California National Guard members recently revealed that an F-15C fighter jet was put on standby for a “possible domestic mission.” It is suspected that the jet was being prepared to respond to civil disorder following early coronavirus lockdown orders.
Four National Guard members explained the situation saying it was likely that the jet was being prepared to “buzz” crowds of unruly Americans should they resist stay-at-home orders.
Using a fighter jet to “buzz” an area is a tactic used to disperse combatants. The optics of this report are damning for both the National Guard and California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The National Guard members made it clear that such tactics and use of force were “inappropriate” for controlling public unrest. What’s more concerning is the orders to prepare the jet were orally delivered and were not formally recorded, which is highly unusual.
One anonymous source said, “It would have been a completely illegal order that disgraced the military. It could look like we’re threatening civilians.” Another said, “That’s something that would happen in the Soviet Union. Our military is used to combat foreign aggressors.”
Democrats howled about everything former President Trump did while Gavin Newsom prepared to use fighter jets on civilians. Newsom must be held accountable for this inappropriate use of force.
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