Donald Hank
School does propaganda exercise for Homeland Security
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By Donald Hank
March 25, 2011

I recently received an urgent report, which says, in part:

    "This Saturday, Pottawatamie County and Homeland Security are conducting an exercise with the Treynor, IA (Iowa) Community Schools and will simulate a school shooting. The premise of the mock shooting has been changed to suggest that a student, whose parents oppose illegal immigration comes to school with a gun and shoots a Latino Student.

    This was sent to Joan and Michael Becker, whose child was sent home with a permission slip to participate.

    From Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) CLICK FOR PDF HERE" [Note: DHS may remove this site under pressure. If you want a copy, please email me. I have saved it in case. Don Hank]

    ...[deletia]...

    There has NEVER been an incident such as the one they are manufacturing here in the State of Iowa or any other for that matter. This is highly politically motivated, racially inflammatory, and completely egregious.

    What message does this send to those students and families in that school district? It very powerfully suggests that any student with parents that have a certain viewpoint are racist and dangerous. It is completely politically motivated, unbelievable egregious and has no place in any school.

    ...[deletia]...

    Please call as many reporters, radio, TV and newspaper personalities and web sites as you can. Please forward this to your mailing lists as well! Here are some of the Contacts;

    Superintendent Office
    Treynor Community School District
    Superintendent- Kevin Elwood
    kelwood @treynor.k12.ia.us
    102 E Main St, Box 369
    Treynor, IA 51575
    (712) 487-3414 Voice
    (712) 487-3332 Fax

    High School Office
    Treynor High School
    Pricnipal-Jenny Berens
    jberens@treynor.k12.ia.us
    102 E Main St, Box 369
    Treynor, IA 51575
    (712) 487-3804 Voice
    (712) 487-3332 Fax

    Exercise Director
    Doug Reed

    Emergency Management Specialist
    Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency
    227 South 6th Street, Suite 23B
    Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
    712.328.5776 (office)
    402.943.9106 (cell)
    doug.reed@pottcounty.com

    [END]

I wrote to Supervisor Kevin Elwood at:

kelwood @treynor.k12.ia.us

My motive was to verify that the email was truthful (it was) and that the school was indeed participating, and also to rebuke the school for its participation in this bold-faced propaganda exercise.

Kevin sent a brief polite email stating that the school was involved only in the drill, not the message stating that the fictitious mock attackers are supposedly motivated by sentiment against illegal aliens.

This is not true, because the Homeland Security message reflected in the pdf file regarding the simulated attack by fictitious violent radicals (a concept invented by Homeland Security) opposed to illegal immigration was sent by the school to parents, who then sent out an email alert.

Content of my second email (response) to Supervisor Kevin Elwood:

Thank you for sending your standard response to my concerns regarding the exercise scheduled to take place at your school.

Actually, your school sent to parents a permission slip for a mock attack exercise supposedly involving violent radicals motivated by opposition to illegal immigration, so your denial that you are involved in disseminating the preliminary message about a fictitious family using violence to oppose illegal immigration is disingenuous.

The problem is: many of us saw a pdf file (CLICK FOR PDF HERE) from Homeland Security that explained the background for this exercise, and we are certain that you too saw this and should have objected to it, for the following obvious reason.

The Homeland Security message to parents ignores

    1- that the term illegal means illegal for millions of people, not because they are racists. Many Hispanics, fearing for their lives and safety, pray every night that Homeland Security will halt the flow of drugs, crime, and gangs into our country so their kids can be safe. Many others realize that a lot of non-Mexicans flow into our country every year and there are terrorists in that group. Instead of sincerely addressing these concerns, Homeland Security obfuscates with propaganda efforts of the kind you participate in in an effort to throw the blame for their failure back on Americans.

    2- that the vast majority of terrorist attacks in America are from Islamists motivated by a combination of hate and religious fervor. To stage a mock attack on the premise that terror can be expected from another group is deceitful. To suggest that the danger comes from those opposed to Homeland Security because it refuses to address and counter this typical kind of terror is obviously a means of providing cover for a do-nothing agency that endangers Americans with its irresponsibility.

There is a clear suggestion in the letter introducing the exercise that people who dare to oppose a government policy are violent and that good people are supposed to just sit back and let people violate our immigration laws, pretending that illegal does not mean illegal. If Homeland Security can make a solid case for its denial that illegal is illegal, and can justify its refusal to do its job, then it should do so by publishing its reasons for this, backed up by scientific facts and conclusions directed at the American people, rather than staging an exercise absurdly portraying people who object to illegal immigration (and hence to the reckless inaction of Homeland Security) as violent fanatics and racists.

Unfortunately, Homeland Security has been highly politicized in recent years and is tending to polarize Americans, making us suspicious and fearful of those who, like myself, believe in the notion that illegal means illegal, a disarmingly basic notion that Homeland Security, derspite its smoke and mirrors, has never succeeded in overcoming intellectually or rationally — while continuing to irrationally act as if the opposite notion (i.e. that illegal does not mean illegal) were a given. Instead, the agency seems to want to emotionalize the issue without ever explaining why all Americans should accept what can only be described as an invasion. The drill at your school and the accompanying literature to the parents is more of a propaganda move than an exercise to keep people safe. And your school is shamefully lending itself to this outrageous, grossly unfair propaganda action.

If Homeland Security wanted to keep people safe, it would do exactly what Mexico, for example, does: Penalize those who enter their territory illegally and stop the flow or slow it to a trickle. Instead, it propagandizes to support its own unacceptable delinquency and make Americans fearful to oppose it, lest they be seen as potentially violent radicals and racists. Actually, Homeland Security's policy in defense of open borders and tacit acceptance of illegal immigration (returning only the most violent of criminals among the illegal aliens) is radical and dangerous, not the position of millions of Americans who want the agency to do its job.

Your exercise is part of this propaganda activity and your response does not explain why you are willing to lend your school to this propaganda effort that portrays those opposed to foreign invasion as potentially violent rather than explaining to us why you all feel that way about ordinary Americans who pay your salary.

So please try again. Tell us why you want to be part of this vicious and unfair propaganda effort to belittle millions of non-violent Americans who just want to be safe behind protected borders.

[END]

I would encourage as many of you as possible to write a brief email, detailing your objections to their planned propaganda effort, to Superintendant Kevin Elwood at

kelwood @treynor.k12.ia.us

Let Mr. Elwood know that by sending out the message to parents detailing the nature of the fictitious attackers as people opposed to illegal immigration, they are participating in a shameless propaganda effort to obfuscate the failure of Homeland Security to do its job and stop or significantly slow illegal immigration, and throw the blame for terror on Americans who want a safe border and an end to unlimited and illegal immigration and all the attendant ills of drugs, violent crime, gangs, and terrorism.

Thank you!

Mainstream news coverage:

http://us.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=25949&external=812048.proteus.fma

© Donald Hank

 

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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

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