Bush / Cheney Threaten Martial Law

On Thursday, October 2nd, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), revealed in a speech to the House of Representatives some of the tactics the Bush/Cheney Administration was using to manipulate legislators into passing the 700 Billion Dollar Paulson Bailout Plan.  Most notably, he said:

“The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. Many of us [in Congress] were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.”

So far as I know, the mainstream media has neither investigated nor even picked up on the story that the Administration threatened martial law.  Martial law, of course, is the politically correct term for a dictatorship.

Although Rep. Sherman does not spell out who issued the threats, the only possible source for such a threat would be the Administration.  No other source would have credibility.

Video is 44 seconds long.

(HT to The Choice is Now)

7 thoughts on “Bush / Cheney Threaten Martial Law

  1. I think your upcoming election is going to reveal a lot.
    I can see the Republican side involved in a more subtle but equally anti-democratic version of Zimbabwean style vote counting. Then we’ll all have to reassess the state of our world.
    I imagine the US will be under martial law in the not too distant future if the Republicans hold power – being at war with Iraq, Iran, Russia and anyone else they can find to pick a fight with will probably ensure it’s needed.

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  2. Sagarone, I have quite reluctantly come to believe the neocon movement is essentially disguised fascism. As you know, Dick Cheney is a neocon, as are numerous other people in positions of power within the current administration. Those people have no more respect for free markets than they do for individual liberties.

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  3. Hi Stephen! If you had mentioned the US and martial law in the same breath eight years ago, I would have told you that our Constitution is too strong for such a thing. Today, I think we are much closer to it than any of us want to believe.

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  4. It does seem that your Constitution only applies if those in power say so. It is frightening to see these self-proclaimed ‘patriots’ treat the rights that made your nation great in such a cavalier fashion.
    I hope their reign ends with the election. But I fear it won’t.

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  5. The Constitution is only as good as the people are willing to defend it — and it seems that for eight years, at least, the political class in America has not been willing to defend the Constitution.

    The defense of the Constitution and revolt against the crimes of the Bush / Cheney administration is being led, not by people within the political class, but by people on the fringes of it — by, for instance, independent bloggers like Glenn Greenwald who do not owe their allegiance to the corporate controlled media, let alone the neocon ideology.

    I think many people in this country are quietly becoming radicalized.

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