Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Did FEMA Create A Latino Youth Army to Kill Americans?

Is FEMA training young Latinos to become their youth brigades, and to use them to kill American citizens?
According to blogger Henry Makow, the photo above is actual proof that FEMA is training Latino Youth to kill Americans. In a recent (2/20/2013) post on the HenryMakow.com web site, Mr. Makow posted the following text right next to the photo above: Take a good look at this picture. The US government is training Latino youth as a kind of Hitler Youth or Communist Red Guard to put down American resistance to NWO/Communist tyranny. 

The Nazis and the Communists were both Illuminati creations. They both had armed forces loyal to the Party to enforce ruthless discipline on the regular armies. This is a renewal of this pattern
.  [Please read the rest of his blog, first, which states the article was written by Bruce Lazarus and submitted to him by some guy named John]

I had to hold on to the file drawer next to my computer because I almost fell off my chair!  I could not believe what I just saw and read. How could a renowned blogger such as Henry Makow post such a defamatory article? To boot, Pakalert Press, another web site I subscribe to first ran the article. I looked closer for the source of the story and saw it was sent out by Henry Makow.

I immediately wrote to Mr. Makow to let him know that such an article is not only not true, but is extremely defamatory and can only add fuel to an already existing culture firestorm raging within the predominate community and Latinos. I suggested that he should do some research on this matter because it can only enhance the burning embers of hostility between the two largest ethnic groups in America, whites and Latinos!

Mr. Makow sent me a brief email that stated he posted my concerns and he commented below them:

    I appreciate your sensitivities but look at the official DHS picture! I just about fell out of MY chair. All Latino.
    Look at the other picture. Mostly minorities. Same uniforms.
The rest is inferred from the pictures and from the Big Picture as we know it.
    That is what my site is all about. We do not rely on FEMA/DHS to announce their intentions.
    They may not even know the ultimate agenda themselves. We need to believe our eyes, not what they tell us. Did you read the links below the article?"

Before I got the above response from Mr. Makow, I chose to do some investigating myself and found the following information on the FactCheck.Org web site:

Did FEMA Create a Youth Army?
Posted on November 30, 2012
Q: Did the Department of Homeland Security create a “standing army of government youth” known as FEMA Corps.
A: No. FEMA Corps is a civilian operation within AmeriCorps, a federal community service program. FEMA Corps prepares and responds to disasters. Its members, ages 18 to 24, carry no weapons.
Tell me this is not true.
Homeland Security Graduates First Corps Of Obama’s Brown Shirts – Homeland Youth
Monday, October 15, 2012 18:51
October 7, 2012. Vicksburg . The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany . Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.
On September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps youth, aka the Homeland Youth. Image courtesy of DHS.gov.

A few readers sent us this email, which dresses up conspiracy theories with unrelated photographs and selected snippets from a government press release.The gist of the email is that the federal government is stockpiling bullets, instituting martial law and arming youths in President Barack Obama’s army of “Brown Shirts” — none of which is true.

The email attributes the source of the information to an article on www.itmakessenseblog.com. The site’s “We Believe” page claims that “Left wing progressives have infiltrated both the Democrat and Republican Party.” It also says: “modern liberalism and progressivism may still both support many of the same Socialistic, Communistic or Maoist policies.”
The email’s link to the article is broken. And the site no longer carries the article. But the blog has published other pieces that similarly warn of Obama’s ” ‘brown shirt’ brigades” or “civilian national security force.”

This email is the most recent incarnation of a claim we debunked in 2008 and 2010. The conspiracy theory stems from a 2008 speech that then-candidate Obama gave in Colorado. He talked about building up “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our military force.
But the doomsayers leave out the context: Obama was proposing strengthening civilian programs such as the State Department’s foreign service, the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Not surprisingly, this latest claim describes FEMA Corps, a new unit of AmeriCorps, as an “army.”
‘Army of Government Youth’?
The email says the Department of Homeland Security created a “paid, full time, standing army of government youth.” And the email quotes — correctly — from a DHS press release announcing FEMA Corps’ first graduating class. But that’s about all the email gets right.
It contains a photo of young persons dressed in blue uniforms and holding air-soft guns, replicas that fire plastic pellets and are identifiable by their federally required orange tips. That’s the first sign this is no “standing army.” And the photo comes not from DHS — as the email claims — but from a 2009 New York Times article. The story is about a law enforcement education program that is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and has nothing to do with FEMA Corps.
The Law Enforcement Exploring program teaches crime-fighting skills to persons between the ages of 14 and 20 who are considering a career in law enforcement. The Times profiled a southern California chapter that partnered with U.S. Border Patrol and local police. They simulated a raid on a marijuana field, which the newspaper photographed.
FEMA Corps, on the other hand, is a civilian operation for persons between the ages of 18 and 24. It is a unit within AmeriCorps, a community service program.
FEMA Corps, which will grow to 1,600 members, is solely devoted to preparing for and responding to disasters. Corps members work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which dispatchesthem to disaster areas. They recently helped Hurricane Sandy victims in Long Beach, N.Y., registering them for federal assistance.
They do not carry guns — much less travel in armored fighting vehicles. In fact, the AmeriCorps handbook, which applies to FEMA Corps, prohibits members from possessing firearms or any other weapon. The email, nonetheless, attempts to connect FEMA Corps to an overblown claim about the government’s recent ammunition purchases.
Bullet Baloney
The email cites a “drastic spike” in the Department of Homeland Security’s bullet purchases and asks: “What is the US federal government preparing for?” The email also claims that “federal management agencies are looking more and more like a military army every day.”
DHS has indeed ordered hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition. But there is less here than meets the eye. And that’s according to the National Rifle Association and the office of Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia. The Department of Homeland Security recently contracted to buy up to 450 million rounds over the next five years. But DHS was making a first-time bulk order for all of its law enforcement agencies to save money. Those agencies include the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement, among many others.

The NRA describes the assertion as “incendiary.” It says the suggestion that the Obama administration is “preparing for a war with the American people” displays “a lack of understanding of the law enforcement functions carried about by officers in small federal agencies.” The NRA, which is no fan of the Democratic president, concludes that “there is no need to invent additional threats to our rights.”

‘Martial Law’ Malarkey
The email also links FEMA Corps to the false claim that Obama issued executive orders that institute martial law and give unchecked powers to FEMA. As we’ve written before, Obama’s orders do no such thing. He issued one executive order that exercised his office’s power to prepare the nation for an emergency.
Since the Korean War, Congress has granted the president the authority to make sure national resources — such as the food supply and various industries — will be available to meet national security needs in times of war and other emergencies. That power is granted under the Defense Production Act, a law that dates to 1950 and must be reauthorized by Congress every few years. (The act expires in 2014.)
Like presidents before him, Obama issued an order updating the resources covered under that act while delegating authority over those resources to various federal departments and agencies. For example, the order authorizes the secretaries of Defense and the Interior “to encourage the exploration, development, and mining of strategic and critical materials and other materials.”
The order doesn’t institute martial law. It doesn’t even mention FEMA.
– Ben Finley
Press release. “Welcome to the FEMA Corps Inaugural Class.” Department of Homeland Security. 14 Sept. 2012.

Steinhauer, Jennifer. “Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More.” The New York Times. 13 May 2009.

Program and Resource Guide for Adult Leaders.” Law Enforcement Exploring program. July 2011.
AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Partnership.” About AmeriCorps. Accessed Nov 2012.
FEMA Corps FAQ’s.” FEMA. 20 June 2012.
Stilts, Josh. “Sandy victims helped through FEMA Corp by Pittsfield man.” The Berkshire Eagle. 18 Nov 2012.
AmeriCorps NCCC Memeber Handbook.” AmeriCorps. Jan 2011.
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Ammunition.” National Rifle Association Institute for Legal Action. 17 Aug 2012.
Doran, Kevin. “DHS Buys in Bulk to Save You Money.” Office of U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Accessed Nov 2012.
Finley, Ben. “Obama’s Executive Orders.” FactCheck.org. 25 Sept 2012.
Jackson, Brooks. “Obama’s ‘National Security Force.’ ” FactCheck.org. 11 Nov 2008.
Novak, Viveca. “Obama’s ‘Private Army.’” FactCheck.org. 7 April 2010.
Obama, Barack. Executive Order 13603. 16 Mar 2012.
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Obviously, Fact Check.Org had already researched this absurd claim by "conspiracy" theorists and had proven it wrong.  The most damning reality about this hoax is found highlighted in yellow above, that contains a link that sends you directly to where the photo originated in a story written by the New York Times on May 13, 2009. I sent all of this information to Mr. Makow and told him his publishing responsibilities were lacking and that he needs to publicly print a retraction on his web site. The following is Mr. Makow's response:

Henry Makow
11:57 AM (6 hours ago)
to me
I am busy. It is Sunday. I will reply when I am ready,

Mr. Makow's response to my concerns and corrections I communicated with him concerning his journalistic irresponsibility, speaks volumes about his arrogance, and the lack of concern to the affect his incendiary postings represent.

I recognize the Internet is rife with bloggers and other self-proclaimed journalists. I am one of these folks. However, while my postings represent my convictions about certain topics, I always seek to post facts to confirm my convictions. I possess over 40 years experience as a working journalist and talk-show host, beginning my career in 1971 at KABC Talk Radio in Los Angeles (considered the flagship talk station in the country). I also served as the Chief News Reporter for nationally renown Pacifica Radio out of its Los Angeles office, as well as a syndicated columnist for Eastern Group Publications, a newspaper chain that publishes over a dozen newspaper in the predominately Hispanic communities in Los Angeles. I don't take my "journalism" credentials lightly. I can frankly state that I have never written nor posted anything in any of my reports nor (more recently) as a blogger for the last seven years, that was not thoroughly checked out for errors. I can be accused of probably posting other people's stories on Facebook, which I later found out were not true. The only reason I re-posted them is because they sounded accurate or else why would large organizations post something that is not true. How naive of me!

I recognize that the Internet has become a place where just about anyone can build a web site or host a blog and write whatever they want. Obviously, the propaganda wars have increased as never before in history, where varying and disparate individuals and groups will print their own opinions, giving it their own spin, for whatever reasons. Sadly, American media is the biggest culprit based on their unwillingness to provide the public all the fact and appear to have an agenda for certain governments and or corporate entities throughout out the world. This is one of the main reasons I began subscribing to many of the freelance writers who were willing to go out on the limb and provide Americans with truth. I subscribe to The Electronic Infitada, VTN Report, MCW News (Media With a Conscience), Rev Ted Pike, David Duke, and WHITT (We Hold These Truths), The Jerusalem Post, and many others too numerous to mention. I have always trusted these folks were telling the truth. Mr. Makow's web site was one of those, as well as PakalertPress, which I viewed as trustworthy.  Once again, how naive of me! It appears no one can access any media, blog or web site for truth.

I will grant Mr. Makow and PakalertPress the excuse that they may have dropped the ball on some of their stories due to time constraints or even laziness. However, this particular story that FEMA is supposedly training young Latinos to become hit squads to kill American citizens  is not only built on the bedrock of the worst case of Xenophobia I have ever seen published in the public square, it represents an incendiary napalm bomb that will inflame ethnic relationships in this country to the point of launching another Civil War.

However, we can stop this insanity before it turns into a human conflagration, by (1st) having Mr. Makow and Pakalert Press to publicly apologize to the Latino community, and (2) by encouraging our fellow bloggers to become more responsible and ethical in their journalism treks, or simply get out of the business.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (NKJV) Matthew 12:35-37

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Joe, for checking things out and giving us the real skinny on what initially seemed to be a factual story. You are to be commended for finding out what really happened. "Loose Lips Sink Ships" was a World War II slogan that was widely posted which warned Americans to not repeat every little rumor and of course not reveal anything that was "top secret" if one had access to it! You, Joe, should receive a first-rate journalism award for finding out and reporting the real facts in this matter. God bless you! Eva