Cockroach Police State

A Military Plot to Take Over America: Fifty Years Later, Was the Mission Accomplished?

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“I’m suggesting Mr. President, there’s a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday…”—Col. Martin ‘Jiggs’ Casey, Seven Days in May (1964)[1]

With a screenplay written by Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, director John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May[2] is a clear warning to beware of martial law packaged as a well meaning and overriding concern for the nation’s security. Yet, incredibly enough, 50 years later, we find ourselves hostages to a government run more by military doctrine and corporate greed than by the rule of law established in the Constitution.

Indeed, proving once again that fact and fiction are not dissimilar, today’s current events—ranging from the government’s steady militarization of law enforcement agencies,[3] and its urban training exercises wherein military troops rappel from Black Hawk helicopters in cities across the country, from Miami[4] and Chicago[5] to Minneapolis[6], to domestic military training drills timed and formulated to coincide with or portend actual crises[7], and the Obama administration’s sudden and growing hostilities with Russia—could well have been lifted straight out of Seven Days in May, which takes viewers into eerily familiar terrain.