May 25, 2021
VOLCANO, HI – In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001, President Melissa Glenn flexed her military strength Saturday with the surprise unveiling of a weapons testing site in Hawai’i.
Simultaneous suicide bombings in densely populated metropolitan areas early Thursday morning killed hundreds in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Islamic State, which saw drastic increases in its following and foothold in North Africa and the Middle East after the divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric of Glenn’s 2016 campaign, took responsibility for the attacks, citing her escalating anti-Muslim policies as its motivation.
While a retaliation has yet to take place, the White House and the Glenn Administration engaged in an enormous show of force on Saturday, unveiling a heavy artillery weapons testing site in the former location of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
In the hours leading up to the spectacular show of force, the United States National Guard forced Hawaiians to evacuate Hawaii’s Big Island, which was home to over 175,000 Americans.
While few remain on the island, reports surfaced that at least 18 Americans who refused to evacuate were killed in military testing events.
Now nearly unrecognizable due to the barrage of weapons testing there streamed live to the world on Saturday morning, the site was widely rumored to be the location of an NSMA project last summer, only to be quickly switched to a dumping site for the Eastern seaboard in the Florida Everglades.
The hasty opening of what the NSMA called the Hawai’i Artillery Test Site came as a surprise to many, including groups opposed to the NSMA’s practices in general.
When the Hawaiian project was rumored last fall, thousands of protestors and politicians traveled there to take part in the resistance, only to be disappointed by the lack of an unveiling.
This time around, however, opposition groups are hesitant to protest the demolition of another National Park.
When reached for comment, America Needs Parks Co-Founder Graham Hodgson seemed reluctant to speak about the NSMA project.
“I feel it inappropriate to protest the opening of the Hawai’i site due to the national security concerns of our country at the moment,” he said. “Today, we are all Americans. I hope President Glenn can keep us safe.”
Jeff McIntosh, the director of the NSMA, similarly expressed his aversion to commenting on the NSMA program during what could become wartime for the United States.
“Of course I’m pleased that the NSMA can help our nation’s military in anyway we can, but I regret the circumstances we are in,” he said when reached for comment Saturday.
McIntosh confirmed that the project was always intended to be an artillery test site, but would not suggest a reason why the project was delayed last summer.
While McIntosh did not appear to have a reason, some do.
Gen. Mikenna Keller, a former Marine and outspoken critic of the Glenn Administration’s military tactics, offered some reasoning for why the launch date for the Hawai’i project was moved.
“The Glenn Administration played politics here, plain and simple,” she exclaimed in an interview on Saturday. “That site was ready, but she thought she would scare her already reluctant voters away from the polls if they thought she was going to start a war.”
The White House would not make anyone available for comment on this story.
The circumstances for its unveiling are tragic, which has dampened environmental opposition to this fifth NSMA project. Still, Hodgson said that once the dust settles, he and his supporters hope to regain the momentum they lost nearly a year ago.
For now, however, he is resigned to supporting his country in what could become a war.
“It hurts to see another park fall to the NSMA,” he said. “But at least this one is being used to keep us safe.”