A glimpse into the next civil war: Matt Bracken’s “What I Saw At The Coup”.
The first real jolt indicating a serious problem with the plan came when television reporter Cathy Carlsen was killed in Norfolk, shot dead while covering the commissioning of the Harvey Milk, the Navy’s newest destroyer. That she was killed was bad enough. That it happened on a “secure” naval base—a federal installation—made it much worse. Her blood splattered across the Admirals’ white uniforms made quite a picture. The videos…
We were two women born in the same year, with similar academic backgrounds. We had known each other for decades, and her untimely death hit me hard. Cathy Carlsen had been a reliable voice on the progressive side of a supposedly impartial television news network. That a respected member of the media would be assassinated was big surprise, at least to me. Up to that point, only a few federal officials and high-ranking agents had been targeted.
Then new photo was released on the internet. I had always thought the NSA could trace those things back to their origins, but apparently not. The photo was taken through the Norfolk sniper’s rifle scope just a few moments before the murder. It showed thin black crosshairs and other reference marks across Cathy’s smiling face. And it showed some text added just above her head:
If the media lies, the media dies.
You take a side, you’re along for the ride.
A traitor in front of a camera is still just a traitor.
This single act of domestic terrorism immediately dampened the enthusiasm of most of our formerly reliable reporters to continue to carry our water. More such photographs of other media figures appeared on the internet with crosshairs over their faces. Most of the pictures were bogus, just photoshop pranks, but they had a similar effect: our dependably cooperative reporters suddenly lost their nerve.
This is the single most important thing that has to be hammered into the brains of the press if “the next civil war” is to be avoided.
And make no mistake: the narrator here, a White House official, is exactly right in describing this action as an “act of domestic terrorism”.
That is what we will be reduced to if this ever comes to pass, and it would be a terrible thing. Insurgents, which is what anyone with any right to call himself a patriot would be, will do horrible, ugly, brutal things in the name of liberty. They will become what they hate.
This account is severely sanitized. There is little or no chance, I think, that the war would actually go this smoothly, or end this quickly.
I really don’t want to see this.
But you journalists out there? We won’t spare you, can’t spare you. You’ll be very near the head of the line.
You may even be first.
I’m not advocating anything here. I do not not not want to see this happen.
But to stop it, journalists must start doing the job that is recognized in the First Amendment. You must again become the watch dog press, relentlessly gnawing at the seats of the powerful, regardless of party, ripping at their throats when necessary.
The crosshairs await.
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