by Mikael Thalen
Whistleblower says facility with Baptist church, farmhouses, used to train foreign and domestic groups
Newly leaked Marine Corps’ documents detail yet another military urban training center that more closely resembles a small U.S. town than a foreign combat zone.
Originally built in 1990, new additions to the facility, including a Baptist church, a police station and several farmhouses, have transformed the layout of the once “international” town.
According to the military whistleblower who provided the documents to Infowars, U.S. Marines at the facility have been tasked with training soldiers, law enforcement agencies and Homeland Security in skills such as fighting in wooded areas, urban patrolling, forcible entry and night fighting techniques. The facility is also being used to cross train foreign troops from the United Nations and NATO.
An aerial photograph of the training center reveals the location of several new structures including a water treatment facility, railroad tracks and the aforementioned farmhouses and police station. Although the map makes no mention of the Baptist church, several accompanying photographs show the church’s location.
A seperate aerial photo shows several of the town’s other features including a bank, soccer field, a bridge capable of accommodating an “M-1 tank” and a high school. According to a 1989 press release that mentioned the facility’s original structures, the high school’s gymnasium “can be used as a holding area for ‘evacuees’ or as a detention center for prisoners of war.”
The facility’s continuous upgrades perfectly illustrate the establishment’s public shift towards targeting conservative Americans deemed “extremist.”
Just last February, the U.S. Army unveiled a similar 300-acre urban training center in Virginia, complete with a Baptist church and underground subway system nearly identical to one in Washington DC. After months of being stonewalled, Infowars’ reporters David Knight and Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs traveled to the facility this week and uncovered several other suspicious structures.
While attempting to locate military personnel for an interview, both Knight and Biggs were detained by police and escorted to the base’s headquarters. Alex Jones contacted Fort AP Hill’s public information officer, Bob McElroy, to learn the fate of his reporters and to inform McElroy of the facility’s nefarious background.
The growing emergence of military training centers that resemble small American towns is unsurprising given the U.S. military leadership’s vocal opposition to conservatives, libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party.
Just last October, Army troops at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby blew the whistle after being told that the American Family Association, a well-known Christian ministry, was a domestic hate group in line with Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Support of traditional family values was deemed hateful according to the presentation.
That same month, Fort Hood soldiers receiving a pre-deployment briefing were told that Christians, anti-abortion activists and Tea Party supporters were a major terror threat to the country. Soldiers were warned that anyone supporting such groups could face discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Only months before in August 2013, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch obtained a Department of Defense training manual that listed supporters of “individual liberties” and “states’ rights” as likely “extremists” from “hate groups.”
A leaked US Army Military Police training manual from 2012 entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations” brazenly outlined how the military would be used to confiscate firearms and kill Americans domestically during civil unrest. The manual also detailed how prisoners would be sent to temporary internment camps and “re-educated” to appreciate “U.S. policies” in accordance with U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations.
In April 2010, military soldiers in Kentucky trained to take on the Tea Party in a scenario surrounding protests against government health care.
Despite the growing number of training centers, the military has also begun increasing its presence in public with urban warfare drills. In 2012, Miami residents were shocked after military helicopters began firing blank machine gun rounds over the downtown area.
In 2013, around two dozen soldiers practiced taking over the town of Gillett, Wisconsin in order to “conduct assessments” and meet with “local key leaders.” According to military officials, the operation enabled soldiers to “sharpen their skills” in advising the police chief on how to enhance the capabilities of local law enforcement.
In 2006, Infowars detailed the existence of the “clergy response team” FEMA program, which trains Pastors and other religious representatives to teach their congregations to “obey the government” during martial law by submitting to gun confiscation and forced relocation.
Homeland Security, who reportedly train in the mock town as well, have also frequently labeled countless mainline Americans as domestic terrorists. A 2012 study funded by the department deemed Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” to be “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
In 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to disown a report from the department that labeled returning military veterans as one of the main terror threats.
Similarly, police are also being trained to view supporters of limited government as dangerous. The 2009 MIAC report, a training manual leaked to Infowars from an anonymous Missouri police officer, lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, and members of the Constitution party as potential domestic extremists.
According to several people including former Navy SEAL Ben Smith, the Obama administration has asked top military brass if they would support orders to disarm and even fire upon U.S. citizens. Given the fact that the majority of military personnel align themselves with a conservative viewpoint, the apparent purge and demonization campaign is likely to intensify.