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National Guard scraps plans to invade rural town

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‘This operation could be pretty intrusive to the people’

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

DES MOINES, Iowa – Following publicized reports that the Army National Guard was planning a military training exercise on the streets of a rural Iowa town, the commanding officers have called off the mock “invasion.”

The Guard had planned a four-day urban military operation in tiny Arcadia, Iowa, population 443, sending troops to take over the town and search door-to-door for a suspected weapons dealer.

The exercise was designed as a mock scenario to give soldiers the skills needed for deployment in an urban environment, and military officials stressed that only households that consented to be part of the drill would be searched.

“It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia,” Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company, told Carroll’s Daily Times Herald. “We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing.

“We really want to get as much information out there as possible,” Kots continued, “because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia.”

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, however, told WND that the operation has now been “scaled back” and no longer involves an “invasion” of Arcadia.

And while Hapgood confirmed the Guard had been inundated with objections from citizens concerned about soldiers patrolling the streets of an American town, he said most came from people out of state and unfamiliar with the operation. Iowans, he explained, typically cooperate with the Guard. The change in plans was based on troop evaluation, he said, not public outcry.

“Higher headquarters leadership,” Hapgood told WND, “given the unit’s status of training proficiency, made a decision to scale back the exercise.”

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John of AllFaith’s Blog: Our Battle Cry: Remember Arcadia! We the
By John of AllFaith
The Carroll Iowa National Guard unit had planned to illegally do a mock invasion and gun confiscation of the small town of Arcadia, but thanks to Alex Jones and other patiotic outcries We the People have stopped them!
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Target: Freedom: Guardsmen in Iowa have scrapped the plan for
By John Perna
The original article appeared as follows:. Guardsmen to conduct urban training at Arcadia in April. By BUTCH HEMAN Staff Writer The Carroll National Guard unit will train on urban military operations by holding a four-day exercise at
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Written by Michael Cooper

February 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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