Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rep. Brad Sherman: Congress Threatened with Martial Law over Bailout

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Rep. Brad Sherman:
Congress Threatened with Martial Law
If Bailout Bill Not Passed

Mainstream Media Mum

A Democrat congressman makes a claim that was televised on C-SPAN that some congressmen were told that if the bailout bill wasn't passed, there would be "martial law in America"--and the Mainstream Media is silent.

"The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. … Many of us 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 and a couple of thousand on the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no."
--Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) on C-SPAN

A C-SPAN video of Rep. Brad Sherman speaking to Congress during the bailout bill. Sherman rightly says that "creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere" was in play. After seeing this video, an attempt was made to find out more about Sherman's claim.

Googling was little help.

The Washington Post ran a story October 2 which claimed that Sherman was "spectacularly unpopular" with Democrat and Republican House leadership over his opposition to the bailout bill.

If the House of Representatives was a playground, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) might be most likely to get beat up.

Sherman, who led the House revolt against the bailout bill this week (and will do so again on Friday), has become spectacularly unpopular with both the Republican and Democratic leaderships, not to mention K Street.

Lobbyists and House aides were gossiping this week that House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) angrily told the more diminutive Sherman in front of his colleagues at a Democratic caucus meeting last week to "shut up and sit down."

On the martial law theme, there were a few articles mentioning "a little-noticed story...a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team."

A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months,” reported Army Times staff writer Gina Cavallaro, “the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” Disturbingly, she writes that “they may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control” as well.

It's disturbing that no rebuttal or confirmation of Sherman's claim has been offered.

It's even more disturbing that no Mainstream Media news organization has investigated the scary claim in Sherman's speech.

Perhaps they were too busy hyping the "Financial Meltdown" and shilling for the bailout.

by Mondo
hat tip: Ernest Hancock, Freedom's Phoenix
image: wikimedia

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