A report from The Los Angeles Times has revealed that members of the California National Guard became alarmed when orders came down through unofficial channels to have an F-15C fighter jet put on alert status to deploy for a "possible domestic mission" when the coronavirus pandemic first began.
The sources did not give details about the mission, but said they understood that it was meant to disperse protesters by flying low over them, The Los Angeles Times said.
Sources with knowledge of the matter said that deploying military machinery against U.S. citizens would have been highly inappropriate.
"The decibel level alone from an F-15C demonstrating a show of force can break windows, set off car alarms and cause more fear than shouting ‘fire' in a crowded theater," said one source.
The jet was reportedly placed on alert status for a possible mission during election week, and orders were passed down orally or via text message, rather than in formal written orders.
A spokesperson for California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the governor was unaware of the alleged order.