War games, or simulated combat exercises, will be taking place across Washington state's coastal areas by the Navy SEALs starting in mid-January. The military training exercises have been quite controversial because Navy SEALs will be using private and public land, raising concerns about regulation as well as what our guest, Dahr Jamail calls domestic military expansionism into public areas:
'You're going to have SEALs carrying simulated weapons into state parks, residential areas, private property. These exercises could take place at any time, day or night, without any public notice given in advance whatsoever. And so most of the people in these areas where they're going to take place have no idea, even, what's coming. So the potential for disaster is there.'
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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at (more...)