If ignorance is bliss, we are all soaking in a hot tub of warm melted chocolate.
July 13-16 1863 New York City Draft Riots:
“The New York City draft riots (July 13 to July 16, 1863; known at the time as Draft Week) were violent disturbances in New York City that were
the culmination of discontent with new laws passed by Congress to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War. The riots were the largest
civil insurrection in American history apart from the Civil War itself. President Abraham Lincoln sent several regiments of militia and volunteer
troops to control the city.”
“Order began to be restored on Thursday, after a peaceful rally of 5,000 at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral to hear Archbishop Hughes, and as New York
State militia and some federal troops returned to New York, including the 152nd New York Volunteers, the 26th Michigan Volunteers, the 30th Indiana
Volunteers and the 7th Regiment New York State Militia from Frederick, Maryland, after a forced march. In addition, the governor sent in the 74th and
65th regiments of the New York state militia, which had not been in federal service, and a section of the 20th Independent Battery, New York Volunteer
Artillery from Fort Schuyler in Throgs Neck. The New York State militia units were the first to arrive. By July 16, there were several thousand
Federal troops in the city. A final confrontation occurred on Thursday evening near Gramercy Park. According to Adrian Cook's analysis in his
Armies of the Streets, twelve people died on the last day of the riots in skirmishes between rioters and the police and the army, including one
African-American, two soldiers, a bystander and two women.”
April 29, 1914
“The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow,
Colorado on April 20, 1914. The massacre resulted in the violent deaths of between 19 and 25 people; sources vary but all sources include two women
and eleven children, asphyxiated and burned to death under a single tent. The deaths occurred after a day-long fight between strikers and the Guard.
July 28, 1932
“The Bonus Army was the popular name of an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated
groups—who gathered in Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer of 1932 to demand immediate cash-payment redemption of their service”
“The marchers remained at their campsite waiting for President Hoover to act. On July 28, 1932, Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the
police to remove the Bonus Army veterans from their camp. When the veterans moved back into it, they rushed two policeman trapped on the second floor
of a building. The cornered police drew their revolvers and shot two veterans, William Hushka and Eric Carlson, who died later. “
mmmm campers, police, riots... think I saw this movie already.
“When told of the shootings, President Hoover ordered the army to evict the Bonus Army from Washington.”
At 4:45 p.m., commanded by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Howard, Maryland, and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, supported by six
battle tanks commanded by Maj. George S. Patton, formed in Pennsylvania Avenue while thousands of civil service employees left work to line the street
and watch. The Bonus Marchers, believing the troops were marching in their honor, cheered the troops until Patton ordered the cavalry to charge
them—an action which prompted the spectators to yell, "Shame! Shame!"
After the cavalry charged, the infantry, with fixed bayonets and adamsite gas, an arsenical vomiting agent, entered the camps, evicting veterans,
families, and camp followers. The veterans fled across the Anacostia River to their largest camp and President Hoover ordered the assault stopped.
However Gen. MacArthur, feeling the Bonus March was a Communist attempt to overthrow the U.S. government, ignored the President and ordered a new
attack. Fifty-five veterans were injured and 135 arrested.
A veteran's wife miscarried. When 12-week-old Bernard Myers died in the hospital after being caught in the tear gas attack, a government
investigation reported he died of enteritis, while a hospital spokesman said the tear gas "didn't do it any good."
Yep, I've seen this movie......
May 4th, 19 70 Kent state Shootings
The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in the city of
Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67
rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
“The shootings killed four students and wounded nine. Two of the four students killed, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, had participated in the
protest, and the other two, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder, had been walking from one class to the next at the time of their deaths.
Schroeder was also a member of the campus ROTC chapter. Of those wounded, none was closer than 71 feet to the guardsmen. Of those killed, the nearest
(Miller) was 265 feet away, and their average distance from the guardsmen was 345 feet. “
So it's happened before and can happen again.
So when your ordered to fire on civilians the answer is very simple.
You just say “Sir I feel that is an unlawful order”
Commanders then scream, holler, yell and jump up and down and call you all kinds of names.
Probably even throw you in jail.
Might not hold up in court but holds up better than “I was just following orders”.
Remember the people in charge will always get away with it.
You, the snot nose private, will get all the blame though.
In this case they guy could have just taken the questionnaire and wrote:
“WTF?? Are you out of your Fracking mind???!!!”
edit on 8-12-2011 by mash3d because: Missplled New York, I want keep my knee caps