by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | APRIL 23, 2015
Video footage has emerged of Marines conducting riot control exercises at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Virginia during which angry protesters are kept at bay by armed troops.
The Marines, “Conducted an operational readiness exercise, which evaluates the team’s ability to perform riot control,” according to a description which accompanies the video. “The ORE determines of the marines are ready to take their final step in pre-deployment training. After completing and meeting the requirements of the ORE evaluation the Marines will go to Quantico, Virginia for their final phase of pre-deployment training.”
However, the video, which shows Marines taking on irate demonstrators with pepper spray, batons and rifles, will only serve to heighten concerns that the U.S. Army and the federal government are preparing for more civil unrest in America in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots.
The fact that the training exercise has been presented for the consumption of the American public also raises questions as to its intended purpose.
In anticipation of Jade Helm, a nationwide military exercise set to begin in July during which troops will operate undercover amongst local populations, there have been numerous instances of troops and National Guard conducting martial law-style drills.
Footage captured by a local during a dirty bomb exercise in Richmond, California earlier this month shows Guard troops pushing irate citizens away with batons before one of the protest group states, “I’m a sovereign citizen, I refuse to recognize you guys, I refuse to recognize you.”
Disturbing video out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month also showed military and law enforcement practicing the internment of citizens during martial-law style training.
As we have exhaustively documented, there is a manifestly provable history of the federal government and the U.S. Army gearing up for domestic disorder, activity that is underpinned by publications such as a leaked 2012 US Army Military Police training manual, entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations,” which described how soldiers would be ordered to confiscate firearms and kill American “dissidents” on U.S. soil.
President Barack Obama isn’t likely to hear many kind words from Republicans looking to succeed him in office. However, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is praising him for continuing a controversial surveillance program.
Considered a frontrunner for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, Bush recently said that Obama’s decision to keep in place the National Security Agency’s ability to monitor metadata – information such as when a phone call was made, who it was made to and how long it lasted – has helped keep the United States safe.
Bush made the comment on Tuesday while appearing on “The Michael Medved Show,” a nationwide radio program, after he was asked what the “best part” of the Obama presidency has been.
“I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced,” Bush said.
“Advancing this — even though he never defends it, even though he never openly admits it – there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation, I think of our national government is to keep us safe. And the technologies that now can be applied to make that so, while protecting civil liberties, are there. And he’s not abandoned them, even though there was some indication that he might.”
The legality of the NSA’s surveillance program has been hotly debated in the US ever since revelations by former government contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. Critics of the program argue that it violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, but supporters say it is crucial for combating terrorism.
Provisions in the USA Patriot Act that provide the NSA with the authority to gather metadata are set to expire on July 1, though it’s unclear if lawmakers will decide to repeal or reform that ability, or simply renew it altogether.
Elsewhere in the program, Bush agreed with Medved that Obama helped the GOP reclaim control of Congress over the course of two midterm elections, but dismissed the idea that racism is fueling the president’s critics.
“I think it has to do with Obamacare, Dodd-Frank [which installed new regulations on Wall Street], a tepid economic recovery, declining median income in the sixth year of a recovery,” Bush said. “This is a deeply pessimistic time and the president’s overreach is really the cause for this.”
This Snippet below is from 2010. You can see where they announce use of Hundreds of Walmarts Across the Country:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the unusual alliance Monday on the department’s blog and in a promotional video posted to YouTube.
“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” she said. “This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”
Should the war on terror be fought in the aisles of Wal-Mart stores?
At least 200 Wal-Mart stores will roll out security announcements within 24 hours, Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said. By month’s end, 588 stores in 27 states will be participating in the program. A short video featuring Napolitano will appear on TV screens at select checkout lanes, asking Wal-Mart shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.
BY MAC SLAVO
There’s been much speculation about the recent closures of Walmart stores around the country. Walmart claims the closing of their stores, almost simultaneously in different cities, is a result of plumbing issues. But many employees and customers suspect that something else is going on, though no one, including store managers, has any idea what that might be.
Several theories have popped up, with some claiming that it is an economic issue and Walmart may have shut those stores down because of lackluster sales, but they don’t want to announce falling retail sales so as to avoid a hit to their stock price.
The outcome is that “while WMT (or MCD or GAP or Target) boosts the living standards of its employees by the smallest of fractions, it cripples the cost and wage structure of the entire ecosystem of vendors that feed into it, and what takes place is a veritable avalanche effect where a few cent increase for the lowest paid megacorp employees results in a tidal wave of layoffs for said megacorp’s vendors.”
If that doesn’t turn out to be enough in the face of an economy which isn’t really recovering and in which low-income shoppers are constrained by lackluster (and by that we mean nonexistent) wage growth, some sacrifices may have to be made. The problem is that laying people off and shuttering stores two months after a celebrated wage hike initiative doesn’t inspire much confidence and could turn into a PR issue, but one thing you could do is get creative, and while we’re not plumbers, we do find it curious that five geographically distinct WalMart stores have been closed in the past week for “ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs.”
Source: Zero Hedge
In a report published in July 2014 on Intellihub.com, Shepard Ambellas outlined a plan by the Department of Defense and FEMA to use, “abandoned or unused department stores, shopping malls and warehouses as camps to accommodate the mass human influx from South America.”
Although FEMA has used a massive influx of immigrants as the reason for needing detention centers, their power to control the entire country in the event of a martial law scenario could easily lead them to use the centers for American citizens.
But a new theory brought forth by researcher and Youtube commentator Daboo777 suggests that Walmart might be working directly with the Department of Homeland Security and the so-called plumbing issues give them the pretext to bring in heavy machinery without having to explain the specific reasons for doing so with an overly curious public.
But what would this heavy machinery be for?
According to one theory, Walmart is working in conjunction with DHS to expand the government’s underground tunneling system and is integrating it with a larger national emergency response network designed to move supplies and people during a crisis:
In this information…in digging… we come to find out that there have been projects in different areas… not specifically tied to the exact Walmarts that have been closed down at the moment… but they can very well be going through a process connecting them to an underground network.
This is a very real situation… this was brought up years ago.. they were getting the funding and passing this… Homeland Security, in order to secure the safety of citizens in case of a nuclear, biological, chemical or other attack… this was a joint venture by the NSA, DoD, DHS…
These tunnels were to serve as conduits from specific places to rapidly move supplies or whatever they need between these locations.
Are there certain Walmarts out there that have underground connections? I wouldn’t doubt it one bit, especially now that we know DHS over the past decade has had this deal with not only Walmart, but other big sports stadiums and businesses.
(Video via Steve Quayle)
While it may seem like a stretch of the imagination, is it possible that these abrupt closures have something to do with the Department of Homeland Security and the integration of private businesses with broader government emergency response plans?
Courtesy of SHTFplan.com
Just off of the I-15 North of Barstow, Ca, Yermo Logistics Marine Base, I travel past this place on a regular basis, I have never seen so many vehicle/tanks/mraps/humvee’s at this location EVER.. In my opinion this is clearly a build-up to something much larger… There are actually maybe 5x times more vehicles there that you cant see in the video
UPDATE: Questions Swirl Over Bizarre Walmart Closures – http://www.infowars.com/questions-swi…
Theories are flying after Walmart stores around the country suddenly announced that they were closing down for six months to deal with “plumbing” issues.
Earlier ISIS hacks traced back to Maryland, home of the NSA
by KURT NIMMO
Earlier this week the FBI issued a warning that hackers sympathetic to the Islamic State will use WordPress plugin vulnerabilities to compromise websites.
“These individuals are hackers using relatively unsophisticated methods to exploit technical vulnerabilities and are utilizing the ISIL name to gain more notoriety than the underlying attack would have otherwise garnered,” the FBI public service announcement states. “Methods being utilized by hackers for the defacements indicate that individual Web sites are not being directly targeted by name or business type. All victims of the defacements share common WordPress plug-in vulnerabilities easily exploited by commonly available hacking tools.”
The FBI says “ISIS-branded attacks” have targeted news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal, state, and local government institutions, foreign governments, and assorted other domestic and international websites, according to ZDNet, a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive.
On Wednesday, the “Islamic State Hacking Division” allegedly took down the French-language TV station TV5Monde’s website and Facebook page, halting operations. The suspected perpetrators referred to themselves as the “CyberCaliphate.” The station is broadcast in over 200 nations around the world, including the U.S., Canada and Britain.
In January, ISIS allegedly attacked the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed. “A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources,” USA Today reported.
Anonymous later said the hack traced back to Maryland, home of the National Security Agency.