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Texas Official Sees Civil Unrest If Obama Is Re-elected

August 23, 2012

A Republican county emergency- management official in Texas says unrest may erupt if President Barack Obama is re-elected, that the president would respond by sending in United Nations troops, and that he needs more sheriff’s deputies to deal with it.

“He’s going to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN,” Lubbock County Judge Tom Head said this week on a Fox News television station in the north Texas Panhandle region. “Then what happens? I’m thinking worst-case scenario -- civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe.”

“We’re talking take up arms and get rid of the guy,” he said. Obama’s response? ``He’s going to send in UN troops. I don’t want them in Lubbock.”

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Head elaborated in a video interview yesterday with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which serves the county of about 284,000 people that is the home of 1950s rock pioneer Buddy Holly, Texas Tech University and the Prairie Dog Town tourist attraction.

As the county’s chief emergency-management official, Head told the newspaper, he must prepare for worst-case scenarios, which he said included Obama’s re-election and Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate and a category 5 hurricane.

“Do I think UN troops are going to be rolling into Lubbock? Probably not going to happen,” he said. “F-5 hurricane? Probably not going to happen.”

Head offered the scenarios as partial justification for a 1.7 percent property-tax increase to hire more deputies and add other law-enforcement resources.

Head has been the top elected official in Lubbock County since 1999, according to the county website. Head is a former police officer and SWAT team member at Texas Tech.

He didn’t return messages left at his home yesterday night or at his office this morning.

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