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Join Date: Jun 2001
American ParaMilitary Extremists Riot!!
Could it Happen Again?
Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured
As Para-Military Extremists Riot
Boston, April 20—National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of
recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a
para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources
estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government
forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts governor Thomas Gage declared
that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has made up
of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed
against internal revenue offices.
The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued
an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has
interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.
The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by
the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage
issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the
This decision followed a meeting in early April between government and
military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation
of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had
the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”
Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of
outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms
and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed
extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.
During a tense standoff in Lexington’s town park, National Guard Colonel
Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed
group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a
single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the
extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed
citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel
smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national
joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor has
also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading
the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and
John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders’ of the extremist
faction, remain at large.
“The Matrix is a system, Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds we are trying to save. Until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged and many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they’ll fight to protect it. “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
- Morpheus, in the movie, “The Matrix”