5 thoughts on “National Guard does something useful…

  1. 4therecord says:

    “I am mobilizing all available federal resources — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.” President Trump, in a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Monday night June 1, 2020. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-trump-mobilize-federal-resources-stop-violence-restore/story?id=71008802
    Minutes later the president walked to the St John’s Episcopal church across the street – after peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets. Apparently so Trump could stand outside the church holding a bible and proclaim that “We have the greatest country in the world …it will be greater then ever before” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWEuY_15iVcas He was then joined by his national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Attorney General Bill Barr, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Mark Meadows, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

    Michael Curry, the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, said in a statement Monday that Trump had “used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan purposes.”
    “This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or heal us,” Curry said.
    And Greg Brewer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, tweeted that he was “shaken watching protestors in Lafayette Park gassed and cleared so that the President of the United States can do a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding a Bible.”
    “This is blasphemy in real time,” Brewer said on Twitter. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/01/politics/cnntv-bishop-trump-photo-op/index.html

  2. Insurgent says:

    Military Helicopters Descend On Washington In Bizarre Very Low-Altitude Show Of Force (Updated) https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33802/military-helicopters-descend-on-washington-in-bizarre-very-low-altitude-show-of-force Using military helicopters to intimidate U.S. citizens is certainly a new tactic in the ongoing crisis.

    “The sooner that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates and we can get back to the right normal.” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told the nation’s Governors on June 1, 2020 according to a recording leaked to The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-governors-george-floyd-protests/2020/06/01/430a6226-a421-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html
    “We need to dominate the battlespace,” Esper explained. “You have deep resources in the Guard. I stand ready. The chairman stands ready. The head of the National Guard stands ready to fully support you in helping mobilize the Guard.”

  3. Might makes right says:

    A year before Kent State, police opened fire on protesters in California who were seeking to keep open an impromptu community garden on land that had been seized by the University of California. On May 15, 1969: “Bloody Thursday” 128 people were admitted to local hospitals for head trauma, shotgun wounds, and other serious injuries inflicted by police. One died. https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/People-s-Park-at-50-A-recap-of-the-Berkeley-13838786.php?psid=2eCG Five days later National Guard helicopters flew over the Berkeley campus, dispensing airborne CS tear gas that winds dispersed over the entire city, sending school children miles away to hospitals.
    Over the next few weeks National Guard troops broke up any assemblies of more than four people who congregated for any purpose on the streets of Berkeley, day or night. In the early summer, troops deployed in downtown Berkeley surrounded several thousand protesters and bystanders, emptying businesses, restaurants, and retail outlets of their owners and customers, and arresting them en masse.

    In an address before the California Council of Growers on April 7, 1970, almost a year after “Bloody Thursday” and the death of protestor James Rector, Governor Reagan defended his decision to use the California National Guard to quell Berkeley protests: “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Park_(Berkeley)

    National guard troops confront a protester at Peoples Park in Berkeley, 1969. (Photograph: Ted Streshinsky)

  4. p/s says:

    A member of the Ohio National Guard was removed from a mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI learned the Guardsman had expressed white supremacist ideology on the internet prior to the assignment, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said June 5.
    The Secretary of State had asked states to send National Guard members to D.C., and Ohio sent 100.
    DeWine said he supports free speech, but the Guard members are sworn to protect all of us, regardless of race, ethnic, background or religion.
    “Anyone who displays a malice towards specific groups of Americans has no place in the Ohio National Guard,” DeWine said.
    The individual has been suspended from all missions, and a federal investigation is underway, he said. Following due process, it is likely the individual will be permanently removed from the National Guard.
    “The public must have faith in our National Guard. They do amazing, amazing work,” DeWine said.
    Because of this incident, DeWine has ordered Ohio Adjutant General Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr. to work with public safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath to set up a procedure so this does not occur in the future. https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/ohio-national-guardsman-removed-from-mission-over-white-supremacist-ideology/article_8410864e-a758-11ea-a1ef-c718fc0432a7.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next

    On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired between 61 and 67 shots into a crowd of unarmed anti-war protestors at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding eight, and permanently paralyzing another. https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/decades-later-no-justice-kent-state-killings
    See also “New analysis of 40-year-old recording of Kent State shootings reveals that Ohio Guard was given an order to prepare to fire” https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2010/05/new_analysis_of_40-year-old_re.html?fbclid=IwAR00DIVS8jqaP69m0rMIX9L1lLqkqYAC7VdVfr752crP812Jr4Rk5A0Mh6g and https://kentstateterrynorman.com/ re: Terrence Norman

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