Why would the national guard need this type of training ???
Thanks to the Daily Times-Herald of Carrollton, IA, for publishing this article – it’s certainly not something we would see in the mainstream corporate media.
Once credible intelligence has been gathered,” said Kots, “portions of the town will be road-blocked and more in-depth searches of homes and vehicles will be conducted in accordance with the residents’ wishes.”
“One of the techniques we use in today’s political environment is cordon and knock,” Kots explained. “We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner’s body language and position to protect him.”
The signs are everywhere, and getting increasingly impossible to ignore, even by those who still trust the state. Start getting prepared. Don’t be left dependent and helpless.
Here is a mainstream corporate media take (emphasis mine):
The U.S. Army prepares soldiers stateside with frighteningly lifelike war games for the guerrilla attacks they will encounter on their tours of duty in Iraq
Trainers at Fort Irwin put stress on soldiers every chance they get. During a search of Iraqi homes, Golf Company found a man with a rifle. Brought outside in handcuffs, the man pleaded to be given over to the Iraqi Police standing nearby. “I.P., I.P.,” he said as a crowd of villagers gathered in the stifling heat. A translator said the man only used the rifle for hunting, but after radioing his superiors, Specialist Drake Hill informed the police that the man would be taken back to a Blue Team base for questioning. That was the right decision.
Are you kidding me?? Does anyone believe this training is for Iraq? Our soldiers are being trained for gun confiscation on a mass scale. “…only used the rifle for hunting…” What was he hunting, camels?
C’mon folks. Read the writing on the wall.
U.S. Army trained for civil unrest and crowd control
Here is another gem, straight from the horse’s mouth – or the Army Times, in this case (emphasis mine):
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control…
The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.
This is my favorite:
The package is for use only in war-zone operations, not for any domestic purpose.
Of course it is. And that’s why units deployed to handle domestic civil unrest are being trained in its use.
“I can’t think of a more noble mission than this,” said Cloutier, who took command in July. “We’ve been all over the world during this time of conflict, but now our mission is to take care of citizens at home…”
And what if those citizens don’t want to be “taken care of”? Well, just ask the good citizens of New Orleans and Iowa how the National Guard and police ‘took care’ of them… Run some searches for images of militarized police with guns trained on civilians – civilians who have committed no crime.
Will they really do it?
I have read several articles where writers assert their belief that American soldiers will not fire on American citizens. History is unkind to those who share this view. In fact, history is abundant with examples of soldiers and police all too willing to turn their guns on their fellow citizens.
First, understand that soldiers and police will have limited information. They will be told there is a domestic terrorist on the loose – or better a group of terrorists. They will be told this group has committed horrific acts against Americans. They will be told it’s a boogey-man – a Timothy McVeigh – or a group of boogey-men: right wing wackos or left wing terrorists, perhaps they will have funny sounding names.
Next, forces will be deployed outside their native geography. We saw this in New Orleans with the Chicago Police, among others, rounding up civilian-owned firearms. This can also be seen within states as out-of-town police are brought in for ‘crowd control’. This will eliminate a natural barrier to the use of force – familiarity.
Next, the process will be subtle. There will be no widespread rebellion or civil disturbance. Rather we will see isolated flare-ups and abuse of power as the state crushes dissent with overwhelming force and makes up facts as they go along. Sometimes these facts come out later (think Ruby Ridge). Other times the facts never come out (think Waco).
Finally, as we have seen so vividly in recent times, both soldiers and police (is there really a distinction today?) will follow their orders. That’s what they are trained to do.
Are you “dangerous or unruly”?
So as a declared American and, therefore, enemy of the state, I suppose I qualify as an “unruly or dangerous” individual.
Do you? If so, I want to hear your comments.