Call of Duty Director Says U.S. Should Station Soldiers in Schools

Call of Duty Director Says U.S. Should Station Soldiers in SchoolsBloomberg – by Josh Eidelson

Dave Anthony, former writer and director for the megahit video game franchise Call of Duty, wants the U.S. government to explore stationing soldiers in schools.

“The threat now, the invasion, comes from within,” Anthony said Wednesday at a forum hosted by the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington where he is a fellow in international security. Anthony said the soldiers could operate like air marshals on commercial flights. “Imagine the concept of something like a ‘school marshal,’” he said. “Now these guys are U.S. soldiers who are in plainclothes, whose job and part of their responsibility is to protect schools.”  

The Call of Duty author said he anticipated objections. “The public won’t like it, they’ll think it’s a police state,” he said. But, he went on, “All of these are solvable problems.” Anthony’s address, which was punctuated by videos depicting such future threats as a U.S. drone hacked by Iran and a hotel massacre in Las Vegas, included repeated exhortations to policymakers to learn from the examples of corporations and creative artists in selling potentially unpopular ideas. “When we have a new product that has elements that we’re not sure how people will respond to, what do we do as a corporation?” he asked. “We market it, and we market it as much as we can—so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.”

Anthony repeatedly emphasized the magnitude of the domestic threat posed by Islamic State, the extremist group in Iraq and Syria. “It could be that you have 100 of these guys who may be on our soil right now, who may even be U.S. citizens, who could legally walk into whatever gun store they choose, buy some assault rifles, and start attacking soft targets,” he said.

Anthony has rubbed elbows with foreign policy veterans before. Call of Duty: Black Ops II, whose plot features hackers hijacking U.S. drones to assault Los Angeles and threaten China, was informed by meetings with experts who included Oliver North, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who was a Reagan-era National Security Council staffer and Iran-Contra icon. Anthony recently told Foreign Policy’s Justine Drennan that North agreed to help because he’d seen that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq “play the game sort of religiously.” They aren’t the only ones playing: A British ISIS fighter told the presenters of an ISIS podcast that being part of ISIS was “better than that game Call of Duty,” the BBC reported in June.

“I look at the U.S. military and government, ironically, as having some of the very same problems as what the Call of Duty franchise has,” Anthony told the crowd Wednesday. “We are both on top of our game. We are both the best in the world at what we do. We both have enemies who are trying to take us down at any possible opportunity. But the difference is, we know how to react to that.”

8 thoughts on “Call of Duty Director Says U.S. Should Station Soldiers in Schools

  1. All part of teaching our children to think that having goons with guns standing on every street corner and inside schools is a “normal” occurrence. The F’N psychopaths are attempting to indoctrinate our children into their police state telling our children that they are being protected. Couple that with the total theft of free thinking, there will be little resistance when they lead your children over to the edge of the ditch.

    1. “The threat now, the invasion, comes from within”. Hmmm.
      The invasion from within has already occurred.
      The occupying force (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) wants soldiers in the schools because it wants a more oppressive police state than already exists. To protect themselves from the general populous when the identity of the occupiers becomes more and more obvious.
      His solution is “marketing” and “brainwashing” the public into liking and eventually begging for more oppression. Gee. Who were the great minds in marketing? Lippmann. Bernays. And where is Madison (marketing) Avenue? NYC. Hmmm.
      A Police State isn’t needed for 100 Islamic guys.
      A Police State Is needed if you are a small group of people occupying a disproportionate number of political, judicial and financial “leadership” positions…and you are f**king over 90+% of the citizens.
      He’s absolutely right.
      “The Public won’t like it”.

  2. Why would anybody send their children to these places again? The minute I could think for myself, about 15, I stopped going. It was the best thing I could have done.

    1. If I had to do it again, my children would be home schooled. There is no way I would allow these sons of bitches one minute with my kids. It was bad enough in the 80’s and 90’s when I butted heads with the school board in my hometown.

  3. This @$$h0l3 lives in his own fantasy of a militarized world filled with murder and death. He is delusional and clearly a nutjob. Anyone who entertains a single word from this psycho needs to have “Game Over” applied to their lives so the rest of us can attempt to live peaceably and and with at least a shred of freedom.

    And yes, Chris and Millard, agreed 100%. Why anyone even considers these propaganda gulags and mind-control facilities as an option for “education” is beyond baffling and clear evidence how unaware and oblivious to reality.

  4. Call of Duty, the desensitization tool used to let kids get accustomed to shooting people with no forethought or afterthought. Then they wonder where these mass murderers come!

  5. “Call of Duty Director Says U.S. Should Station Soldiers in Schools”

    I’d deck the shit out of the SOB myself if I heard him say that to my face.

  6. What? the maker of a video game has an opinion?
    Oh hold on and let me get a note pad. I bet he has some enlitening sh!t to say…

    PLwwwwbwbwbwwws(blowing air while vibrating tongue)

    Nope never mind. Just a retarded idiot talking as if his opinion is sane.

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