A National Guard Drill earlier this month in California featured actors pretending to be angry Americans, screaming “right-wing” rhetoric at the soldiers.
The exercise, which was sold to the public as a standard military exercise to help the guard deal with a hypothetical dirty bomb attack, included 200 national guard teaming up with local law enforcement units. But the weird thing about the drill is not the fact that the guard is training for a dirty bomb, it’s who they are training to see as the enemy.
Local footage captured a small part of the drill as National Guardsmen pushed back a group of actors playing American Citizens. One of the actors can be heard yelling, “I’m a sovereign citizen, I refuse to recognize you guys, I refuse to recognize you.”
In March, similar drills took place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where troops arrested role players on the street and marched columns of prisoners towards mock internment facilities.
Why are so many of these Drills Focused on Training against American Citizens?
Back in 2012, The Department of Homeland Security released a report titled, “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States.” The study outlined who the federal government sees as the largest terrorist threat in the country. Shockingly, instead of focusing on Islamic Extremism the report instead focused on those with extreme “right-wing” views.
The report outlined exactly what the government thinks this threat looks like:
“Groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some the threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
During that same time period, an army report was released that detailed theoretical military operations throughout the United States, where the military could be used against Tea Party “insurrectionists.”
This new video, combined with these past reports, has raised concerns about the Jade Helm drills set to take place this summer, wherein military troops and state and local law enforcement agencies plan to simulate battles and insurgent attacks throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. In that drill, the military has classified Texas and Utah as Hostile zones.