A Louisiana sheriff has begun training 200 local volunteers in basic hand-to-hand combats techniques as part of Project Exodus aimed at protecting the northwestern corner of the state from the danger of terrorists, the Shreveport Times reports.
Reporter Drew Pierson writes that Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen’s policing plan involves “a mostly white group of ex-police volunteers and a .50-caliber machine gun” and was inspired in part from the Book of Exodus in the Bible.
“The buck stops with Larry Deen,” the sheriff says, according to the Times. “The liability stops with Larry Deen. I am the chief law enforcement officer in this parish, and it is incumbent upon me to protect all of the people in it…”
Doyle Dempsey, chief deputy for support services, says in the training video that if the project is successful “we will be ahead of the curve when it comes to fighting Islamic extremists.”
The volunteers will be armed provided weapons such as shotguns, riot shields and batons, the newspaper says, including a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on what the sheriff’s office calls “the war wagon.”
Five of the 200 volunteers are black, the Times says. Women will only be used in a “support role,” Deen says, indicating non-combat activity…
Deen elaborates on Operation Exodus on his Web site here:
As evidenced by recent terror threats, it is apparent that homegrown terrorists are in our midst. With the easy accessibility of the Internet, it is quite possible that these local and international terrorists can form a national or multiple location attack on our nation at any given moment. And no matter whether we are a direct target or not, fear and panic will still permeate our community. Control will have to be regained to ensure the safety of our residents. That is where Operation Exodus comes into play. It utilizes preventive measures to safeguard Bossier Parish from the fear and outcry that will inevitably transpire.
I think it’s time to expand upon the accepted political definition of “eejit” to include “dumfuk”.
The volunteers will be armed by local government; but, they’re not a militia. Uh-huh.