrophe has become simply too hard to dodge. If a big enough natural disaster doesn’t strike, the powers that be could simply engineer a crisis – financial, environmental spill, terrorist attack, urban riots – it really doesn’t matter what type of event.

This is because the fatal flaws of these cities – the problems of density, and supply vulnerabilities, and of clashing tensions between groups, and of abuse of power  – will create immediate problems with each and every major crisis, just as rush hour ruins the afternoon of big city communities right on schedule every day. Nobody specifically orchestrated the gridlock, though they theoretically could have, and yet the natural problems of congestion virtually guarantee that traffic will not move, people will have accidents, get angry, and have nowhere to go and no way to get out of the situation.

The same metaphor will hold true for the next big urban disaster – any Hurricane Sandy could shutdown New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc. if an evacuation is ordered, if a category 4 or 5 hits directly, if there is significant flooding, or property damage and loss of life is widespread, or another large scale terror attack takes place. The development of society has pushed more than 80% of the world’s population into cities, in almost every part of the globe. It is especially true in the United States and the western world.

The pressures are there, and they are real. They are waiting for the next crisis to unfold, and explode.

When prepping for what could happen, and how you will handle it, consider the many vulnerabilities of the city nearest you with a sober and careful eye. Whatever your strategy for survival, keep one foot out yonder, if indeed you must be tied to cities and urban areas like everyone else. Everything you know and take for granted in cities could collapse at a moment’s notice.

Photo: Thomas Hawk Oakland 2010 via photopin (license)

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Is America Really ‘Up’ For A Second Cold War?

America will have been pushed out of Asia and the western Pacific back beyond the second chain of islands.

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After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order.

By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth.

Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries will have become hated but ancient history.

America will have been pushed out of Asia and the western Pacific back beyond the second chain of islands.

Taiwan will have been returned to the motherland, South Korea and the Philippines neutralized, Japan contained. China’s claim to all the rocks, reefs and islets in the South China Sea will have been recognized by all current claimants.

Xi’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy will have brought South and Central Asia into Beijing’s orbit, and he will be in the Pantheon beside the Founding Father of Communist China, Mao Zedong.

Democracy has been rejected by China in favor of one-party rule of all political, economic, cultural and social life.

And as one views Europe, depopulating, riven by secessionism, fearful of a Third World migrant invasion, and America tearing herself apart over politics and ideology, China must appear to ambitious and rising powers as the model to emulate.

Indeed, has not China shown the world that authoritarianism can be compatible with national growth that outstrips a democratic West?

Over the last quarter century, China, thanks to economic nationalism and $4 trillion in trade surpluses with the United States, has exhibited growth unseen since 19th-century America.

Whatever we may think of Xi’s methods, this vision must attract vast numbers of China’s young — they see their country displace America as first power, becoming the dominant people on earth.

What is America’s vision? What is America’s cause in the 21st century? What is the mission and goal that unites, inspires and drives us on?

After World War II, America’s foreign policy was imposed upon her by the terrible realities the war produced: brutalitarian Stalinist domination of Eastern and Central Europe and much of Asia.

Under nine presidents, containment of the Soviet empire, while avoiding a war that would destroy civilization, was our policy. In Korea and Vietnam, Americans died in the thousands to sustain that policy.

But with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the breakup of the USSR, it seemed that by 1992 our great work was done. Now democracy would flourish and be embraced by all advanced peoples and nations.

But it did not happen. The “end of history” never came. The New World Order of Bush I did not last. Bush II’s democracy crusade to end tyranny in our world produced disasters from Libya to Afghanistan.

Authoritarianism is now ascendant and democracy is in retreat.

Is the United States prepared to accept a world in which China, growing at twice our rate, more united and purposeful, emerges as the dominant power? Are we willing to acquiesce in a Chinese Century?

Or will we adopt a policy to ensure that America remains the world’s preeminent power?

Do we have what is required in wealth, power, stamina and will to pursue a Second Cold War to contain China, which, strategic weapons aside, is more powerful and has greater potential than the Soviet Union ever did?

On his Asia tour, President Trump spoke of the “Indo-Pacific,” shorthand for the proposition that the U.S., Japan, Australia and India form the core of a coalition to maintain the balance of power in Asia and contain the expansion of China.

Yet, before we create some Asia-Pacific NATO to corral and contain China in this century, as we did the USSR in the 20th century, we need to ask ourselves why.

Does China, even if she rises to surpass the U.S. in manufacturing, technology and economic output, and is a comparable military power, truly threaten us as the USSR did, to where we should consider war to prevent its expansion in places like the South China Sea that are not vital to America?

While China is a great power, she has great problems.

She is feared and disliked by her neighbors. She has territorial quarrels with Russia, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan. She has separatists in Tibet and Xinjiang. Christianity is growing while Communism, the state religion, is a dead faith. Moreover, the monopoly of power now enjoyed by the Communist Party and Xi Jinping mean that if things go wrong, there is no one else to blame.

Finally, why is the containment of China in Asia the responsibility of a United States 12 time zones away?

For while China seeks to dominate Eurasia, she appears to have no desire to threaten the vital interests of the United States. China’s Communism appears to be an ideology disbelieved by her own people, that she does not intend to impose it on Asia or the world.

Again, are we Americans up for a Second Cold War, and, if so, why?

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The Stock Market Is Up 5 Trillion Dollars Since Donald Trump Was Elected

One year ago we witnessed the greatest miracle in political history, and since that time we have also witnessed one of the greatest miracles in financial history.

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One year ago we witnessed the greatest miracle in political history, and since that time we have also witnessed one of the greatest miracles in financial history. On November 8th, 2016 the Dow closed at 18,332.74. On Wednesday, it closed at 23,563.36. U.S. stocks have increased in value by about 5.4 trillion dollars since Donald Trump was elected, and I don’t think that we have seen anything quite like this ever before. So does Donald Trump deserve the credit for this unprecedented stock market run? Many experts are at least giving him part of the credit…

Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, says outgoing Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen deserves “much of the credit” because the Fed’s policy of low interest rates has helped maintain a good economy and “favors stocks over other investments.”

But Trump, he adds, “gets some credit for establishing a pro-business climate in Washington.” Trump also gets kudos for rolling back business regulations and pushing for a big tax cut for U.S. corporations, which investors say will boost corporate profitability.

Without a doubt, a Trump victory was a good thing for the financial markets, but politicians need to be careful not to take too much credit for soaring stock prices.

Because if they take credit when stocks go up, then they also have to be willing to take the blame when they go down.

The primary reason why stock prices have gone up so much over the past several years is due to unprecedented intervention by global central banks. They have literally pumped trillions of dollars that they have created out of thin air into the financial markets, and of course that was going to drive up asset prices.

But now global central banks are reversing course in unison, and we will see if financial markets around the world can maintain these dizzying levels without artificial support.

Because the truth is that whenever price/earnings ratios have ever gotten this high throughout history, a horrifying stock market crash has always followed. There is no way that stock prices can stay at these levels without central bank support, and the trillions of dollars in paper gains that we have seen up to now can potentially be wiped out very rapidly.

Just look at a company like Snapchat. This is a company that is supposedly worth 15.4 billion dollars at the moment, and yet it is bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars a quarter. The following numbers come from Wolf Richter…

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, reported late Tuesday that its revenues in the third quarter rose 62% from a year ago, to $208 million, while its net loss more than tripled to $443 million. How? It wasn’t easy, but here’s how they did it:

  • Cost of revenues, $211 million, exceeds revenues, a troublesome indicator. Most of it is what Snap pays Alphabet for hosting its content in the Google Cloud.
  • Research and development expenses, $239 million, also exceed revenues.
  • Sales and marketing expenses, $102 million, to push those Snapchat Spectacles? More on those in a moment.
  • General and administrative expenses: $118 million

Total expenses of $670 million, against revenues of $208 million. That’s what I call a business model.

I want to be very clear about what I am going to say next.

Snapchat’s business model is terribly broken, and this is a company that is going to zero.

Ultimately, those that hold Snapchat stock to the very end will lose everything. Instead of 15 billion dollars, this is a company that won’t be worth 15 cents.

Speaking of going to zero, Sears just announced that they are getting rid of up to 140 more stores. We have already set an all-time record for retail store closings in 2018, and the “retail apocalypse” that we are witnessing is only going to continue to accelerate.

But at least the stock market continues to set new record highs, right?

Don’t be fooled by the headlines. The artificial stock market bubble is living on borrowed time, and meanwhile the “real economy” continues to struggle.

When the stock market finally crashes, it will not be Donald Trump’s fault.

Let me say that again.

When the stock market finally crashes, it will not be Donald Trump’s fault.

The Federal Reserve and other global central banks created this artificial bubble, and they will be to blame for the carnage that is caused when it bursts.

And as the next great financial crisis unfolds, my hope is that people will finally be sick enough of these “boom and bust cycles” that we will be able to get rid of the Federal Reserve for good.

We need people to understand that the design of our financial system is fundamentally flawed, because if we never treat the root cause of our problems we will always be chasing symptoms.

There is a better way, and my hope is that in the aftermath of the next crisis we can start to get there.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

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Here Is How Easy It Is For The President To Launch a Nuclear Weapon

The steps the president has to take to fire a nuke are involved and complicated, but they work to safeguard against accidental launches and miscommunications.

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The steps the president has to take to fire a nuke are involved and complicated, but they work to safeguard against accidental launches and miscommunications.

That said, the entire process could happen in just a few short minutes. The following is a transcription of the animation.

It can take the US government just minutes to launch a nuclear weapon. Here’s how it would work.

The president has the sole authority to call for a nuclear strike. Once the call is made, a series of critical steps follow.

The president first meets with top military advisers. The meeting would take place in the Situation Room. If the president is traveling, a call is made on a secure line.

If the president still wants to go through with the strike, the order is verified. To authenticate the order, a challenge code is read to the president. It’s usually two phonetic letters like “Delta-Echo.”

The president then receives the “biscuit”, a laminated card that’s always near the president. The biscuit has the matching response to the challenge code.

The Pentagon then broadcasts an encoded message to missile crews. The message is only about the length of a standard tweet.

It includes the war plan, “Sealed Authentication System” or (SAS) codes, and the actual missile launch codes. When the launch crews get the message they open lock safes to obtain the SAS codes. These codes are compared with the SAS codes included in the message.

If fired from a submarine the captain, executive officer, and two others authenticate the launch order. Fifteen minutes after receiving the order, the missiles could be ready to launch.

If fired from land, there are 50 missiles controlled by 5 launch crews in different locations. Each crew “votes” for the launch by turning their keys at the same time.

There are five different keys, but only two need to be turned to launch the missiles. In this scenario, the missiles could be ready to launch just minutes after the president’s order. Once the missiles are launched, there’s no turning back.


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