Watchman request, if any Ohioan has additional knowledge of the Ohio National Guard (ONG) call up please contact the Watchman.
Earlier today, Nov. 7,16 Dave Hodges received three alerts which indicate that an unknown amount of troops from the Ohio National Guard (ONG) are being mobilized and deployed to an unknown location.
In part, the Ohio Guard is using rented tour buses to take them to their unknown rally point presumably near Dayton, Ohio, as a prelude to departure. It is not known how many personnel are involved.
This information came from an one known source and two anonymous sources who claim to have relatives who told their spouses who then forwarded the information to myself.
One observer, who did not take photos, placed the convoy in Dayton, Ohio, near Woodmen Drive and Highway 675.
If these three people are correct, there are three possible underlying reasons for this )partial) mobilization:
- The troops are being deployed in preparation for war with Russia. Watchman comment: The Ohio National Guard is a state militia, it has not been federalized to the best of my knowledge.
- Troops are actually going to be deployed domestically and the troops will not be told until they arrive. Why would the DoD do this? Watchman comment: once again the ONG has not been federalized. The simple answer is riot control. The thinking is that National Guard operating in another state, different from their home state, will be more likely to use deadly force to control crowds in post-riot elections.
- Ohio Governor Kasich has already sent Ohio law enforcement to Standing Rock in North Dakota in regard to the illegal takeover of Native land. This could be another move to bolster the illegal out of state law enforcement presence in Standing Rock.
Watchman additional information: Thirty-seven Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers left the Buckeye State on Saturday to lend a hand in North Dakota, where clashes between protesters and authorities boiled over last week.
Almost immediately, opposition to sending Ohio officers formed both in Cincinnati and across the state.
Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Sellers said Ohio simply answered a call for support from North Dakota law enforcement.
"We are going there to support the people of North Dakota," Sellers said Monday. "More specifically, to provide safety and protect everyone’s rights."
The Ohio highway patrol is part of an agreement called the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, in which agencies can be tapped for extra manpower in other parts of the United States in times of need, like after natural disasters or during large events.
Ohio made a similar call for help with security at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Some 24 states were represented, Sellers said.
Sellers said he couldn't be more specific about the role Ohio troopers will have in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where many of the demonstrations have occurred.
It is unclear at this time how long the state employees will be needed out west, Sellers said.
These demonstrations have been occurring near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and have been mounting for roughly six months.
"Don’t know if any states have ever said no," Sellers said to requests via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact network. He compared it to Cincinnati turning down a request for help from its neighbors.
"As far as the cost, it all gets reimbursed, all through EMAC agreement," Sellers said.
Ohio employs approximately 1,600 troopers, Sellers said, and the 37 sent to North Dakota were pulled from posts all over the state.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is funded primarily through the cost of vehicle license plates and driver license fees, as well as grants
Hodges discussed with two of his deep cover sources and they are unaware of any deployment, however, such a deployment, they both said, could be masked through participation in a drill. However, these three accounts cannot be ignored because they were independent, consistent and Hodges knows one of the sources personally as she is an activist in family legal matters and Hodges have worked with her before on other issues.
Watchman speculation: ONG may be used to protect people voting and to protect voting locations per alleged ISIS/Al Qaeda threats.