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Posted: 5/23/2003 5:07:27 AM EDT
[url]http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32727[/url] Axes against evil: 1 base's plan to bludgeon terrorists Army fort in Arizona to issue 'ax handles' to guards as part of new security measures Posted: May 23, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Paul Sperry © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com WASHINGTON -- As the Pentagon deploys more Stinger missiles around its perimeter to guard against new al-Qaida threats, an Army fort out West plans to issue axes to beef up security. Actually, axes isn't quite accurate. Some sentries at Fort Huachuca in Arizona will only get the wooden part of the ax -- sans blade. "No firearms for sentry duty. They get ax handles!" said a U.S. official, who finds the plan ridiculous. Indeed, a post-wide memo, "Operations Order for Force Protection Delta Procedures," advises: "Soldiers ... will be issued a flashlight, batteries and an ax handle to be used in case of an emergency." The March 6 memo obtained by WorldNetDaily adds: "Any detained personnel will be controlled by the mere threat of being struck by a wooden ax handle." Another memo, distributed March 17 under the subject line, "FP Con Delta Reactive Procedures," details equipment for guards at the fort. "Guards: Battle Dress Uniform (BDU), sleeves down, Kevlar, LBE [load-bearing equipment], weather appropriate over garment, and axe handle club," it states. A spokesman at Fort Belvoir here, where all guards are issued firearms, chuckled at the ax-handle contingency at Fort Huachuca. "I've never heard of such a thing," Don Carr said. A spokeswoman at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, also was amused, saying guards there always carry loaded weapons. A spokesman at the Department of Army here was equally incredulous. "I'm not aware of any policy regarding ax handles, and I have no idea why any post would have such a policy," said Army Maj. Chris Conway. He notes that fort security is the responsibility of each fort commander. "It's not a cookie-cutter thing," Conway said. Fort Huachuca, home to a U.S. Army Intelligence Center unit, will not issue the ax handles unless there is a major event of stateside terrorism, which would trigger the security upgrade to Delta, the highest warning level. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency here, however, has raised its warning recommendation for all military facilities to Delta, after al-Qaida leaders this week issued threats against U.S. military installations. "We have not changed our plans," said Fort Huachuca spokeswoman Tanja Linton. "We're at Bravo-plus." In response to terror warnings, commanders can raise force-protection levels at their bases at Alpha, Bravo, Charlie or Delta. The Pentagon is at Charlie.
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:15:59 AM EDT
Axe handles? WTF? Are they gonna ride around in the back of pickup trucks too? Sounds like the base commanders name is bubba. OTOH - A few terrorists with compound bows could take over the base :) Sounds like a bad farside cartoon.
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:22:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/23/2003 5:23:05 AM EDT by echo6]
I am [b]SO[/b] not surprised. Once upon a time, in a far away land, I was on a guard detail for a ammo point. Everyone on the detail was given a long briefing on the "Authorized Use of Deadly Force" and made to sign a form(in triplicate) that we had received the briefing and understood it. As the Sgt of the Guard was getting ready to leave, I asked him about ammo. His reply? "If you need ammo, come find me"[xx(] echo6
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:26:52 AM EDT
I thought is was like instead of prison they would sell tickets for a wack or 2 at a terrorist, kind of like taking a sludge hammer to the car at the carneval.
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:27:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:30:58 AM EDT
Currently spending some quality time in the MI world...trust me, you don't want most of these fuckers to have loaded weapons..they're just gonna hurt themselves or some innocent bystander.
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 5:35:17 AM EDT
Wouldn't Frying Pans work better? [img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005Q5HW.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 6:57:25 AM EDT
Personally, I like the ax handles, in conjunction with loaded firearms though. Brandishing a firearm will get more respect than an ax handle, but the ax handles will be great if the terrorist resist. After detaining the alleged terrorist, you can escort him in back of some building along the way to the guard house. Suddenly he starts to resist! The resistance might not warrent putting one between the eyes, but a sufficient beating by four or five soldiers would do. "So, you like flying planes into skyscrapers?" SMACK WACK POW THUD! "EEEIIIAAAHHH! I no fly plane!" CRACK PUMMEL LOUD NOISE TINKLE! "Yeah, but you wanted too!" POUND HAMMER CLANG CRASH! Bilster
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Link Posted: 5/23/2003 8:56:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By -Duke-Nukem-: Attention all Army personell: use of unnecessary force in apprehending the Blues Brothers has been approved...
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LMAO! I love that movie.
Link Posted: 5/23/2003 8:56:53 AM EDT
If the general principle of it isn't bad enough, they are talking about condition Delta which means that there is specific, credible evidence that an attack will occur within 24 hours. That's a pretty no-shit warning, the gold standard of intel and all you get is axe handles. Maybe all the rifles are in Iraq - or at maybe just all the folks qualified to use them.
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