Captain cites “nature” of previous work as reason for denial
The California National Guard has blocked Infowars reporters Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson from attending a dirty bomb exercise set to take place tomorrow in Richmond, with one official citing the “nature” of their work as the reason.
In an email to Joe Biggs, Capt. Will Martin, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the California Military Department, made clear that Biggs and Jackson would be refused access due to the content of their previous reporting.
“Upon reviewing your body of work, the California Military Department has chosen to decline you and Jakari Jackson media access to the emergency-response exercise involving the California National Guard on April 11, 2015, in Richmond, California,” states the email.
“The nature of your work and the media programs in which you regularly participate (e.g. The Alex Jones Show) are consistently conspiratorial and inflammatory in nature. Therefore, we hold little confidence that granting you access to the exercise would result in a fair and responsible report for your audience.”
Martin is essentially saying that only media outlets who put a positive spin on the exercise or who regurgitate National Guard talking points will be allowed to cover the drill.
It’s not the National Guard’s place to decide what constitutes a “fair and responsible” report on their activities. America is supposed to have something called the First Amendment and freedom of the press. The U.S. military does not have control over the Fourth Estate.
The Guard’s refusal to allow Infowars to report on the exercise will only prompt further skepticism as to why they’re so afraid of the dirty bomb drill being covered by independent media.
The exercise will include, “more than 200 soldiers, airmen, local law enforcement and firefighting personnel” who “will descend upon the city in order to defuse the situation,” reports the Richmond Standard.
The drill will also involve the California National Guard’s 49th Military Police Brigade, which is home to FEMA’s Region IX Homeland Response Force (HRF).
The exercise is one of many upcoming military drills which some fear are being used to acclimate the public to martial law should troops ever be used to patrol the streets in the event of a national emergency or civil unrest.
Jade Helm, a “realistic” military training exercise involving nine states, which will involve the Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division and is set to take place from July 15-Sepember 15, has prompted concerns after Texas and Utah were labeled “hostile” territory in documents related to the exercise.
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