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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bossier is ready for terrorists

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This just beats all. In my day, Bossier City, La., was an infamous gathering point for underage drinkers, wowsers and louts who peopled the clubs on the Bossier Strip. Now, apparently, the sheriff fears it might be in the cross-hairs of terrorists.

A Louisiana sheriff plans to arm volunteers with shotguns, riot shields, batons, and a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a "war wagon," as part of "Operation Exodus," a program to provide security in the event of a terrorist attack or civic unrest. "It's a calling," he says.

The office of Sheriff Larry Deen of Bossier Parish, near Shreveport in the northwest part of the state, last month selected for the program 200 local residents -- mostly ex-law-enforcement personnel -- and began training them in "defensive techniques in the event of a struggle," reports the Shreveport Times. The plan calls for the new recruits to be sent to protect food from grocery stores, gas from gas stations, and other crucial local resources, should the situation demand it.

North Louisiana is the political equivalent of NW Arkansas. I guess I can see why campaigns based on fear hold such attraction for the RNC.

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