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warren pease Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 12:07 AM
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23. Look up the regular Army's involvement in breaking the Pullman Strike...
Also, there's the Wounded Knee massacre, assuming native Americans count as actual citizens. "... at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota Sioux (were) killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre )

Then there's the 21 (including one Guardsman) killed during the Ludlow Mine strike, where the National Guard attacked "... a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado on April 20, 1914. The deaths occurred after a day-long fight between strikers and the Guard. Two women and eleven children were asphyxiated and burned to death. Three union leaders and two strikers were killed by gunfire, along with one child, one passer-by, and one National Guardsman." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludlow_Massacre )

But the wild card here is extra-military mercenary contractors, whose employees kill for money without regard for trifles like citizenship. Would the feds enlist the services of Blackwater et al to halt a general strike? Hopefully not, but that company's employees' actions in NOLA post-Katrina provide a scary historical precedent.

That enough for now?


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