Just caught this from this evening’s Washington Times. I’ve done no research yet, nor found a link to the actual report. But here’s the basics…. a Pentagon contractor, Kevin D. Freeman, wrote an analysis in 2009 titled “Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses” in which he suggested the economic crash of 2008 was three pronged attack against the US economy by outside forces, and is still in progress now.
“There is sufficient justification to question whether outside forces triggered, capitalized upon or magnified the economic difficulties of 2008,” the report says, explaining that those domestic economic factors would have caused a “normal downturn” but not the “near collapse” of the global economic system that took place.
Suspects include financial enemies in Middle Eastern states, Islamic terrorists, hostile members of the Chinese military, or government and organized crime groups in Russia, Venezuela or Iran. Chinese military officials publicly have suggested using economic warfare against the U.S.
Michael G. Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for special operations, said the Pentagon was not the appropriate agency to assess economic warfare and financial terrorism risks. (Associated Press)In an interview with The Times, Mr. Freeman said his report provided enough theoretical evidence for an economic warfare attack that further forensic study was warranted.
This is a lengthy piece, and what becomes notable is already too many agencies haven’t given this type of terrorism a second thought. Ironic since the September 11 attacks was all about bringing this nation to it’s knees by knocking out the financial district, and crippling response from the Pentagon and WH or Congress. Do we never learn?
This is still a breaking story, so for now, I’m throwing this out for y’all to chew on with much added commentary until I read more. Added sources and information in the comments by all of you would be appreciated!