Shootings Through The Roof

The shooting death of 13 people in Binghamton, NY on Friday is just the latest in deadly rampages to hit the US this year.

All tolled 44 people have died in apparent random attacks in the last month.

Many of these murder/suicide sprees have had an economic backdrop, hence the reason for the post.

As unemployment and home foreclosures rise, desperation and antisocial behavior will increase as well. This correlation between economic distress and social anarchy is well understood by the powers that be.

As I reported exclusively in September –– and was mentioned by Rep. Paul Kanjorski during a House hearing with then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson –– the economy was 2 hours from crashing before the government stepped in.

As a result of the crisis the Posse Comitatus Act, which stated that Federal military personnel could not be deployed in a law enforcement capacity against US citizens, was disregarded and US troops were readied for deployment.

Posse Comitatus was enacted in 1878, in the aftermath and during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. The act was revised in Sept. 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to allow federal troops acting under the Presidential order to be used to restore order. The amendment to the act reads in part:

“The President may employ the armed forces… to… restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition… the President determines that… domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order… or [to] suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such… a condition… so hinders the execution of the laws… that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law… or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws

On October 1 of last year the US Army stationed the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team on US soil for deployment when needed to fight domestic terrorism, i.e. civil unrest caused by economic upheaval.

From that point forward, you would begin reading stories of gun owners complaining about the difficulty in finding ammunition as well as certain guns and rifles. No coincidence there. The government has curtailed production by 75 percent according to some studies.

You are also reading in the alternative press and Web sites about internment camps being built on military bases and mass gravesites also being prepared in other government locales.

All the events mentioned above should not surprise anyone; there will be a growing number of crises as the stated unemployment levels rise above 10 percent and the real jobless number approaches 25 percent.

These random shootings in the US as well as the social unrest, rioting and kidnappings seen in Europe and Asia will escalate to the point where armies will be called upon to put down fellow citizens.

Finance ministers from around the world pledge to spend trillions, while the citizens of their respective nations scramble to survive.

Plenty of ammunition for anarchists and prophets.

For more on Wall and Washington and the cratering economy see:


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