Starting Friday, truckers from across the country are converging on Washington, D.C., to express their disgust with the direction President Obama is taking the country. An unconfirmed report first posted Thursday at the Freedom Leadership Conference website, however, claimed that the Department of Transportation planned to use the National Guard to close off I-495, thwarting the truckers. The report has spread like wildfire over the Internet, but at this time, it appears the report is nothing but a rumor.
"The National Guard resources to be used to thwart the truckers will include rifle toting National Guardsmen called up from units that will be coming in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia," Glenn Ryt claimed, citing unnamed "sources" within the DOT. "They will use Guardsmen on foot and using trucks, jeeps and armored vehicles, which will be stationed at all entrance ramps to the Beltway to block incoming traffic starting early Friday morning."
Ryt also posted the claim at Redstate prompting site owner Erick Erickson to add a strongly worded disclaimer.
"These are the sorts of user diaries that make me wonder why we have user diaries as all our credibility suffers," Erickson wrote. "Please use your user diary responsibly."
We searched but were unable to find anything to corroborate the claim. Nevertheless, it is being accepted as true and has been cross-posted by a number of bloggers.
Since the partial government shutdown began, the Obama administration has used the Park Service to inflict pain on average Americans, kicking senior citizens out of their homes and terrorizing seniors visiting Yellowstone. One ranger told the Washington Times the agency was directed to "make life as difficult for people as we can."
Unfortunately, reports like these make Ryt's claim appear believable to a number of people. In this case, however, it appears there's no "there" there.
Paul Joseph Watson wrote at Infowars that Ryt's report seems "somewhat dubious given that using National Guard troops to close the Beltway merely to counter a protest in the midst of a government shutdown could not possibly be justified by the Obama administration."
A post on the Truckers Ride for the Constitution Facebook page called Ryt's claim "inaccurate."
“The Virginia State Police are working closely with our organization and have assured us that no such orders to the National Guard exist," the group said on Facebook.
Earlier Friday, the group said that as a result of the truckers' efforts, traffic in D.C. is "blocked for miles."
The protest is set to continue throughout the weekend. Updates will be provided as they are available.
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