Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Enemies Foreign and Domestic… and all too real

Written By: Bob - Mar• 04•12

I’m a little groggy after staying up well after midnight to finish a 576-page novel I’d only picked up yesterday morning. My head is still spinning, trying to digest a work of fiction nine years old that reads like a near-term future history and nightmare rolled into one.

Matthew Bracken’s Enemies Foreign and Domestic was first  published in 2003. The parallels between the fictional world he created roughly a decade ago with the world as it stands before us are stunning.

A cleverly-conceived domestic terror attack sees more than a thousand killed in a professional football stadium by a stampede caused by a long-range sniper attack, all in from of network cameras. A suspect is killed, and a panicked Congress passes draconian gun control laws that eviscerate the Second and Forth Amendments.

Prominent players in politics and the media are only thinly veiled–the online story-breaking Sledge Report, for instance, or center-right news network TOP News–as an arrogant, virulently anti-gun President unleashes a rogue BATFE unit loose to seek “justice” against the “militia” blamed for the attack, and the situation spins wildly out of control into a dirty civil war.

The “plausible deniability” of the President’s covert war against gun-owners using a rogue BATFE agent to target innocent American citizens framed with nothing more than “probable culpability”–and eager media’s willingness to play their role–is stunning, and sounds a note shockingly close to current events.

It’s a good read, if unsettling.

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  1. Mt Top Patriot says:

    Yes the parallels are uncanny. Yet if you give it a good think, tyranny can only function in certain ways from the inside out top down of an overthrow of a Constitutional Republic. Especially within the framework of Marxists/Crony Capitalism/Federal Reserve 6 Family Banking Cartels, obsession with ultimate power.

    And so Guns are everything. For all interested in either the preserving the power of the sovereign nature of the will of the people and rule of law, or preserving the power of rule of men and the critical need of this tyranny to remove the only viable physical existential threat to its power.

    From a tyrant who understood all to well what it took to enslave billions, murder hundreds of millions:

    “Every Communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” “Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.”
    – Mao Tse-tung
    November 6, 1938

    Change Communist out for Democrat, Mao Tse-tung for Barrack Hussein Obama, add in operation Fast and Furious. The parallels are again uncanny.

    Those that forget the past
    …Get the dirt nap first.

    Crisis as a means is the lynchpin upon which the dictatorship called the obama administration functions.
    And, there certainly are no lack of willing dupes and sycophants who will do the ruling class elites bidding.
    Add in the dynamics of an ascendent Praetorian Class with itchy trigger fingers….It is tyranny by any other name.

    Just as there are a whole lot of free men and woman who understand serious as a heart attack what Liberty is. It is all the making of the penultimate battle of Liberty verses Tyranny.

  2. Secesh says:

    I just found out this book is available for free download at For Kindle only.

  3. harp1034 says:

    I have all of Matt Bracken’s books. Things could happen close to what he writes in his books. A lot more people need to read Enemies Foreign and Domestic.
    The ATF has been out of control for years.

  4. Mt Top Patriot says:

    @ Secesh,

    Matt Bracken has a wonderful assault on the lapdog media going that requires all our help.
    It involves the free Kindle offer at Amazon on Enemies Foreign and Domestic and the Twitter hash tag #EFAD

    Get your free download even if you don’t have a kindle. Every one counts immensely.

    Operation is spelled out here:

    Download here:

  5. YankeeBruce says:

    Apparently, this is the first of a trilogy. All 3 are available at Amazon, but only the “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” is free on the Kindle, the other two at $6.99. If the first one is as good as you say, it may be worth while buying the other two.

    • Bob says:

      I am learning in that direction.

    • harp1034 says:

      I have all four of Bracken’s books. They are worth it. I acused him of being somewhat of a phophet. Some of the things he writes about are just over the horizon and could come true to some degree. The gov’t has been out of control for years. I don’t care who is president things will not change much.