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A lone, single-engine Cessna airplane enters restricted airspace. The pilot ignores air traffic control, so the plane stays on course. That’s when the F-16 fighter jet shows up outside the window with a warning call that blares over the radio: “You’ve been intercepted.”

This is what happened during a training exercise recorded by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and conducted by the Civil Air Patrol and the Colorado Air National Guard.

If Trump Is Traveling And A Pilot Strays, Fighter Jets Will Follow

Photo by Master Sergeant Mark W. Fortin/U.S. Air Force

Coal workers in Colorado arm themselves as the strike turns bloody, eventually culminating into the Colorado Coal/Labor Wars, in which many armed striking workers retaliated and defended themselves & their families from violent scabs, corporate gun-thugs and even the Colorado National Guard, while also seizing mines and destroying company property in retribution for the massacre at Ludlow. 1914.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Eger, left, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Troy Parmley, both pilots with the Colorado National Guard, fly a UH-72 Lakota helicopter over flooded areas as part of relief and recovery operations near Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

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Colorado National Guard Firefighters conducting fire prevention and control operations in Black Forest, Colorado.

US Workers Were Once Massacred Fighting for the Protections Being Rolled Back Today:

On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard and a private militia employed by the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I) opened fire on a tent camp of striking coal miners at Ludlow, Colo. At least 19 people died in the camp that day, mostly women and children.

A century later, the bloody incident might seem a relic of the distant past, but the Ludlow Massacre retains a powerful, disturbing and growing relevance to the present. After a century of struggling against powerful interests to make American workplaces safer and corporations responsive to their employees, the US is rapidly returning to the conditions of rampant exploitation that contributed to Ludlow.

Corporations HAVE ALWAYS and WILL ALWAYS be against the worker. Go back to any point in time and there is a worker being exploited.

Human rights and the environment under constant corporate attack assisted by conservatives. Just look at the Republican-appointed justices rolling back the decades of protective and prudent legislation to empower the billionaire corporate class.

US Army Soldiers, assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and a CH-47 Chinook aircrew, assigned to the Colorado National Guard, conduct sling load operations on U.S. Army Central’s Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 5, 2015.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Crain